Secrets and High Spirits (Secrets #4) by Lou Harper ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

secrets-and-high-spiritsTitle: Secrets and High Spirits (Secrets #4)

Author: Lou Harper

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Angela Waters

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/27/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Their love is an explosive cocktail—stirred, shaken, and served with a twist.

Secrets, Book 4

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.

Product Warnings
Contains a whipcord-lean and whip-smart bartender who knows what he wants—and how hard he wants it—and a go-with-the-flow bar manager who secretly likes to be told how hard to give it.

My View:

I really do love this series. The tone of the writing, the differing subjects and careers, and the way the titles are so fabulously perfect.

Secrets and High Spirits, like the previous stories, had a fast paced and easy to read writing style full of humorous moments. I loved seeing the men from the previous books and how their personalities brought a bit of lightness to the story. Teag and Bruce were by nature not as fun, but when they got together, the sexual tension was palpable and their interactions were full of snark and longing. Their personalities were great though and I loved the nerd in Bruce.

I loved the mystery surrounding the bar. It was interesting and unique and gave me something to look forward to and a way to move the story forward. I needed to know what was happening and if the past had anything to do with it.

However, I felt the pace of the story was not well done. There was a long period of slow build-up and then all of a sudden everything rushed to the end. By 60% the men had not even begun to admit their attraction, yet it was a long term thing by the end. For a novella or short novel, too much time was spent on the backstory and development and the relationship felt like an afterthought.

I also want to warn the reader that the bossy nature and D/s hinted at in the blurb, are really only hinted at in the story as well. There is no BDSM element and the author only touched on the personalities and potential of the men. It was not developed or really focused on as I would have liked.

Links

Secrets and High Spirits (Secrets #4) on Goodreads
Samhain
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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