Book Reviews

Pitcher Perfect (Tap That Brewery 1) by Lee Blair

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 24-May-2022

Book Blurb

When a workaholic brewer and a lonely chef team up to win a prestigious food and beer competition, they might find the perfect pairing in each other.

Me and my friends knew that when we joined forces to open Tap That Brewery, we needed to do more than just make great brews to break into the crowded Oregon beer scene. When we get an opportunity to enter a beer and food pairing competition, I know our best bet is to join forces with Caleb, a.k.a. the cute as hell new food truck chef in town. The brewery keeps me too busy to date, but I can’t ignore his sexy sincerity or disarming smile. Spoiler alert: My feelings are growing faster than the head of foam on a badly poured beer.

It’s hard to be a newcomer in a charming small town like Dahlia Springs. I’m determined to live my dream of upgrading my food truck to a restaurant, and I even found the perfect space. But the cantankerous owner is reluctant to trust an outsider. Maybe teaming up with the local queer brewery is just what I need to prove I’m here for the long haul. The problem is, Austin, the adorable brewer who likes chefs about as much as food poisoning, also happens to be the key ingredient to the family I’ve been craving.

Pitcher Perfect is a low angst, steamy, and sweet MM contemporary romance about two men who discover they’re the perfect pairing. It’s the first in the Tap That Brewery series, which features four best friends who co-own a queer brewery together. It’s full of teasing as a love language, found family, more f-bombs than necessary, and a small town you'll wish you could visit. Each book can be read as a standalone, though you may find it most enjoyable to read the series in order. Happily ever afters are guaranteed, and no cliffhangers! 

Book Review

“Beer does not make itself properly by itself. It takes an element of mystery and of things that no one can understand.” ~ Fritz Maytag


Austin, of ‘Pitcher Perfect’ by Lee Blair, and his parents have never been close the way a family is supposed to be, but he, his cousin, and two other friends from college have created a new one for him. Austin shuts everyone else out and throws himself into his work, mainly to avoid being lonely.


On a trip to Seattle, Austin met Caleb. No one had ever attracted him as much as Caleb did, but his friend swept him away before he could get Caleb's number. Austin was disappointed but figured he wouldn’t see him again anyway. A few months later, Caleb turns up in the brewery. Austin is shocked to see him again but is secretly delighted. His coworker has invited him to come to meet the guys and discuss the possibility of having Caleb team up with them to enter a food pairing contest in Seattle.


Austin and Caleb decide to keep their prior encounter a secret because the other guys will tease them unmercifully if they find out. Although Austin and Caleb know they are attracted to each other, they decide that while working on the contest, they should keep their relationship strictly professional – but their resolve doesn’t last long. It takes a turn when Austin comes over to Caleb to work on combinations between his wine and Caleb’s food. Their passion ignites with a scorching kiss. All is well until Austin spies his chef father’s books on Caleb’s bookcase. Also, he learns that Caleb has followed his career and learned to cook from his recipe books. Austin confesses to Caleb that he was a casualty of his father’s pursuit of fame, which explains Austin’s reluctance to become too attached to anyone – because they never stay. After his admission, Austin makes excuses and leaves. Now, Caleb is worried that their relationship has ended just as it began.


'Pitcher Perfect' is an entertaining story about an amusing, endearing group of friends as close as any blood family. Their group texts were hilarious. Also, I enjoyed Caleb's texts with his sister. It was an excellent way to convey information about and relationships between characters. Austin broke my heart. His emotional abuse and abandonment were unforgivable. Thankfully, Caleb broke through the trauma and convinced Austin that he was there to stay. Thanks, Lee, for the endearing story of love conquering all.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 342 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-April-2022
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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