Daily Grind (Ele’s Review)

Title: Daily Grind (Takeover #4)
Author: Anna Zabo
Publisher: InterMix
Release Date: February 21st 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A man discovers that love can show up when you least expect it—and in a much different form—in this piping-hot romance from the author of Due Diligence and Just Business.

Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N’At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.

As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.

But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?

Praise for the romances of Anna Zabo

“Zabo offers an engaging narrative that ropes readers in from the beginning, addressing issues of trust, love, sex, and homophobia while also crafting potent sex scenes.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“A deliciously erotic and emotional romance that I would highly recommend even if you’re not normally a BDSM fan.”—The Book Vixen

“This book was phenomenal. Something about the story line and these two men just resonated with me and I really loved their story.”—Smitten With Reading

“I want to make the world right for you.”

Daily Grind is Anna Zabo’s “bi-for-you” addition to the Takeover series. I absolutely loved Just Business, but this one is definitely my favorite so far, for entirely different reasons:

Great bisexual representation. I said that in a way it’s a “bi-for-you” story but it’s not only that. Brian acknowledges that he has always felt an attraction towards men, but didn’t do anything about it, until a hot, ginger, Britich CEO entered his coffee shop.

“He ‘d had sex with a man-with Rob. No fall of rainbow glitter. No feeling that he was a new and changed man. Only the realization that he had finally stopped hiding.”

-The romantic build up. It swept me off my feet. Slow but steady, Brian and Rob fall in love with each other, without any freak outs. First kisses, first dates, first times, quiet evenings watching TV, hikes and photography sessions, are all on page. And when the “I love you’s” came, it felt so natural and real.

“You walked into my shop and brought the freaking sun with you. I ‘ve been blinded since.”

The sex is out of this world! Brian “kissed a boy and he liked it!” He really, really did!

The conflict of this story is one I understand very well, having a lot of friends or relatives that own a business. Brian will frustrate a lot of people, and he’s a very stubborn man. Rob is a saint, but he can run out of patience too. The last part of the story (grovelling included) felt like redemption.

Ginger MC y’all! You know how I feel about them. Freckles are included!

Coffee porn! I swear, every time Brian made one of his coffee concoctions, I wanted to reach inside my kindle and make it mine.

Cameo appearances from almost all characters from the previous books. So good to see Eli and Justin again. They still have it.

The female characters in this book kick ass!

Bottom line, this was amazing. Highly recommended!

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Galley copy of Daily Grind provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


Mother, wife, teacher and READER. I read MM almost exclusively. My kindle is my best friend and the most important thing in my life after my son. My poor husband... I read MM romance almost exclusively. As a reader I don't have any hard limits except incest. I like Contemporary and Historicals and I rarely read Paranormal unless recommended...
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