3 Stars / Contemporary / Review / Romantic Comedy

Review: Deja Brew All Over Again by Sylvie Stewart

Trouble has always had a way of finding me, but I never expected to be carjacked by a hot girl in a wedding dress.

As the official family screw-up, not many people count on me for anything but a good time. But Maisy Romero and her little brother need a knight in shining armor, and they need him yesterday.

Clearly, I’m not that guy, especially since I’ve already got serious trouble chasing me down—the kind that just landed me in jail. The last thing this runaway bride needs is to tangle herself up with me and my mess.

But Maisy sees something greater in me that nobody else ever has—well, almost nobody—and she’s determined to get me to see it too.

I should push her away for her own good. After all, there’s a reason people don’t count on me. But somehow I still find myself asking: Could I possibly be that knight after all—even if my armor is tarnished and dented?

Title:Deja Brew All Over Again
Author:Sylvie Stewart
Series:Love on Tap (Book 3)
Pages: 318
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Romantic Comedy
Trope(s):Friends to Lovers
Point of View:First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Release Date:11th January, 2024
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Didn’t thrill me

3 stars

Deja Brew… is the third in Sylvie Stewart’s Love on Tap series which focusses on the Brooks family and the brewery they run in their small town. We’ve had the two older brothers’ stories in Ale’s Fair in Love and War and Smooth Hoperator, as well as several other relatives stories in smaller novellas. While I suppose this is a standalone story, I really do think you’ll be lost if you haven’t read at least the first two books in the series. I’ve read both – and some of the novellas, too – and I admit that I got confused, at times, with the characters and the shenanigans that are going on across the stories.

This is Miller’s story. He’s the youngest brother and all round, well, waster. If you met him in previous books, he’s definitely the screw-up of the family and very much the immature, baby of the family. I had hoped that when we got Miller’s story, we’d have moved on a few years but no, he’s still 22 and Maisy, our heroine, is 20.

Yes, they’re adults. Yes, I also enjoy reading new adult novels. But with the first 2 books in the series being older adults, coupled with Miller’s personality and situation, it felt like neither of our couple were in a place in their lives where they could (should?) make lasting decisions about their love lives.

“As always with Sylvie Stewart there are shenanigans aplenty surrounding this story.”

Miller was a nice enough guy but he just wasn’t my type of guy. He was a bad boy (heavy focus on the ‘boy’), very easy going but really still learning who he was and what he wanted. I didn’t see much drive or focus in him. I guess I’ve learnt that I prefer my men to be more ambitious and financially stable! I also liked Maisy and sympathised with her situation. But again, she came across to me as quite young. But I admired her and was rooting for her at the same time.

We again get a colourful cast of side characters who pop up throughout the book. There’s a family / friend tree at the start of the book which is fun and helpful – but not something I wanted to keep referring back to to remember who was who. Lots has been said of Maisy’s brother, Bear, and while he was good for the occasional chuckle, he’s definitely not going to make me a fan of children in books.

As always with Sylvie Stewart – or this series in particular – there are shenanigans aplenty surrounding this story. The shenanigans from the last book also come into play and new ones take root that don’t actually get resolved by the end of the book. So I’m guessing Lynn, the only remaining single Brooks, will pick that up in her own story.

This was a story that was easy to get into…but just as easy to not pick up for a couple of days. It just didn’t capture me the way I hoped it would. I am (so far) the lone dissenting voice about this book so perhaps I’m the exception that proves this is a fantastic book. But as the exception – it was only alright. Just 3 stars from me, I’m afraid.

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review *

3 stars

USA Today bestselling author Sylvie Stewart is addicted to Romantic Comedy and Contemporary Romance, and she’s not looking for a cure. She hails from the great state of North Carolina, so it’s no surprise that most of her books are set in the Tar Heel state. She’s a wife to a hilarious dude and mommy to ten-year-old twin boys who tend to take after their father in every way. Sylvie often wonders if they’re actually hers, but then she remembers being a human incubator for a gazillion months. Ah, good times.

Sylvie began publishing when her kids started elementary school, and she loves sharing her stories with readers and hopefully making them laugh and swoon a bit along the way. If she’s not in her comfy green writing chair, she’s probably camping or kayaking with her family or having a glass of wine while binge-watching Hulu. Or she’s been kidnapped—so what are you doing just sitting there?!!

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