A Spicy and Fun Romp in a Small Town
“With my Double D Dirty Screw, I can fight the entire patriarchy, turn seventy years of their bullshit into compost, and grow you a goddamn garden of divine feminine rage watered by king baby tears.”
Brewbies is the second standalone in the Townsend Harbor series from duo Kerrigan Byrne and Cynthia St. Aubin. Following the first book, Brewbies is the opposites attract romance between seemingly straight-laced sheriff Ethan Townsend and daringly brazen newcomer Darby Dunwell.
Starting off with a literal bang (if you know, you know) Brewbies does not skimp on the spice for one single moment. This is the sex positive, fun, and inclusive summer read you will absolutely want for pool side or at the beach. Getting to know Ethan Townsend in a completely new light than the one he was depicted in the first book, Nevermore Bookstore, was a delight to discover. I love characters with depth and nuance and Ethan has them in spades. With his prolific family history in the small town comes some intense family drama that plays out on the page and is a slight carry over from the previous book, but the authors do a wonderful job of keeping everything tidy with refreshers and subtle references.
“I envy people who see the world as binary sometimes. Must be nice, being so certain of what’s right and wrong.”
Darby Dunwell is a breath of fresh air. She’s a cancer survivor, a small business owner, a sex-positive feminist, and an ally to all. Basically, I want to be just as cool as she is when I grow up. After a sex-crazed meet cute in a Canadian town just over the border, Darby chooses Townsend Harbor as the newest spot for her mobile breast-positive coffee shop, Brewbies. I loved the concept and the fact that a portion of her proceeds goes to breast cancer research. There are, of course, the puritanical whackadoos that think her coffee shop is akin to the devil’s playground so tensions run high in Townsend Harbor when Ethan Townsend is sent to give Darby a signed petition to get her to close up shop.
It’s at this point where all the hijinks start to get hinky. The chemistry and sexual tension between Ethan and Darby are palpable. I loved each of their interactions because it was like a romance in reverse. Readers get the bang first and the romance follows. I’ll be honest: I love that so much. The fact that Darby gets unwavering support from Cady and her Bare Naked Book Club makes for so much fun in the storyline. There are so many unique individuals in Townsend Harbor that it makes for a truly unforgettable read. I also enjoyed the fact that Darby doesn’t take her notice to close her shop without a fight.
“I’m not interested in having to wear my status as a breast cancer survivor like some kind of shield against social judgment. Women shouldn’t have to almost die to live life on their terms.”
There is inclusivity, feminism, sex-positivity, and the healing of generational trauma all within such a fun romance plotline. Brewbies is definitely my new favorite from Kerrigan Byrne and Cynthia St. Aubin. I just adore this small town. I highly recommend that you pick up Brewbies as well as the first installment of the Townsend Harbor series. While each book is a standalone, why wouldn’t you want to experience more of this delightful series? Due out on June 20th, bee sure to have Brewbies preordered! You won’t want to miss out!
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.