Book Review: Secrets and High Spirits, by Lou Harper

harper-secrets-and-high-spiritsSecrets and High Spirits, by Lou Harper
Series: Secrets, Book 4 (Stand-alone)
Release Date: October 27, 2015

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Buy Links: Publisher

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Their love is an explosive cocktail—stirred, shaken, and served with a twist.

I completely fell in love with this book! I’d read Lou’s short story “One Hex Too Many” in the Charmed & Dangerous anthology, but this book was definitely not what I expected! Enemies to lovers, a cast of delightful characters, and a mystery with a touch of paranormal… this book was a delicious cocktail of mystery and tension with a cherry-on-top romance!

Recipe for one Romance Cocktail:

2 men
1 bar
1 ghost
3 friends
a healthy dash of sexual tension

Shake (don’t stir) and serve hot. I mean hot. Best consumed in bed.


Teag and Bruce dream of opening their own bars, but that’s where the similarities end.

Teag, a popular bartender at West Hollywood’s hottest club, is willful, opinionated, and likes to take charge. He envisions his future bar as a boozy oasis for craft cocktails. Unfortunately, while he’s big on ideas, he’s short on funds.

Bruce, on the other hand, is a tower of pirate-tattooed muscle with a laid-back attitude. While he’s good with people, he’s a walking paradox—a wannabe boss with a weakness for bossy men.

Their partnership is a natural fit, but every time they meet, sparks fly as they rub each other the wrong way. Or is it the right way? In the heat of the moment, it’s hard to tell.

Between renovation pitfalls, meddling friends, and miles of police tape, Teag and Bruce struggle to keep their venture—and their budding relationship—from going up in flames. And not the good kind. More like the one on the top of a B52 shot.

Bruce and Teag get off to a bad start when they first meet, and Teag takes that first impression to heart. He refuses to be charmed by Bruce, even though everyone around him seems more than happy to talk tattoos and booze with the friendly bartender. But then Teag starts to learn more about Bruce, and… well, you can guess what happens next 😉

The sexual tension here is just off the charts! Both men are a natural fit, both in bed and in business. Teag’s stubbornness gets in the way at first, but eventually even he can’t deny the chemistry between them.


Lou did a really amazing job of writing the relationship naturally, especially from Teag’s point of view. And Teag’s friends (“The Boys”, who appear in their own novels earlier in the series) are seriously delightful and a blast to read.

The paranormal aspect wasn’t very prominent, but gave just a touch of spooky mystery, which added another level of flavor to the novel.

Overall this was a fantastic novel, and I’m definitely going to go back and read the first three in the series right away!

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