Something’s Brewing at Joe’s (Laura’s Review)

Title: Something’s Brewing at Joe’s
Author: SJD Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Contemporary
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: LaurasPassion
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

The promise of a dream job lures Murphy to Tampa, but he arrives to the rude awakening that the offer is on hold. Now he’s got two choices: slink back to Michigan with his tail between his legs or stay and look for work. Things perk up when he goes into a coffee shop and learns the owner is looking for someone to renovate the apartment above it. He happily takes the job, only later realizing he’s met Joe Sterling, Kaffeinate’s proprietor, before… when they hooked up at a club Murphy’s first night in Tampa.

Murphy and Joe are both proud, passionate, and outspoken. Neither is looking for a relationship, though they can’t deny they go together as well as coffee and doughnuts, in spite of their tempers. But that’s before Joe learns Murphy will be working for the corporation he believes is harming local businesses and the environment—and if Murphy will be supporting it, Joe will want nothing to do with him, dooming any possibility of an unexpected happy ending.

“I’ll Take A Large Coffee With a Side of Sweetness, please!”

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE! I absolutely loved this new book, Something’s Brewing at Joe’s, by SJD Peterson. It had gripped and held onto me with its hot and sizzling chemistry, its humorous and sexy bantering, and, its kept-me-on-the-edge-of-my-seat suspense. I love, love, loved it!

Ever since I came across the books, Plan B, and, Masters & Boyd, I’ve always found myself giddy with excitement from wanting to read additional books from this author. This book certainly was no exception. SJD Peterson is quickly turning into one of my immediate one-click and go-to authors for great reads. So, I was definitely not disappointed when I read, Something’s Brewing at Joe’s, either. This book, is one of those that, for me, contained so many of my favorite aspects of a good book.

It’s main characters, Murphy….bleep.. not going to say anything else there because it was one of those surprise moments that had me quietly screaming, and, I would like other readers to be able to experience that moment as well. Moving on.. Murphy is a man’s man. A young, muscular, good looking, hard-working man. Having recently moved from unbelievably cold Michigan to incredibly warm Florida, in order to fulfill his dream, he goes from having a goal, but without a sense of true direction, to almost having more than what he could actually handle very quickly. Joe Sterling, is a good-looking, passionate, hard-working man, owner of a local coffee shop, who is trying to fulfill his own dream of owning a small business, where locals may continue to enjoy a good cup of aromatic coffee while chatting with its friendly owner.

I loved the well-paced plot and writing of this book. It was an actually very realistic plot, that, unfortunately, many small business find themselves dealing with on a regular basis now-a-days. As this plot contains a lot of sizzling, electric and amazing chemistry, between the two mc’s, it made the whole political-in-nature plot to be more bearable to read. Because let’s face it, politics for some is yawn-city. But this kind..pfft..I’ll take the politics of big business trying to dominate small family-run businesses any day if it contained lots of hot and sexy chemistry! And..just as I began to feel all nice and warm and my cheeks began to ache from grinning, then..BAM! That suspenseful edge to the plot was added, and, it had unknowingly crept up like a slowly building arc of a well-built mystery. Those out-of-the-blue suspenseful moments, those that had me on the edge-of-my-seat and fighting not to read on ahead before I was actually ready, were just..phew.

Can we now talk about that HOT, HOT, HOT chemistry between Murphy and Joe?? Yeah. You’re going to need a couple of cold showers as you read this book, or a fan set on Hi, or both.. It was that incredible. Realistic would not even be completely accurate when describing the chemistry. Nope. So-much-more….

But…and, that is such a small, small but..I had hoped for more. More of the story, and, more of an explanation for why things were as they were. However, that still doesn’t mean that the plot had suffered because, to me, it hadn’t. I just felt that, I needed more. More of a description, also, for both of the mc’s. And, while I didn’t really have any problems, with the secondary characters, at all, I just would have liked a bit more of an involvement from those who had already existed, and/or, have additional characters in general. But, again, as a whole, it really didn’t bother me greatly because it had all worked. It all came together coherently in the end.

I loved this book! Something’s Brewing at Joe’s was such a great read. It’s a story filled with hotter than hot chemistry, selfless dedication, surprising and suspenseful moments, and tender eye-opening magic. I look forward to having a re-read of this book, perhaps at an out-of-the-way mom and pop coffee shop, because maybe I’ll run into Murphy and Joe?? Well…maybe…;)

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Galley copy of Something’s Brewing at Joes provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hi! My name is Laura, and, of course, books are my passion. I love to read. I have recently created my own book blog entitled, "A Book Lover's Dream Book Blog", so that I can share my passion with others. In addition to my blog, I also post my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, as well as on Barnes & Noble, if it is requested. My reviews are very well-developed, honest, and thorough. As I am a former teacher, I always write a detailed review for each and every book that I receive. I always finish each book prior to a review, and, will never include a dnf as a review. I will always write what I liked about the book, and be very diplomatic about what just didn't work for me, as well as possible suggestions. I look forward to discovering new books as well as new authors. :)