Series: Naked Brews
on March 3rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Enemies to Lovers, Romance
My parents were conmen and I was their tool. I learned how to cheat, connive, and charm my way out of any circumstance. But now I’m respectable...kind of. Yeah, my life is still a lie, but that’s because I have no choice. My best friend, who’s also my boss, needs me to lie to keep our billion-dollar charity going. It’s complicated.
But all the lies are about to end. I just have to finish one final task...taking over a brewery. Easy, right?
Not so much. Because that brewery is part of a custody battle between mother and daughter. The mother owns it. The daughter thinks it should be hers. I’m caught in the middle. Not normally a bad place to be when it comes to two feisty women.
But I’m falling for the daughter and when my lies come to light, everything is going to unravel. And then my future with the brewery and the girl will be shot to hell.
My boss probably won’t be too happy with me either...
I love stories that are different from the norm and authors that can come up with fresh, new and unique ideas. KB Jacobs does just that! Deliciously Smooth is a cute, distinctive and engaging read and I can’t wait to check out what this author duo writes next!
“You guys are classic star-crossed lovers. I can practically read the book jacket now.” Melissa threw her hands up in front of her like she was reading a book. “She wants to preserve her father’s dream. He wants to honor a fallen brother. They both want the same brewery, but they may end up with more than they ever imagined.”
In my eyes, the cardinal sin of a romance book is having a weak heroine. I need someone to stand up, take charge, and preserver. This is exactly how I would describe Lake. She was strong, independent and determined. She had been through so much in her short lifetime but wouldn’t give up her dream or the chance to be close with her father. She was really a great character.
“Most rock climbers failed when they decided there weren’t any more grips above them. They quit without reaching the top. If climbing taught me anything, it was if I didn’t see a spot in front of me, go back and try another way up. If I kept looking, I would find a hold, even if it’s barely big enough for a finger. I had a finger hold with the whole brewery dangling in the balance. There was no way in hell I was letting go.”
Walsh was infuriating (to Lake, not myself), charming, flirty, damaged and haunted. A war vet and a do-gooder, our girl Lake never stood a chance. He was swoony ladies, so swoony.
I’ve always been a fan of small towns. The coziness, the familiarity, the camaraderie. The sense of pride from the town people and the faith that they have in each other. Because of this, I loved seeing Walsh talk to the people in the community about Lake. He got to know a different side of her and see how highly she was respected throughout the town was a big part of his change of heart towards her.
There’s a lot of touching stories and some great emotion in the pages of this novel. When Walsh started retelling all of the things they had so far accomplished for his fallen brothers, I was honest to goodness tearing up. And I was definitely reading in public. #noshame. And as Lake went on to explaining Dad’s Beer and the beer that was made for Ice, once again, my eyes welled. I wasn’t expecting this to be a deeper story but there’s definitely some deep routed feelings here. It was absolutely brilliant.
“You know what you have to do now.” Alex placed the pizza box on the coffee table again.
“Ignore him like he’s the ghost of Christmas past?”
Plus, add in the fact that we have an enemies to lovers trope, and I’m happier than a pig in mud. Enemies to lovers is an absolute favourite of mine!
“Thirty days. I had thirty days to explore the chemistry brewing between Lake and me. Most of the time I couldn’t decide if I should push her off a mountain or kiss her until she couldn’t think straight.”
My only issue with this story was that I couldn’t really week to connect with the characters, and I don’t know why. They had everything going for them! Heart wrenching, real back stories, strong qualities, vulnerabilities, etc., but I just couldn’t bring myself to really, truly connect with them.
I understand marketing.
I understand branding.
I’ve taken classes on both.
So when I see something that’s quite obviously a little ploy, I’m usually a little ticked. So here, even though the story of Walsh and Lake is over, closed, finished, it ends in a cliffhanger. Just to intrigue the reader enough to get the next book. This is usually where I’d be angry. I don’t like the tactic, but man I NEED TO KNOW! I guarantee you that I’ll be getting a copy of the next book ASAP to find the answers that I need. KB, you little stinker, you.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.