Bewitched by the Barista by Jason Wrench

Our reviewers checked out Bewitched by the Barista by Jason Wrench...

From the blurb:

Finding love and coffee in the unlikeliest of places…

After finding him in bed with another man, Roger Havemeyer needs to escape his life and his ex. Dale Devereux, an old friend of his now lives up near Woodstock with his boyfriend Talgat. After visiting Dale and Talgat one weekend, Roger decides a change of scenery may be just what he needs. Roger’s job as a marketing executive allows him to work remotely now, so he puts in an offer on a house. One evening, while deleting a slew of emails, he accidentally clicks on a link to a website called CammBate. Not familiar with the website, he finds himself really drawn to one of the young models, which surprises him, since he rarely likes younger guys.

Wesley Phelps is a twenty-year-old college student paying his way through college. He has a small apartment that he shares with his best friend. A friend of his told him that with his good looks, he could make a lot of money on CammBate, so he started performing. Even as the money starts rolling in from his online sex work, he keeps his job as a part-time barista at the local coffee shop, Java Junkie Café & Roastery.

After closing the deal on his house, Roger walks into Java Junkie Café & Roastery and almost has a heart attack when he recognizes Wes. Of course, Roger is used to their ‘relationship’ being completely one-sided. Wes finds himself drawn to the attractive forty-year-old but isn’t even sure if the older man knows he’s alive.

Roger and Wes must work to get past their twenty-year age gap, and Roger also must learn how to cope with Wes’ jobs…both of them.

Reader advisory: This book features online sex performance.

Janet's Review:

Bewitched by the Barista is the second book in the Up On The Farm series. Roger catches his fiancée cheating. He heads out of the city and reconnects with Dale and Talgat from Finding a Farmer. He ends up meeting Wesley at coffee house but has been watching him as Eric the camboy. They have a really good connection and chemistry. The only problem I had with the story is the slow buildup in the beginning. The story overall is good, well written with slow pacing in places.

Rating: 4 Stars

Lori C's Review:

Imagine this…Christmas Eve, you’ve gotten out of your meeting early and immediately head home to find candles and clothing on the floor and your fiancé in bed with another man. Now what? Roger takes one look at the situation and makes a split second decision. Out. Gone.

Thank goodness for stores and hotels and friends!! After buying new clothes and toiletries, Roger stays in a hotel near his work while he tries to figures out his next steps. Thankfully he sees an old friend at work that helps him decide to relocate temporarily for the holiday. Once in Woodstock, the charm of the small town hits him and Roger decides to make the change permanent. Along the way, he meets Wes/Erik, a barista at the local coffee shop and a part-time cammboy. The attraction is instant but can they make a relationship work? 

I really liked Bewitched by the Barista. This is book 2 of the Up on the Farm series and while I didn’t read book 1, I felt like this read well without that information. Is that my preference? No, however the author really did sprinkle in quite a bit of Dale and Talgat into this story, so I didn’t feel like there was a huge hole. I liked that it felt really low angst until the end. There wasn’t a lot of pining away. I  enjoyed the characters that we saw and I wonder if there will be more in the series and if there are who will be the ones finding love. Oh, also, S-T-E-A-M-Y!! 🔥🔥 This book had some definite steam for steams sake to it, so be ready for definite friends with benefits action. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for this author as some of his books are on kindle unlimited and others are not. 😊

Rating: 4 Stars

KJNRose's Review:

Bewitched by the Barista is the second book in the 'Up on the Farm' series, I didn't read the first book but I didn't really feel like I lost a lot of information without it. I loved the storyline of Roger meeting Wesley after seeing him as a cammboy and falling for him that way. It's a long workup to a relationship due to Roger's past and the worry about the age difference, even though there is instant chemistry.

Rating: 4 Stars

Laora's Review:

I am bit confused to how to rate this book, there is nothing wrong with it, but I personally did not connect to it that much The story has a gentle pace and is told from both Roger and Wes their POV, and has a lot of details for 'setting the scene'. I liked that a clear picture was painted.

There is a lot told about both Roger and Wes and their lives, but it takes a long time before they actually go on a date/ start a relationship, the length of the book and the actual interaction and relation.

I enjoyed that a lot of the characters a free in their sexuality and how they can use that for enjoyment and/ or financial gain.  I am however surprised by the non-use of condoms with the characters who have various partners, I know they use PreP, but we all know that does not work for many sexual transferable diseases. 

I have to say I  did not enjoy or like  Stephen as a side character, he seemed to be 'pissy' just to be 'pissy'. 

Fun character Chad Powell who brings a whole new level to personal delivery.

Overall I rate this book 4, and recommend it if you like an age gap, kinda insta attraction and camm boys with a hfn at the end.

Rating: 4 Stars

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