Release Day Review ~ Something's Brewing at Joe's By SJD Peterson
Title: Something's Brewing at Joe's
Author: SJD Peterson
Release Date: June 30, 2017
The promise of a dream job lures Murphy to Tampa, but he arrives to the rude awakening that the offer is on hold. Now he’s got two choices: slink back to Michigan with his tail between his legs or stay and look for work. Things perk up when he goes into a coffee shop and learns the owner is looking for someone to renovate the apartment above it. He happily takes the job, only later realizing he’s met Joe Sterling, Kaffeinate’s proprietor, before… when they hooked up at a club Murphy’s first night in Tampa.
Murphy and Joe are both proud, passionate, and outspoken. Neither is looking for a relationship, though they can’t deny they go together as well as coffee and doughnuts, in spite of their tempers. But that’s before Joe learns Murphy will be working for the corporation he believes is harming local businesses and the environment—and if Murphy will be supporting it, Joe will want nothing to do with him, dooming any possibility of an unexpected happy ending.
Murphy accepts a job in Florida and is happy to leave his life in Michigan behind. But, when he gets to FL there's a delay with his job and now he has to decide if he should risk staying or tuck his tail between his legs and go back home. I related to Murphy in his happiness to get to a warm climate, but I didn't like him. He was a jerk throughout the story, always with an excuse for needing coffee or being tired, but he treated others like crap quite often. He'd apologize, typically fairly quickly after his reaction to them, but I felt if he was truly sorry for treating people like crap, he'd quit doing it. Murphy meets Joe at a bar and goes home with him for a hookup and both of their needs are met (and it was hot!!). Joe can't stop thinking about the man he met, and is surprised to find out that Murphy was hired to renovate an apartment over the coffee shop that Joe owns. I liked Joe! He had a great relationship with his employees and his customers and seem to enjoy life. But, both of these men had tempers that caused them to overreact and not talk to each other.
Many people are going to think I'm crazy, and I don't think I've ever said this before, but there was too much sex in this story. I never felt the chemistry or connection between these two men. By the amount of time they spent naked, they obviously lusted after each other, but I wish more time had been spent on developing their connection and less time getting them naked. I can't even believe I typed that! Really, had they spent some time talking, they wouldn't have had the issues from their lack of communication!
There was a little drama when Murphy finds himself working for an unethical company and he overhears their plot to get Joe's business, but even that was anticlimactic. The situation was resolved quickly, and off page, and that was the end of it.
I think many people will enjoy this book, and will immediately buy it just on the basis of the "too much sex comment"! This will be an easy read, and if you're looking for a book without a lot of angst, this one is for you!
Rating: 3 stars