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Stirred - A Love Story

(Love Story)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  277 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
If only life were as simple as choosing between shaken or stirred.

Sage Jeffries grew up an overachiever. She studied, excelled, and became a mechanical engineer for a firm in San Francisco. Yet much to her family’s surprise, at age thirty, she made a bold move to Los Angeles and became a bartender at The Yard. Now, she spends her time mixing drinks and trying new things.
Paperback, 298 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Tracy Ewens
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
Copy Provided by NetGalley for an honest review

DNF @ 50%

Hero was an asshole, and the heroine was a doormat. Life is too short to waste it on subpar books...
A Klue
Shaken, not Stirred, might be a more appropriate title for this one, my fellow romance book-loving friends. At 40%, I found myself wanting to grab the hero by the shoulders and shake some awareness/sense into him. You see, it took Garrett that long just to kiss the girl, Sage, who has been head over heels infatuated with him since she began working for his family’s restaurant bar 18 months ago. Of course, you could also claim he’s finally been stirred out of his self-imposed romance deprived exi ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Stirred is the final installment in A Love Story, a five part series from new to me author Tracy Ewens. Each individual book can be enjoyed as a standalone, and because I liked this one so much, Reserved, (the fourth book in the series), is next on my TBR list. This read is humorous, slightly emotional, and does the best friend's older brother romance trope proud.

Sage Jeffries tends to march to the beat of a different drummer. She is extremely smart as well as inventive, so leaving her
Becky Burciaga
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sage and Garrett's story is so heartwarming that it grabs you from the very beginning and pulls you along for the ride until way past the end of the book. Since this is the fifth book in the series, Sage and Garrett have grown on me throughout the reading of the books that came before this one. I've known all along that they'd make a dynamite couple, but I didn't realize just how tremendous they would be together.

Ms Ewens has a wonderful way of depicting her characters in such a light that they
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Tracy Ewens wrote a good book that keeps you in the story the entire time. I love these characters and the flow of the story line. Garrett and Sage were a cute and even shy couple. Sage was dabbling into trying to be a sexy, bold seductress when she was actually a fun, down to earth, love wholeheartedly gal who was as pure as the soil Garrett loved.

Sage had me embarrassed for her over her drunken talk on New Year's Eve, but it was super cute! Garrett has his eyes opened and sees things that wer
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I did really enjoy this book but wanted to shake (pun intended) Garrett a couple times. He was so determined to be alone and unhappy that he really almost blew it with Sage. They make a great couple and their incursions behind each others' shields are really fun to watch. If you like a little alcohol mixing things up, you should try this sexy farmer story.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and words contained here
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I started this, I didn't realize there was a set of 6 books, now 8.. this was my 2nd, so I am totally out of order since I read book 3 & 5 but it really didn't matter! TE is a wonderful writer & I wonder why I took so long to read her books! Great characters & it tied in easily with "Taste" without knowing it would. Really enjoyed the family dynamics & just about everything about the story... a few great LOL moments made it all even better! I am
looking forward to reading th
Dick R. McCart
Jul 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe this was her first book

This book will have an audience out there but it wasn't me. I wasn't able to read the book to the end. It was painful. I've liked other books by this author.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tracy Ewens doesn't disappoint. Can't wait to read the next one.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
great story. would recommend this series!
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This author and her books deserve more recognition!

Stirred is the 5th book in the series A Love Story. While the stories are connected by shared characters, each book does quite well as a standalone. If you love reading series in order as much as I do, you might want to consider starting at the beginning but I don’t think you will be sorry either way. Stirred is now tied with Reserved as my favorite in the series.

I would put this book and series in the same class as ones I love by authors Susan
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on charliehaygif There is just something about Tracy Ewens’ books that I enjoy. Smart, sharp romances with intelligent females and good guys. There is no posturing, no reforming a bad boy, just two people on a path to each other. Stirred is the story of Sage a mixologist and Garrett, who runs his big family farm. He puts work first, family second and his love life last. Sage has loved him quietly for almost two years and has given up on him ever getting his ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
4.5 Stars!


"Everyone has life experiences, things they did when they were young and stupid. I..well, I guess I woke up one morning, or maybe after a few mornings, and realized that I don't have anything tucked away. I don't have any cool stories or experiences. I wanted those. I still do."

Sage is a mixologist at her friends' bar/restaurant and loves her job. Her background is in mechanical engineering, but she found herself unhappy, unfulfilled, and wanting more of a life. She wants to have that
Emily Maynard
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of Stirred from Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.

What first caught my eye about this book, besides the lovely cover, was the description of a sort of restaurant based foodie romance. I’ve read a couple of those, and enjoyed every one, so I gave this one a click. It was a good little story, light hearted and reminiscent of a rom-com. Although I noticed that this book was the fifth in a series, it stood alone well enough that I was not confused as to what was goi
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
Sage is a mixologist at her best best friend Kenna's family restaurant, The Yard. She met and fell in love with Kenna's oldest brother, Garrett, even though they barely speak. One night she gets drunk and texts Kenna to pick her up at the bar but finds out that she actually texted Garrett. When Garrett gives her a ride home she confesses her feelings for him. After that Garrett starts to notice her more and finds that he can't stop thinking of her. Eventually they decide to give it a try but Gar ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This is my second book from this author and while I still find the work overly wordy ,the story is well developed and the characters interesting.This is about another member of the Ryeland family of farmers, this time Garrett the oldest. He runs the family farm and provides produce for the restaurant owned by his younger brother Logan.Garrett is basically clueless to the feelings of bartender Sage,who has been in love with him from the moment she met him.Garret makes daily trips to the restauran ...more
Angel Hatfield
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sage had quit corporate life to be a bartender . Sage never backed away from a challenge. Sage had been in L A almost three years- she had been almost thirty when she left to be a bartender. Sage wanted stories and adventures , she was up for anything she felt brought her closer to life. Sage’s best friend was Kenna but Sage was also in “ love” with Kenna’s older brother Garrett even though she had never even kissed Garrett until the one day in the wine cellar then it was worse instead of better ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This story is about Garrett and Sage. Garrett, the hero is quite dedicated to the family business. He hasn’t had time or perhaps made time to be in a relationship due to the demands of Rye Farms. Sage, the heroine is academically gifted and working as a bartender at Garrett’s brother’s restaurant. Her mechanical engineering background is evident in the way she creates cocktails.

Sage has been fascinated with Garrett since she started working for Logan (Garrett’s brother). Makenna (Garr
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sage Jeffries is trying to change. An overachiever by nature, she has brains and a mechanical engineer degree to prove it, yet it's as a bartender at The Yard that she finds her happy place. But she is tired of being alone. Seeing love all around her, she wants some of her own. Too bad she fell into it with the last likely man to ever return her feelings. The big brother of both her best friend and her boss, Garrett Rye is Ryeland Farms. For as long as she knows him, Garrett hasn't paid her any ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tracy Ewens has a gift for telling a sophisticated love story, and she does that again with Stirred.

Sage is the nontraditional bartender, who is not good at flirting and trapping a man. She only really has eyes for Garrett Rye, but she gets tongue-tied and shy around him. At her sister's recommendation, she attempts to move from the nice bartender to the naughty one in an attempt to attract suitors and take her mind off Garrett, but it has the opposite effect. Garrett is the typical oldest son,
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2016, romance
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. This was my first time reading anything by Tracy Ewens, and while I enjoyed the characters and some of their interactions, I ended the book thinking that not much had happened.

Some of the things that worked for me include the hero being the older brother of the heroine's best friend, farming, a father who quotes Oprah, and flirty dialogue making way for shared vulnerability. Garrett is one of my favorite types of heroes in that he's
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stirred is book five in the 'A Love Story' series by Tracy Ewans. Although it is part of a series, each book stands on it's own. This one is Sage and Garrett's story. Sage has been in love with her best friend Kenna's older brother, Garrett, since she first laid eyes on him. He knows her as his sister's friend and the bartender at his brother Logan's restaurant, The Yard, but other than that he doesn't take much notice of her. While actively trying to change her life around and get over her feel ...more
Book Lover
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

This is Garret and Sage’s story.

I totally loved Sage’s quirky personality. She’s always looking for new experiences that take her out of her comfort zone, her interesting choice in clothes, her mixing of unexpected ingredients in new drinks. And she likes to tinker with things using her engineering background. She’s been in love with Garrett, her best friend’s brother, for over a year.

Garret is the oldest of 3, and the caretaker . He runs the
Locs and Lenses
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book and I was pleasantly surprised. It is one of those wonderfully romantic but not raunchy. The best part of this book as that the characters and situations are very believable. There is no over the top billion dollar romance, although I am a fan of those too. Sage is passionate about what she does and her crush, Garrett is trying to find his way after being the head of the family helping out his father when his mother left. Garrett has the bigger issues when dealing with letting h ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was provided a copy of Stirred by Tracy Ewens in exchange for an honest review.

I very much enjoyed this book, not only was the writing superb, but the characters, plot and plot development sucked me right in and didn’t let me go until I was shaken!

It was a light read, very easy to get into, but still very original and teaching.

Sage, someone who I want to be friends with, and our heroine, and Garrett, someone who I want to bone (a lot), and our hero, are definitely made for each other...

If Garr
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stirred is a book that has been provided by NetGalley for a review.
Stirred was a great romance novel, which told the story of Sage and Garrett. Sage is an intelligent character that decided to give up her previous life to become a mixologist. She is always trying to experience new things and decides to get out of her comfort zone with men and try to be naughty (a thing she certainly isn’t). In the midst of trying to be naughty, she ends up confessing her long lasting crush for her best friend’s
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was excited to see Sage and Garrett getting their story told, having been featured in Reserved. Sage has been in love with her best friends brother for over a year. Garrett seems to be clueless, he is so consumed with running the family ranch.

He doesn't take time for a life outside of work, but when Sage calls him by accident while letting loose she also mentions how she feels about him. Sage questions if they will ever be equal in their feelings. I loved Sage's desire to learn herself and no
Samantha Bilodeau
This was really cute! At first, I wasn't sold on Garrett and Sage though. The fact that he hadn't noticed her before and then turned her down sort of gave me pause. But both characters are great and you realize how good they are together by the halfway mark.

Something I have appreciated about this series is how normal the issues the couples face are. You don't get melodrama and overreactions, you get real emotions with real reactions. The problems that arise for Sage and Garrett are some that mos
Debbie Payne
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I received "Stirred: A Loe Story" in exchange for an honest review from a Goodread's Giveaway. I really enjoyed this romance book a four-star rating. Now, most romance novels are fairly predictable and are just in the "okay" category for me - somewhere around a "3-star" if not less. However I did like this one. I liked the back and forth hesitancy to commit between Garrett and Sage.

Sage was a lot like my daughter who focused on her college courses, her med school and her residencies before she v
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

I absolutely loved this book. What a nice surprise as this is my first time reading a book by this author. Great writing, story and development of characters. At times it was a little slow, but I felt there was extra attention spent on each character so we really got to know them inside and out and all of their hopes and fears about what they wanted in a relationship. I was rooting for them and hoping it wou
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