Hollywood on TapSeries: Sweet Salvation Brewery #2
by Avery Flynn
on November 3rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
For years, Sean O’Dell has hidden his past as a Hollywood heartthrob from everyone at the Sweet Salvation Brewery. However, the arrival of nosey efficiency expert Natalie Sweet threatens the status quo. It doesn’t help that with her glasses, buttoned-up sweaters and always pulled-back hair that she’s uncovered one secret already: His attraction for hot librarian types.
Natalie has had enough of the strong-and-silent Sean submarining her efforts to change the brewery for the better. She’s ready to do whatever it takes to make her vision a reality, even if that means taking down the pig-headed and too-hot-for-his-own-good brewmaster.
Sizzling attraction battles stubborn determination as Natalie and Sean go head to head in a battle that’s anything but business as usual.
I had the awesome pleasure of meeting Ms. Flynn this year at Readers and Authors Get Together in early June. I had been hearing awesome things about her and her writing. Turns out, she’s a pretty awesome person if you get the chance to meet her in “real life”. She’s so down to earth, funny, generous, and someone you know you would have fun getting drunk with. Yep, that’s an author I want to support. So I bought a few of her books.
Ms. Flynn said I didn’t have to read the first book of the Sweet Salvation Brewery series to enjoy the second one. I had asked her which book she would pick for me to buy and she picked the second book because she told me she like the guy on the cover. I concurred (hello Mr. Deltoids). And that is why I am reviewing the second book… Yes, I’ve done it again and read out-of-order. But it was author-approved!
Sweet Salvation Brewery is owned by the Sweet triplets. Miranda Sweet has been running the brewery for a while but has asked her sister Natalie, the efficiency expert, to come and help out at the brewery. Being an efficiency expert, you tend to be slightly obsessive compulsive with your flowcharts, graphs, and ever existent clipboard. Natalie is all that with a librarian’s uniform of buttoned-up cardigans and business skirts. But she is very good at her job and she has very good ideas for the brewery.
Sean O’Dell is the brewmaster who is forever running away from Natalie and her flowcharts. She’s threatening his brewing process and he wants nothing to do with that. The same can’t be said for Natalie herself. You see, he has a thing for librarian-types. And he really can’t keep running from her since she’s one of his bosses.
I loved what Ms. Flynn did with the love interests. She gave both characters a ton of depth to their personalities. Natalie is obsessive compulsive and does what she does for a living for very specific reasons that related directly to her childhood and how she was raised (brought up). It’s not just a character trait thrown in to make the story interesting. Same with Sean.
On top of the developed characters, Ms. Flynn decided to add a bit of mystery to the romance. Nothing too taxing or distracting. Just enough to keep you wondering “who dunnit?” I personally didn’t figure it out, but then I suck at mysteries. But it kept the story interesting.
The only reason why I gave the book a 3.5 star and not a 4 star is because for some strange reason, I personally thought the romance was kind of clunky. I don’t know if it was because of the books I read around this book, if it was PMS, or the phase of the moon. It was like Natalie and Sean were on, they were off, they got some lovin’ in, they were off. I understand being conflicted but it just wasn’t working for me. It’s me, not you… I’m sure of it! I just can’t say I LOVED it. I LIKED IT though, a lot!!!
I loved the humor, I loved the setting. I enjoyed reading it! Am I going to read the next book, “Trouble on Tap“? Yes, I sure am! That book is out on July 14th, 2015.