Whiskey Home by Taryn Rivers
Series: Whiskey Falls #1
Also in this series: Whiskey Dream
Published by Self-published on November 5th 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Beautiful. Strong. Broken.
That’s how I see my best friend’s sister.
I promised to protect her.
I certainly didn’t plan to fall in love.
So I held back.
Now there’s a murderer loose in my county, and she may be his next target.
Not on my watch.
She doesn’t know it yet, but when this is over, she’s here to stay.
That is if I can keep her alive.
Unlovable. Unworthy. Unwanted.
I’m not one of them—my family made that clear.
So I made a life for myself a thousand miles away.
But now I have to go back, and he’s determined I stay for good.
I don’t care that my lips still tingle from that kiss he gave me.
Or that I’ve been in love with him since I was a child.
My family broke my heart, but he has the power to shatter it.
No way am I sticking around for that.
There’s nothing but heartache for me in Whiskey Falls.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
A new world has opened up through Taryn River’s debut novel, Whiskey Home. It’s a standalone book with a mixture of romance, suspense and cheeky humour encased within a strong group of secondary characters who are begging to have their stories told.
Bree’s complicated upbringing and her relationship with her parents is heartbreaking. I struggled at times to understand why it panned out as it had until the revelations appeared throughout the story. By the epilogue, I was reading through misty eyes hearing how the happy couple had settled into a life Bree could only dream of earlier.
While I enjoyed the romance and mystery, there was another sweet thread running through the novel and that was surrounding Griff Daniels. A family friend who had a sweet fatherly love for Bree at the same time as being a strong male figure that Tony looked up to. The respect Tony and Bree had for Griff was at the backbone of this story. An unassuming hero that did what he had to do and did it well.
Whiskey Home had a bit of everything – a slightly OTT alpha, a strong heroine despite her personal challenges, friendship, quirky/nutty neighbours, a murder mystery and romance with a strong music vibe throughout. The plot was driven equally by relationship and suspense that kept me guessing until the end. For the first book in a series, it has managed to create a cast of characters and the beginnings of an overarching plot that will feed into future books. I am excited to read on with this series to see what Ms Rivers has in store for Bree’s brother Erick next!
Lily’s Rating: 4 Stars
I can’t freaking believe this is Ms. Rivers’s debut novel! And trust me, once you read it, you won’t either. There’s romance and heat, action, suspense, and family drama galore.
Whiskey Home follows the very swoony Tony and his quest of getting Bree, the reluctant love of his life, to move back home. Now, I won’t be going into details as I don’t want to spoil the fun for anyone, but Bree didn’t have the greatest of childhoods which left her with an issue or two to deal with. Which she mostly didn’t until life forces her hand.
Tony was the gentle strength and solid support that Bree needed to start fighting her demons. He was protective and really bossy in the best of ways. Totally alphalicious. Did I mention he is in law enforcement? He just ticked all my boxes.
I loved witnessing Bree coming into herself. She was no dainty flower though, she had strength, resilience, and grit in spades. She was one smart cookie and a bit of a badass too.
Whiskey Home had me on a roller-coaster of emotions and gave me all the feels. The sweet romance had me awwww’ing, the action and suspense kept me on the metaphorical edge of my seat, while the sexy shenanigans left me fanning myself. My heart hurt for Bree and Tony kept putting smiles on my face. I was so invested in the story that even though there’s one long-ass (as it should be) epilogue it wasn’t enough, I just wanted to keep on reading! But now there’s this whole new universe of characters I’m dying to know more about! Ms. Rivers’ better get cracking on the next one.
Sparkles’ Rating: 5 “hitting all the right spots” Stars
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