Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.
Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets.
If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.
Worldbuilding: The world of Nashville music and crime – and investigative hotness – made for a fun setting.
Characters: I still so do love Juliet. The complicated maze of relationships, trials & errors was fascinating – a bit of a schadenfreude high, lol. Juliet felt like a more mature character, driven less by thoughtlessness emotional reactions (though fun in themselves), and more by common sense and reason. I loved how she kept her spunk but grew.
I will admit I’m starting to find Pete annoying, and that I really liked her and Ryder together again. Evil author was evil on that topic right at the end there, lol.
Plot: The mystery arcs were entertaining and fun. I loved the pace of events, how crazy-busy things got toward the end. The romance arc was angsty and juicy and complicated, just like I like it.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Juliet’s POV. Loved her voice and sense of humor.
Curb Appeal: Hooking blurb, kinna sucky cover but I love the series so it’s insta-buy material for sure.
I recommend Brew or Die to fans of spunky MCs who feel authentic, have real emotions, make mistakes, suffer the consequences, and make the whole ride super fun. And, I mean, the men – of all types – aren’t bad, either 😀
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