HAPPY FRIDAY EVE!!! I LOVE Katia so much, when I heard she was doing a spin-off, of sorts, from Sherbrooke station, I WAS SO EXCITED!!! She is such a talented writer and I HIGHLY suggest you one-click this ASAP
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The Bar Next Door
Publication date: August 22nd 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Sometimes you take the shot, and sometimes the shot takes you.
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 remember those priorities all too clearly.
The Bar Next Door is part of the Barflies trilogy, a series of standalone romantic comedies that follow the ups and downs of the staff at a Montreal dive bar.
My relationships have all been duds, just packs of seeds I hopefully sprinkle onto freshly tilled soil and nurture for weeks on end, only to watch some runty little weed poke its head up and then wither a few days later. My mother says I have a habit of taking on boyfriends as ‘projects’ and that I like to ‘seek fulfillment by helping others reach their potential instead of working toward my own.’
That’s what you get having a former psychologist for a mother.
The man in front of me doesn’t look like he needs any help on the road to Potential Town; everything about him announces he’s already there.
“I think I know that guy.”
Roxanne’s declaration startles me back into the present. I realize we’ve both moved so close to the door we’ve almost got our noses against the glass. I step back and rip my gaze away from beardie to give her an incredulous look.
“You know that guy?”
She might as well have just told me she’s real tight with Zeus and that they hang out all the time on Mount Olympus.
When you have an author you love, you always think that you have a favorite book. THEN comes their new book. Then THAT book is your favorite. I feel like that with all of Katia’s work that I’ve read. At this point, I’m only going to say I have favorite characters. Monroe was someone who I adored in Your Chorus, so I was so super excited that she got her own book. Monroe is definitely going up on the shelf of favorite characters how!!!
This whole book was just so good and so enticing. It was all I could do to stop myself from staying up until wee hours of the morning reading it. Monroe is a character that so many people can connect with and I definitely felt like I connected with her. Then throw in Julian, the gorgeous Frenchman, it felt like fate was dropped into Monroe’s lap. One of the things I loved most about Julian and Monroe was how they met. Their “meet cute” was so adorable. They were both so taken by each others looks. Kind of like a lust at first sight.
One of my favorite things an author does is when they put a character in their book that has a love of literature. It almost makes you feel like you could be that book character. Monroe and Julian’s love of literature really took me for a loop. I ADORED this!! Heck, Monroe even has a large Charles Dickens poster!! And the description of Monroe touching the spins of Julian’s books… SWOOOOONNNNNNNN. Monroe and Julian were pretty different, but I loved that they had this as one of the things they had in common. Speaking of things in common, their love for their spirits. Julian with his wine and Monroe with her craft beers. They both just have so much passion for their craft, it was pretty inspiring!
This story had so many layers. There was the whole love/hate thing with Monroe and Julian, there was the layer of Monroe trying to save her bar, the lives of these amazing characters, their personal lives and all of the in-between. Between the layers and the emotions, it was just so beautifully written! Katia has this way of taking you on her own special roller coaster with characters, it’s a beautiful and satisfying ride and this book was no exception to that. I could probably go on and on about this book, but I don’t want to give too much away. Katia, thank you for writing this masterpiece, I CANNOT wait for the next!
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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.