Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Book Review: 'Tap' by Georgia Cates

Mississippi author Georgia Cates began a career as a labor and delivery nurse until the lure of writing struck. Now she has published over thirty novels! She is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author. Her series include paranormal characters, naughty books about the lust of intimacy, and always book about romance as the main ingredient. MEN OF LOVIBOND is a series of three books about men who own a brewery and the interactions of their lives with those of women and other customers.

Georgia gives the setting for the brewery a send off in her opening paragraphs – ‘This quarter’s sales are profitable. Buying into Lovibond Brewery as a partner four years ago has proven to be a wise decision. Oliver Thorn, Porter Beckman, and I are becoming three increasingly wealthy men. The opportunity to financially back this company during its infancy couldn’t have presented itself at a better time. My life had been in a shambles. Miserable in my business. A failed marriage. My wife and my business partner in love… A knock on my office door steals my attention from the numbers. And the past. “Hey, Tap. You got a minute?” “Sure.” Stout enters, shutting the door behind him. He never does that. Oliver Thorn, aka Stout and my business partner, shrinks into the chair across from me. He’s hunched with his forearms resting on his thighs. His face is nearly hidden in his palms. This isn’t the typical carefree Stout who launches himself into the chair opposite me and kicks up his heels onto the edge of my desk to annoy me. The disheveled guy in front of me looks… defeated. I’m silent as I wait for him to look up at me. But he doesn’t. This is weird. Stout never acts like this. Maybe I should prompt him to say something. Anything. “I was just going over the numbers. They’re up again. This time by thirteen point nine percent. That’s almost two times what they were last quarter.” Unbelievable how quickly this company is growing. It began with two college guys brewing beer in their apartment. They dreamed of turning their hobby into a multimillion-dollar company….etc’

How Georgia weaves this central theme into a novel is obvious from her synopsis – ‘Craft beer and the men who brew it. Both, always a good idea. A faceless name. That’s all she was when I agreed to play a part in deceiving her. But then the unplanned happened. We met. And all I wanted from her was a weekend . . . until that wasn’t enough and I longed for so much more. Lawrence Thorn suddenly means the world to me. And that’s a problem. She’s my business partner’s sister. Pursuing her can mean trouble for me at Lovibond Brewery. But I don’t care. I want to make her laugh and then hear her cal my name. And she does for a brief moment in time. But Lawrence wants more than I’m able to give. And it’s a shame because there’s no one on earth I want more than her. An epic love. A miserable ending. Unless it’s not….’

Strong characters, involving plot, and some nuance not usually seen in chick lit are only some of the reasons Georgia Cates is so successful as an author! Grady Harp, August 17

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