Something's Brewing at Joe's Kindle Edition
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Murphy accepts a job in Florida and is happy to leave his life in Michigan behind. But, when he gets to FL there's a delay with his job and now he has to decide if he should risk staying or tuck his tail between his legs and go back home. I related to Murphy in his happiness to get to a warm climate, but I didn't like him. He was a jerk throughout the story, always with an excuse for needing coffee or being tired, but he treated others like crap quite often. He'd apologize, typically fairly quickly after his reaction to them, but I felt if he was truly sorry for treating people like crap, he'd quit doing it. Murphy meets Joe at a bar and goes home with him for a hookup and both of their needs are met (and it was hot!!). Joe can't stop thinking about the man he met, and is surprised to find out that Murphy was hired to renovate an apartment over the coffee shop that Joe owns. I liked Joe! He had a great relationship with his employees and his customers and seem to enjoy life. But, both of these men had tempers that caused them to overreact and not talk to each other.
Many people are going to think I'm crazy, and I don't think I've ever said this before, but there was too much sex in this story. I never felt the chemistry or connection between these two men. By the amount of time they spent naked, they obviously lusted after each other, but I wish more time had been spent on developing their connection and less time getting them naked. I can't even believe I typed that! Really, had they spent some time talking, they wouldn't have had the issues from their lack of communication!
There was a little drama when Murphy finds himself working for an unethical company and he overhears their plot to get Joe's business, but even that was anticlimactic. The situation was resolved quickly, and off page, and that was the end of it.
I think many people will enjoy this book, and will immediately buy it just on the basis of the "too much sex comment"! This will be an easy read, and if you're looking for a book without a lot of angst, this one is for you!
Rating: 3 stars
SJD's story will pull you in from the first chapter.
We meet Murphy. He left his hometown of Michigan and traveled to Florida for a job. Murphy packed up his belongings and left his boyfriend to pursue his dream job. Once he gets to Florida he learns his dream job is on hold for now and now he needs to find a place to stay. He decides to find a temporary job and a hotel. Murphy refuses to run back home and wants to make this new endeavor work for him. He studied and worked hard to get this opportunity and wont give it up easily. He decides to go out to a bar ad picks up a guy. Joe and Murphy hit it off right away and decide to hook up. the chemistry is hot from the start but neither man wants to start something official so they agree to a one night stand. the problem is after the night is over Joe or Murphy cant seem to forget about the other. The spark was there for both but they didn't get numbers so assume they wont see each other again.
The next morning Murphy enter a coffee shop and he gets another opportunity for a temporary job and grabs it. The owner has an apartment upstairs and wants it renovated. Murphy learns he doesn't have time to finish the project and gets hired to finish it for the owner. I have to say that Joe's employee who hired Murphy was a great character. Kallie was sweet and sassy and had Joe's back.
Now we met Joe again, he is the owner of the coffee shop but Murphy didn't know that when he took the job. They see each other and Murphy doesn't know what to do. Joe is happy to see Murphy again and they hook up right away. It was great to read how they couldn't keep their hands to themselves when they were near other. He wants to get to know Murphy but Murphy still keeps his distance. On is end Murphy is trying hard to deny there’s something real between them. He doesn't want to get attached and have to worry about someone else's feelings. As they get closer and spend more time together Murphy gets a call from his employer and they tell him they have a temporary job for him. Murphy jumps at the chance but once he tells Joe who he is working for Je blows up and they have a fight. Now I really enjoyed the way SJD wrote the fight. Joe and Murphy are having strong feelings for each other so they are but hurt at what happened. Joe goes to find him and apologizes and they talk it out. You can tell that both Joe and Murphy want more but are afraid to voice it to each other. This book was a great read for me it had all the elements I love. IT shows us that feelings, emotions and relationships are messy but if you talk it out with each other , you can overcome and win. Reviewed for Alpha Book Club.
I’m the type of reader that struggles to finish a story if I truly cannot stand a character which I do have to say rarely ever happens. Often I don’t connect with them but out and out not like them hardly ever happens. It happened here which made reading this book frustrating.
The other part that was particularly annoying was the sex. There was a lot of it, too much to call this a story with plot and characterization. I love sex in my books. Prefer it, really. But it has to have meaning and help further the plot. Here it does tell you what their relationship is, a hook up basically. But the author didn’t give the words or time in the story to fall in love with the characters falling in love. Which also turns into that moment when you can’t feel their
connection, their love for each other.
And a big pet peeve...no communication. I get it in some rare cases, but here it made me think if they kept their toy in their pants they could've talked more. Lack of communication seems like a cop out for characters. The struggle should feel more believable, and it’s the author's job to sell it. I wasn’t sold.
The writing was good as it is in all SJD’s books and if you want a hot and heavy, light read this one could be for you.
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