Title: Tea
Author: Matthew J. Metzger
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: January 7th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 322
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


John only went into the cafe to have a brew and wait out the storm. He didn’t expect to find love at the same time.

And it really is love at first sight. Chris is like nobody John’s ever known, and John is caught from the start. All he wants, from that very first touch, is to never let go. But John is badly burned from his last relationship and in no fit state to try again. When Chris asks him out, he ought to say no.

But what if he says yes instead?

I was thinking that this would be more of a hurt/comfort story, but it didn’t really have that feel to me. There was just A LOT packed into this book.

John was in a relationship that ended very, very badly. He was with someone who was cheating with him and was accused of heinous acts to defer blame. He was accused so many times over and over that he started thinking it might be true.

When he meets Chris, he can’t trust that he won’t hurt him. He can’t trust the reactions of others. Meanwhile, Chris has his own issues to overcome and he needs John beside him.

I loved how this started off with John spilling Chris’s coffee and Chris flirting like a madman. It was super cute and I immediately liked Chris. However, as I kept reading and John relayed his issues, I was surprised at how little Chris did to support him.

Then, it seemed like Chris had issue after issue of his own come out, to the point where I was a little annoyed. He threw out a list of No’s: don’t call me that, don’t touch me there, don’t say that, etc. It totally peeved me at how John just went along with it all. And then more and more things from Chris’s life came out of the woodwork and it just detracted from the story for me.

It seemed like John was the one with the major issue, but Chris had far more issues, but John was the one in therapy, which Chris had suggested.

I was hoping for more of a even keel I suppose, or something to even out poor John’s feelings. It felt very one sided to me, even though Chris was in it, I just wish he’d been more supportive and less naggy.

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Galley copy of Tea provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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