5, 3.5 and 3 Star Reviews for Love on Tap by Karis Walsh #F/F #Romance @KarisWalsh

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Title: Love On Tap
Author Name & Publisher: Karis Walsh (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: February 16th 2016- 240 pages

Synopsis

Lesbian Romance — Archaeologist Berit Katsaros travels the world in search of treasures from ancient times. A serious injury forces her to take a break from fieldwork and accept an interim teaching job at Whitman College. She finds nothing redeeming in her frustrating sabbatical…except her sexy landlord, Tace.

When Stacy “Tace” Lomond takes charge of her brother’s failing microbrewery, she discovers a passion and talent she never realized she possessed. After years of putting herself last and supporting others’ dreams, she’s ready to make a name for her artisanal beer among the academics and sophisticated wineries in Walla Walla, Washington. Berit might be a tempting distraction, but she’s only a temporary fixture in town and in Tace’s life.

Slow-crafted beer and time-worn artifacts. Both women recognize what’s important in their careers, but can they learn to appreciate the value of love?

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Review

FiveStars

This is the second book I have read by this author and it certainly won’t   be my last. Ms Walsh is one of the few authors who can write a truly great and interesting love story without the need of a secondary story line or plot.
Two very different main characters, both entrenched in the lives they lead. It is only after they meet that they begin to question what it is they want and need. Both woman are very strong but both hide a tender side. Their relationship grows slowly but Ms Walsh keeps the readers attention through portraying emotions we can all relate too.
A very ardent and at times amusing romance  that never fails to keep you turning the pages in anticipation and hope for a well deserved ending.
Ms Walsh has obviously done her research and this shows as we understand each characters profession with enough detail to maintain our attention without becoming boring. It’s done in such an engrossing way you feel as if you really understand the basics of beer making and the fundamental’s of archaeology not to mention the difficulties in teaching. All achieved while delivering a passionate and believable love story.
This is a novel I can thoroughly recommend to anyone who enjoys a well constructed and fluid love affair with some passionate love scenes thrown in for good measure.
Chris

 ThreeandHalfStars

I have to admit to being predisposed to loving this book. I’ve really enjoyed all the other Karis Walsh books I’ve read. But this book was a bit of a disappointment for me. Her writing is just as stellar as usual, with rounded characters and a tight plot. I think the thing that I didn’t like was a feeling of distance from the two main characters. It almost seemed as if they themselves weren’t fully engaged in their own lives, like nothing was immediate. Tace seemed to almost disassociate from things, and Berit seemed like she was never actually there in the first place. It’s the way the characters are, so I don’t know if there’s any way to actually make me feel more involved, but I wish there were. I liked the story. I loved watching Tace find herself in her brewery, and loved that Berit helped her realize that she deserves her own dream. I’m not totally sure I buy in to Berit’s resolution. I know she was sabotaging the hiring committee, but I really needed to see something that would convince me that she would take the step she finally took. All in all, an enjoyable read, but not her best.

Amy P.

ThreeStar

Stacy feels inadequate due to her lack of education. She can’t stand the college kids and the college itself in her town. When she ends up renting some rooms to injured archaeologist, Berit, she begins to see life has more to offer her. When her flaky gambler of a brother lands her with the running of a brewery he won in a poker game she could never imagine the changes it would bring to her life. Berit is in a wheelchair while she recovers from an accident at a dig site. She agrees to teach for the year at Whitman College even though she knows she will hate it.
I found it really hard to get into this book and for the first few chapters I almost gave up. The characters described didn’t seem to be real people to me. I couldn’t get into it at all. Once the interaction between Tace and Berit got going it became more interesting as they really developed. I can’t say the same for all the other characters though. Tace certainly grew as a person as a result of being with Berit and saw that her life was her own and she shouldn’t be living it to suit her siblings. Berit changed too in that she began to see that a happy life wasn’t just about work. Their relationship took a while to get going but when it did it was extremely passionate and loving. I just wish there had been a lot less angst getting there.
By the end I found I was enjoying how the story was going but it took a bit of perseverance to keep with it. I’m glad I did keep reading though as Karis Walsh is a good writer and found an interesting set of circumstances to bring her characters together.
Kitty Kat

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AuthorBio

Karis Walsh is a horseback riding instructor who lives on a small farm in the Pacific Northwest. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she enjoys spending time outside with her animals, reading, playing the viola, and riding with friends.

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