From New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott, comes this downright delicious peek into the male anatomy… er, mind of Hardy Richard.There are only two rules:
1. Don’t get too close.
2. Don’t fall in love.
Correction: Don’t ever fall in love. I don’t need the baggage of relationships. Life should be simple, easy, uncomplicated.
The problem I’m faced with is, if I really believe life should be that easy, that uncomplicated, and that simple, then why am I still thinking about a woman I met on a random Monday at the bar? A girl who was never a Gimlet, and always a Paloma. Yep, I called it all wrong last night and I’m starting to wonder if my heart will pay the price.
I might have broken rule number one, but rule number two remains firmly intact. For now. Sort of. Okay, maybe rule two hasn’t been broken, but it’s definitely been bent.
As a dude, who’s not a hairdresser, I know too much about women’s hair. But in my line of work, it’s a bonus…No matter what their hairstyle, the one thing all women have in common is sex. Yup, sex. You might say that sounds trite, even obvious, but it’s true. There’s a basic need, a desire that the right cocktail with the right opportunity at the right time can release, making the most put together woman come undone.
So says Hardy Richard, owner and proprietor of Hardy’s Hideaway, a gem of a bar that caters chiefly to, well, women and their needs. Hardy and his cadre of hard-working, handsome, and, oh, so, helpful barmen make the Hideaway one of the most popular and sought-after watering holes that you never knew was there. And is just what brings in the woman in search of a Gimlet, and maybe some more, that will rock Hardy’s world in ways that he never anticipated.
It is no secret that I am a big fan of author S.L. Scott. After all, Jack Dalton of the Resistance is still one of my favorite book boyfriends ever. Suzie has a way of writing from the heart, of spinning a tale that draws me in from the first page and keeps me hooked all the way through. DRUNK ON LOVE, her latest, is a fine example of her ability to create a story that I can escape into, and emerge feeling absolutely, well, love-drunk.
I’m going to say right up front that Hardy is, without a doubt, my favorite of Suzie’s men since my Jack. He is completely self-aware, living life completely on his terms, and doing it with gusto. He knows exactly what people are looking for when they come to the Hideaway, and is more than happy to meet their needs.
They’re all here for the same reasons…The Hideaway is happy to provide both. Our customers are left satisfied because we’re more than just bartenders. We’re therapists. We’re life coaches. We’re teachers. We’re lovers. We’re sexual healers. Here, under the dim lights, we’re gods. My team is gifted, leaving our patrons smiling and wanting more…Our motto is threefold. The customer is always right, they always come, and they always come back. Goals we strive for night after night.
When Gimlet Girl shows us, Hardy is intrigued. Happy to help her with whatever she’s looking for, he’s more than a little surprised to find that she’s more of a Paloma girl after all. And once he’s had a taste of her, he’s the one wanting more. For a guy that doesn’t do relationships, Hardy is all in, which takes him a bit out of his comfort zone. But the best thing about Hardy? He’s not a quitter, and watching him change only makes him that much more endearing and, yes, hot. I think that he surprises himself with the lengths that he’ll go to to get the girl, and his story had me devouring this book like it was my favorite adult beverage (margarita, heavy on the top shelf tequila, if you want to know…).
I’m hoping that DRUNK ON LOVE is the beginning of a new series, honestly, because I would love to see so much more of these folks. While the rest of the guys will never top Hardy in my heart, they are a bunch that bear getting to know. So, Suzie, if you’re reading this, MORE of the Hideaway, pretty please! In the meantime, 5+ tipsy, topsy-turvy, man of my dreams stars for this book. Totally one of my favorite reads of 2016, and a great one for your TBR. I guarantee, you will LOVE this read, so grab it and go. You’re welcome. ❤
***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***