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 wants nothing to do with him, dooming any possibility of an unexpected happy ending.
Reviewed previously by Beth here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/somethings-brewing-at-joes-by-sjd-peterson/
Beth really liked the story and I mostly agree with her. It’s solidly written and does have some really strong characters that drive the story at a fairly nice pace.
For me the story lacked that “hook” that grabs you and makes you want to keep reading. I was just not that invested in the story. It was nice and the writing was good, but I was never “captivated”.
3 of 5 stars
I enjoyed Chase Johnson’s narration. He definitely does a lot to make this a performance more than merely a narration and he distinguishes all the characters nicely. It was a solid production, though sometimes it felt a little like dinner theatre in that the acting was a bit over the top.
I think listening to this is a great way to experience the story and I’d definitely look for this narrator in the future.
4.5 of 5 stars
Overall 3.5 of 5 stars
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