Takeover, Book #4
By Anna Zabo
Author’s Website: http://www.annazabo.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
A man discovers that love can show up when you least expect it—and in a much different form—in this piping-hot romance from the author of Due Diligence and Just Business.
Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N’At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.
As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.
But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?
We first met Brian Keppler for short instant during Justin and Eli’s story, Just Business, but this time he is the main character and is his time to find love. Brian has been having problems keeping his baristas, not since his best barista, Justin, started his new job and love life. Then the most handsome guy walks into his shop, Rob, and start a conversation with him. Rob is sort of new in town, his company moved to Pittsburgh over a year ago, but he hasn’t had time to look around. He was recommended Brain’s shop from his friend Todd, and after one coffee, he now like his with a lot of cream. What starts as small flirting, grows into an intense need and attraction for one another that cannot lets them forget the other. The problem is that will Rob is openly gay, Brian is bisexual and this will be his first relationship with a guy, and the place they met place a big part of their relationship.
I liked Daily Grind, as the other books in the series, this story also centers around a specific topic or problem that the reader can relate to. In this case, the story centers around work and coming to terms with the fear of rejection from those we love. Many can relate to these types of topics and a believe they were well handle.
The story of Daily Grind was fun to read, the characters were easy to relate and understand where they came from, but most of all it was romantic as hell. The interaction between Brain and Rob was so sweet, making the reader yearn for a love at first sight relationship like theirs. But like all stories, we see them get to know each other, and find out that this time they want more in their life than just a casual hookup.
I loved the puns that this story has, and the perfect moments where they were used. Also, that all of Brian’s family used them against him.
It was bittersweet story in the case of learning about both characters; for one side Rob’s past was sad, it gave me the need to be his friend and tell him that perusing his hobbies was not wrong, I would love to see the photographs that are described in the book. But reading him interacting with Brian’s family was the best thing for him. The scenes with the Keppler family addition to this love story, it all was good to read about a supportive family for a LGBT person.
I was happy to see Justin and other characters from the previous book make their cameos, and help when they could. I want to know more a but Brian’s brother, Len.
The only thing that I didn’t like, was that for the first quarter of the book felt like it was too long and took a while to get to the problem to be solved.
Because this is a M/M romance the sex scenes are between two male, if you are not comfortable with this then you should skip the book. If you are okay with this genre, the sex scenes are in the same level or less vanilla that the previous books in the series.
If you are fan of Anna Zabo or her Takeover series, the I recommend Daily Grind. Here to men meet over cup of spicy and cream coffee, and start a relationship that will change them for the better, but find out that coffee can be everything in life, there are things more important.