January 3, 2018

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Whiskey Secrets (Whiskey and Lies #1)

Welcome to a brand new series from Carrie Ann Ryan! WHISKEY SECRETS kicks off her Whiskey and Lies series about a trio of brothers living in Whiskey, Pennsylvania.

Whiskey Secrets (Whiskey and Lies #1), by Carrie Ann Ryan
Publish Date:
January 2, 2018
Publisher: self-published
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4.5 STARS

(Synopsis) 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.

I am so glad Carrie Ann Ryan decided to write this series. We met the hunky Collins brothers in Ink Exposed when they came to Colorado to help out their little sister Tabby. They were three strapping men whose overprotectiveness and overall wonderfulness kinda stole the show. So, Carrie Ann gave them their own show.

Dare is the ex-cop who left the force when he lost his partner. You might take the man out of the police force, but you can't take the police force out of the man. Dare takes care of the people and things around him. He manages his family's restaurant and bar almost single-handedly. His son is the light of his life, even though he doesn't get to see him much. So, when his parents hire an woman to manage their inn, he's initially not to happy about that. But, when he sees that Kenzie also needs someone to watch out for her, he takes that role seriously. 

Kenzie's doing her best to escape the toxic people in her life, and that starts with her new job at the Collins' inn in Whiskey, Pennsylvania. But, she's skittish and nervous and not a fan of the hostile welcome Dare gave her when she arrived. All those things should've combined to make him completely unattractive to her, but Dare's love of his family and his work ethic (and his hot body) broke down her walls pretty quickly. 

Carrie Ann Ryan frequently adds a bit of mystery and danger to her books, and I love it when she does that. It's not nearly enough for this to be classified as a romantic suspense book, but there's the right amount to give the reader something else to turn around in their heads while they're waiting for Dare and Kenzie to get their acts together and realize they were meant for each other. 

Whiskey Secrets gives us a really good introduction to the two other brothers that make up the Collins family - and the two other stars of their own upcoming books. Each brother is very different with distinct personalities and lives. I expect we will see a lot of Dare and Kenzie in the next two books, and I'm looking forward to that. 

Carrie Ann Ryan brings her usual flair for writing heartfelt stories and passionate people to Whiskey Secrets. It's a fantastic introduction to this fascinating family. 

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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