Martina “Marti” MacCale, bartender extraordinaire at Flash Point, the best bar in town, is happily married to her best friend, Spencer and having the time of her life… until without warning, her own body rudely sets out to destroy her happiness. Pregnancy tests negative, she becomes a whirlwind of emotion and confusion. And amidst the unexplained mood swings and strange food cravings, she finds herself craving someone who is not her husband… What’s a girl to do when not even a good old-fashioned Sex on the Beach can soothe the ache?
Marti and Spencer are a happily married couple. Marti is a whiz of a bartendar at the local bar, Flash Point. She mixes up drinks with exotic names quicker than you can turn a page in a book.
Lately, Marti just hasn’t felt herself and being off the pill she thinks she might be pregnant but all the tests she takes turn up negative. What in the world is causing her naseousness and vomiting? Marti visits her doctor who also concludes that she is not pregnant so sets out to perform some hormone testing.
Meanwhile, Justine, Marti’s boss at work has hired a new employee, Erik, and wants Marti to train him. Soon Marti is having ‘feelings’ for Erik and visualizing all sorts of scenarios with Erik that’ll make you blush. But she’s a married woman, how can she feel like this? Of course, Erik is encouraging their flirtatious relationship and soon the two of them are dancing together at the bar. More and more Marti is thinking about Erik, even when she’s not at work.
During a pool party at friend, Crystal’s house, Spencer notices that there is something between Erik and Marti and he confronts her when they return home. With Marti unable to give Spencer a quick and adamant “no, we’re not having an affair”, Spencer leaves the apartment.
What is Marti going to do? How will she explain Erik to Spencer and is she pregnant or not? Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out!
This was a beautiful, cute, and well-written novella and I look forward to reading more of Shayna Gier’s work.
****Preview copy courtesy of the author, with thanks!****