Review: Something's Brewing at Joe's by S.J.D. Peterson

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 firmly believe in there’s a right book for you at the right moment and this was the perfect book for me. I was in a bit of a slump with nothing quite pulling me in like I wanted it and then I met Murphy and Joe and they quite literally fucked the slump away.
Enjoy the moment. There’s time later to talk.
Murphy has left the cool temps of Michigan to follow his career to Tampa and use the skills he’s gone to trade school for but a snafu leaves him jobless and unwilling to run back home with his tail between his legs. With the need to get his frustrations out, Murphy finds a local gay friendly bar and attempts to find something or someone to pound his frustrations out with.

Joe is out for the night during his employee imposed vacation dancing the night away at Flamingo’s when he sees a man who is just his type at the bar, aka Murphy. A bit of small talk and a bit of talk about anatomy not being small, has Joe and Murphy headed to Joe’s to find some mutual release through horizontal dancing of their own.

But both men see this as a one night stand even though both men have a hard time getting the other out of their head. I guess it’s a good thing Murphy is in need of a job and the coffee shop he walks into just happens to need a handyman to renovate the upstairs apartment. Oh and that coffee shop is owned by Joe, yup… Murphy has kinda turned into the one night stand that never left.

The sexual tension between these two is insatiable and I loved it. There isn’t much talking to be had when your mouth is full of cock/ass and these men love the taste of one another. It would seem tedious how much they are together physically if they weren’t perfect and so sexy together. Good lord. Joe and Murphy have amazing chemistry from the first look at one another that blends into passion that burns your fingertips as you read this. Passion like these two have makes for some serious bedroom sessions that leave the men and this reader panting because seriously, they are hotter than hot.
“Jesus, Joe.”
“Too slutty?”
“Not unless you do that for everyone.”
“Just you.”
“Then the only term I’d use to describe it is ‘really hot.’”
It’s not all smooth sailing and sex for the couple though. Passion, as telenovelas have taught us, leads for hot sex and hot tempers, and Murphy and Joe are guilty of both. The men fight and fuck their way to resolutions and honestly, admit that they fuck and fight their way through it all. The both know they should talk about issues that come up but end in bed and talk later. I loved that about them, how they call themselves out on being hornier than a ten peckered owl but get the sex out and then get down to talking. Communication isn’t only verbal between these two and their best communicating is when they are connected, intimately.

There is a story with all this sex and while it caused tension and a bit of angst between the men, it wasn’t that big of a distraction from the romance and that made me happy. Sure, both Murphy and Joe make some quick/wrong decisions when it comes to how they treat the other but both men have come from bad relationships and carry a bit of that baggage around. The good thing though, they fall so damn hard for one another so damn fast they barely recognize when it slaps them in the face and not with the other’s penis.

Seriously though.

This book was fun, sweet, sexy and romantic. I don’t need to give you a long rambling review to tell you that I enjoyed the hell out of meeting Murphy as he was melting from the Tampa heat and humidity after getting a blow to his career dreams to meeting the man of his dreams on a hot and humid dance floor. I just need to tell you this book made my Monday, took me out of a book slump, made me squirm in my seat and made me smile more times than I can count.

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