I have been very excited about the Whiskey and Lies series and I swooned when I woke up and this little gem was awaiting me on my Kindle. Once again, Ms. Ryan does NOT disappoint. Whiskey Secrets is a flawless series opener and I could barely put my device down long enough to function in the real world, until I finished it from start to finish. Our hero, Dare, likes his steady and predictable life. But when his parent’s bring in a new innkeeper, you really get a taste of how much he really doesn’t like change….like AT ALL!!!! However, I like that Dare is very vocal about this happening but acclimates quickly. I was worried he was going to act douchey for the entire book. Snarkiness about the new hire aside, I adored Dare! He is as alpha male as they come, but in a subtle and seductive way. And I can’t even describe how hot his dirty, dirty mouth is. YUMMY! Kenzie, our heroine, has come to town to run Dare’s parents inn and she is bringing some pretty dirty laundry with her (metaphorically speaking, of course). Kenzie is pretty fantastic. She is bold and fierce, but not in a way that makes her unlikable. She is the best friend you wish you had and the woman you want to be. Her character made me laugh and cry and my heart broke for her several times simply because them men in her life suck! Dare and Kenzie have an immediate attraction that neither of them can deny. Their chemistry is explosive and the passion practically leaps off the pages. Sure, they fight it for a time but with this heat, it’s inevitable. But Dare senses that something is going on with Kenzie and when she confides in him what that is….well, lets just say, Dare is the man to have in your corner. I didn’t think I could love him more, but he just got better and better. The sex scenes were erotic and mind-blowing and so good you practically need a cigarette yourself after reading them. The plot was engaging and addictive, the secondary characters intriguing and fun, and the bad guys….they are SUPER BAD! Truly, I wanted to crawl into my device and whoop some a** myself! I honestly enjoyed every single word of Whiskey Secrets and I’m salivating over the next book in this series. I didn’t think it could get better than The Montgomery Ink Series, but I’m pretty sure Ms. Ryan has out done herself with the Whiskey and Lies Series. 5 stars!!!
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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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.