Love on Tap by Judi Lynn Release Date: November 22, 2016 Publisher: Lyrical Press Book #3 of the Mill Pond Series Number of pages: 256 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 11/8/16 to 11/9/16
When I’m choosing books to read, I try really hard not to end up with a book that is in the middle of a series. Even when the author says books and the series can be read individually without confusion I’d rather have the tapestry that the author is creating as the series progresses in my mind. When I requested this book I found no indication it was part of a series. I found out before I read it that it kind of is though. Thankfully, this was one of those that you didn’t have to read the first book to understand.
This story is very sweet and heartfelt, but sometimes I felt the writing to be basic. Or actually, it was wordy when it didn’t need to be so made it seem basic. In the beginning, I thought the author was telling me things because they’d be important later. I quickly realized that isn’t the case. Because the copy I read is an ARC, I cannot quote an example from the book so I’ll do my best to explain. There is a scene where the heroine, Paula, goes with her kids to the airport to pick up her mom. We are told how boring the drive is and that she had games for the kids to play. On the way home they stop for burgers. Nothing happens in this section of the book other than her picking her mom up but it took up two pages with descriptions of their actions that were not needed. I’m assuming the author is trying to bring the story to life with more detail, instead it bogs it down. I believe this book would have been more interesting with fewer words; it would have felt more intimate.
Chase makes the perfect hero. He is settled, patient, great with kids, gorgeous, kind, etc., etc. In fact, I really enjoyed most of the town and am now interested in reading more about everyone. Even with the wordiness, I enjoyed the story and wanted to keep reading.