Title: Secrets and High Spirits
Teag and Bruce dream of opening their own bars, but that’s where the similarities end.
Teag, a popular bartender at West Hollywood’s hottest club, is willful, opinionated, and likes to take charge. He envisions his future bar as a boozy oasis for craft cocktails. Unfortunately, while he’s big on ideas, he’s short on funds.
Bruce, on the other hand, is a tower of pirate-tattooed muscle with a laid-back attitude. While he’s good with people, he’s a walking paradox—a wannabe boss with a weakness for bossy men.
Their partnership is a natural fit, but every time they meet, sparks fly as they rub each other the wrong way. Or is it the right way? In the heat of the moment, it’s hard to tell.
Between renovation pitfalls, meddling friends, and miles of police tape, Teag and Bruce struggle to keep their venture—and their budding relationship—from going up in flames. And not the good kind. More like the one on the top of a B52 shot.
Author: Lou Harper
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Spirit Sanguin, Secrets and Ink
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Secrets and Ink
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: October 27, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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High spirits are one of the many things found inside Secrets and High Spirits. Bruce and Teag are total opposites and that tries to give them a fun story. Their love of mixing drinks and desire for owning their own bar brings them together several times before they figure out that the powers that be seems to want them together.
The romance and the pursuit of this romance felt awkward to me. Bruce wants Teag. Teag hates that he is attracted to Bruce. For them to go from acquaintances, to business partners, to the bed together didn’t have any romantic progression. They were together getting the business up and running and then they started fooling around. I didn’t feel any emotions in this. In fact it almost feels like a thing of convenience. Not what I want in my romances.
I was completely intrigued by the Blue Parrot and its history. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bruce collecting facts and digging up anything he could from the bar’s past.
This fourth installment in the Secrets series can easily be read as a stand-alone. I’ve read the first book in the series but not the other two. The three couples from the previous three books have very minor roles here. Half of those couples are friends of Teag’s.