Trouble Brewing

Trouble Brewing

This sweet, savory, and satisfying novel—perfect for fans of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert—follows a smart, ambitious woman making her way in the male-dominated world of beer brewing.Piper Williams is used to being the only woman in a room full of men, but she isn’t used to being instantly drawn to someone she’s in business with.After working long hours b...

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Title:Trouble Brewing
Author:Suzanne Baltsar
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Trouble Brewing Reviews

  • Donna Hines

    Piper Williams is a female 'master' brewer making a name for herself in a man's world.

    As the beer is chilled her relationship heats up with Blake Reed owner of the newest Minnesota gastro pub.

    Should she mix business with pleasure?

    Blake's family is politically motivated as his father wants him campaigning on his behalf but Blake has other ideas.

    Either the business or Blake but could Piper truly have both?

    Female empowerment is alive and well is this powerfully charged and fun read by Suzanne Bal

    Piper Williams is a female 'master' brewer making a name for herself in a man's world.

    As the beer is chilled her relationship heats up with Blake Reed owner of the newest Minnesota gastro pub.

    Should she mix business with pleasure?

    Blake's family is politically motivated as his father wants him campaigning on his behalf but Blake has other ideas.

    Either the business or Blake but could Piper truly have both?

    Female empowerment is alive and well is this powerfully charged and fun read by Suzanne Baltsar.

    Thank you Suzanne, her publisher, and Goodreads Giveaways for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  • Kate

    **I requested and received an eArc through Edelweiss**

    3.5 ☆

    A cute romance set.in the brewing world. I really loved that Piper was a brewer and loved the Out of the Bottle brewery she was trying to launch. Blake was suitably hot. Loved the supporting characters, especially Bear and Conner. The romance was more cute and charming rather than sexy and hot, but cozy romances work for me.

    Super fast read- just wish I'd saved it for Memorial Day weekend- it would have been a perfect book to read at a c

    **I requested and received an eArc through Edelweiss**

    3.5 ☆

    A cute romance set.in the brewing world. I really loved that Piper was a brewer and loved the Out of the Bottle brewery she was trying to launch. Blake was suitably hot. Loved the supporting characters, especially Bear and Conner. The romance was more cute and charming rather than sexy and hot, but cozy romances work for me.

    Super fast read- just wish I'd saved it for Memorial Day weekend- it would have been a perfect book to read at a cookout with a nice beer in hand!

  • Brei

    *****I received an advance reader copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.*****

    Piper is a brewmaster in a male dominated world. Blake is an owner of the new gastropub in town. Romance ensues with a side of beer. I thought this was a cute, charming book. I ended up really liking this book and finished it in a couple of days. I don't read a ton of romance novels but I liked the story description. As mentioned in someone else's review this romance isn't hot and steamy, it is more swee

    *****I received an advance reader copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.*****

    Piper is a brewmaster in a male dominated world. Blake is an owner of the new gastropub in town. Romance ensues with a side of beer. I thought this was a cute, charming book. I ended up really liking this book and finished it in a couple of days. I don't read a ton of romance novels but I liked the story description. As mentioned in someone else's review this romance isn't hot and steamy, it is more sweet and funny.

    I enjoyed the supporting characters as much as I enjoyed the main characters. I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 stars because I didn't really believe Blake's parents. They and the sister were just obnoxious and forced but they were about 5%of the book.

    Choose this book if you are looking for a quick, sweet read that might teach you something about beer. By no means is it an encyclopedia on brewing but they have several tidbits thrown in that the average reader wouldn't know. Overall this book is a sweet, charming read. I feel like this book could easily turn into a Hallmark Movie.

  • Jamie Rosenblit

    3.5 stars!

    Cute rom-com centered in the food/beverage world - Piper is a craft beer brewer who is working on getting her brews sold in local bars when she meets Blake, owner of The Public, a new hot gastropub in town. Given that this is a rom-com, sparks fly but Piper doesn’t want to mix business and pleasure. Will it be possible for these two to work together without it leading to more?

    For those who are fans of Amy Reichert (who isn’t?!), be sure to check out a new voice in this fun genre!

    Than

    3.5 stars!

    Cute rom-com centered in the food/beverage world - Piper is a craft beer brewer who is working on getting her brews sold in local bars when she meets Blake, owner of The Public, a new hot gastropub in town. Given that this is a rom-com, sparks fly but Piper doesn’t want to mix business and pleasure. Will it be possible for these two to work together without it leading to more?

    For those who are fans of Amy Reichert (who isn’t?!), be sure to check out a new voice in this fun genre!

    Thank you to Simon & Schuster for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Karen

    3.5 stars. Loved the title’s play on words; it was the first clue that this was going to be a fun and flirty read. This dreary rainy day could not have been better placed. I curled up and in no time immersed myself in Piper and Blake’s world, reading for hours, enjoying the snappy dialogue and ebb and flow of this easy reading chick lit story.

    Piper is an ambitious young woman who is hellbent on making a name for herself in the traditionally all-male brew-making business. When one day out hawkin

    3.5 stars. Loved the title’s play on words; it was the first clue that this was going to be a fun and flirty read. This dreary rainy day could not have been better placed. I curled up and in no time immersed myself in Piper and Blake’s world, reading for hours, enjoying the snappy dialogue and ebb and flow of this easy reading chick lit story.

    Piper is an ambitious young woman who is hellbent on making a name for herself in the traditionally all-male brew-making business. When one day out hawking her product, she fatefully meets Blake, a hunk with gorgeous hair who is opening a gastropub. It is a double whammy love at first sight. Enjoyed these two, their banter and the friends they hung out with.

  • Stephanie Dulac

    I thought this book was a great read it was funny and nice and keeps you interested i really lovrd reading about piper and blake this was my first book ive read by Suzanne Baltsar and im looking forward to read more books by her :)

  • Megan Lyons

    1 1/2 stars

    I was pretty excited about this book, as I am a huge craft beer fan. Craft beer still feels like a pretty male dominated industry, for workers and to a lesser extent, customers. I have had random guys come up to me in the liquor store to “help” me pick out a beer, when they knew less about beer than me, and been condescended to by servers who decided I wouldn’t like a certain kind of beer, so I was really looking forward to this. I also tend to like food themed books, so this seemed l

    1 1/2 stars

    I was pretty excited about this book, as I am a huge craft beer fan. Craft beer still feels like a pretty male dominated industry, for workers and to a lesser extent, customers. I have had random guys come up to me in the liquor store to “help” me pick out a beer, when they knew less about beer than me, and been condescended to by servers who decided I wouldn’t like a certain kind of beer, so I was really looking forward to this. I also tend to like food themed books, so this seemed like such a great choice for me. The problem was, it just wasn’t very good.

    I wanted this to be an ode to beer, in the same way some of the culinary romance books are an ode to food. However, it never really felt like a celebration of craft beer. Instead, the brewery just felt like an obligatory setting.

    The love interest was kind of cocky and boring and I really didn’t like him. The plotting keeping the characters apart felt forced, and there was a whole subplot about the love interest’s family that didn’t really go anywhere. I was also super irked by the epilogue, and I felt like the protagonist reacted really out of character to something.

    I did relate to one scene where the protagonist was being patronized by an waiter, and the fact that it made me stop and think about the ratio of female head brewers in Vancouver, even though it is an exploding market, but as a novel it just wasn’t very good.

    *I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music in exchange for an honest review*

  • Gaele

    I’ll be honest, at this point in my life and reviewing career I should know better than to take the advice of publisher blurb-recommendations, but I live in hope and occasionally find a gem. But the comparisons in this blurb don’t connect on any level with the exception of food and drink. And that isn’t to say that this book was horrible, but using a story that contained both depth and emotion, and comparing it to a far lighter and less well developed romantic comedy is a failure- doing a disser

    I’ll be honest, at this point in my life and reviewing career I should know better than to take the advice of publisher blurb-recommendations, but I live in hope and occasionally find a gem. But the comparisons in this blurb don’t connect on any level with the exception of food and drink. And that isn’t to say that this book was horrible, but using a story that contained both depth and emotion, and comparing it to a far lighter and less well developed romantic comedy is a failure- doing a disservice to the author and the story she brought forward.

    In this book we meet Piper, a brew master who has just scored a coup – the local gastro-pub is going to stock four of her beers, and the owner, Blake, a guy she finds attractive and is giving her a shot at her dream. Now, moving onward, Blake has made a ‘deal’ with Piper – if she can convince two more pubs to stock her beer – she’ll go out with him. So – not so bad, but a far cry from the depth and solid heroine working for her dream that I hoped for.

    And from nearly the first interactions through the last, the humor and Piper’s character were off – ‘carpet matching drapes’ comments are not only in poor taste, but when you first meet Blake’s friends and they talk like that? Seriously? And not only does she miss this infantile behavior as being a giant red flag – but she kisses Blake and then gets all “oh I shouldn’t have’ about it – a total backpedal where things just seemed to be thrown up to push them together or pull them apart, without regard for the actual reason we are there – her touted ‘dream’ of making her own craft brewery work.

    I don’t know where the editor was on this one – and if the story was to be about her struggles in breaking into the industry as an anomaly – female brew masters are relatively rare – and then Blake being one of the stones on the path – that’s one thing. But this muddled mess of romance and dream-chasing, with a bit of family drama from Blake’s side being thrown in at random points without really going anywhere – the book was disappointing and lacked a solid plot or identity. Sadly, even as I hoped for something – development in characters, a seriously solid sense of place, the real struggle to move toward capturing a dream, and it never came. There’s a solid story when all of the chaff is blown away here – but it was far too muddled and required an identity, leaving me with no doubt that the blurb and comparing this title to one from Amy Reichert was a huge miss.

    I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Mandi Schreiner

    DNFing @ pg 75

    I wanted to like this - the heroine is a brewmaster - when does that ever happen???

    But immediately, when she meets the hero's friends (the hero owns a new bar and she wants him to sell her beer) all they can do is comment on her appearance (does the carpet match the drapes?) etc...and it was super annoying/

    Then the heroine kisses the hero, and then gets all upset by it and it was just odd. Everyone acted too over the top or perky. It just didn't feel like realistic people to me.

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