By Morgan Shaw
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
He tastes like coffee – strong, sweet and so very decadent.
“I’ve been carrying this secret my whole life…”
Sexy, ripped and successful coffee shop owner Maxwell Lyons is in trouble. Unbeknownst to anyone, Max’s coffee shop Beans is in big debt, and if he can’t pay off the loan to his bank, everyone’s favorite Brooklyn café could go under. As the drama unfolds, Max falls in love with Adam, his newest employee and the man who could change his outlook on everything he’s ever known, making him finally tell the truth…
“I will show you how beautiful the world is.”
Geeky film major Adam Prescott doesn’t even know how good looking he is. Working in his favorite hangout place, Beans, might be the way to get over his parents not accepting him after he comes out of the closet. An even better way? A frolic between the sheets with Beans’ owner, devilishly handsome Max Lyons. Adam’s heart of gold longs to make Max feel whole again, and he might just make it happen, with the help of an adorable Labrador puppy, that is.
“Puppy love has never been sweeter.”
Adam and Max fall in love slowly, but deeply. But Max’s secrets and Adam’s family’s disapproval might just keep them apart… And there is also the case of Max’s old lover, who wants the coffee enthusiast all to himself. But with the help of a sweet, sandy colored pup and a stunning quirky girl with ever-changing hair colors, they might just make it work…
Beans is a warm, comforting blanket to the primary and secondary characters in this sweet M/M romance. The two main characters, Adam and Max, both have their own in-depth storylines, and each of their characters are fully explored by author Morgan Shaw. Shaw also gets kudos for creating a solid cast of supporting characters – wouldn’t be surprised if one or more of them show up in a future story of their own.
A jaw-dropping story twist related to Adam’s family dynamics towards the end fuses both surprise and inexplicable acceptable and understanding on more than one count to the storyline. Max keeps his father’s health condition a secret from Adam and all of his friends and colleagues, even though he really shouldn’t have (or wouldn’t have needed to), all things considered. Regardless, this secret – and his actions surrounding it – almost leads to him losing Beans.
Max and Adam endure their fair share of self-imposed angst, yet they figure out how to resolve underlying issues – Max’s impending loan payoff and Adam’s attempts to pay for college – while working through their personal and relationship insecurities to arrive at their HEA. These two are good guys deep down who belong together, and together through help from their friends grow into a strong couple.
This book promises an entertaining story with new plot twists (not the same old story), enjoyable main characters, strong secondary characters, delicious coffee, and a dog.
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on October 8, 2016.