TAP by Georgia Cates – BECKY’S REVIEW

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I loved the Beauty series and I was given an advanced reader’s copy


4 stars


Craft beer and the sexy 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 dirty 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. Forbidden fruit. Pursuing her can mean trouble for me at Lovibond Brewery. But I don’t care.

I yearn for her skin against mine.
I crave her smell on my body.
I want to make her laugh and then hear her moan 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 damn shame because there’s no one on earth I want more than her.

An epic love.
A miserable ending.
Unless it’s not.

TAP is the first book in a collection of Lovibond stand alone novels.
Each novel will feature a different couple.
No cliffhangers.

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Georgia Cates sure does like to write about alcohol. If you’ve read her Beauty series, then you probably learned a lot about wine. This time around, Georgia Cates is giving us a lesson in beer. While also giving us a completely realistic look at love.

Tap is about two people falling in love. I know, shocking, right? The couple at the center of this story – Lucas “Tap” Broussard and Lawrence Thorn, are totally normal. They have normal lives and normal jobs and normal backgrounds (kind of) and I really, really like that. Lucas/Tap/Brou (he seriously has like 800 nicknames) isn’t some sex-crazed Alpha dominant billionaire. Is he wealthy? Modestly. Is he an alpha? Modestly. Is he dominant? I think you get where I’m going with this… He is someone that I could actually imagine in the real world. It finally feels like I have a realistic BBF to swoon over.

There are also no complicated storylines in Tap. This is simply a story about two people trying to overcome their hang-ups. When Lucas and Lawrence realize that they’re crazy about each other and stop fighting their attraction towards one another, their relationship faces some seriously real issues. For example, Lawrence’s brother is Lucas’s business partner. Lucas has to decide if being in a relationship with his business partner’s sister is worth the risk. When things start getting serious between Lucas and Lawrence, they have to overcome some serious obstacles, including the physical distance that separates them. The obstacles they must overcome are realistic. Who is going to be the one to sacrifice and move? What about getting married? What about children? Confronting these problems is a very serious and very real issue for Lucas and Lawrence and I loved watching them make these difficult decisions.

What made this a four-star read for me is the backstories. I felt like Lucas and Lawrence have competing backstories and Georgia Cates only fully resolves Lucas’s backstory. I felt like I had a complete picture of his past while some of Lawrence’s past remained a mystery. Perhaps when Oliver’s (Stout) story is told, some of my lingering questions will be resolved.

The Lovibond series are all standalones and Georgia Cates really sets the stage for the next two books. Stout and Porter are both interesting and I’m intrigued to read their stories, especially Stout since he and Lawrence are siblings. If you’re a fan of Georgia Cates or just looking for something a tad more realistic, then definitely one-click Tap.

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