The Cocktail Bar
by Isabella May
Published by: Crooked Cat Books
Publication date: February 13, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Humor, Food and Drink
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Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.
Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.
But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.
Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…My rating:
Despite the twists and turns that inner knowing had led to, it had proven just about the best life lesson: to think with his heart, not his head.
River Jackson, a former indie rock band member of Avalonia, have a passion for mixology and cocktails. When he met Mercedes thinking wisdom will be imparted on him, he was entrusted a bottle of magical elixir instead, a holy grail he has to guard at all times and be a messenger to find The Chosen Three. So, he ran away from the limelight and did what he always love to do—set up his own cocktail bar.
On the other hand, Alice decided to go back to Glastonbury even she knew what was waiting for her. She became too hard on herself for disappointing her family when she set off to London with River years ago and she got tired with that life, she wanted back where her heart was.
But when Alice was gotten in on the frame, River’s no strings attached relationship with Georgina got complicated in a sort of some kind of love triangle. Will revenge gets a fruity pop of flavor or a lush spirited destiny is so much stronger?
Georgina’s character spiced up the plot. There were times I thought she would change but no, she has not. Like a potent green apple ginger martini, she was blinded by jealousy, greed, and hatred. Her character deserves a clap for the devious plan she devised on both River and Alice. Hey! But she also did get a huge slap because the ending was epic fun and I want to high five Isabella May for bringing her character to my memory of best book villains I don’t intend to forget.
While Tamara’s character earned a special mention who deserves the best supporting villain award for putting a hell of a life to her sister, Alice. She has no equal but a dry punch of lemon, lime, and bitters for twisting a knife behind her sister’s back.
From Blake, Lennie, and Lee to Cassandra, Hayley, and Heather, the role they were given in the story was thought well to fill the fun to the brim. It was like watching reruns of F.R.I.E.N.D.S where the author gave us a rowdy but complex bunch of characters, you are either going to get a Kaffir Lime Sour or both River Jackson and Isabella May’s Tor In The Mist and The Magical Mañana.
Isabella May was able to approach the events and the narrative so well that she shaped River’s character, a conduit to give a powerful message about how hate could be so lethal-y consuming, you won’t even care what’s the consequences. She was also able to point out the meaning of destiny and how goodness could be contagious, you won’t able to stop it because it will “spread like a wildfire”.
From cakes to cocktails, Isabella May made the perfect mojo mojito here on her new book. Set in a small town of dreamy Glastonbury where music, tales, and myth collide, The Cocktail Bar is an intoxicating deadly mix of romance and drama. After reading the author’s debut, Oh! What A Pavlova, I knew for an instant that this story is an uproar magnet of wit and fun-loving characters that will give you a joyride twist of fizz and magic.
Belief is everything…Remember not to tamper with fate.
Thank you to Isabelle May for providing me an eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review!
About the Author:
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.
As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).
She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!