Book Review – Charmed by the Bartender (Modern Love, #1) by Piper Rayne


Who knew sleeping with the enemy could be this fun? 

Was the one night stand a good idea? 

Well, no. Probably not in retrospect. 

In my defense I had just moved back into my grandparent’s house, I’d lost my dream job, and a guy on Tinder had stood me up. It was like life had suddenly stamped ‘LOSER’ on my forehead. 

So when the guy behind the bar started giving me THE look…you know, the one that promised I’d be screaming his name into the wee hours of the morning? When that guy also has the perfect amount of scruff on his chiseled chin, biceps bulging out of his t-shirt, and a cocky grin you knew he’d earned in the sack…when he gives you that look, you don’t bother to figure out what your six degrees of separation are. You jump on that horse and ride it! 

Pun fully and completely intended. And accurate by the way. 

I fully admit to feeling sorry for myself and acting impulsively, but by the time I’d figured out WHO the bartender was, I was already falling for him.

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Charmed by the Bartender was a sexy and entertaining standalone romantic comedy, and I really enjoyed it. The storyline and characters were wonderful, and I loved Piper Rayne’s writing style. Charmed by the Bartender was my first novel from this author duo, and it won’t be the last.

   Cole and Whitney were great characters and I really liked them and their story. I liked their personalities and chemistry together, and how their relationship progressed throughout. I wished the book had been written from both Cole and Whitney’s POV, instead of just Whitney’s, but I still really liked it and I enjoyed their banter and interactions with each other. I really liked most of the secondary characters as well, especially Whitney’s two best friends, Tahlia and Lennon, and her grandparents. They added extra entertainment and I liked their addition to the story. I’ll be honest, some parts of the plot were a little boring and predictable, and it didn’t have that special wow factor that would have made it a five star read for me. Despite all of that, Charmed by the Bartender was a very enjoyable, sexy, and humorous romance, and I really liked it.

   Charmed by the Bartender was sexy, humorous, entertaining, and a wonderful start to the Modern Love series. Piper Rayne did an excellent job with this standalone romantic comedy, and I really liked the outcome to Cole and Whitney’s story, although I would have loved just a little something more. With that being said, I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from Piper Rayne, especially the rest of the Modern Love series!


About the Author

Piper Rayne

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Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. You might be wondering if you know us? Maybe you’ll read our books and figure it out. Maybe you won’t. Does it really matter?

We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon holed into a specific outline. We wanted to give readers a story without them assuming how the story will flow. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it.

What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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