The Bar Next Door
Katia Rose
(Barflies, #1)
Publication date: August 22nd 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Sometimes you take the shot, and sometimes the shot takes you.

As the manager of Montreal’s most infamous dive bar, Monroe—and it’s just Monroe, thank you very much—is used to serving up her signature pearls of wisdom alongside an array of shots, pints, and pitchers. In fact, she thrives on it. Taverne Toulouse is a mighty ship, and she its fearless captain, trusted by patrons and bar staff alike to steer them through choppy waters.

If only she’d been given a little warning before a full-on tsunami swept in next door.

Julien Valois’ wining and dining empire is making waves. The next item on his agenda is opening a trendy lounge right next to Monroe’s beloved Taverne Toulouse—one that’s meant to run the dive bar out of business so he can buy up that property too.

His plans did not include falling for a five-foot-nothing brunette with an impressive vocabulary and an even more impressive ability to manhandle drunk frat boys twice her size.

They’re rivals in every sense of the word, but when Monroe and Julien are in a room together, the battle lines fade away. Their defences lower, their hearts get louder than their heads, and the burn between them goes down like just the right shot—intense, intoxicating, and able to sweep their priorities away with a single taste.

Until reality decides to slap up a big ‘For Sale’ sign and force them remember those priorities all too clearly.

The Bar Next Door is part of the Barflies trilogy, a series of standalone romantic comedies that follow the ups and downs of the staff at a Montreal dive bar.

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My relationships have all been duds, just packs of seeds I hopefully sprinkle onto freshly tilled soil and nurture for weeks on end, only to watch some runty little weed poke its head up and then wither a few days later. My mother says I have a habit of taking on boyfriends as ‘projects’ and that I like to ‘seek fulfillment by helping others reach their potential instead of working toward my own.’

That’s what you get having a former psychologist for a mother.

The man in front of me doesn’t look like he needs any help on the road to Potential Town; everything about him announces he’s already there.

“I think I know that guy.”

Roxanne’s declaration startles me back into the present. I realize we’ve both moved so close to the door we’ve almost got our noses against the glass. I step back and rip my gaze away from beardie to give her an incredulous look.

“You know that guy?”

She might as well have just told me she’s real tight with Zeus and that they hang out all the time on Mount Olympus.

Ohh ohh ohh!!! A spin off from the Sherbrooke Station Series by Katia Rose. I am so excited…SQUEELLLLL!!!!! This series has our favorite Sherbrooke Station couple featured in it. That’s right folks, Roxanne and Cole. Love, love, loved their story. Now we get the story of her best friend Monroe. Yep all you Sherbrooke Station fans sit down and make room for the Barflies Series.

Monroe is manager of the Montreal’s most infamous dive bar, Taverne Toulouse. Taverne Toulouse is her kingdom and her kingdom is suffering. The owner of said kingdom is Monsieur Fournier. And he is not a nice person. He won’t make any improvements or use any of Monroe’s ideas to make business better. So she is in the red, laying off people and cutting her pay to pay the ones she has left. But Monroe is determined to make this bar work.

Julien is the proud owner of the space next to the dive bar. He plans to renovate it to a fancy wine bar. Maybe he will even buy the dive bar next door. He bet he could make an offer the owner can’t refuse. But first he must get the doors open to his new venture.

On a recon mission for Monsieur Fournier, Monroe bumps into the new owner. Man she was not prepared for the hot french man who caught her peeking in the window. While Monroe fights to save her bar, she winds up biting off more than she can chew and winds up fighting for more than just her bar.

As with all of Katia’s novels, this love story is one is a fight worth watching. Monroe is such a strong willed person, who takes care of everyone. But when will she decide to take care of her?

Julien is a sweet man, but he is a workaholic. He was hurt by someone and was described as cold. I personally did not see this about him. I actually found his character sweet and caring. He was a business man who dived into his work to hide his loneliness.

When Julien and Monroe get together, the chemistry between them is amazing and strong. I really loved their story of love and the challenges they had to face to get to their own happy ending.

This book has all those romance factors, stubbornness, sadness, happiness and love. The book is a steady fight to save Taverne Talouse and open up Monroe’s heart to love. The characters are strong and independent, yet snarky and fun. The story is sure to grab you by the heart and pull those strings tight. Guarantee no one will finish this book with a dry eye. So pick up your copy today.

*ARC provided by Katia Rose

Author Bio:

Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home.

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