REVIEW: The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose

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“Bars are like a library for all the stores that never found an author to write them.”

Back of the book blurb:

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 to remember those priorities all too clearly.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: August 22, 2019

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My rating:

            I’m going to be completely honest with you all, here. For some reason, with almost every Katia Rose novel, I sign up for an ARC and then take forever to read it. No, not even read it, but start it. Because whenever I do start it, I rip through each and every novel Katia Rose writes. I’m a firm believer that a book chooses you, not the other way around. (Or maybe that’s my excuse for being lazy.) I like to think, though, that the books we choose to read at certain times help us in so many ways. And I think I needed The Bar Next Door exactly at the time I read it. It’s been a few months since I moved and changed jobs (and then changed jobs again just recently) and reading took a backseat to everything else going on in my life.

            The Bar Next Door helped me rediscover how phenomenal a book can make you feel. It had been a minute since I felt that way and Monroe and Julien’s entertaining banter, off-the-charts chemistry, and just their story in general reignited the passion that has always been burning inside me, but went a little dark for a minute.

“We live our lives so focused on the big picture, on that bright shiny future we’re all striving to achieve, that any person or place who can’t keep up gets left in the dirt when all they really needed was a hand to pull them up. At the end of the day, that’s what we give people here…”

            Monroe is the manager of a dive bar that is in serious danger of closing down. Monroe is exactly the type of manager we all crave—one that truly cares about the business and the employees that help run that business. She has a heart of gold the size of the Empire State Building. And when a very, very sexy Frenchman threatens to break that heart of hers by closing down her bar, she vows to never let that happen. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s in danger of something much scarier… falling in love.

            Again, I have no idea why I put off reading Katia Roses’s books. Every single time I read one, I am floored. They’re the perfect combination of sweet, angst-y, and humorous. Each character, each world, each story feels completely brand new. I love learning about Canada and all the phrases and quirks. I adore that there’s just so much culture included in all of her novels.

“He talked about wine like it was poetry, like it was the most intricate of dramas—a war song and a love story all wrapped up in one.”

            We all know I love a bad boy. We all love a bad boy. It’s the mystery, the thrill of the chase, the accomplishment that we were the ones to tame them—the wild one. But, honestly, there’s something so much more romantic about a man who is sweet, who is up front about his feelings. A man who knows where he’s at in his life and knows what he wants. Sure, Julien is a little broken—a little down and out. But his heart is still so beautiful and I appreciate that immensely. (Can you tell where I’m currently at in my love life?)

“I want to hold you until this mess makes sense. You’re the only thing that’s ever made me feel like I have a way out.”

            Sometimes I feel like I’m constantly repeating myself in my reviews, especially when it comes to how some couples seem to just click. But, I’m being 100% genuine when I say that Monroe and Julien are it for each other. From their first encounter, it was written in the stars. Some souls are just bound to be connected forever, even in books, and I could absolutely tell that Julien and Monroe were meant to find each other. And that’s probably my favorite thing about this book, or even any romance novel. It helps me remember that some things and some people are just meant to be. It gives me hope.

            The Bar Next Door is a magnificent and beautiful love story. You should definitely check it out.

“You are a profound secret and mystery, Monroe, and there is nothing I believe in more than you.”

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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