Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Review: Alpha Barman by Sue Brown

Alpha Barman
by Sue Brown
Genre: M/M
Release Date: November 24

Jake Tyler walked out of Special Ops two years ago, a devastated, broken man after he discovered his sister brutally murdered by her husband, Riley. Since then he’s found a kind of peace running a rural bar. The last thing Jake Tyler expects is his former team to turn up with grim news. Jake’s ex-brother-in-law has escaped from prison and is heading Jake’s way. The team is here to protect Jake, whether he likes it or not – a decision reluctantly shared by their leader, Jake’s ex-lover Mitch Mitchelson.

Mitch is angry and hurting. The man he trusted – the man he adored more than anything – abandoned both his team and Mitch. Jake never gave Mitch a chance to help or come to terms with his desertion. Regardless of mission protocols, Mitch isn’t about to open his heart again to that kind of pain.

But the strong attraction between them can’t be denied. How are they ever going to work together when Mitch still resents Jake’s disappearance, and to Jake, the team represents everything that destroyed him in the first place? And meantime they wait for Riley to find them... and to settle the threat once and for all.




I'm anticipating a bunch of alpha males with overdosed of testosterone and some good suspense/action. But this book didn't really deliver on the suspense and action front. Right from the beginning, I felt like being thrown into a middle of a series, even though as far as I know there isn't a prequel. I feel a bit disconnected and having a hard time understanding the team dynamic and their relationship.

The main plot of the story, which is Jake's sister being murdered by her own husband, Riley, who happened to be Jake's best friend is plainly unbelievable. Without having prior knowledge of anything, I just knew it from the start. Why would a bunch of so-called 'brothers' not believing Riley is the biggest mystery of all. 

When the incident happened, Jake took it hard and flee the team including his long termed boyfriend, Mitch. Apparently, they are in a committed relationship. I did questioned why would Jake do that, but people do fickle things when they undergo a trauma and I forgive him for ditching his own boyfriend. But why can't Mitch locate him? They are in a covert op business, finding someone who doesn't want to be found isn't that hard. Jake even name his bar, JT, like a neon sign saying 'I'm here!' 

Due to the weak plot and several issue that doesn't work well for me, I can't find myself to enjoy this book even though I love my alpha male on male action.


Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot, and has become an expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. She had an Aha moment and put pen to paper that same day. Sue may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.


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