About WHISKEY SECRETS (Whiskey and Lies #1)
Sparks fly between a former cop-turned-bartender and his new innkeeper in the first installment of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.
Dare Collins is a man who knows his whiskey and women—or at least that’s what he tells himself. When his family decides to hire on a new innkeeper for the inn above his bar and restaurant, he’s more than reluctant. Especially when he meets the new hire. But he’ll soon find that he has no choice but to work with this city girl and accept her new ideas and the burning attraction between them.
Kenzie Owens left her old life and an abusive relationship behind her—or so she thought. She figures she’ll be safe in Whiskey, Pennsylvania but after one look at her new boss, Dare Collins, she might still be in danger, or at least her heart. And when her past catches up with her despite her attempts to avoid it, it’s more than her heart on the line. This time, it might mean her life.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
WHISKEY SECRETS is the first in the Whiskey and Lies series and is a swoony, romantic suspense with a small town vibe. Dare is an ex-cop turned bartender/restaurant owner and has a son he barely sees. He left the force under sad circumstances and is still dealing with that. Kenzie is hired as an innkeeper for his family’s hotel which is situated above his own bar and restaurant. She’s escaping an abusive ex husband so of course has a past riddled with pain and heartache. They both have issues to overcome (understandably). Sparks begin to fly from their very first meeting and they are HOT together! The plot was good, it flowed well and I loved Dare and Kenzie together. But I wanted MORE from these two! They were so hard on themselves, their self esteem so low throughout most of the book. It was a little frustrating because I really was rooting for Dare to step up, to be more aggressive and fight for what he wanted! And although there is SOME drama, I felt like there could of been more of a build up to the end, more suspense. The end fell kind of flat for me! Overall, this is a nice, easy beginning to what seems like a good series and I’m looking forward to reading about Dare’s brothers! Told from dual POVs with a sweet ending. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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About Carrie Ann Ryan
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.