Book & Author Details:
The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose
Publication date: 22nd August 2019
Genres: Rock Star, Romance
As the manager of Montreal’s most infamous dive bar, Monroe—and it’s just Monroe, thank you very much—is used to serving up her signature pearls of wisdom alongside an array of shots, pints, and pitchers. In fact, she thrives on it. Taverne Toulouse is a mighty ship, and she its fearless captain, trusted by patrons and bar staff alike to steer them through choppy waters.
If only she’d been given a little warning before a full-on tsunami swept in next door.
Julien Valois’ wining and dining empire is making waves. The next item on his agenda is opening a trendy lounge right next to Monroe’s beloved Taverne Toulouse—one that’s meant to run the dive bar out of business so he can buy up that property too.
His plans did not include falling for a five-foot-nothing brunette with an impressive vocabulary and an even more impressive ability to manhandle drunk frat boys twice her size.
They’re rivals in every sense of the word, but when Monroe and Julien are in a room together, the battle lines fade away. Their defences lower, their hearts get louder than their heads, and the burn between them goes down like just the right shot—intense, intoxicating, and able to sweep their priorities away with a single taste.
Until reality decides to slap up a big ‘For Sale’ sign and force them to remember those priorities all too clearly.
The Bar Next Door is part of the Barflies series, a set of standalone of romantic comedies that chronicle the lives and loves of the staff at a Montreal dive bar.
I have one issue with this book. And it’s not even with the book really, it’s with me. It’s that I wish that my french was better, so that I understood ALL the phrasing that is interspersed throughout the story, without having to rely on the translation, because that, for me, is a distraction from the story. But this is a niggle. An in passing comment. A none thing.
The story – that is a thing. A beautiful thing. A completely different thing to the Sherbrooke Station books. Different in tone and feel, yet nonetheless lovely.
I really enjoyed the dance that these two did around each other. And when that dance became a duet instead of a solo effort, I enjoyed it even more. This could have been so frustrating, but it wasn’t – at all. Because I was hooked on their story.
C’est une histoire d’amour adorable. (I hope I got that right!!)
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home.