Review: Enemies on Tap by Avery Flynn

enemies on tapReviewed by Carrie

I picked this book up after someone tweeted that it was about a heroine who ran her family’s brewery.  My family has a long history of owning/running taverns and breweries and being a beer nut myself,  I was immediately interested.  The blurb mentioned that it was a second chance enemies to lovers story and I was a goner. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

The Sweet family has been considered personas non grata in the small southern town of Salvation since shortly after the town was founded.  Miranda’s many-great grandfather stole away the fiancée of fellow town founder.  Since then, the Martins and the Sweets may as well have been the Hatfields and McCoys.  It didn’t help that the Sweets were historically an unconventional, and sometimes even criminal, family.

Miranda made her first mistake in high school when she fell for Logan Martin.  She thought they had something special when she gave up her virginity to him, but he turned her back on her like everyone else.  Miranda decided then and there that she was going to work her butt off so no one could say anything bad about this Sweet.

Miranda sees her opportunity to prove that she’s more than her family name some years later when her Uncle Julian dies and leaves his brewery to Miranda and her two sisters.  Miranda sees the deal to turn around and sell the brewery as a way to earn the coveted corner office at the investment company where she works.  Unfortunately, her immediate boss continues to be a pain in her side and maneuvers things so she has to get local funding.

It’s just Miranda’s luck that Logan Martin heads the only bank in Salvation.  Logan takes perverse glee in saying no to the woman who left Salvation without a look back.  Logan is also banking on the brewery’s failure to pave the way for the industrial park that could set him apart from his demanding father.  When Logan and Miranda come to blows, it’s clear that the attraction hasn’t died.  As tensions heat up, Logan gets a clearer look at just how discriminatory the town is (including him) towards the Sweets.

Enemies on Tap is a short and sweet (there’s lots of puns) book.  There isn’t much relationship development other than noting there was a past and that they are still attracted to each other.  To be honest, most of the characters are small minded jerks.   I thought it was a little odd and unbelievable how Logan saves the day, but I’m a city girl, so what do I know.

This was quick and simple story of lovers reconnecting and overcoming the prejudices of small town living and family legacy. Miranda has two twin sisters, one neurotic and one starlet, so it’ll be interesting to see where she takes their story.

Rating: C+

*ARC provided by Entangled Publishing

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Enemies on Tap
by Avery Flynn
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Publisher: Entangled

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