Cocktales, Book Two

Jordan Lance is the bookkeeper for Books and Brew, a bookstore/bar that she and 3 of her friends jointly own. She’s happy working in her makeshift office on the second floor and prefers not dealing with the customers. However, when the air conditioner stops working during a heat wave, she needs to contact the landlord, Gabriel. Jordan has had a crush on Gabriel since they moved into his building and except for Jordan’s fantasies they’ve kept their relationship as good friends, without benefits.

Casey was asked by his best friend Gabriel to check out the broken air conditioner at Books and Brew. He’s heard about Jordan from Gabriel and is pleasantly surprised to find the store closed and Jordan the only one around. He’s definitely interested in getting to know her better because even if Gabriel isn’t interested in her, he sure is!

Jordan is enjoying being with Casey. Maybe this is the man to get her to forget all her fantasies about Gabriel. Even if he isn’t, she sure wouldn’t mind getting to know him better!

The dynamics all change though when Gabriel stops by and some jealousy shows up with him. Casey is willing to back off if Gabriel is going to actually work on a more than friends relationship. Gabriel isn’t sure so now Jordan goes from no guys to two.

What is a girl to do? She likes both of them for totally different reasons. Can she give up one because she won’t do anything that will mess up their friendship?

This is the second book in Mari Carr’s series about the women who own Books and Brew. You do not need to read the previous book to thoroughly enjoy this one. Each is written to stand on its own though they are so interesting that you’re going to want to read both of them.

The main characters are wonderful, fantastic and awesome. Jordan may be a bookkeeper but she definitely can appreciate a fine man. She also has a sense of humor which comes across extremely well. What also comes across is how she values her friends. Her caring nature endears her to but Gabriel and Casey. Casey is an artist who knows he also has to pay his bills which is why he works as a handyman. He’s practical but with a flair. Gabriel was burnt by his ex-fiancée and has been playing the lady’s man ever since. He has the money to do it too which is what attracted his ex to him. He’s scared of risking his heart but he feels connected to Jordan.

Gabriel and Casey’s friendship is solid. They would do just about anything for the other. In college, they were roommates but as adults they maintain their own homes. Never during their entire friendship were they even tempted to share a woman which is why their willingness to try it with Jordan is special. They’re not sure of the rules or how to do things. They’re not sure how they are going to react. This uncertainty makes this decision feel real. How is this going to work, or is this just going to blow up in their faces?

This illusion of reality carries through in all aspects of this story. Every part of it screams this is reality, not made up. From the descriptions of Books and Brew to the reactions of all of the characters, everything is flawless, even those things with flaws!

I absolutely loved this story. In fact, I ended up talking about it to a couple of customers who would love to know where Books and Brew is located. They’re ready to check it out. (Hint: You might want to open one of these stores!) But, me talking to people about a book because I’m so exited about it at work is unusual. Maybe, that’s because this book is unusually good.

Okay, the must have checklist for superb romance: hot guy, check plus; hot sex, definitely a check; believable story, also a check; happy ending, a check plus more. Yep, everything is checked off making this a superb romance.

This is a must read for any Mari Carr fan, ménage fan, friends becoming lovers fan, lover of good romance fan, etc. So, do yourself a favor and just buy it.

Book Blurb for Screwdriver

When Jordan Lance isn’t poring over spreadsheets for Books and Brew, she’s fantasizing about the store’s landlord. Too bad she’s squarely in Gabriel’s “just friends” column. Jordan’s prepared to pine forever—until she meets Casey. The handyman is hot, handsome, charming…and Gabriel’s best friend. Suddenly her wicked fantasies are porntastic times two.

Casey has suspected his friend’s interest in Jordan. If he can push them together, he might get Gabriel off the bimbo train he’s been riding. The plan? Jealousy. And it’s working. It’s not long before Gabriel’s deeper feelings for Jordan emerge. Problem is…so do Casey’s. What happens when two friends want the same woman? Red-hot ménage, baby.

Two gorgeous men exploring every inch of her body? Um, yes please! Jordan doesn’t know if threesomes are considered acceptable, but she’s sure of one thing—being this bad feels far too good.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2012 5.00