I love a good forced proximity story and this one is a little diabolical, being set up by their boss for a 'work retreat' that they can't escape from... you'll be Shaken and Stirred.
From the Author:
Working for Mateo Rojas had its perks. I was always paid well and on time. I had my pick of any man or woman I wanted. And I gained a group of friends that were quickly turning out to be some of the best I’d ever had.
The only downside to this place is the lack of an experienced bartender. When the boss tells me he’s got a new guy he thinks will be a good fit, I meet up with them in hopes it will come together. I had no idea it would be so much more.
My father liked to claim he was a jack of all trades when I was growing up. It was the truth. Unfortunately, that same truth got him and my mother gunned down by his bookie when I was just a kid.
Bouncing around the foster care system wasn’t ideal, but I did learn a few things. And when my bartending skills are needed by my friend Benji’s new friend, I jump at the chance to help. But like everything in my life, there’s a catch. This catch just so happens to hate my guts.
Three days. Two stubborn men. One bedroom cabin. Passion ignites when feelings are shared and these two realize their hate for each other might not be hate at all.
Once again, A.W. Scott is able to pack a ton of heat, a spoonful of angst and a dash of kink into a Club Deny novella and create a complete love story with a HEA. I am in awe of how her mind works to pull everything together in a short space and still give us characters with history, depth and emotions.
Shaken and Stirred could be read standalone if you are just looking for a forced proximity novella, but I do highly recommend diving into the whole Club Deny series - it will be worth your while to meet the entire cast of characters! I reviewed the first four books here, to give you an idea of what to expect.