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REVIEW: ” A Bar Tender Tale” by Melanie Tushmore



Twenty-two-year-old barman Nathan is always the odd one out. It’s tough to get a date when his love of loud music, tattoos, and zombie paraphernalia usually sends potential candidates running for the hills. Trying to find anyone who wants to spend time with him, let alone stay in and watch trashy horror movies, has always been a problem.
Then, on his day off, Nathan does a friend a favor by covering a shift at a pub, and in walks a handsome stranger who shares his love of horror. It could be a match made in B-movie heaven, and Nathan is determined to pursue this new acquaintance, but—zombies aside—has Nathan got the guts to go on a real date?


Had I known what an absolute joy this book was I would have read it much sooner, but I am glad that I didn’t. I was looking for a book that would make me hug my Nook and fall in love with two boys, and I hugged the hell out of my Nook so much I got a cramp in my forearms! I also have about a dozen new laugh lines from this as well, and yet it was so cringe-worthy at times. In a good way, of course.

Nathan is the type of boy I love to read. He is in his early 20’s, works hard at his job(s), wears insane T-Shirts, glittery makeup along with Kohl eyeliner and his taste in music is brilliant. His taste in movies I will forgive because I don’t watch that much horror but the mention of Bruce Campbell (“This, is my boomstick!”) and Sam Raimi movies had me giving a fist punch into the air. There was just so much about this book that I loved. What am I saying? I love every word or this book. It was perfect!

It’s Nathan’s day off as a bartender at both his jobs and all the boy wants to do is hang out with his never present boyfriend, Danny. The start of Nathan’s day made my day; not only does he crank up the music and dance around Au Naturale, but he talks to his figurines on the shelves, which is so me. I do the same thing when I am alone, though it’s either to figurines I have or my dogs. Either way, Nathan and I both hold conversations virtually with ourselves, and I loved him for that.

Once on his way through town, Nathan runs into his friend Gary, who could use a nap, for reasons, and Nathan being the awesome boy that he is lends Gary a hand and keeps on eye on his bar so the giant of a man can rest. It’s a good thing Nathan is so giving as he gets a chance to meet, ogle and hold a conversation about all things zombie and more with the tall, dark and handsome Welshman Auryn who comes in for a drink.

Auryn… can we get some audio of that accent? I know Gary has the same one, but I want to hear Auryn say Nathan’s way the way Nathan describes it, so I can squirm in my chair and fall to a puddle on the floor. Did I mention the puddle this book put me in? It had many moments of goo inducing lines that I was lost in all of it, and I barely paused to highlight or update where I was. The story just sucked me right in that I was sneak reading at work and made sure I was in bed early enough so I could ignore any and all responsibilities for the night and just read.

Nathan and Auryn, they were so damn good together. I loved how they met and cringed when Gary decides to give them a push and ask a certain question. I couldn’t stop laughing and was so embarrassed for them both, but what happens after was so good. I keep saying that, I know, but it was. I loved that Nathan was trying to be this seductive guy and ended up being a total mess because that was real to me. I would have been the same way after that many drinks but along with the humor, we get the vulnerability of both men, and that is what turned me into goo and like the shelf says, goo is goo.

While goo is good, and laughing does wonders for your abs, these boys were on fire! Good lord. The moments where Auryn gives in had me face on fire, and I was so into those moments and scenes my husband had to ask me if I was okay. I just nodded and kept reading. Not exactly sure what he saw or heard as I was reading, but I am sure I let out an audible moan at the words, ”Take it, then.” ” *whistles* Yeah, that was hot.

So, did I love this book? You bet your ass I did. A Bar Tender Tale was hilarious, and it was endearing, it was swoony and it was sexy. It was the perfect book, and I am going to go hug my Nook again just to give the boys a squeeze.



ABTTTitle: A Bar Tender Tale (Bar Tenders #1)
Author: Melanie Tushmore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 170
Release Date: January 30, 2012
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, ARe, B&N, Amazon

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