Blog Tour (Book Review): Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn


Title: Trouble on Tap (Sweet Salavation Brewery #3)
Author: Avery Flynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 360 pages
Rating: 3 stars

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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Grace Review
This is a story about redemption, where a woman was fighting a bad reputation, a man was fighting guilt, and both fighting past mistakes between them.  This could also be considered a version of Beauty and the Beast, with Olivia being the beauty, and Mateo being the Beast.

When I requested this book, I had no idea this was part of a series.  While I missed on the stories of the previous Sweet sisters, Miranda and Nicole, I didn’t feel completely lost.

The connection between Olivia and Mateo was intense, just the mere touch sending both nearly over the edge.  It hurt my heart how many times Mateo intentionally hurt Olivia.  First he pushed her away, with the expectation that she’d come back to him, even with his harsh words.  No bueno! Second, he seemed to take out his anger and guilt over an ACCIDENT on her.

Speaking of that war time ACCIDENT, let’s discuss, shall we?  Throughout the book, he birates himself for what happened during the war, so I expected it to be bad.  When I found out what really happened, I was pissed.  How could he blame himself for that ACCIDENT (yes, I will continue to capitalize that because he clearly didn’t understand).  Was he officially blamed for the accident? Did he get kicked out of the military?  Did he go thru counseling?  No idea.  While the event was mentioned often, it was glossed over in my mind.  And the guilt he had seemed unnecessary.

Then there is his appearance.  Sure, he’s not perfect like he used to be.  However, ignoring Olivia’s first reaction, which even she admitted was wrong, his appearance didn’t seem to bother her.  It should have been obvious to him that she was still attracted to him.  But he continually judges her and assumes how she’d react to him, merely because of her former modeling background.

I like the idea of Olivia and her family battling their reputations, with enemy #1 being the mayor.  But while they seemed to have an uphill battle against them, the drama was resolved fairly quickly.  This was a quick read and had the potential to be heavy on angst.  While I’m not a huge fan of forced angst, I feel like some of Olivia’s personal issues, fighting her reputation as a wild child, could have been taken deeper.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.


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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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