Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Daily Grind
Author: Ana Zabo
Series: Takeover #4
Heroes: Brian Keppler/Robert Ancroft
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 342 Pages
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N’At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.
As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.
But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?
Review: Woohoo, this book put me back on track with the series. This one is about Brian, the coffee shop owner where the other guys all get their coffee and where Justin used to work before he left to work with Sam in the office.
Brian is having a bit of a hard time with things at work. He has never been able to replace Justin, his best barista, and other employee issues having him working extremely long hours and trying to find ways to keep things working financially. He has lost past relationships due to his commitment to his shop, but when Rob shows up, he brings the sunshine with him. They start with lots of flirting but it is clear they hit things off right from the start.
Brian is bisexual, though he has only been with women up until this point. However, he is more than ready and fully embraces his budding relationship with Rob. It was very refreshing to see someone be so open about it all, and of course, the chemistry between the two was off the charts. There is lots of delicious dirty talk, fabulous flirting and it was a joy to watch these guys grow together.
Rob is all too aware of Brian’s workaholic tendencies. He just about worked himself to the bone at one point but pulled himself out of it before things went too far. So, he knows what Brian is going through, understands his commitment, etc., yet sees the warning signs and tries to help. This is the biggest struggle these guys face here. Brian’s struggling business, Rob’s good intentions in trying to help and the ramifications of it all.
These guys were fabulous together. They had a maturity about them that was basically drama free, low on the angst and family issues. While Rob did have some issues involving his parents, Brian’s family was fantastic, open and loving, taking Rob into their fold with ease. Rob was his own biggest enemy here, but luckily he figures things out before it is too late. I definitely recommend this wonderful series and look forward to seeing more of these guys again!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*