I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn
Narrator: Charlotte North
Series: Sweet Salvation Brewery #3
Published by Tantor Audio on April 27, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 4 hours 51 minutes
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…
My top thoughts:
This is absolutely the best book out of the three; I think I enjoyed each progressively more than last. I really grew to love the Sweet sisters and their little town.
What I liked/didn’t like:
Trouble on Tap really didn’t involve the brewery at all; it was like an afterthought, whereas in the other books the brewery was front and center. This was much more about Olivia and Mateo’s relationship and internal demons. And it’s a second chance romance, an absolutely favorite trope for me.
Olivia is the third and final triplet for us to get to know, the youngest and the one who has embraced the stereotype that the Sweet family is crazy and wild, rather than rallying against it like her older sisters. In reality, though, she craves to be accepted in the same way her sisters craved it – if not more. She’s gone out and lived a glamorous life as a model. She’s ready to come home, be part of the family business and to be loved and accepted. That all stopped for various reasons, one being that Mateo’s final tour had ended in disaster and he wouldn’t see Olivia. Now he’s back home and too busy carrying the guilt of that last tour to really embrace life…. until Olivia comes back and begins breaking down his walls.
I loved the personal growth in this book. The animals are also really fantastic – there’s a 3 legged cat and a scraggly dog – both that you just can’t help but love. And it closes out the chapter on the Sweet Family really nicely. Not that there couldn’t be more books in this town – there certainly could – but I’m very satisfied with how Avery Flynn has wrapped up things for the Sweet Sisters.
I listened to this book and Charlotte North continues to be a really reliable narrator for good voices and bringing everything to life. I will not hesitate to listen to more books she narrates.