If only life were as simple as choosing between shaken or stirred.
Sage Jeffries grew up an overachiever. She studied, excelled, and became a mechanical engineer for a firm in San Francisco. Yet much to her family's surprise, right before turning thirty, she made a bold move to Los Angeles and became a bartender at The Yard. Now, she spends her time mixing drinks and trying new things. Her life is good, fun . . . except for two teeny tiny challenges-she's in love with her best friend's older brother, and her sister bought her a book, Nice to Naughty in Ten Easy Steps and dares her to master every step. Sage never backs down from a challenge.
Garrett Rye is Ryeland Farms. He grew up under his father's wing and has now taken over operations. Working the fields was nothing compared to the hassle of managing, but keeping the farm running without hiccups is what's expected. His brother and sister may run The Yard, but Ryeland Farms is the rock of their family. No matter how many changes swirl around him, Garrett intends to keep it that way.
It's New Year's Eve and Sage, who's had too much tequila, is realizing it's easier to read about "naughty" than actually put it into practice. Instead of a wild night, she ends up tucked into Garrett's truck, spilling her heart. Now, Garrett is finding it impossible to concentrate on keeping things business as usual when the woman he's only noticed behind the bar suddenly wants to raise the bar.
Both stirred and shaken, Sage and Garrett will have to decide whether to keep mixing things up or if they should put their feelings on ice.
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Stirred is the 5th book in the series A Love Story. While the stories are connected by shared characters, each book does well as a standalone. If you love reading series in order as much as I do, you might want to consider starting at the beginning but I don’t think you will be sorry either way. Stirred is now tied with Reserved as my favorite in the series. I would put this book and series in the same class as ones I love by authors Susan Mallery or Robin Carr, although maybe not quite as spicy. There is a lot of sexual tension between Garrett and Sage but nothing explicit and the coarse language isn’t at all overdone like it is in some books these days. Sage Jeffries is a bartender – sorry, she says mixologist – at The Yard, a restaurant that has appeared in the last few books in this series. She studied and excelled as a mechanical engineer so her family doesn’t quite understand why she gave it all up to become a bartender at a restaurant. But her job fulfills something in her – it feeds her creative spirit – and she loves it. The only thing missing in her life is a relationship with the man of her dreams – Garrett Rye – her best friend’s brother. Unfortunately he doesn’t really even notice her beyond her presence at The Yard, which is owned by his brother. Garrett Rye is the oldest of the three Rye siblings. After his mother left them he took it upon himself to always be available and watch out for them. But now things are changing and his siblings are getting married. Garrett thrives on hard work and routine; change is difficult for him. He takes his responsibilities very seriously and rarely takes time for himself. Until the night that Sage needs a ride home, and texts him by mistake, Garrett has no idea how she feels about him. During the ride to her house Sage catches him by surprise and confesses her love for him. At first he just takes it as nonsensical talk because she’s had too much to drink but then he begins to look at her differently. Stirred is so much more than a love story; it’s about family, obligations and relationships. It's filled with lots of ups and downs of Sage and Garrett’s relationship. Garrett doesn’t really do relationships and he’s up front about that with Sage. She decides to take whatever he will give her but soon realizes that’s not enough. At times I just wanted to knock some sense into Garrett while also commending him for his dedication to the farm and his family. I think Sage is a fairly strong woman. She’s made major life changes simply in her quest to experience new things. Her one weakness, however, is Garrett. No matter how much he hurts her, deep down she believes it’s not exactly deliberate – it’s the way he is – and she still loves him. I don’t tend to do a lot of analyzing when I read a book, I read for the pleasure and sometimes escape and this book was definitely a pleasure for me to read. It’s one of those I couldn’t wait to finish and at the same time I never wanted to end. My emotions were all over the place while reading Stirred – just what I like from a book! Tracy Ewens has now firmly cemented herself on my growing list of authors whose books I must read. I would recommend this book and series to anyone who loves a good romance that has interesting characters, is slow to build and has a very satisfying HEA. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my review.
There is just something about Tracy Ewens’ books that I enjoy. Smart, sharp romances with intelligent females and good guys. There is no posturing, no reforming a bad boy, just two people on a path to each other. Stirred is the story of Sage a mixologist and Garrett, who runs his big family farm. He puts work first, family second and his love life last. Sage has loved him quietly for almost two years and has given up on him ever getting his crap together. She embarks on a self-help book’s plan to open up and embrace her inner naughty girl. Garrett has taken care of his family since his mother left him and his two younger siblings and doesn’t have time for dating or romance. But suddenly, Sage is breaking through his barriers and he just might want a little more than friendship. The plot of Stirred was great. A love story with a lot of heart, some steam and some people who really deserve happiness. I have always enjoyed the writing of Tracy Ewens. She is able to craft smart women who know what they want and are willing to go after it. She has a way of writing to the emotions of a story and letting that be her guide. The pacing did have a few small bumps where a larger than expected period of time passed, but the story would quickly take over and it did not hamper my enjoyment at all. The world built for the main story was minimal. This is the fifth book in the series and all of the players and places have already been structured. However, there was build up to, what I believe, will be the next group of people that will be featured in the series. I felt that some of that transition was clunky and interfered with the main story, but it does make me wonder what will happen next. There were plenty of emotions in this read. It was nice to see a male character struggle with his feelings and not just be a macho man. The characters are where Ewens shines. Full of life and attitude, I loved Sage and found her to be a refreshing lead. Garrett was a sexy farmer with a hardened heart, so of course I had to love him. Tracy Ewens’ A Love Story series is one I will happily continue to read. Fun and fast, they are a welcome break from some of the more serious books I read. Now, don’t take that as a bad thing, because it is not at all. Sometimes we just need a book that will make us happy and Stirred is one of those. I was unsure of where the series would arc after this book, as everyone featured in the world has been paired, but I am pretty sure I see where the next three books will go. If there are another three in the A Love Story series I happily say, sign me up. I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sage had quit corporate life to be a bartender . Sage never backed away from a challenge. Sage had been in L A almost three years- she had been almost thirty when she left to be a bartender. Sage wanted stories and adventures , she was up for anything she felt brought her closer to life. Sage’s best friend was Kenna but Sage was also in “ love” with Kenna’s older brother Garrett even though she had never even kissed Garrett until the one day in the wine cellar then it was worse instead of better she only wanted more instead of being cured.. Sage bartender for Kenna’s other brother at The Yard which was a restaurant with a full bar here Sage could make up her own drinks. I really loved this story and the plot was great also. Garrett and Sage didn’t fall l right into bed and didn’t make love easy and it didn’t flow like a calm river.The story showed how love can be messy, intrusive, and confusing as can be. Also showed how love can hurt and seem to almost drive you insane. A truer picture of love then most stories portray. But when it’s right nothing like love even if you really have to sacrifice for each other and work at making it right for each other. I loved all the characters especially Garrett and Sage and all the ups and downs they go through. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.com for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own. This was really cute! At first, I wasn't sold on Garrett and Sage though. The fact that he hadn't noticed her before and then turned her down sort of gave me pause. But both characters are great and you realize how good they are together by the halfway mark. Something I have appreciated about this series is how normal the issues the couples face are. You don't get melodrama and overreactions, you get real emotions with real reactions. The problems that arise for Sage and Garrett are some that most people have experienced themselves, which makes them that much more relatable. As with previous books in the series, the world Tracy Ewens has created is wonderful. All of the characters have so much heart and you feel as though you are reading about friends. Don't let my references to previous books steer you wrong though - each book really is standalone. Though why you wouldn't want to read them all, I can't imagine! :)
4.5 Stars!! Stirred is the final installment in A Love Story, a five part series from new to me author Tracy Ewens. Each individual book can be enjoyed as a standalone, and because I liked this one so much, Reserved, (the fourth book in the series), is next on my TBR list. This read is humorous, slightly emotional, and does the best friend's older brother romance trope proud. Sage Jeffries tends to march to the beat of a different drummer. She is extremely smart as well as inventive, so leaving her job in engineering to pursue a career as a bartender ends up being a very good decision. She loves working in her best friend's restaurant, where she develops tasty libations, while making each and every customer feel welcome. Sage's life is never dull as she attempts to shed her "nice" persona, engage in new experiences, and deal with her huge crush on Garrett Rye, her best friend's older brother. Garrett is the ultimate son and older brother. He always puts his siblings, their father, and the every expanding family farm that he runs, ahead of his own needs and wants. Garrett's life will never be the same since meeting Sage and discovering that she is in love with him. He cannot get her out of his mind, which disrupts his 24/7 work schedule. This is an engrossing read, and Sage and Garrett are likable, complex and genuine. They work hard to learn to trust each other and find their forever. Their chemistry is captivating and Ms. Ewens does a great job of creating seduction behind closed doors. The secondary characters and subplots are almost as equally as engaging as Sage and Garrett's love story. Overall, this is a solid romantic read. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.