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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Stirred by Tracy Ewens
Published by Tracy Ewens on May 10, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Romance
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If only life were as simple as choosing between shaken or stirred.
Sage Jeffries grew up an overachiever. She studied, excelled, and became a mechanical engineer for a firm in San Francisco. Yet much to her family’s surprise, at age thirty, she made a bold move to Los Angeles and became a bartender at The Yard. Now, she spends her time mixing drinks and trying new things. Her life is good, fun . . . except for two teeny tiny challenges—she’s in love with her best friend’s older brother, and her sister bought her a book, Nice to Naughty in Ten Easy Steps, and dares her to master every step. Sage never backs down from a challenge.
Garrett Rye is Ryeland Farms. He grew up under his father’s wing and has now taken over operations. Working the fields was nothing compared to the hassle of managing, but keeping the farm running without hiccups is what’s expected. His brother and sister may run The Yard, but Ryeland Farms is the rock of their family. No matter how many changes swirl around him, Garrett intends to keep it that way.
It’s New Year’s Eve and Sage, who’s had too much tequila, is realizing it’s easier to read about “naughty” than actually put it into practice. Instead of a wild night, she ends up tucked into Garrett’s truck, spilling her heart. Now, Garrett is finding it impossible to concentrate on keeping things business as usual when the woman he’s only noticed behind the bar suddenly wants to raise the bar.
Both stirred and shaken, Sage and Garrett will have to decide whether to keep mixing things up or if they should put their feelings on ice.
There is just something about Tracy Ewens’ books that I enjoy. Smart, sharp romances with intelligent females and good guys. There is no posturing, no reforming a bad boy, just two people on a path to each other. Stirred is the story of Sage a mixologist and Garrett, who runs his big family farm. He puts work first, family second and his love life last. Sage has loved him quietly for almost two years and has given up on him ever getting his crap together. She embarks on a self-help book’s plan to open up and embrace her inner naughty girl. Garrett has taken care of his family since his mother left him and his two younger siblings and doesn’t have time for dating or romance. But suddenly, Sage is breaking through his barriers and he just might want a little more than friendship.
The plot of Stirred was great. A love story with a lot of heart, some steam and some people who really deserve happiness. I have always enjoyed the writing of Tracy Ewens. She is able to craft smart women who know what they want and are willing to go after it. She has a way of writing to the emotions of a story and letting that be her guide. The pacing did have a few small bumps where a larger than expected period of time passed, but the story would quickly take over and it did not hamper my enjoyment at all. The world built for the main story was minimal. This is the fifth book in the series and all of the players and places have already been structured. However, there was build up to, what I believe, will be the next group of people that will be featured in the series. I felt that some of that transition was clunky and interfered with the main story, but it does make me wonder what will happen next. There were plenty of emotions in this read. It was nice to see a male character struggle with his feelings and not just be a macho man. The characters are where Ewens shines. Full of life and attitude, I loved Sage and found her to be a refreshing lead. Garrett was a sexy farmer with a hardened heart, so of course I had to love him.
Tracy Ewens’ A Love Story series is one I will happily continue to read. Fun and fast, they are a welcome break from some of the more serious books I read. Now, don’t take that as a bad thing, because it is not at all. Sometimes we just need a book that will make us happy and Stirred is one of those. I was unsure of where the series would arc after this book, as everyone featured in the world has been paired, but I am pretty sure I see where the next three books will go. If there are another three in the A Love Story series I happily say, sign me up.
Favorite lines – This was worse than the wooden roller coaster at Belmont Park. He suddenly wasn’t sure what to do with his hands, whether to scream or laugh. He had no idea what to do with her. Well, actually he did, lots of ideas it turned out, but this was a farmers market.
Biggest cliché – I have no time for love, there are crops to grow.
Have you read Stirred, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge