Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Secrets and High Spirits by Lou Harper

Title: Secrets and High Spirits
Author: Lou Harper
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Secrets #4
Main Characters: Teag and Bruce
Release Date: October 2015
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Their love is an explosive cocktail—stirred, shaken, and served with a twist.
Secrets, Book 4
Teag and Bruce dream of opening their own bars, but that’s where the similarities end. 
Teag, a popular bartender at West Hollywood’s hottest club, is willful, opinionated, and likes to take charge. He envisions his future bar as a boozy oasis for craft cocktails. Unfortunately, while he’s big on ideas, he’s short on funds.
Bruce, on the other hand, is a tower of pirate-tattooed muscle with a laid-back attitude. While he’s good with people, he’s a walking paradox—a wannabe boss with a weakness for bossy men.
Their partnership is a natural fit, but every time they meet, sparks fly as they rub each other the wrong way. Or is it the right way? In the heat of the moment, it’s hard to tell.
Between renovation pitfalls, meddling friends, and miles of police tape, Teag and Bruce struggle to keep their venture—and their budding relationship—from going up in flames. And not the good kind. More like the one on the top of a B52 shot.
Warning: Contains a whipcord-lean and whip-smart bartender who knows what he wants—and how hard he wants it—and a go-with-the-flow bar manager who secretly likes to be told how hard to give it.
My Review:
This book started off really strongly. I liked how seemingly opposite Bruce and Teag were even though they are after the same dream. Bruce is a big, tattooed bear whereas Teag is more of a curmudgeonly pretty-boy. But they are so much better suited than they seem. See, they both have this dream of starting a bar of their own. While Teag is a class-A jerk in the beginning, Bruce approaches him about joining efforts. 

Like I said, the book started off really strongly. I loved the two guys together and how they worked even when it felt like they were at crossed-paths. I liked the chemistry they had. 

But about 2/3 of the way through the story lost something. That was the point when the mystery somewhat ramped up. There's been a thread of supernatural/ghost/witch theme that has lightly run throughout this series and this book was no different. While I loved the added lore of the old Blue Parrot bar and the nostalgia it added to the story, the rest...the Boys, Leo, Mme...all seemed to detract from the story. 

But the story at that point seemed to lose it's close connection to the inner workings of Bruce's POV, too. And honestly, I think it was Bruce who kept this story going. When Teag was not the most lovable of characters, I could still like him because Bruce did. I would have loved to have seen more play with their power shifts, too...because there were some definite sexy possibilities there that were then just kind of washed over. 

So somewhat of a mixed review. It wasn't Lou Harper's best book, but I still enjoyed reading it overall.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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