Saturday, July 18, 2015

ARC Review: Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn

Releasing: July 14th, 2015

Special Release Price of $0.99!!!!

What fun is life without a little bit of trouble? 

Retired supermodel and forever wild child Olivia Sweet is nothing but trouble. The youngest Sweet triplet is back in her hometown, but instead of a triumphant return it’s a parade of humiliations. She’s broke, homeless and dealing with the fallout from her scumbag ex-boyfriend publishing naked pictures of her to a revenge porn website. 

Staid and stalwart veteran Mateo Garcia has seen more trouble than a man ever should in his lifetime. He’s gone from pretty boy Marine to a small town police chief with a chip on his shoulder and scars covering the left side of his face. Now his former lover, Olivia, is back in town and living next door. 

When the two are forced to work together to fix up the crumbling veterans’ center, the sparks fly between the beauty and the man who sees himself as a beast. Not everyone is happy that Olivia is back home though and Mateo has to choose between the town who wants her gone and an uncertain future with a woman who he thinks could never love him…

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Review ( 4 stars )

Trouble on Tap is the third book in the series. Even though I didn't read the first two books and I miss out the whole Sweet triplets history in Salvation Town, I can still very much enjoy the book as a standalone.

The thing that drew me to this story is the scarred war vet, Mateo Garcia. I just can't resist the little hint of B&B theme. He used to be a heartthrob and had casual flings with Olivia Sweet every time before he deploy. He called her his pre-deployment good-luck charm. However, things change after the incident that left his left face permanently scarred.

Olivia Sweet used to be a runway model, but due to her curves and all, she was forced to leave the modelling scene. After the whole fiasco with his douchebag ex-boyfriend, Olivia was forced to head back to Salvation to start a new life with her sisters. The last thing she expect is to see Mateo again.

Mateo who now is the local police chief, is also a miserable asshole. Not getting laid for three years can do that to a person. Poor guy. He acting all tough and couldn't care less, but he had turned into the town hermit living with a rescue mutt he refused to name. He also not appreciating the fact that Olivia is back in town to distract him to no end.

The man had gone from gregarious heartthrob to a man most likely to hit you with the gigantic chip on his shoulder.

Olivia is a very free-spirited heroine. She might seems all 'unicorns and rainbows and puffy pink clouds', but I actually like her 'devil-may-care' and bubbly attitude. She drives Mateo crazy with her shenanigans.

This small town romance reminds me very much of similar books by Kristin Higgins. Salvation Town basically come to live in my eyes with the nosy diner owner, the villainous mayor and the supportive Sweet sisters. There isn't any big drama, but Olivia determination to help restore her family name by organizing a fundraising and the brief reappearance of her ex provide enough of trouble to keep things interesting.

The only thing I wish could have been better is to really see Mateo and Olivia as a couple with all the lovey dovey stuff. I just feel the ending is too abrupt. I'm definitely craving more for these two.

I'm pigheaded, grouchy and I say the wrong things at the worst time. Basically, I'm an asshole - but I'm your asshole." ~ Mateo


About Avery Flynn

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.
She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.
Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.
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