Pub Fiction Series by Gillian Jones
As the name says it, this is a 3 book series that evolve around a pub in a university town. The books go as follows:
My Mind’s Eye - Ryker & Kat
In this book we meet Kat, a girl in her last year at the university who’s ready to make the best of this last hoorah as a student after suffering a traumatic experience at the very end of the previous year. Coming out of a bad relationship, she’s focusing on school, her new job at Pub Fiction and having fun, not looking for boy trouble. At her new job, she meets Ryker, a consummate player, bartender extraordinaire and brother to the pub’s owner. Needless to say, the attraction is immediate and these two are in for way more than they bargain for.
On the Rocks - Braunwyn & Levi
Levi is Pub Fiction’s proud owner, a man whose only mistress is his bar and who’s never been interested in a relationship until he meets his newest employee, Braunwyn. He knows she’s hiding things and he is willing to uncover each and every one of them. They share an intense attraction, but choose to be friends given the fact that she’s not ready for a relationship after what happened with her boyfriend and how he left her while she was 18 and pregnant with their daughter. After more than 4 years, she’s still dealing with feelings of guilt and thinks every step to reclaim her life is cheating on the late Shawn.
One Last Shot - Claire and Matt
We met the vivacious, carefree Claire in MME and she’s a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, she also has baggage and, when she found herself falling in love, she decided packing up and moving away after finishing her education was the right thing to do. Two years later, she moves back home and Matt is still waiting for the opportunity to claim the love he knows she feels for him, but Claire’s defenses may be harder to conquer than they all expect.
The Pub Fiction series is about women dealing with different issues: PTSD, suicide and grief. I have to say, this is not my usual kind of read and I chose to review these books because I’d read Call Me and I really enjoyed the story, the author’s writing style and the way she incorporates and deals with the social issues and their implications.
Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same way with these stories and, in my opinion, it’s because the Pub Fiction books are earlier works and lack the polish of the more recent book.
On the plus side, I have to say I do admire the way the author brings these issues into the story, the trauma these women have and how the support of family, friends and loved ones can make a difference in a life. There are also fun moments, unbreakable friendships and the second book is laced with the purest loveone can find in the relationship that develops between big bad boy Levi and sweet little Emme. The premise of the books is a good one and these are stories people can definitely relate to, unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed on the slow pace and redundancy, especially in the first book.
3 Book Corner Stars
*An ARC was given in exchange for an honest review*