Tapped by Liz Crowe is an erotic romance. When brew master Austin meets Evelyn, he is instantly smitten. One hundred percent insta-lust. The bad thing is he is recently kind-of, almost engaged to another woman. His attraction to Evelyn takes him by total surprise.
Evelyn wants nothing to do with Austin. She knows he’s a playboy and the golden boy of the micro-brewing world. She has worked hard to make a name for herself in the profession and to her, Austin has just gotten by on his name and family alone. There’s some truth to this but Austin has definitely worked hard to become a talented brew master. He studied in Germany and knows his beer. He also happened to share a lot of sexual experiences with his friend, Ross, another brew master.
When Evelyn and Austin start a relationship together, it is not easy. Between Austin’s family expectations (especially his mother who is not the nicest to Evelyn), Evelyn’s own doubts about their relationship lasting, and Austin’s unrequited feelings for Ross, they do not have an easy road. When Ross enters Austin’s life again, things only get more complex.
I will be honest. Tapped was only an okay read for me. I had a hard time investing in Austin and Evelyn’s relationship as I couldn’t quite understand the instant attraction they had to each other. Evelyn in particular I had a hard time connecting to, much as I tried. But Austin’s instant love baffled me. He had barely met Evelyn and suddenly he was realizing that there is no way he can marry this other woman, that after a lifetime of sexual experiences, Evelyn was the one for him.
Add in Ross, who complicates their relationship even more, and I just felt very distant from these characters overall. I liked the business aspects of this book though. The author clearly did her research into the brewing world and that showed.
While Tapped was not the strongest book for me, I firmly believe that for every book there is a reader out there and I know this book will resonate with other readers.
The Brewing Passion Series #1
By: Liz Crowe
Releasing February 14, 2017
Totally Bound: Entwined
When wealthy brewery owner Austin Fitzgerald meets sexy saleswoman Evelyn Benedict, angry sparks fly. They seem destined to clash, until a hot hookup in a cold beer cooler changes everything.
For Austin, it’s a life-altering moment that sets him on a path away from his birthright, while Evelyn must face her fears about committing to a man considered the playboy of the micro-brewing world.
The power of preconceived notions nearly tears them apart—until they meet up with brew master Ross, who opens their eyes to a deeper, even more erotic connection.
But three strong personalities don’t always make for the best emotional mix and when a simple misunderstanding causes chaos, it’s up to Ross to somehow repair the tattered shreds of their relationship.
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance: Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.