If only life were as simple as a clever pickup line.

Cade McNaughton is the last man standing. His brothers have all found love. Despite his recent oh-so-revealing Instagram nightmare and his family’s subsequent disappointment, Cade is ready to fall for a woman who cares more about the last book he read and less about his body. But amid the buzz and banter of tending Foghorn Brewery’s bar, Cade is not exactly settle-down material. All that’s about to change, starting with buzzing off his fauxhawk and sporting a cardigan that has everyone talking.

Sistine Branch has more bills than money, yet she’s fine eating barbecue chips for dinner if it means keeping her knitting shop open. But when her lights go out and the electrician puts a ten-thousand-dollar price tag on renovations, Sistine’s back is against an old and crumbling wall. For the past two years, she’s relied solely on herself, which makes selling out to the one woman from her past who can ruin everything the worst decision ever.

Cade and Sistine are backgammon and end-of-the-bar friends. One rejection, a literal fall into Cade’s arms, and a dinner date with farm animals has them enmeshed in feelings neither thought possible. But, it only takes one lie, a literal fall from grace, and a date with the she-devil to unravel everything they’ve come to know.

If they want a real shot, they’ll need to start from the beginning and realize that love is often a tangled mess, sometimes a funny T-shirt, but never perfect.

Quotes

“Oh, come on. I knit. I’m not a nun. I’m only confirming that the smile is the he’s-getting-lucky smile.”

“Who looked that good early in the morning? Didn’t the man need to warm into the day like the rest of the world? She would have appreciated at least some dark circles under his eyes.”

“An everyday, never enough, and no-matter-what kind of love thumped comfortably in his heart. He hoped she felt the same because he was gone and even the thought of losing her had him back to holding his breath.”

Reviews

“What an exceptional love story. Cade and Sistine were both so well developed. The landscape, the people and the plot line felt so real. I fell in love right along side Cade and Sistine and I was crying, laughing and feeling ever moment of their story.”
– Jami

“Ms. Ewens has captured my heart with her talent of crafting characters who are real to life, it has always been easy to form an emotional attachment to each and every story.”
– Becky

“Ewens makes her characters your friends, their family important to you and their relationships meaningful.”
– Anima

“It’s light without being fluffy, the romance realistic, the friendships meaningful, and the characters easy to connect with. I always recommend Tracy Ewens’ novels, but this one might be my personal favorite.”
– Carlene

“Tracy Ewens has given us a wonderful character in Sistine. She’s sweet, quirky and just such a good soul that I wanted to bring her home to be my friend. I think I have a girl crush on Sistine!”
– MaryAnn

Chapter One

Cade McNaughton was in the zone. A few hours into a dance he had envied since he’d first stepped behind a bar a few weeks after his eighteenth birthday. Back then, watching people with far more experience balance hard work, casual chatter, and craft was powerful.

Now here he was, behind his own slab of polished wood. It had been scary when he and his brothers first decided to go big or go home, but almost two years later, the Tap House ran as smoothly as every other part of Foghorn Brewery.

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What Readers are Saying…

  • "It’s light without being fluffy, the romance realistic, the friendships meaningful, and the characters easy to connect with. I always recommend Tracy Ewens’ novels, but this one might be my personal favorite."
    Carlene (Tap)
  • “Tracy Ewens writing proved to be what I crave from my romance books. Angst and conflict coupled with a character driven plot guided by charming, unassuming characters and terrific writing.”
    TeriLyn (Playbook)
  • “No characters have felt more real to me than these two. Sure there is the snappy dialog, wry and witty humor, but underneath it all is a love so deep and thorough that you can’t help but let your heart and emotions be touched in a way that lasts long after the story ends.”
    Becky (Exposure)
  • When it comes to the story itself, I loved the author’s voice. Her way with words, especially the inner dialogue of the characters, it was a really engrossing and comfortable read. It was funny, sad, happy and angsty at times but each character shined through as his/her own person and moved the story along as just the right pacing.
    Wishful Miss (Brew)
  • "Another great and witty book from Tracy Ewens, this time focussing on Patrick McNaughton and the brewery’s wonder woman Aspen. Great connection between the characters and you really get drawn in to the story."
    Rachel (Smooth)