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This sweet, savory, and satisfying novel—perfect for fans of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert—follows a smart, ambitious woman making her way in the male-dominated world of beer brewing. Piper Williams is used to being the only woman in a room full of men, but she isn’t used to being instantly drawn to someone she’s in business with. After working long hours b This sweet, savory, and satisfying novel—perfect for fans of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert—follows a smart, ambitious woman making her way in the male-dominated world of beer brewing. Piper Williams is used to being the only woman in a room full of men, but she isn’t used to being instantly drawn to someone she’s in business with. After working long hours brewing in her garage, Piper is determined to prove herself—and to ignore the chemistry she has with Blake Reed, owner of Minnesota’s newest gastropub who is going to stock four of her brews. She wants her craft beer to stand on its own merits and knows that the tight-knit male-dominated brewer community will assume the worst if she starts anything with one of her vendors. No way she’ll risk everything she’s invested in her budding business on a guy who might not stick—no matter how charmingly handsome and funny he is, right? And Blake has a conflict of his own—his haughty family wants him to ditch the gastropub and support his father’s political campaign. Well, that, and the fact that he knows Piper’s snark and sass is the perfect blend of crisp and refreshing for him. So Blake and Piper make a pact: she’ll go out with him if, and only if, two additional pubs start carrying her beer. Sticking to the pact proves harder than either of them expected—especially since the attraction is off the charts between quirky, independent Piper and smart, charming Blake. Then Piper gets a once-in-a-lifetime offer that could launch her company to the next level—and take her away from Blake. Are she and Blake just drunk in love, or do they have something real that’s worth risking her dreams for?


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This sweet, savory, and satisfying novel—perfect for fans of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert—follows a smart, ambitious woman making her way in the male-dominated world of beer brewing. Piper Williams is used to being the only woman in a room full of men, but she isn’t used to being instantly drawn to someone she’s in business with. After working long hours b This sweet, savory, and satisfying novel—perfect for fans of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert—follows a smart, ambitious woman making her way in the male-dominated world of beer brewing. Piper Williams is used to being the only woman in a room full of men, but she isn’t used to being instantly drawn to someone she’s in business with. After working long hours brewing in her garage, Piper is determined to prove herself—and to ignore the chemistry she has with Blake Reed, owner of Minnesota’s newest gastropub who is going to stock four of her brews. She wants her craft beer to stand on its own merits and knows that the tight-knit male-dominated brewer community will assume the worst if she starts anything with one of her vendors. No way she’ll risk everything she’s invested in her budding business on a guy who might not stick—no matter how charmingly handsome and funny he is, right? And Blake has a conflict of his own—his haughty family wants him to ditch the gastropub and support his father’s political campaign. Well, that, and the fact that he knows Piper’s snark and sass is the perfect blend of crisp and refreshing for him. So Blake and Piper make a pact: she’ll go out with him if, and only if, two additional pubs start carrying her beer. Sticking to the pact proves harder than either of them expected—especially since the attraction is off the charts between quirky, independent Piper and smart, charming Blake. Then Piper gets a once-in-a-lifetime offer that could launch her company to the next level—and take her away from Blake. Are she and Blake just drunk in love, or do they have something real that’s worth risking her dreams for?

30 review for Trouble Brewing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Rosenblit

    3.5 stars! Cute rom-com centered in the food/beverage world - Piper is a craft beer brewer who is working on getting her brews sold in local bars when she meets Blake, owner of The Public, a new hot gastropub in town. Given that this is a rom-com, sparks fly but Piper doesn’t want to mix business and pleasure. Will it be possible for these two to work together without it leading to more? For those who are fans of Amy Reichert (who isn’t?!), be sure to check out a new voice in this fun genre! Than 3.5 stars! Cute rom-com centered in the food/beverage world - Piper is a craft beer brewer who is working on getting her brews sold in local bars when she meets Blake, owner of The Public, a new hot gastropub in town. Given that this is a rom-com, sparks fly but Piper doesn’t want to mix business and pleasure. Will it be possible for these two to work together without it leading to more? For those who are fans of Amy Reichert (who isn’t?!), be sure to check out a new voice in this fun genre! Thank you to Simon & Schuster for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    3.5 stars. Loved the title’s play on words; it was the first clue that this was going to be a fun and flirty read. This dreary rainy day could not have been better placed. I curled up and in no time immersed myself in Piper and Blake’s world, reading for hours, enjoying the snappy dialogue and ebb and flow of this easy reading chick lit story. Piper is an ambitious young woman who is hellbent on making a name for herself in the traditionally all-male brew-making business. When one day out hawkin 3.5 stars. Loved the title’s play on words; it was the first clue that this was going to be a fun and flirty read. This dreary rainy day could not have been better placed. I curled up and in no time immersed myself in Piper and Blake’s world, reading for hours, enjoying the snappy dialogue and ebb and flow of this easy reading chick lit story. Piper is an ambitious young woman who is hellbent on making a name for herself in the traditionally all-male brew-making business. When one day out hawking her product, she fatefully meets Blake, a hunk with gorgeous hair who is opening a gastropub. It is a double whammy love at first sight. Enjoyed these two, their banter and the friends they hung out with.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mandi Schreiner

    DNFing @ pg 75 I wanted to like this - the heroine is a brewmaster - when does that ever happen??? But immediately, when she meets the hero's friends (the hero owns a new bar and she wants him to sell her beer) all they can do is comment on her appearance (does the carpet match the drapes?) etc...and it was super annoying/ Then the heroine kisses the hero, and then gets all upset by it and it was just odd. Everyone acted too over the top or perky. It just didn't feel like realistic people to me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Megan Lyons

    1 1/2 stars I was pretty excited about this book, as I am a huge craft beer fan. Craft beer still feels like a pretty male dominated industry, for workers and to a lesser extent, customers. I have had random guys come up to me in the liquor store to “help” me pick out a beer, when they knew less about beer than me, and been condescended to by servers who decided I wouldn’t like a certain kind of beer, so I was really looking forward to this. I also tend to like food themed books, so this seemed l 1 1/2 stars I was pretty excited about this book, as I am a huge craft beer fan. Craft beer still feels like a pretty male dominated industry, for workers and to a lesser extent, customers. I have had random guys come up to me in the liquor store to “help” me pick out a beer, when they knew less about beer than me, and been condescended to by servers who decided I wouldn’t like a certain kind of beer, so I was really looking forward to this. I also tend to like food themed books, so this seemed like such a great choice for me. The problem was, it just wasn’t very good. I wanted this to be an ode to beer, in the same way some of the culinary romance books are an ode to food. However, it never really felt like a celebration of craft beer. Instead, the brewery just felt like an obligatory setting. The love interest was kind of cocky and boring and I really didn’t like him. The plotting keeping the characters apart felt forced, and there was a whole subplot about the love interest’s family that didn’t really go anywhere. I was also super irked by the epilogue, and I felt like the protagonist reacted really out of character to something. I did relate to one scene where the protagonist was being patronized by an waiter, and the fact that it made me stop and think about the ratio of female head brewers in Vancouver, even though it is an exploding market, but as a novel it just wasn’t very good. *I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music in exchange for an honest review*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    I’ll be honest, at this point in my life and reviewing career I should know better than to take the advice of publisher blurb-recommendations, but I live in hope and occasionally find a gem. But the comparisons in this blurb don’t connect on any level with the exception of food and drink. And that isn’t to say that this book was horrible, but using a story that contained both depth and emotion, and comparing it to a far lighter and less well developed romantic comedy is a failure- doing a disser I’ll be honest, at this point in my life and reviewing career I should know better than to take the advice of publisher blurb-recommendations, but I live in hope and occasionally find a gem. But the comparisons in this blurb don’t connect on any level with the exception of food and drink. And that isn’t to say that this book was horrible, but using a story that contained both depth and emotion, and comparing it to a far lighter and less well developed romantic comedy is a failure- doing a disservice to the author and the story she brought forward. In this book we meet Piper, a brew master who has just scored a coup – the local gastro-pub is going to stock four of her beers, and the owner, Blake, a guy she finds attractive and is giving her a shot at her dream. Now, moving onward, Blake has made a ‘deal’ with Piper – if she can convince two more pubs to stock her beer – she’ll go out with him. So – not so bad, but a far cry from the depth and solid heroine working for her dream that I hoped for. And from nearly the first interactions through the last, the humor and Piper’s character were off – ‘carpet matching drapes’ comments are not only in poor taste, but when you first meet Blake’s friends and they talk like that? Seriously? And not only does she miss this infantile behavior as being a giant red flag – but she kisses Blake and then gets all “oh I shouldn’t have’ about it – a total backpedal where things just seemed to be thrown up to push them together or pull them apart, without regard for the actual reason we are there – her touted ‘dream’ of making her own craft brewery work. I don’t know where the editor was on this one – and if the story was to be about her struggles in breaking into the industry as an anomaly – female brew masters are relatively rare – and then Blake being one of the stones on the path – that’s one thing. But this muddled mess of romance and dream-chasing, with a bit of family drama from Blake’s side being thrown in at random points without really going anywhere – the book was disappointing and lacked a solid plot or identity. Sadly, even as I hoped for something – development in characters, a seriously solid sense of place, the real struggle to move toward capturing a dream, and it never came. There’s a solid story when all of the chaff is blown away here – but it was far too muddled and required an identity, leaving me with no doubt that the blurb and comparing this title to one from Amy Reichert was a huge miss. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Dulac

    I thought this book was a great read it was funny and nice and keeps you interested i really lovrd reading about piper and blake this was my first book ive read by Suzanne Baltsar and im looking forward to read more books by her :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Piper Williams is a female 'master' brewer making a name for herself in a man's world. As the beer is chilled her relationship heats up with Blake Reed owner of the newest Minnesota gastro pub. Should she mix business with pleasure? Blake's family is politically motivated as his father wants him campaigning on his behalf but Blake has other ideas. Either the business or Blake but could Piper truly have both? Female empowerment is alive and well is this powerfully charged and fun read by Suzanne Bal Piper Williams is a female 'master' brewer making a name for herself in a man's world. As the beer is chilled her relationship heats up with Blake Reed owner of the newest Minnesota gastro pub. Should she mix business with pleasure? Blake's family is politically motivated as his father wants him campaigning on his behalf but Blake has other ideas. Either the business or Blake but could Piper truly have both? Female empowerment is alive and well is this powerfully charged and fun read by Suzanne Baltsar. Thank you Suzanne, her publisher, and Goodreads Giveaways for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brei

    *****I received an advance reader copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.***** Piper is a brewmaster in a male dominated world. Blake is an owner of the new gastropub in town. Romance ensues with a side of beer. I thought this was a cute, charming book. I ended up really liking this book and finished it in a couple of days. I don't read a ton of romance novels but I liked the story description. As mentioned in someone else's review this romance isn't hot and steamy, it is more swee *****I received an advance reader copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.***** Piper is a brewmaster in a male dominated world. Blake is an owner of the new gastropub in town. Romance ensues with a side of beer. I thought this was a cute, charming book. I ended up really liking this book and finished it in a couple of days. I don't read a ton of romance novels but I liked the story description. As mentioned in someone else's review this romance isn't hot and steamy, it is more sweet and funny. I enjoyed the supporting characters as much as I enjoyed the main characters. I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 stars because I didn't really believe Blake's parents. They and the sister were just obnoxious and forced but they were about 5%of the book. Choose this book if you are looking for a quick, sweet read that might teach you something about beer. By no means is it an encyclopedia on brewing but they have several tidbits thrown in that the average reader wouldn't know. Overall this book is a sweet, charming read. I feel like this book could easily turn into a Hallmark Movie.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    **I requested and received an eArc through Edelweiss** 3.5 ☆ A cute romance set.in the brewing world. I really loved that Piper was a brewer and loved the Out of the Bottle brewery she was trying to launch. Blake was suitably hot. Loved the supporting characters, especially Bear and Conner. The romance was more cute and charming rather than sexy and hot, but cozy romances work for me. Super fast read- just wish I'd saved it for Memorial Day weekend- it would have been a perfect book to read at a c **I requested and received an eArc through Edelweiss** 3.5 ☆ A cute romance set.in the brewing world. I really loved that Piper was a brewer and loved the Out of the Bottle brewery she was trying to launch. Blake was suitably hot. Loved the supporting characters, especially Bear and Conner. The romance was more cute and charming rather than sexy and hot, but cozy romances work for me. Super fast read- just wish I'd saved it for Memorial Day weekend- it would have been a perfect book to read at a cookout with a nice beer in hand!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    more on www.amysbooketlist.blogspot.com The first word that I think of to describe this book is cute. The story is cute. The couple is cute. The ending is cute. That’s not to say there isn’t substance, because this novel really delves into some important topics: feminism, sexual harassment, money, and obviously love and what that looks like for a modern woman trying to have a career in a male dominated field. In the end, though, this is a fun, easy read. I learned a lot about brewing and now want more on www.amysbooketlist.blogspot.com The first word that I think of to describe this book is cute. The story is cute. The couple is cute. The ending is cute. That’s not to say there isn’t substance, because this novel really delves into some important topics: feminism, sexual harassment, money, and obviously love and what that looks like for a modern woman trying to have a career in a male dominated field. In the end, though, this is a fun, easy read. I learned a lot about brewing and now want to try all the varieties Piper makes, especially, a grisette. That French for little grey. I mean, it’s French, so of course I’m interested. She also provides some places in Germany I am adding to my travel booket list. My travel booket list is something I am working on for Blogtober. I am making a list of the places I have read about and now need to see. Think Culloden and the Scottish Highlands because of Outlander. Sorry, I got distracted, back to the review. The dialogue and description are very well written. The story flows easily and seems to make be paced nicely. I would like to see a little more subtlety in the dramatic portions of the story. For instance, there is a scene with another brewer where literally, the guy says the worst things possible. Not innuendo, just point blank horribleness. Same with a scene with Blake’s family. Not a single bit of that interaction seems realistic. The people involved all behave in a nightmarish fashion. With a little bit of restraint, more verbal condescension instead of transparent rudeness, Baltsar could have created some intricate and more believable scenes. Before I move on to characters, I have to stop and talk about the Gilmore Girls. Not only did this book literally reference Gilmore Girls (actually talking about specific scenes), but Piper got Blake to watch the series on Netflix. And like most oxygen breathing adults, once you start watching it, you are hooked. The book actually echoes some GG aspects. If you are a fan, and read this book, come back and tell me if you agree. The Characters... I probably have the same issue with the characters. Blake was a good guy. Piper was a determined woman. Blake’s family were all horrible without redeeming qualities. I loved seeing a woman working as a brewer, because this concept is so new to me. I just would have liked for the chracters to have more layers, just to keep it a little more interesting. * Special thanks to Suzanne Baltsar, Gallery Books, and Netgalley for providing a copy of Trouble Brewing in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    This is a pretty cute novel about Piper, who is a brewer and Blake, who owns a gastropub. There is a lot of beer-related jargon and banter. It is an easy read. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I write this review with coffee in hand and sleepy eyes because I pulled a very late night to finish this gem! From the first few words I was hooked. It normally takes me a few chapters to get into the grove but I was invested in Piper and Blake from the very beginning. Trouble Brewing is a light easy read, not complex but also not lacking in drama and a web of characters and plot turns. I would say that I wasn’t surprised by the ending and smiled as I finished the epilogue. The characters were I write this review with coffee in hand and sleepy eyes because I pulled a very late night to finish this gem! From the first few words I was hooked. It normally takes me a few chapters to get into the grove but I was invested in Piper and Blake from the very beginning. Trouble Brewing is a light easy read, not complex but also not lacking in drama and a web of characters and plot turns. I would say that I wasn’t surprised by the ending and smiled as I finished the epilogue. The characters were fun, I want to sit in Blake’s gastro-pub and have a Piper brewed beer. The chapters switched between the voice of Piper and the voice of Blake and after I got the hang of verifying who was speaking, I enjoyed the differing view points as it made me appreciate each main character as their own person. Strong independent female lead, love, hurt, frustration, life changing decisions, friendship, and anger can all be found in Suzanne Baltsar‘s novel but following one’s passion and knowing that hard work means sacrifice and criticism was the element I enjoyed most.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lizenbyl

    Good novel regarding a woman breaking into the beer brewing male dominated world with support from her friends and ultimately finding someone to love in the process. Author shows readers what an truly independent woman looks like in a male dominated world.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this delightful contemporary romance. The story of Piper, a young woman working to build her craft brewery on her on terms in a male-dominated business and Blake, the pub owner to whom she is instantly attracted to. Trouble Brewing is a pretty typical romance - steamy but not graphic - but the realistic dynamics of Piper and Blake's relationship and the complexity of their characters gives the story a believability not always found in Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this delightful contemporary romance. The story of Piper, a young woman working to build her craft brewery on her on terms in a male-dominated business and Blake, the pub owner to whom she is instantly attracted to. Trouble Brewing is a pretty typical romance - steamy but not graphic - but the realistic dynamics of Piper and Blake's relationship and the complexity of their characters gives the story a believability not always found in romance novels.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Trouble Brewing is a sweet modern Romance featuring Piper and Blake. Piper is a brew-master trying to find recognition in a male dominated industry. Blake is a Gastropub owner who brings in Piper's beer and sparks fly. This reads like a Hallmark channel movie, I could even see Ryan McPartlin cast as Blake. While being utterly predictable, I still enjoyed the fierce independence of Piper and all of the 90's references (Animaniacs & Sandlot). I won this book with the Goodreads giveaways.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Therese

    Really 3.5 stars. A very cute and fast read!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan Bustraan

    I thought his was just such a cute book. The best way for me to describe how it made me feel reading it is like how you feel wrapped up in your favorite blanket on a cold day. It was just really cute. I loved the main characters and their friends. The way the author described everyone made me want to sit down and have a beer with them too. I would recommend this book to anyone that just needs a little escape for a little while.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com) There is a fighting spirit within Piper, an entrepreneur who wants to do it all, and do it all on her own. I appreciated that drive within her, even in the moments that begin to feel a bit like self sabotage. Coming from a background of having a really hard time asking for and receiving help, I could relate and identify with Piper in that way, although she takes it to higher extremes where her craft beer is concerned. She doesn’t Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com) There is a fighting spirit within Piper, an entrepreneur who wants to do it all, and do it all on her own. I appreciated that drive within her, even in the moments that begin to feel a bit like self sabotage. Coming from a background of having a really hard time asking for and receiving help, I could relate and identify with Piper in that way, although she takes it to higher extremes where her craft beer is concerned. She doesn’t want anyone or anything to reroute her from her dreams, and that includes Blake. She had no inclination of the chemistry they’d have, a new type of hurdle that presents itself in strange and beautiful ways, and she senses that it’s going to come down to having one or the other, because she isn’t sure she can have both her passion and the man she’s falling hard for. Piper’s story is a unique one. I didn’t know much about the brewing industry before reading Trouble Brewing, and I found it interesting, the various processes and behind the scenes views we get from her perspective, a woman in a male-dominated field, trying to break into the brewer community. I felt I learned a lot more about her through her interactions with Blake, and with the friendships she forms through the process of standing on her own two feet, one ale at a time. Sometimes, we discover what’s really most important to us, through the hurdles and obstacles that are thrown our way, when we least expect it. That was presented to us time and time again within Piper’s story, ultimately discovering what is really worth fighting for.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    review to come

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I have been wanting to read this book from the moment I saw comparisons to Amy Reichert's books, and when I saw that Amy Reichert herself gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads, I was absolutely sold. And wonder of wonders, this book truly delivered. I spent nearly 10 great years living in the Twin Cities, and thoroughly enjoyed the setting of this book, with lots of references to popular places in the Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I have been wanting to read this book from the moment I saw comparisons to Amy Reichert's books, and when I saw that Amy Reichert herself gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads, I was absolutely sold. And wonder of wonders, this book truly delivered. I spent nearly 10 great years living in the Twin Cities, and thoroughly enjoyed the setting of this book, with lots of references to popular places in the area. I loved the main character, Piper, and her passion for her craft, and her tough attitude as she fights for her place in a male dominated field. This book was really a lot of fun, and before I was even done, I was hoping for a series featuring some of the other characters in the book. This book is less foodie than Reichert's, but if you're willing to sub beer for food as the main subcharacter, then you'll enjoy this just as much, too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    What a wonderful, easy read! I had been stuck in a reading rut for about two weeks. Nothing was catching my interest or keeping me wanting to read. Then I received a copy of Trouble Brewing in the mail that I had won on a Goodreads giveaway. I immediately started reading it and couldn't put it down! I finished it in two sessions (because I had to sleep haha). It was a very realistic and lighthearted story between two very similar people from different backgrounds with a common love of beer. Tast What a wonderful, easy read! I had been stuck in a reading rut for about two weeks. Nothing was catching my interest or keeping me wanting to read. Then I received a copy of Trouble Brewing in the mail that I had won on a Goodreads giveaway. I immediately started reading it and couldn't put it down! I finished it in two sessions (because I had to sleep haha). It was a very realistic and lighthearted story between two very similar people from different backgrounds with a common love of beer. Tastefully written. I felt connected to Piper and loved Blake's character! If you want a great, easy read - I suggest picking up this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mdalton

    Cute story. Nothing particularly different other than Piper's occupation. Easy read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Morning

    Title: Trouble Brewing Author: Suzanne Baltsar Genre: Contemporary romance Rating: 4 out of 5 Piper Williams is an anomaly, a woman brewer sticks out in the small craft brew community in Minnesota. But Piper is determined to make it. She wants her beer to be a success—and she’d like to own her own brewery instead of using her garage. Blake Reed owns the newest gastropub in town, and he’s agreed to stock four of Piper’s brews, so clearly dating him is out of the question. No matter how attractive Pip Title: Trouble Brewing Author: Suzanne Baltsar Genre: Contemporary romance Rating: 4 out of 5 Piper Williams is an anomaly, a woman brewer sticks out in the small craft brew community in Minnesota. But Piper is determined to make it. She wants her beer to be a success—and she’d like to own her own brewery instead of using her garage. Blake Reed owns the newest gastropub in town, and he’s agreed to stock four of Piper’s brews, so clearly dating him is out of the question. No matter how attractive Piper finds him. But their attraction is hard to deny, so Piper agrees to date Blake—if two other pubs will stock her beer. She’s on the verge of realizing all her dreams, and she can’t let a man get in the way. Then Piper gest a dream offer—one that will take her away from Minnesota, and Blake. Is living her dreams worth losing Blake? I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The snark between Piper and Blake is fantastic, and the secondary characters are just as enjoyable as they are. I had to resist the impulse to go track down some craft beer as well… (Galley provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review.) More reviews at Tomorrow is Another Day

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Koenig

    Very cute and fun! Living in Minneapolis and loving beer this was right up my ally.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Brew me the sequel! I loved these characters and became immediately immersed in the world the author has created. Piper and Blake are believable and you’ll root for them as if they’re your own friends. I laughed out loud, shed a few tears, and at one point had to take a few breaths and remind myself these were only characters in a book. 🤣 I am hoping there is a sequel in the works. I need another round! 😉

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenea Whittington

    Trouble Brewing tells us the story of Piper and Blake who are just trying to make it in their dream jobs. Piper has dreamt of becoming a successful beer brewer while Blake is working hard to make his new Gastro Pub a success. Piper is a characters that can frustrate you and make you root for all at the same time. She is extremely independent and strong as well. She is a woman who wants no outside help when it comes to her brewery business. At first I I had a hard time with her stubburness when it Trouble Brewing tells us the story of Piper and Blake who are just trying to make it in their dream jobs. Piper has dreamt of becoming a successful beer brewer while Blake is working hard to make his new Gastro Pub a success. Piper is a characters that can frustrate you and make you root for all at the same time. She is extremely independent and strong as well. She is a woman who wants no outside help when it comes to her brewery business. At first I I had a hard time with her stubburness when it came to help but With a few things that took places, I began to understand her way of thinking. I really grew t enjoy her character. Blake comes from money and is suppose to be going into the family business, when he decides to follow his own dream. The Gastro Pub is his baby. He’s worked hard too. But going against your family has it’s down side for him. I have to say that I really enjoy him, he was genuinely a good guy and was quite smitten with Piper from the start. It was apparent from the start that these two have some chemistry from their first interaction. But of course Piper wasn’t having it at first. She was so determined to make it on her own. She wanted people to love her beer and not think that she got where she was because of a relationship with an owner. I could completely understand that! She offered a dream job though, so I was curious to see if she would take and walk away from her current business and the sweet little romance blooming between Blake and her. Plus, I wondered if she would ever give in to her feelings too. Now were plenty of bumps along before we get to the end, from the family to other brewers interfering. But it just made this even better seeing how these two would handle what life had to throw at them. I have to say a little something about the secondary characters, Bear and Connor of course were always there for Blake. And best friend Sonja, wow was she a feisty one but ever supportive and protective of Piper. To me these characters really didn’t feel like they were side characters. They all had their parts in this story and were such a great addition. Plus the slow burning romance between two of them was too. Overall, this turned out to be such a sweet romance and fans of the genre will hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Allen

    Thank you to Gallery Books for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.  I loved this book. I was instantly drawn in by Piper's character. I love that she is a brewer and crosses the gender barriers of this career. I think that her being in this situation helped create a complex, dynamic character that fought for what she truly wanted and believed in. I enjoyed her tenacity. She didn't let anyone get in the way of her dreams. The romance between her and Blake was extremely enjoyable. I loved Thank you to Gallery Books for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.  I loved this book. I was instantly drawn in by Piper's character. I love that she is a brewer and crosses the gender barriers of this career. I think that her being in this situation helped create a complex, dynamic character that fought for what she truly wanted and believed in. I enjoyed her tenacity. She didn't let anyone get in the way of her dreams. The romance between her and Blake was extremely enjoyable. I loved the Gilmore Girl references throughout this book. This relationship also showed what it means to be with someone that truly loves and cares for the person. Of course with Piper being a brewer and Blake a bar owner, there are lots of beer and food references. I think that adds to the uniqueness of this book. With Blake, though, I found myself wanting more glimpses into his life. The chapters are from Piper and Blake's POV, and there are more Piper chapters. I wanted more of Blake at the end of the book. I wanted to read about the confrontation that happened and not be told about it after the fact. His parts are still great in showing the reader the development  of the relationship through his eyes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Ferguson

    Super sweet romance with beer! So if you like beer and sweet romance, this book is a treat! Some of the conflict was resolved too easily for me--but I needed something warm and sweet and TROUBLE BREWING is exactly that. I'd make a beer metaphor if I could, but I can't.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany M

    Reading the description of Trouble Brewing I knew it was going to be a great book. The fact it was about brewing made me even more excited to read it. My brother is a brewer and it is a very male dominated career, reading a book where a women was fighting the battle of this career was exciting to me. After reading a few pages I was instantly hooked and invested in Piper’s life. I rooted for her beers and hated BeerasuarusRex when he left his review. The story was a little predictable where you k Reading the description of Trouble Brewing I knew it was going to be a great book. The fact it was about brewing made me even more excited to read it. My brother is a brewer and it is a very male dominated career, reading a book where a women was fighting the battle of this career was exciting to me. After reading a few pages I was instantly hooked and invested in Piper’s life. I rooted for her beers and hated BeerasuarusRex when he left his review. The story was a little predictable where you know the boy and girl will get together by the end and live happily ever after. But following their journey from friends into love was fun and made me miss being in a young relationship like that. I loved that the author goes between Piper and Blake, sharing each of their perspectives on their life and journey. The author also does a great job of going into just the right amount of detail but stopping before it gets to explicit. She shares just enough to get your mind going off into a lust-filled dream. If you looking for a quick, fun, sweet and quirky, girl power book- this is one for you to read. I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    I received an advanced copy of Trouble Brewing as a Goodreads Giveaway. I honestly enjoyed this delightful book of a woman pursuing her passion and finding true love along the way. The characters were likable and the book was fast-paced. I can see a “Brewing” series in the making.

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