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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn

I do love the second chance romance, especially if both characters have been hardened by life and have a rocky history. It makes the happy ending harder to reach and all the sweeter (No pun intended).

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 14, 2015

What fun is life without a little bit of trouble?

Retired supermodel and forever wild child Olivia Sweet is nothing but trouble. The youngest Sweet triplet is back in her hometown, but instead of a triumphant return it’s a parade of humiliations. She’s broke, homeless and dealing with the fallout from her scumbag ex-boyfriend publishing naked pictures of her to a revenge porn website.

Staid and stalwart veteran Mateo Garcia has seen more trouble than a man ever should in his lifetime. He’s gone from pretty boy Marine to a small town police chief with a chip on his shoulder and scars covering the left side of his face. Now his former lover, Olivia, is back in town and living next door.

When the two are forced to work together to fix up the crumbling veterans’ center, the sparks fly between the beauty and the man who sees himself as a beast. Not everyone is happy that Olivia is back home though and Mateo has to choose between the town who wants her gone and an uncertain future with a woman who he thinks could never love him…

Okay so the Sweet family name is synonymous with the word scandal but Olivia makes her siblings look like angels. As a former model, she had her fair share of scandals but because of her ex-boyfriend she’s forced back home to Salvation. Broke, humiliated and homeless, Olivia doesn’t need an old flame complicating things.

Then there’s Mateo Garcia who has had more than enough trouble to last the rest of his life, and his scarred face is the proof. Once a popular playboy, the troubled former Marine turned police chief has become reclusive and surly. The last thing he needs is an old lover turning up in town, much less living next door to him.

A crumbling veteran’s center forces the two to spend a lot of time together and surprise, surprise! The sparks reignite between them along with old resentments and new wounds, making Trouble on Tap a bit of a roller coaster ride.

Olivia Sweet just might be my favorite character from the series! I have a soft spot for rebellious trouble makers like her. Even when she didn’t make the best choices she was still a fun character. She had it in her to be better than her past and with a lot of struggling and her love for a grumpy but good man, Olivia crawled out of where she was and really worked hard to overcome her family’s reputation. It wasn’t easy but I loved that she fought for respectability while still staying true to who she really was.

Of course Mateo presented his own set of challenges both for himself and anyone unlucky enough to get too close to him. His bark was worse than his bite for the most part and while he may have become bitter and angry, it was all directed at himself. It didn’t change who he was on the inside, though he tired to bury it, Mateo was still a protector, still a hero and still the same man who fell for Olivia years ago, he just didn’t know it. He wasn’t a perfect character and he did lash out in anger at Olivia but it made him more real more fractured.

Trouble on Tap had a bit of a Beauty and the Beast vibe to it but still remained its own story. Mateo and Olivia couldn’t be more perfect for each other. As a couple, they may have started out as reluctant partners but it was clear that they still wanted each other and they grounded each other. I loved that their connection was already deeper than the physical but they had to find that out for themselves. They made plenty of mistakes along the way but the great thing about them both is that they learned from those mistakes.

Final Verdict: I missed out on the first book of the series but I did read the second. Trouble on Tap was a good conclusion to a series that took troubled triplets and made them face their individual demons. Olivia’s story definitely had a lot of drama and passion but it also had healing and humor.

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