Ale’s Fair in Love and War
(Love on Tap, #1)
Publication date: March 2nd 2023
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Hollis Hayes is the worst neighbor in the entire history of neighbors.
She’s also the hottest.
I don’t have time to fight with the dog groomer next door. There’s a brewery to run, siblings to rein in, and a mom to look after. So if Hollis thinks I’ll roll over and let her drive me out of business, she’s not nearly as smart as she thinks she is.
Sure, I enjoy the little pranks we play on each other, and I don’t hate watching her prance around in those tight leggings. But she’s gone too far this time, even if she pretends to know nothing about it.
I’ll do whatever it takes to save my business from going under, and if that means playing dirty with the girl I love to hate, game on.
If you like snarky banter, sizzling chemistry, big crazy families, and evil geniuses, Ale’s Fair in Love and War is your next weekend read. It is a standalone steamy romantic comedy with tons of heart and an HEA.
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A VIGILANTE’S WORK IS NEVER DONE
The bell rings over the door again, and my eyes flash to the brawny figure darkening my doorway.
Speak of the devil—literally.
His scruffy jaw is locked tight, the tension in his shoulders telling the story of his less-than-ideal day. As those piercing blue eyes drill into mine, it occurs to me, not for the first time, what a crying shame it is that such beautiful eyes are wasted on a troll like Cash Brooks.
“Well, hello, neighbor.” I paste on my brightest smile. “What brings you to my salon today? Need a cold shower?” My tone is drenched in so much syrup I might give myself an actual cavity.
Cash stalks toward my counter, worn work boots scuffing the tile as he approaches. I purposely ignore the way his thigh muscles strain the denim of his jeans.
When he stops just across from me, chest heaving and lips curled into an angry snarl, I respond by wrinkling my nose and waving a hand in front of it. “I’d say so. You smell like a brewery.”
This is simply too easy.
A growl spills from his curled lips, indicating that my latest prank has rendered him incapable of speaking in human. Just as well, considering what a giant bull-headed caveman he is.
A crimson flush licks at the skin just under Cash’s stubbled chin. “You posted an ad for my virginity?!”
My brows draw together as I fix a pout to my lips. “Oh, did nobody take you up on the offer?” I reach over the shiny pink counter separating us and pat his shoulder, ignoring its muscular firmness. “Don’t be embarrassed. Virginity is just a social construct anyway.”
He shakes my hand off with a jerk of his arm, and I cover my pout with a contemplative finger. “Although maybe I shouldn’t have said anything about your looks.” I lean closer to whisper, “I just didn’t want anyone to be disappointed when they met you.”
He jabs the air in front of my nose with his finger. “You’d better prepare yourself, lady.”
I slap his hand away without missing a beat. “Lady? Oh, you are cruel, aren’t you?” I coo at him, causing his jaw to do that clicking thing I so enjoy.
“You ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” Cash grinds out through clenched teeth.
With that, he whips around and stalks back to my front door, giving me a prime view of his inconveniently nice ass.
“I haven’t seen anything yet,” I correct him but don’t get the pleasure of his responding expression. “Have a wonderful day!” I shout.
His growl is just barely audible as he disappears out of sight.
Ah, it is, indeed, a most wonderful day.
Cash is focused on honoring his father by not only being there for his family but by ensuring that the business he created continues to be a success. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by his sexy new neighbor who is equal parts infuriating and intriguing especially with the recent events affecting the business.
Hollis is determined to forge her own path and wants her business to succeed on its merits and not because of her family. Although the antics they play on each other can be irritating they can also be fun so when she believes she knows who is responsible for Cash’s business woes she isn’t about to let him face it on his own.
The interactions between Cash and Hollis were entertaining but despite the antagonism between I enjoyed how they were there for each other when it really mattered and proved they were meant to work as a team and not against each other.
USA Today bestselling author Sylvie Stewart loves bad jokes, dirty rom-coms, country music, and baby skunks—preferably all at the same time. Most of her steamy contemporary and romantic comedy novels take place across her favorite state of North Carolina, and her characters never run out of snarky banter or snacks. When her laptop closes, Sylvie is a sucker for hugs from her twin boys and a good laugh with her hot-nerd hubby. If you love smart Southern gals, hot blue-collar guys, and snort-laughing with characters who feel like your best friends, Sylvie’s your gal.
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