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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Sideways (Speakeasy Taproom #4) by Lisa Hughey

A Review by Wendy
 4.5 When Like Meets Like Stars
* * * * 1/2  

Spoiler Free-A Quick Review

I have to say, Speakeasy Taproom Totally Rocks! This series takes everything I love and puts it all together. We get mostly grown people who are at a juncture in their lives. They have had situations happen that have put them in Vermont, either fighting their demons and coming out the other side or they have just landed there and are about to have a journey they didn't know they needed.

Delicious. This is the premise for Sideways. Our gal, Tracy is from a political family.
This means everything thing she has done has been analyzed, dictated by, and directed with talking points and cleared by the family's spoke's person to get the "Right Spin".

Well, Tracy had more in her, and unbeknownst to the family, she created her own business and it was very successful. Then an unfortunate situation happened that drew attention to the fact she was the owner. The Family dictated she lay low until they told her things were all clear.

The joke was Tracy didn't do anything wrong, her company was a good one and solid, the family just didn't like what it was and had to figure out their response. Gah...

This brought Tracy to Speakeasy territory. She had a pretend name due to the nature of her family and she decided to use it there. This way she could lay low. But she needed funds that would not trace her to Vermont, so she took on being a waitress at the Speakeasy. She wasn't the best wait staff but boy people loved her service. Being friendly, sparkly, and just plain nice went a long way.

Colton wasn't the only one who was laying low. He was a famed chef who rose to the top of NYC/Boston and the like. He was known for his amazing plates. He also was known for being out of control. It got so bad, he had to leave doing what he loved. It was that or totally be destroyed by drugs, booze, and anything else destructive.

Now he just hides out and sometimes helps his friends here. It is Tracy bouncing around the Taproom that catches his eye and they start off as bickering with Tracy still holding a smile.

These two keep running into each other and soon there is a truce happening for the better good- The Taproom. Preston is asked to cater an event and Tracy is there helping him, being a comfort he never thought he would have. They hit it off and all is good until little ducks come home to roost, meaning all the hiding gets revealed.

This was very strong and I couldn't stop reading it. It was everything I could want in a romance book. Yay!!!

 A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


USA Today Bestselling Author Lisa Hughey started writing romance in the fourth grade. That particular story involved a prince and an engagement. Now, she writes about strong heroines who are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves and the heroes who love both their strength and their vulnerability. She pens romances of all types—suspense, paranormal, and contemporary—but at their heart, all her books celebrate the power of love.

She lives in Cape Ann Massachusetts with her fabulously supportive husband, two out of three awesome mostly-grown kids, and one somewhat grumpy cat.

Yoga, hiking, and traveling are her favorite ways to pass the time when she isn’t plotting new ways to get her characters to fall in love.

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