One hot entrepreneur plus a driven saleswoman and sultry brewer: simmered in the craft beer world for a unique, sexy reading experience!
When wealthy brewery owner Austin Fitzgerald meets sexy saleswoman Evelyn Benedict, angry sparks fly. They seem destined to clash, until a hot hookup in a cold beer cooler changes everything.
For Austin, it’s a life-altering moment that sets him on a path away from his birthright, while Evelyn must face her fears about committing to a man considered the playboy of the micro-brewing world.
The power of their preconceived notions nearly tears them apart—until they meet up with brewmaster Ross, who opens their eyes to a deeper, more erotic connection.
But three strong personalities don’t always make for the best emotional mix and when a simple misunderstanding causes chaos, it’s up to Ross to somehow repair the tattered shreds of their relationship.
About the Author
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.
Read an Excerpt
Copyright © Liz Crowe 2017. All Rights Reserved, Totally Entwined Group Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.
The man must be out of his ever-loving mind.
Evelyn tried hard not to yell, or otherwise overreact, ever aware of her reputation as one of the sole females in this testosterone-soaked world of beer sales. But she simply could not stand for this sort of manipulation.
She rose to her feet. “I won’t do it.”
From his position behind the desk, her boss, Grant Taylor, president of Tri-City Distribution, tipped back in his chair and appraised her from head to toe. “He asked for you specifically. And I am certain I don’t have to remind a professional such as yourself that Fitzgerald is our best craft beer brand—one of our only craft beer brands and the one I hope to use to build a better beer portfolio.” He feigned a pitiful look.
“You look like a constipated crocodile when you do that.” Even as she accepted that her day had just grown that much worse, if it were cosmically possible, she slumped back into the chair on the other side of his desk.
“Evelyn, honey, it’s not that bad. He’s a good guy, really.”
The foul liquid that passed for coffee at the Tri-City offices polluted her throat, giving her a few seconds to think. After only two years in the beer and wine sales business, she’d found her niche, and she even had an incentive trip to Barbados from the Corona guys nearly within her grasp. A day spent—more like wasted—trying to shove hipster beer down the throats of savvy buyers at her best stores would not get her any closer to that goal. Evelyn stared out of the window at the annoyingly perfect blue sky.
“Grant, you know I need a heads-up longer than an hour. Seriously, I have to shuffle the whole sales day. Jesus. I don’t even know where—”
Grant held up a hand. “Spare me, please. I know you’ve already committed where Fitzgerald products are placed to that gorgeous, top-selling brain of yours. You sold more of their amber, IPA and Winter Spice bullshit than anybody. Don’t kid a kidder.” He grinned at her.
Stress bloomed in her chest and spread, bringing a familiar anxious mantra to the forefront of her mind.
This stupid job is the only thing between me and the homeless shelter.
Nothing would make her jeopardize what she’d built out of, essentially, nothing. A two-year associate’s degree was all she’d been able to afford before she’d started working in a trendy downtown craft beer and cocktail bar. When a Tri-City sales rep had mentioned they were hiring and how much she could make in commission, she’d jumped at it.
Who knew she’d be a sales star?
“Fine. But if you think I’m gonna suck up to the Chosen Son of the Fitzgerald fortune, you are sadly mistaken. He can ride in my car and go on calls with me, but he’d better understand that I have a full day already set and I won’t be giving him any special attention.” She drained the last of the caffeine then set the mug down on Grant’s desk with what she hoped sounded like a decisive bang. A sudden puff of air blew past her, ruffling the papers on Grant’s desk.
Her boss’s eyes widened. He pointed to something behind her and started to open his mouth.
“No,” she cut him off. “Don’t say another word. You know I’m right. Everybody knows he’s just a trust-fund baby, opening a brewery with his daddy’s money, then gallivanting around the world, getting his degree”—she hooked her fingers in the air around the word—“in brewing science. Jesus. Who needs a degree in that? He should just stick to improving his golf handicap and deflowering debutantes.”
The petulant sound of her own voice annoyed her, but stories like Austin Fitzgerald’s made her the maddest. She’d been raised by a single mother who’d waitressed by day and, she’d later learned, turned tricks at night while the young Evelyn had done homework and watched TV at her aunt’s house. Her mother had died during Evelyn’s second year of college, forcing her to quit after she’d figured out that the modest funeral would eat up every cent her mother had managed to save.
Grant cleared his throat and stood, buttoning his suit coat. She watched him, her brain still on fire with helpless frustration. Even if she’d agreed to haul Fitzgerald around, she had no plans to sell craft beer that day.
“I need to schmooze my wine buyers today, Grant. I can’t be babysitting this guy.” The back of her neck tingled when the ends of her hair fluttered in another sudden breeze. She frowned, observing her boss stick his hand out as if about to shake hers, a big smile pasted on his face.
“Well, if I weren’t deathly allergic to both golf and debutantes, that might have been a career choice,” came a low, raspy voice from right behind her.
Evelyn’s entire body broke out in goosebumps.
“Grant, good to see you again,” the voice continued.
She gritted her teeth and rose, giving Grant what she hoped was a sufficiently withering look before turning around. Deep green eyes met hers. She was struck dumb by their depth and humorous sparkle. Dark jeans and a simple navy blue crew-neck—undoubtedly cashmere—sweater, brown box-toe loafers and a camel-colored dress jacket completed the look. He would have been at home on a GQ model as easily as he navigated a brewery floor. Close-cut dark-brown hair topped a clean-shaven, angular face.
A face that seemed pretty amused by her at that moment.
“And you must be Evelyn Benedict, saleswoman extraordinaire.” His smile lit up the room, rendering Evelyn speechless. Grant nudged her arm until she stuck out her hand. Austin’s warm, firm grip lingered long enough to make her uncomfortable.
“I see she’s mesmerized by the size of my…trust fund already.” He glanced over her shoulder at Grant then at her, pinning her in place again with that intense, still amused gaze. “Austin Fitzgerald, the albatross around your neck for the day.” He gave her palm a friendly squeeze before letting go. “At your service.”
Austin’s gaze remained squarely on hers. She had on her best thrift store designer suit over a silk blouse open at the neck. Used to men eyeballing her from tip to toe, she found it refreshing for one not to automatically zero in on her cleavage.
“Never had such a lovely babysitter before, Grant. Thanks.”
She swallowed when his eyes narrowed, then frowned as he gazed quickly up and down her front, lighting an unwanted and unexpected fire in her belly. Since when did she like it when some guy checked her out in such an obvious way?
He shrugged, sidestepping as if to get out of her way, the moment between them over. “Ready to go when you are. Rumor has it you have a big day ahead,” he said, the expression on his handsome face suddenly neutral.
“Yes. I do.” She strode past him, needing to regain her composure. Loud, masculine laughter echoed in her ears all the way to the ladies’ room. She splashed water on her face and stared in the mirror while her heart took up a loud drumbeat in her ears.
He is nothing but a spoiled-rotten trust-fund brat. No matter if he wears it like a stockbroker-slash-daytime drama hero. I do not need this distraction right now.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I could not make myself like one of the main characters. She was incredibly hard to relate to and there was little character development. The story also jumped forward several times which made things seem rushed.
The writing was good. The story line seemed like it skipped some important parts. Evelyn was the biggest "B" you have ever read about. I almost stopped the book several times because I wanted to be done with her. She ruined the whole book for me. Austin was sweet and (I guess) likes to be abused by Evelyn. Ross was good for them both. Evelyn doesn't deserve either men.
I enjoyed this book. Good sex scenes, menage, good story overall. Evelyn irritated me at times and Austin seemed almost as immature at times. Needs better editing. Some words were the wrong, a couple of spelling problems and some places where an extra word was in the wrong place. Seems that's more of a problem the more I read. I read a lot of books so don't look for errors.
This book was an interesting read. I love Liz’s Love Brothers series so I was excited to read this one. While the book isn’t directly related to the Love Brothers series it was still a great read. Austin Fitzgerald owns his own brewery and is trying to get his product other there. He meets Evelyn while going for a ride along with the company she works for. Evelyn has an idea about who Austin is before she even meets him and it isn’t a good one. She fights her attraction to him tooth and nail. However Austin doesn’t give up easily. He manages to win Evelyn over but things aren’t easy in any way shape or form. Austin’s parents don’t like Evelyn and let her know it. Then there is Austin’s friend Ross who he met while becoming a brew master. They had some wild times together. Austin tells Evelyn about some of the things they did and she finds herself wanting to recreate some of those times with the three of them. Then she meets Ross and is overcome with how attracted to him she is. Could the three of them be something or would it be just an occasional thing. Evelyn loves Austin so much but she can’t hide her attraction to Ross. Will the three of them work out or will everything fall apart? This book has lots of twists and turns for sure. This book takes you on a wild ride. Ross and Evelyn are a lot alike and Austin is what balances them out. Austin jokes that they are emotionally constipated, Ross more so than Evelyn. While being in a three person relationship isn’t mainstream that doesn’t mean it isn’t okay. If it works for them that is all that matters. Austin and Evelyn truly love each other but Ross isn’t really a third wheel. While Ross and Evelyn share an immense attraction I don’t believe it could ever work with just the two of them. They need that balance that Austin brings. I highly recommend this book. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
Like a full bodied beer with a twist of something unexpected, but fulfilling, as it was meant to be all along.
I've read many a ménage love story in the past, and more often than not, there's always one pairing that ends up having more of a connection than another pairing or all three participants combined. In the case of Tapped, Austin and Evelyn seemed to have a stronger pull to one another than Ross and Evelyn, BUT it was the connection between Austin and Ross that drew my attention, and I don't mean that in a romantic sense. They simply had an honest-to-goodness friendship and there was a great deal of trust and respect going on. I seriously liked these two. The odd one out was Evelyn. I didn't like her. I honestly didn't get what it was about her that drew these two men to her as strongly a they supposedly did. She was a runner and never seemed to know what the hell it was that she actually wanted. She mishandled situations and lay the blame at someone else's feet. The ending also came off as rushed and abrupt. But yeah, I wasn't an Evelyn fan, and she's the reason I didn't love Tapped as much as I wish I was capable of. I am curious about Austin's brother Blake, though, so I'll still continue with the series. Three stars. ♥
3.5 stars Who knew that passion and intrigue - and KINK - existed in the beer brewing world! Evelyn is a young woman not just from the wrong side of the tracks, she's someone for whom the tracks sat empty and desolate. But she's tenacious and determined, and now she works as a brewery saleswoman. When she meets Austin, a man for whom those tracks glistened like gold, she takes an immediate dislike to him, believing him spoiled and entitled. Austin, though. Austin is wildly attracted to her. As Austin and Evelyn get to know each other, you learn that Austin has a thing for sex, particularly sex involving a woman he can share with his BFF Ross. He likes Evelyn. He cares deeply for her and he wants to rock that headboard with her, but he also wants to share her with Ross. Evelyn, meanwhile, has a tendency to take a runner. When she gets scared or when she listens to her fears instead of her heart, she puts on her track shoes and RUNS. I wanted Austin to get as fed up with her as I did. I wanted him to tell her to just run and stay running. But he's a man in love. Wither Ross, though? Well, the cover might give you a clue. Liz Crowe packs this book with a lot of sexy times, and oh, does she deliver the quiver. You don't just get sex between Austin and Evelyn, you get sex with Austin, Ross, other women - it's all just delicious fun. The weakness, though, is Evelyn. She is not compelling enough to justify the way Austin and Ross react to her. She comes across like a petulant child, the very spoiled and entitled that she accuses Austin of being. I kept thinking that they surely could find someone ... better. This is the first in a series, and I have no idea where Liz Crowe is going to take this tale. Will she use some of the ancillary characters we meet, or will she delve deeper into the relationship that ends the book? One thing is for certain: in the Tapped world, good things come in threes. ___________________ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
WOW!!! A bit different then other books by this author but LOVED it just as I have all the others. I am definitely an Austin fan and found myself cheering for him all the way through!!! I can't wait for the next book!!!