Brewing up trouble one pint at a time.
Enemies ...After years away, Miranda Sweet returns to Salvation, Virginia to save her family's brewery, but her fate is in the hands of her lover-turned-enemy, Logan. What's a girl to do when the only person who can help her is the man who betrayed her?
Lovers ...Logan Martin can't believe his luck when the woman who smashed his heart to smithereens walks into his bank asking for his help. What she doesn't know is that he needs the land her brewery is on--and he'll do whatever it takes to get it.
An Irresistible Combination ...Their wager becomes a battle between their attraction and their determination to win. But it's in each other's arms that they realize there might be more at stake now than their bet. With the town against the Sweet Salvation Brewery's success, Logan has to choose between what's expected of him and what he really wants...
Enemies on Tap is a fast-paced and fun romance set in a small town, in which the main character doesn’t really feel welcome anymore.
Enemies on Tap review – book-chat with Brandee – Buddy-read:
Brandee: I couldn’t send you my thoughts as I was reading. (James was kinda laughing…”Kinda hard to do a buddy read when you’re disconnected from the world, huh?”)
Here’s what I thought about Miranda and Logan:
I like that Miranda is confident enough in her skills that she’d shoot to revamp her family’s brewery in a bid for a promotion.
Lexxie: I agree that Miranda was a pretty kick-ass character on the surface, but I felt like I didn’t really get to know her all that well. Between feeling bad because of how the small town had always treated her family, and the way she also felt about her family plus trying to get Sweet Salvation Brewery to become a profitable business, there wasn’t a lot of place for character development.
I fell hook, line, and sinker for Logan – the Prince of Salvation who didn’t want anything to do with that title. I like his persuasiveness (I’m thinking of the pie bet) and I feel for him living a role picked for him.
Logan was great, but I also didn’t feel like I got to know him very well. I agree with what you said towards the end of your mail, that it would have been nice to have a little more back story for both of them.
Natalie is an interesting character. We don’t get to see enough of her for her to have much dynamic but I want to know more. I want to see how growing up in Salvation, and having 2 sisters that are mirror images of you, affected her personality.
I am pretty sure we’ll get to know Natalie better in the next book, and I hope we’ll actually get to meet Olivia then, too!
I wish we could see more of Ruby Sue. I like a little old lady with spunk and she has it in spades. She doesn’t shy away from telling anyone like it is. And I’d like to have some of her famous sweet ice tea and pecan pie! (Have you ever had sweet ice tea or pecan pie??)
Ruby Sue was great, she didn’t care what other people thought of her, she stood by the people she enjoyed, and that’s it! Of course, she also had her famous pecan pie 😉
I think Flynn did an excellent job of conveying the benefits and big drawbacks of growing up in a small town. I think the negatives were more obvious in this story because this is a Southern small town.
Apart from getting more closure – which would have been really great! – I would also have liked to have a little more brewing in the pages of the story. There was very little that really had to do with brewing beer… more about how to turn a business around, and problems with staff. But all of the staff kind of disappeared off the pages after Miranda fired Carl. only Sean was still present and a part of the story. That made the story feel like it was touching on the surface much more than going in-depth as it could have, without adding too many pages to it overall.
I wish we could have a little more back story on Miranda and Logan – how they came to be together way back when…before everything went to hell. I think that would have made it more clear the hurt between them. I also would have liked a little more closure – how is Miranda getting out of her deal with her company? what about Logan’s dad and his job? There were some things left ‘untied’ at the end. Although these things may be addressed in the next book…
I also wish we’d seen a bit more of the events that apparently happened off page between Miranda and Logan. I know they had history but since that wasn’t well-defined, things seem to happen rather quickly. I hope we’ll see more of them in the other books.
And I could have done without all the passive-agressiveness of Miranda’s boss at the financial company. We never met him either, but he almost had a bigger part in the story than some characters that I thought were more important than him…
I really enjoyed the brew talk. Since hubs has brewed beer and we’ve done a few 😉 brewery tours, I could really envision the brewery, all the equipment, the smells of the mash and hops…Flynn clearly has some experience with beer. 😉
I hope some of these things will be taken care of in the second book, because even if I gave three stars, I did enjoy it enough to continue reading about the Sweet girls and Salvation 🙂 I wanna learn how to brew my own beer!
I do agree that more character development would have been nice. I think that’s why I wanted more back story, etc. I do like Miranda, Logan, Natalie…but it did feel as though we only get to know them on a certain level. More character development would have made each of the characters more robust and the story deeper.
Yeah, taking care of Miranda’s job, and her boss, and make sure both are left behind for good without any trouble coming to show up in the future would have been really nice.
I didn’t even think about the fact we never met Miranda’s boss. A lot of time was spent on him and I did *not* like him one bit. But that’s part of the reason I wanted closure about Miranda’s job. Flynn didn’t explain how that was going to be taken care of and it was a pretty big ‘loose end’. I, too, would have liked more time spent on the brewing of beer. You’re absolutely right…Flynn did spend more time on the business aspect of it. And you’re right about her staff disappearing from the story with the exception of Carl and Sean.
Having most of the staff on the outlines of the story could have worked, but they just plain disappeared, and that made me feel like the story was still a little rough… I’m sure you know what I mean.
We have a common theme going here, don’t we? We both want MORE! I gave this 3 stars as well because Flynn did pull me into the story and I do care about the characters. But if MORE was there, Enemies on Tap could have been a richer read. I really do want to read Natalie’s story to see if we get the MORE we’re looking for.
Wanting more is a good thing, I guess, and I do look forward to reading Hollywood on Tap. I’m very curious about Sean and his past – hopefully we’ll get more back story 😉
Some of my favorite Enemies on Tap quotes:
These people didn’t trust her. Fine by her. She didn’t trust them, either. But they were her responsibility. Whether they realized it or not, they needed her to turn the brewery around and save their jobs.
She needed a massive infusion of cash and at least three months more time than she had to make miracles happen. Add to that the fact that her immediate supervisor was actively trying to kill any possibility of success. Pretty blondes in poorly made horror movies had better odds of survival than Miranda.
His red-rimmed, bloodshot eyes had shown just how much he needed caffeine. He’d never made small talk – no Martin ever did with a Sweet – and he’d never left a tip in the jar. Maybe he’d had a change of heart about her family since then. And maybe lime green bikinis would become all the rage in Antarctica.
It was so much fun to be able to chat about Enemies on Tap with Brandee @ Bookworm Brandee as soon as we finished reading – and I was so happy that we both enjoyed it, even if we also had some minor problems with it. And as usual, we agreed on a rating without any hassle at all! Did you enjoy our book-chat? Stay tuned for our book-chat about Hollywood on Tap that’s coming next Saturday 🙂
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
Bikinis in Antarctica, brrrrrr ! Like I told Brandee, not a fabulous read, but a nice one anyway. The brewery aspect interests me, but I guess it’s superficial. Too bad, I love beers – just like I’d love to visit the brewery near home but it’s only available for groups 🙁 Ah well, I’ll raise my glass to you and Brandee this evening at the apèro ^^
LOL, that quote had me laugh so hard, Iza! I agree, not fabulous, but still good. There’s more on the brewery in the second book 😉
There’s a really nice brewery here in Geneva, where it’s open every Friday afternoon for people to come for beer-tastings! So you should come visit me, and we’ll go together 😉 Santè!
LOL I like how you formatted our chat better than how I did it! 😉 This was so much fun!! And I can’t wait for our July buddy-read! 😉 This may be the last time you hear from me here…I hope you enjoy your week. You’ll be in Spain by the time I get back. My cell will work in Hawaii though so I may send pics of us from the beach. 🙂 I miss you!!!! **BIG HUGS**
Thank you, Brandee 🙂 I’m glad mine looks a little bit different from yours, that way, noone will feel ‘cheated’ for reading more or less the same thing on both our blogs today 😉
I look forward to our July buddy-read, too, this has been so much fun!
Have a fantastic trip to Hawaii, my dear! Enjoy your second honey-moon, have fun, flirt with your husband, swim in the beautiful sea, read some good books, and have a daquiri for me 😉
I miss you, too!! I so wish we lived closer to each other! *BIG HUGS*
Looks like you two had a total blast!! The book sounds like it would be a fun one, and I like the fact she just went for it and was willing to prove herself to move up in the company. Nice review:)
It was a lot of fun, Lanie, and the books was good, even if there were some things we both wished could have been even better 🙂
This actually sounds kind of fun. The whole beer thing makes me laugh. It is just such an unusual element in a book like this. Thanks for the review, Lexxie.
I love beer, which is maybe why I had hoped there would be more about the brewery process itself included 🙂
I probably wouldn’t get around to reading the book as I won’t be able to take my eyes of the cover!
LOL Heather, and you would be forgiven for that, you know?
I love small town romance. Logan sounds like a sweet character and Ruby Sue sounds funny! I love sweet tea and pecan pie. Yummy! I can tell you both enjoyed this read but thought that the character development was lacking, and didn’t get the closure you needed. Great discussion Lexx and Brandee!!! Looking forward to more of them! Hopefully Hollywood on Tap will be a better read. Have a great weekend Ladies 🙂
I love small town romance too, Lindy. The close community and nosy characters just make things even more interesting – especially if the couple in love is trying to keep their relationship secret 😀
I’m glad our book chat was fun to read, we definitely had a lot of time sending e-mails back and forth 😉
Nice chat ladies! It seems that you both were left wanting a lot more detail, on individual characters and the history behind their connections. It still sounds like a good read and I hope you get what you want in the next book!
Thanks, Naomi! We had a lot of fun with this! And while we both did want a little more, we were still quite happy with the story overall 🙂
I just had to comment even if it’s way late. I love doing the buddy read with you because you’re right – it is fun to be able to talk about a book with someone right after finishing. I’m looking forward to doing it again soon! *BIG HUGS*
I’m glad you’re back home, Brandee! I’ve missed you! *BIG HUGS*