by Teri Anne Stanley
Pub. Date: July 21, 2015
Source: NetGalley / Publisher
Undiluted desire, served straight up.
Justin Morgan would happily drown the pain of his injured leg—and the guilt he brought back from Afghanistan—in bourbon. Except, there won’t be any booze if he doesn’t rescue his family’s century-old distillery from financial ruin. The problem? Allie McGrath—youngest daughter of the distillery’s co-owners, and the one woman he can’t have.
Allie has been in love with Justin since…well, she's always been in love with him. Now he's home, broken up over the death of her brother, and he needs help. She can fix the distillery—she’s sure of it—but no one’s taking her or her sweet new idea seriously. Convincing Justin is her only hope.
Allie is more tempting than Justin expected, threatening a promise he swore he’d never break. If he can’t keep their attraction under control, there’s a solid chance they’ll send the whole enterprise crumbling to the ground…if he doesn’t crash and burn first.
I picked up this book because I was in a southern mood, and it's been a while since I read a story featuring the Kentucky Bourbon industry. Being a Tennessee girl with family in Kentucky, I thought I would connect with this story. And I did for the most part. This is a short steamy romance that paced well and had me rooting for the characters.
Allie McGrath has been in love with her brother's best friend since she was a kid. The pair (Justin and Dave) go off to serve and protect in Afghanistan, and only Justin comes back. He has promised to look out for Allie, but didn't realize she had grown up into a sexy and spunky woman. Sparks fly between these two, but Allie is trying to protect her heart due to a prior embarrassing situation involving Justin. And Justin tries to keep his hands off Allie because he doesn't think Dave would have approved. When the two are thrown together driving across the South in an RV, the close quarters driving them together in more ways than one.
I really liked Allie. I can only imagine how her young heart was bruised in the earlier situation with Justin (trying to avoid spoilers). I also liked Justin, our war torn hero coming back with survivor's guilt and trying to do what his best friend wanted. So I rooted for this pair throughout the story and was happy with the resolution.
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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