Alpha Barman by Sue Brown ~ Book Review by Queue

AlphaTitle: Alpha Barman
Series: J.T.’s Bar, Bk 1

Author: Sue Brown

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/24/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance


Jake Tyler walked out of Covert Ops two years ago, a devastated, broken man after he discovered his sister brutally murdered by her husband, Riley. Since then he’s found a kind of peace running a rural bar. The last thing Jake Tyler expects is his former team to turn up with grim news. Jake’s ex-brother-in-law has escaped from prison and is heading Jake’s way. The team is here to protect Jake, whether he likes it or not – a decision reluctantly shared by their leader, Jake’s ex-lover Mitch Mitchelson.

Mitch is angry and hurting. The man he trusted – the man he adored more than anything – abandoned both his team and Mitch. Jake never gave Mitch a chance to help or come to terms with his desertion. Regardless of mission protocols, Mitch isn’t about to open his heart again to that kind of pain.

But the strong attraction between them can’t be denied. How are they ever going to work together when Mitch still resents Jake’s disappearance, and to Jake, the team represents everything that destroyed him in the first place? And meantime they wait for Riley to find them… and to settle the threat once and for all.

My View:

I always enjoy Sue Brown’s books though some are a bit on the slow side.

Alpha Barman is a whole other story. It had me hooked from the first word and I read it all in one sitting.

J.T./Jake leaves covert ops after his sister is murdered by her husband, who was also Jake’s best friend and teammate. He also leaves behind Mitch, his lover.

Mitch and the team reappears in Jake’s life sometime later after Riley escapes from prison. That, of course, brings up a lot of memories and Mitch and Jake’s feelings are from resolved.

Most of the book happens while the team waits for Riley to arrive. A lot of dirt is dug up not just between Mitch and Jake but also between Jake and his former teammates. There’s not a lot of action initially, it’s mostly talking but Brown imbues every single word with meaning and importance. There aren’t much wasted words here. A subplot with Jake’s co-bar owner and a teammate maybe wasn’t necessary but it was entertaining, and that’s what’s important.

When the action does arrive it’s fast and furious and well-written. The resolution of the Riley situation happened quickly but there was a realism to it all that I enjoyed.

So highly recommended.


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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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