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Review: Glass Half Full by Katia Rose (Barflies #2)


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Glass Half Full
Katia Rose
(Barflies, #2)
Publication date: January 8th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

You win some, you lose some.

Back at home with half a college degree after the fiasco of the century sent her packing, it’s safe to say that Renee Nyobé is losing some. She’s a hot mess, and not the cute kind. No, if hot messes had categories, hers would be ‘littering the stairs of the metro station with your sweaty underwear because you were too busy rushing to the job interview you’re already late for to zip up your yoga bag.’

A job—any job—is just what she needs to get her life back on track, and it might as well be at Montreal’s most famous dive bar, Taverne Toulouse.

Dylan Trottard is winning some. As Taverne Toulouse’s new manager, he’s got one rule for himself: don’t screw up. Following that rule gets a lot harder when the woman he’s spent the past three years trying to forget starts working behind the bar.

They were never supposed to want each other, and they sure as hell aren’t supposed to want each other now. She’s the girl that got away before he even had her, and he’s the guy she didn’t think would ever give her a second glance.

Now they can’t keep their eyes off one another, and the stakes are even higher than before. There’s a lot to lose, but as the pull between them gets harder and harder to ignore, Renee and Dylan start asking how much winning is worth.

Glass Half Full is part of the Barflies series, a set of standalone romantic comedies that chronicle the lives and loves of the staff at a Montreal dive bar.

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Glass Half Full is the second book of the Barflies Series ( each a standalone). It’s full of passionate writing and gives you so much depth to the characters. I seriously enjoyed this book, and I’m loving more and more of Katia’s writing.

Back at Tavern Toulouse, We revisit Dylan Trottard who is now the manager of the bar while Monroe is the owner now. It’s getting to be right before their grand reopening when Renee Nyobe walks in for an interview. A girl Dylan remembers from his past, who set him alive even then with her poetry. But her young age deterred him.

It’s been 3 years since Renee has seen Dylan. That last night together left a mark on her soul and he’s always crossed her mind since. But now Renee is dealing with a lot more baggage at 21 than she was at 18 with crushing anxiety attacks.Even though they both want each other, they fight it. Worried between their job roles, ages and past history. Renee is finally ready to try at something but Dylan is still stuck in the past. Through the bar and poetry will Renee be able to convince him that they’re worth fighting for?

What I loved about this book was that it shows how everything is more than meets the eye. We see Renee, the perfect daughter, worker & student who deals with crippling anxiety attacks. Meanwhile Dylan, the bar manager and poet slammer has a criminal past that stops him from pursuing anything as he constantly doubts himself. Both of them have internal struggles, but I loved how Katia let them showcase their growth with their poems. They were written so well and I definitely felt the emotion. This was a great book and I can’t wait for the next one in the series.


My rating: 5/5 Stars

5 star





“I always wondered something,” she continues when it’s clear I can’t speak. “That night, did you…Were you…Did you want to kiss me?”

I wanted to do more than kiss her. I wanted to breathe her in. I wanted to inhale her.

“It would have been a bad idea,” I manage to get out through my clenched jaw. She’s staring up at me through those damn eyelashes, and all I can think about is her mouth, her neck, that inch of her gorgeous bare shoulders I can see before they meet with the edge of her coat.

“I’m glad you didn’t.”

Everything grinds to a halt.

Shit, shit, shit.

“I’m glad you didn’t,” she repeats, “because I wasn’t ready for you to kiss me then, not like I am now.”




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Author Bio:

Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home.

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