Guest Review: Bubbly (Uncorked #1) by Shea Balik

Raise your wine glasses high to toast the men of Dahlonia while they discover the secret to happiness – LOVE.

There was no doubt about it, Macalister Whitmore was as straight-laced as they came. He worked all the time, never did anything that would be considered fun, and almost always wore a suit and tie, even in the laid back southern town of Dahlonia, where the dress code tended to be jeans and t-shirts. It was how his parents raised him and Macalister was sure even a tanning salon couldn’t change that.

David Wilson wanted to throttle his best friend for sending Mac to his tanning salon to try and loosen up the uptight lawyer. He had never met anyone that had actually worn a suit to a tanning salon before. What Mac needed was a doctor to remove that stick from his ass. Then again, if Mac continued to look down his nose at David, he would remove it himself.

Still, it seemed that opposites do attract, so they decide to give each other a chance.

Happily ever after may sound like a dream come true, but no one ever said it didn’t come with pain and heartache. Will they walk away from each other, or walk through hell for the chance to pop some Bubbly and celebrate finding their happy ending?

Reviewer: NeRdyWYRM

Warp Speed Love Ahead

Usually insta-love bothers me on oh-so-many levels. For some reason, I managed to keep the eyerolling to a minimum for this one. I think a lot of that had to do with Macalister's character. He was just so squeezably awkward, it made me forget some of the ridiculousness even as it was happening.

Conversely, David made me want to develop a lisp, a swish, some sharply acidic snark and a really, really painful bitchslap backhand. Ugh. His character was rabidly self-absorbed at first and I really wanted to squeeze him, too ... around his neck until he turned blue and was drooling, that is. So ... not in a good way. Yeah. He turned it around ... eventually, but I was a little frustrated with him at first.

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So putting the warp speed love aspect aside and disregarding some initial character flaws that were later resolved, once the MCs got out of their own respective ways they came together quite nicely. I needed a little more depth overall to really get the feelz I crave. But! I was entertained and connected with at least one of the characters. Now that I think about it, that's oddly reminiscent of real-life relationships if you think about it. Huh.

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I enjoyed the extended cast of characters and saw some future MCs for the series peeking out here and there. A little subtle foreshadowing is a good thing. Thankfully, we didn't get bludgeoned with it. I really dislike when an author is so busy subliminally plugging the next book that it interferes with the current characters and story. That didn't happen here.

Because the pacing with the relationship development was a little fast and the character development a little two-dimensional, I didn't get as emotionally involved as I would have liked to have been. All in all, I was pleased but not turning cartwheels. Bubbly was entertaining, sweet, and only slightly unbelievable. I'm calling that a win and a 3.5 heart read.

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An ARC copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

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