Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️++
I love L.B. Dunbar. She has found a niche in contemporary romance with her over 40 books. It’s easy to fall in love with the handsome young billionaire with the great body. But the silver fox or the man with the dad bod (not that her over 40 guys have dad bods)? There are “daddy” books with them, but a mature man and woman falling in love, not too many.
I found her with Second Chance when I was asked if I wanted to review an ARC for an honest review. At the time, I was intrigued with the over 40 trope, as that’s my age group and I know how it looks. That book grabbed me and made me a fan of Dunbar’s. Then Wine & Dine did the same thing. So when faced with the opportunity to read Dunbar’s newest book, Silver Brewer, you bet that I was “all in” on this one.
And it didn’t disappoint.
Silver Brewer follows George “Giant” Harrington and Olivet “Letty” Pierson. Letty is interested in buying the land for her uncle’s development company where Giant’s Pap’s cabin (now his) resides. Giant, the quiet, sullen man, is not interested in selling any property to Letty, but he makes her a deal that, if she camps on his land with him for three days, he will consider talking with her about it. Undeterred, Letty agrees, and they find themselves in the wilderness of his land. What Letty doesn’t realize is Giant has no interest in selling his land. It’s his refuge from life. After a stint in the military and the death of his wife, Giant recognizes his need to get away and his Pap’s cabin affords him that ability, so he has no interest in divesting himself of it.
During their camping trip, it becomes clear that Giant and Letty are attracted to each other. Quickly, these two fall into their attraction, and Letty feels a strong connection to Giant and his land. At the end of their camping trip, Letty realizes Giant has no intention of selling his land, and she feels like he took advantage of her. Even though these two have grown feelings for each other, she breaks their bond and leaves.
After some time, these two realize their need for each other and reconcile, exploring their feelings. Unfortunately, Giant realizes that Letty is interested in adopting a child and starting a new phase of her life, while he has already done that as he has two daughters with his deceased wife and two granddaughters. Struggling to determine if Letty’s need for her own family is something he wants for himself, he must decide if Letty and her adopted son will be his future or his past.
After reading Dunbar’s Second Chance and Wine & Dine, Silver Brewer, honestly, was refreshing. With those two books, I struggled with the heroes. Don’t get me wrong. Those books made me fall in love with Dunbar’s writing and storytelling. Nothing is more interesting to read than reformed playboys. But, for most of those stories, I didn’t really connect with the heroes. I loved her heroines Mati and Dolores, but the men seemed a little self-absorbed. With Silver Brewer, one of the best parts of this book is Giant. This is a man with some level of integrity. Yes, he has engaged in brief dalliances since the death of his wife, but you realize quickly that he isn’t a playboy. He is sullen, solitary, and solid. With the exception of his deceit to get Letty camping and his confusion over his future, he is the type of hero that you fall in love with quickly. He’s capable and loving and adores Letty from early in the story. Yes, he makes mistakes, but he remedies them quickly. In fact, Letty made me crazy more than Giant did. His want to care for her makes you fall deeply in love with his type of hero.
While frustrating at times as she pushes Giant away, Letty is still an incredibly strong heroine. Her family is awful: a selfish sister, an indifferent mother, a manipulative ex, and an emotionally abusive uncle. They’ve made her life difficult, yet Letty stands strong against them at every turn, and she makes decisions for herself regardless of her family’s intent to dissuade her. Before Giant, she is doing life alone with the exception of her assistant Marcus. It’s her tenacity and ferociousness for living HER life that connects you with her.
Together, Letty and Giant are sweet, endearing, and their chemistry is palpable. They have long splits in the books, and you can’t help but keep reading to get to the parts where they are reunited again. Giant loving and caring for Letty and Letty helping Giant heal and move beyond his past creates this tour de force couple. Yes, I loved the couples in the other two books I’ve mentioned above, but there is a sweetness and sensitivity with Giant and Letty that made this book better for me. It currently sits as my favorite Dunbar book to date.
Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the over 40 crowd like me or a “young’un” like many of the romance readers. If you’re a fan of love, Silver Brewer will grab your heart and wrap its pages around it. Giant and Letty’s story is a deep reminder that love will prevail over dead spouses, a complicated past, distance, and life. As long as love is there, anything is possible.
In love and romance,