REVIEW: The Bartender by Piper Rayne

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February 4, 2017 by evesummers

the-bartender-ebook-coverThe Bartender by Piper Rayne
Series: Modern Love #1
Genre: romantic comedy
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Who knew sleeping with the enemy could be this fun? 

Was the one night stand a good idea?

Well, no. Probably not in retrospect.

In my defense I had just moved back into my grandparent’s house, I’d lost my dream job, and a guy on Tinder had stood me up. It was like life had suddenly stamped ‘LOSER’ on my forehead.

So when the guy behind the bar started giving me THE look…you know, the one that promised I’d be screaming his name into the wee hours of the morning? When that guy also has the perfect amount of scruff on his chiseled chin, biceps bulging out of his t-shirt, and a cocky grin you knew he’d earned in the sack…when he gives you that look, you don’t bother to figure out what your six degrees of separation are. You jump on that horse and ride it!

 Pun fully and completely intended. And accurate by the way.

I fully admit to feeling sorry for myself and acting impulsively, but by the time I’d figured out WHO the bartender was, I was already falling for him.

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Review

Heat: 3/5
Rating: 2/5

From the synopsis, this looked like it was going to be a steamy, hilarious romp, but unfortunately it left me feeling a little cold. Although the sex scenes were pretty enjoyable, including some atypical scenes for a contemporary erotic romance (titfuck, anyone?), I just didn’t really get into this book. It didn’t make me laugh; the most was a small smile every so often, and despite the writing style being really strong and pleasant to read, I have to admit I found this more of a chore than I wanted to.

I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, with their inability to take responsibility of their actions, and also their intentional deception of one another which led to easily-avoidable drama. I find it terribly frustrating when forced drama and angst is used in books, as it just detracts from everything I’ve read and destroys any relationship I’ve built with the characters. None of the characters were developed enough for my liking, and honestly too much of it felt forced, with angst, humour and relationships.

It was fun, it was light, it was fairly hot; but overall it just didn’t appeal to my sense of humour or my craving for a bit more depth.

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