The Tap Room

Liz Crowe
The Tap Room
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Publisher
Breathless Press
Release Date
January 2012
ISBN
9781926930350
Series
Book 4 of Brewing Passion
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
After finding out her alpha banker husband, Bradley, has been cheating on her with his bubble-headed PR girl, she puts all her passion and energy into making her microbrewery a success. Until one business partner, Trent, attempts to rekindle an old flame, and her other partner, Owen, admits his true feelings for her—what is a woman supposed to do?

Throw the hot new brewer, Jeff, in the mix, and it's a formula for disaster.

The daily stresses of running a small business, plus the ongoing turmoil in her personal life has Erin escaping to California for an industry event, where she meets Landon, a brewery rock-star-turn-consultant, who has been watching her and her company for a while.

When a family trauma requires her presence in Michigan, Erin is faced with an ex- husband who wishes for a reunion. Caught in the middle of all these men, she's even more confused by what she truly wants or needs.

Then the ultimate decision forces her into action: Newly acclaimed as the owners of Winter Street Brewing, honored by Inc. Magazine as Top Entrepreneurs, Trent, Owen and Erin face a buyout offer from a much larger brewery. What will she choose? Who will she share it all with?

**This is a Choose-Your-Own-Ending book.**

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Dec 11, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
135 people found the following review helpful
Eie-meanie-minie-moe, which cock do I choose today? Red-headed, almost-divorced Erin is surrounded by pussy hungry men. I wanted to read this book because I'd read a short story by the author and the sexy content was sweet and tasty. To return to THE TAP ROOM world, I couldn't wait to read about the business partners of the brewery. In addition, the author, Ms. Crowe is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is near and dear to my heart.

Erin's brewery is finally successful. However, her personal life is in the bottom of the barrel with her 20 plus year marriage down the drain, sacrificed to her job. Her partners Trent and Owen's personal lives aren't that much better. Trent has gone through a divorce due to the brewery. Owen comes across as a commitment phobic who is emotionally constipated. This is Erin's words, not mine. As if that isn't enough, the new employee, Jeff who is also super hot wants to tap Erin's ass. But wait, there's more! Landon, a rock star in brewing, chases after Erin. Each one of these men is in love with her and wants to be with her. They want her more than just for "sex". I rolled my eyes.

What I wanted to read was about a woman building a meaningful relationship in a hot ménage or even a quad. Instead, I'm pulled into a sexual frenzy where people are petty and juvenile to each other. There is a lot of chest thumping and unresolved sexual tension. The lack of honest communication and discussion caused further confusion for Erin and disappointment for me. I did enjoy the sex scenes as they were hot and lust filled. The emotional baggage totally destroyed my afterglow as well as Erin's. As if this isn't enough, her extremely handsome and powerful ex-husband, Bradley, is looking for reconciliation. There are complications to this and throws Erin into a loopy state of confusion.

Reading this story only goes to reaffirm the phrase, "don't mix business with pleasure". The dysfunctional dynamics between Erin, Owen, Trent and Jeff hurts the brewery. It's not the end of the world, but work does suffer. To add two other men, Bradley and Landon, to the mix, I'm wondering why we didn't just receive a gang bang scene at this rate. I realize Erin struggles with her lack of will to say no and pick a guy. She keeps admonishing herself for behaving like a slut. I have news for her. She is a slut and at least each one of the guys receives a sloppy second, whether they want to or not. The collateral damage she causes the men is irresponsible and a hot mess.

There is no happy ending in this book. There are however three choices since this is a choose yourself ending book. I'm of two minds for this type of book. The reader is able to pick the ending they like best. This would satisfy the reader. I read each one of them to see which one I liked best. I knew which one I wanted. Unfortunately, none of the endings satisfied me to a satisfying closure. There was one that was the closest to what I had hoped to happen. Still, it wasn't enough for me.

For people who enjoy a choose yourself ending, this book will satisfy your craving. I recommend this book to people who enjoy reading emotional turmoil filled with one super hot woman and five super gorgeous men getting their groove on.
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Book Review by drm2115
Nov 09, 2012
131 people found the following review helpful
After REALLY enjoying the Realtors Series by Ms Crowe (I read it after Fifty Shades, it was great next read and I highly recommend it) ... I downloaded the Brewing Passion series... I was bit nervous about the choose your own ending element... well it was a great read... Erin with each man was entertaining, Liz is a wonderful writer; she draws you into each encounter and in this case you were able to understand what drew Erin to each man
Though I went into it thinking I would want Owen, I ended up feeling Landon was the BEST choice for a "happy" ending for Erin (and I liked the surprise with this ending). I do agree with other reviews that I wish there was more, I would love to see how Landon handles marriage and fatherhood!! How the men in Erin's life deal her decision, how her son's deal with a new baby and a step dad... just not sure how the author would accomplish that since the ending is up each reader... as an aside though I did not occur to me while I was reading it, a previous reviewer is likely right Jeff was not a real option, it struck me a so true... it was really Owen OR Landon....
And although the other biz partner Trent is not an "end up with" option, Trent is FUN to read about... looking forward to reading the continuation of the Trent and Lisa story! (as Ms Crowe says... "love me some Trent"
The Tap Room is worth the read
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