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.
This is a story about choices. Not just who you date, but where you live, who you work for and do you value the company that you work for values and work ethics.
I like that Murphy was pursuing a career dream and was not afraid to leave all that he knows to travel to the opportunity. I love how even though it wasn’t working out as planned he was making the best of it and moving forward! I loved that Kallie was such a strong character! Not afraid to take a chance on hiring Murphy, as well as speaking her mind to Joe. I liked joe but really had a problem with his jumping to conclusions. In many ways even though he had rough spots in his life it still seemed like so much came easy for him and he didn’t understand the sacrifice that Murphy made in accepting a job sight unseen moving to Florida.
SJD Peterson does a great job interweaving all of the said issues into a great story that keeps you turning the page until the end!
4 of 5 stars
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