Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Book Tour for Whiskey Reveals by Carrie Ann Ryan (REVIEW)

A one-night stand leads to so much more in this small town romance with a bit of suspense courtesy of a person from the heroine’s past coming back to haunt her.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Whiskey Reveals by Carrie Ann Ryan, then add this second installment in the Whiskey and Lies series to your bookshelf!

One whiskey-saturated night turns into something far more in the second standalone installment of the bestselling Whiskey and Lies series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.
Fox Collins likes his life just the way it is. His siblings are falling in love all around him, but he'd much rather focus on his next story than on a serious relationship. However, when his latest one-night stand returns to Whiskey-this time for good-he'll need to learn to trust his instincts to figure out if he can live without her in his life.
Former dancer Melody Waters is finally ready to settle down in her grandmother's small Pennsylvania hometown. Bad decisions and fateful nights have changed her path more than once, but now she's focused on one thing: opening her new own dance studio. But fate is a funny thing, and once again, she'll be forced to learn that actions have consequences and some repercussions can not only change your life forever, they can also come back to haunt you…one broken promise at a time.




Readers find themselves back in the loving embrace of the Collins family in this sweet and sexy small town romance of a one-night stand that leads to something more permanent and profound.  Heartwarming moments of family are balanced with quiet and heartfelt moments of a couple laying the foundation for their HEA while pulling readers into their unexpected romance.  From the first page to the last it’s a tale full of sensuality, forgiveness, with a bit of suspense thrown in to keep readers frantically turning the pages.

Fox Collins was always the studious one in a family full of sons known for their brawn.  He was the lanky one, the one more comfortable doing something creative rather than using his muscles, and as an adult things haven’t changed. While his brothers prefer spending time in the gym, he has to force himself to go there, and it’s a bit of a blow to his self-esteem.  He begrudges his brothers nothing though, he’s proud of all they’ve accomplished, but he often feels stuck in their shadows.  Like his brothers he’s popular with the ladies, and as the youngest son he’s been happy sowing his wild oats.  A recent one-night stand has become an obsession to him with the woman taking center stage in his nightly dreams, but she soon becomes his reality when she becomes the town’s newest resident.  With her fears over commitment Fox takes his time with her as they start out as friends before becoming an unexpected family.  Through it all Fox remains a supportive friend and lover, protective of the woman who he knows will make his life complete.  There’s very little angst surrounding him as he’s very settled in his career when readers first meet him.  What you see is what you get as he’s a sexy and caring man more than ready for his HEA and throughout this story he makes his intentions clear.

Melody Waters was once a prima ballerina with an ego to match, told by everyone how wonderful she was, until tragedy struck and had her starting over.  Carrying around guilt over the past drove Melody to a whiskey-infused night with Fox, but the ramifications of that night are just beginning and changes both of their lives irrevocably in this romance of second chances. Melody’s a likable heroine, a bit closed off early on, but considering her past it’s understandable.  She grew up in a family where perfection was prized, where her fame was all that mattered, and it led her down a dark path of eating disorders and an attitude that she’s now ashamed of.  She comes to town to reinvent herself, to make amends for the past, and instead she finds love and acceptance.  Courtesy of a welcoming town, and the close-knit Collins family, she finds herself welcomed for herself instead of her fame.  With Fox she finds someone who accepts her wholeheartedly, prideful past and all, and their romance charmed me and had me rooting for them every step of the way.

From the first page to the last this was a sweet and sexy romance that pulls readers into the warmth of the Collins family courtesy of the unexpected connection between Fox and Melody.  It’s a connection that’s a slow burn, a connection that starts out as friends before becoming something more, and I enjoyed the time they took to grow closer.  They’re an entertaining couple who both value family and they gave us glimpses of secondary characters that made this story even richer.  I thoroughly enjoyed Melody’s Grandma Pearl, with her colorful dancing past, as she was full of life and wise words.  The Collins family also added a lot of heart to this story with their easy acceptance and welcoming hearts that makes all of us feel like family.  On a whole I found much to like about this read, but I also found a few things that annoyed me too.  The first half of this book brings up vomiting a lot, not only by the heroine but also by the hero.  It was an odd thing to focus on and pulled me out of the story every time it was discussed.  I also had issues with the suspense aspect of this book. It felt forced with its sudden appearance and equally quick conclusion that barely caused a ripple in the life of Fox and Melody.  Despite that, I still found this a charming and heartwarming addition to the Whiskey and Lies series and am looking forward to Ainsley and Loch’s journey to HEA next!

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.


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