TABT…Shaken and Stirred, by Kathleen O’Reilly

As a student and part-time bartender in Manhattan, Tessa Hart has found that a succession of roomies and cramped apartments are necessary evils in her life. Until she’s out on the street and Gabe O’Sullivan, her mentor, boss and certified babe-magnet, steps in. Any other woman would die to share his apartment–not to mention his bed–but Tessa’s determined that they should stay just friends. The fiercely independent mixologist has to prove to their skeptical coworkers at Prime–the O’Sullivans’ hot Manhattan bar–that the arrangement is strictly hands-off! But Tessa has trouble adhering to her own “no touching” rule when the actual sharing of close quarters day and night leaves her shaken and stirred…


This is the first book in the fabulous series by Kathleen O’Reilly.  As a reader, this seemed so much longer and more evolved than a traditional Blaze-length book, especially since so many characters were introduced and drawn so beautifully.  Tessa and Gabe are uber hot together, and when they’re out of bed, they’re truly “real” characters.  I can quite easily imagine myself bellying up to the bar at O’Sullivans and ordering a beer.  Seriously, all the characters in this series are believable, their motivations understandable, and their attraction clear.  I can’t say enough good things about this entire series, and getting to know Gabe and Tessa starts it off with a bang!

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