Bartender P.I.

Title: Bartender P.I.
Author: Ethan Stone
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella/134 PDF pages/24.8K words
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

Review Summary: A ton of rollicking good fun – the most fun I have had in a long time in a book.


When hockey star Linc Carpenter is banned from playing his beloved sport, he starts over in Tampa. Master of the mixed metaphor, Linc knows he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. He’s a lousy bartender, but doesn’t know what else to do until he gets a shot at being a private investigator.

If he can prove that wealthy fashion designer Quentin Faulkner is cheating on his wife, this case will earn him big money. Faulkner’s bodyguard, Brady Williams, proves to be the biggest hindrance to completing his assignment, other than his own ineptitude. Linc is shocked when Brady admits to being attracted to him. He’s even more shocked when Brady turns down immediate sex because he’s looking for so much more. Will their new relationship survive the dangers of this case?


Have you ever read a book and wondered where it was going and whether you would end up in quick sand with the MCs? That’s what I thought when I started this story which is quite a departure for Ethan Stone who writes mostly dramas. In Bartender P.I. his hero Linc Carpenter would probably misspell “drama” – or he might unintentionally call it something entirely different, but he was such a big lovable lug that I couldn’t stop reading because I wanted to see how he would extricate himself from his numerous self made disasters.

After being fired as a defenseman in the NHL (National Hockey League) for being caught banging his son by the former NHL Commissioner, Linc didn’t have many career options since he wasn’t very bright and had devoted his entire life to hockey. What’s an ex hockey player with limited career options to do in order to earn a living? Get a job as a bartender and learn how to mix drinks on the job, and as a side career become a private investigator. First, Linc sucked as a bartender so it was taking your life, taste buds and stomach in your hands if you actually drank what he mixed. Second, he wasn’t really a P.I., he was in training, but when a job landed in his lap with the possibility of making lots of money by getting the goods on a straying husband, he couldn’t say “no.”

From the very beginning Linc’s new P.I. assignment went in the wrong direction. Every move he made to catch his client’s husband Quentin Faulkner in the act was thwarted by Brady Williams, Faulkner’s bodyguard. To complicate matters Linc was very attracted to Brady and instead of keeping his eyes on the ball he was looking at Brady’s balls andย Brady tripped him up effortlessly at every turn. Linc was incredibly inept and I laughed so hard my sides hurt. How could one man self destruct at every turn? It wasn’t that Brady was always two steps ahead of him but he made the dumbest moves. I won’t tell you about Linc’s best work because you have to experience him without a filter. I will only say that despite being dumb and having no aspirations to be a member of Mensa he solved the mystery of the cheating husband without any help but a love of soap operas.

Linc liked to use big words when something a lot smaller and simpler would do, and his malapropisms will have you in stitches. I don’t think I have read any books where one character singlehandedly destroyed the English language and I’m sure the author had a lot of fun.

I didn’t like one scene in the book but I have been told that that was my fault because I have no understanding of soaps, therefore I have modified my comment. I still feel that the scene was OTT and the way the other characters were treated was heartless, but apparently this is a soap tradition so I bow to the experts and have changed my rating for this book. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh out loud (please don’t read Bartender P.I. on the subway, or other riders will think you’re crazy) ๐Ÿ™‚ and a hero who is just too silly for words, you don’t have far to go. Ethan Stone delivers in Bartender P.I. Most of you will probably expect lots of sex because this author’s books are known to be fornication city ๐Ÿ™‚ however, except for the prologue you will be surprised that this story relies on comedy more than sex to win over readers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book except for the one hiccup and I think you will love Linc’s and Brady’s romance which was not your usual run of the mill affair. There is a scene between them on the ice that was tender as well as hot and it showed that Brady really loved and understood his man, or as he called him – Rainbow Brite. All of the characters were well drawn and I particularly liked Tyson, Linc’s mentor and boss.

The story is told in Linc’s first person POV and you couldn’t want a more “eloquent” narrator as he was never at a loss for words. ๐Ÿ˜†


Update: I was told byย an expert on soaps (Buda) that Iย should be more understanding of what makes a good soap opera so I have revised my review and rating.ย  He felt that I was a little harsh. ๐Ÿ™‚ I confess I don’t watch soapsย so my knowledgeย of themย is sadly lacking. *Off to take lessons from our in-house expert.* ๐Ÿ˜†


4 years 4 months ago

Hysterical. Thanks for the recommendation Wave. His misspellings absolutely killed me in places and him devising Plans B, C and D was hysterical, but I just about died when he found the answer to the puzzles (wait, was it a pie coming together?). Well written fluff, but so funny and I have a feeling Linc would be one of the characters I wont forget any time soon.

4 years 5 months ago

Hi Wave, I’m with you on soaps, hate them! But I loved Bartender PI – Linc is just TOO cute, I wanted to cuddle him all the time. (Though I imagined living with him and had to turn my back shuddering in horror, he’d drive me nuts. Brady’s a brave soul!)

4 years 5 months ago
I finished this book at 3:00a.m. and I am so sorry that they don’t seem to make Depends in my size. I loved every single thing about this story. I am not a big soap opera fan but I “get” the soap opera concept of this the same as I got the movie Soapdish,which I also loved. This was pure protection, I mean perfection! I’ve never read this author’s work before but I figger if you can write comedy you can write anything so I bought the Flesh books too. Thanks for the review. I’ve got to go and wash… Read more »
4 years 5 months ago

I will definitely let you know. Thanks Wave.

4 years 5 months ago

Ok I want funny, off to take a closer look – thanks Wave ๐Ÿ™‚ and yes check out Doug and Stephen as Lynn said – has its flaws but hilarious IMO.

4 years 5 months ago

Wave, this sounds fabulous. you know how I love the funny boys. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I haven’t read any of this Ethan’s books yet, so it’ll be all new to me. Wonderful review and thanks – I’m off to shop!

Oh and Hi Buda! Sorry I missed you.

4 years 5 months ago

Much love, Teej. Hope you enjoy the book.

4 years 5 months ago

Still haven laid my pawns on it ๐Ÿ˜ฏ but I will ๐Ÿ˜€
Thank you dor your review ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Aunt Lynn
4 years 5 months ago

I am always looking for a humorous book to read, so I will definitely pick this up, thanks.

As for dumb MCs, have you read “The Epic Love Story of Doug and Stephen?” If you haven’t, you should. Doug is…simple, I guess is the old-fashioned term. He’s an idiot, but it’s hilarious what goes on in his head and what comes out of his mouth.

Lara Brukz
4 years 5 months ago

I absolutely love Linc and Brady! Linc has this innocent way of being clueless and I fell in love with him. Linc is so freaking cute and Brady he’s a hunk of man I’d like to take a bite of! Nice review Wave. As Wave said it’s pretty damn funny so this is one not to miss.

4 years 5 months ago

I so need something entertaining to read and I saw only good reviews for this one. Thanks for the review! The book goes to the top of my TBR list. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ethan Stone
4 years 5 months ago

Wave–Thank you so very much for the review. I admit writing this one was lots of fun, but it was also lots of hard work because I don’t see myself as a very funny person. I wasn’t sure what readers who think of the humor. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

The lack of sex was just to prove I could do it and now I never have to do it again. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

4 years 5 months ago

Fantastic review, Wave. I love this book. Linc is such a mess and Brady is so patient and cute with him. The “hiccup” makes sense to me since Linc is such a fan of soaps. Doesn’t it sound like something Erica Kane would do? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t tell you how many times I laughed aloud. I will admit there was a certain moment that scared the dog, poor thing. I look forward to more comedies from Ethan (hint, hint).

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