The Bar Next Door is the first book in the Barflies series by Katia Rose. This is a great contemporary romance- with a rom-com feel and an enemies to lovers aspect as well. The story is angsty, emotive, fun, sweet, and sexy. As my first book by Katia Rose, I felt it was a perfect introduction to her work- and definitely left me wanting to explore more of her books. It was so easy to immerse myself in the story, while also investing in these wonderful, slightly quirky, and complex characters- who really made this story come to life.
Monroe’s life revolves around Tavern Toulouse where she has worked ever since her student days. It’s her second home and the staff are more like family. But, business hasn’t been so great so the threat of closure is an ever present weight on her shoulders. The building next door has been sold and is being renovated into a trendy wine bar lounge- which threatens the already struggling dive bar even more.
Monroe decides to do some investigating- and this is where the story takes off. Julien and Monroe may be rivals, but the sparks fly, and things quickly heat up. Will their rivalry end in heartache and loss? Or will love win out in the end?
I loved the chemistry and connection between Julien and Monroe- it was just the right mix of tension, angst, drama, sweet, and spicy. The banter also added to my enjoyment of the story.
I am very much looking forward to the rest of this series.
Thank you, Katia Rose!
Reviewed by @angelahayes