Whiskey Business

Avon Gale
Whiskey Business
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
December 2016
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Ryder Waites will do anything to keep the tiny town of Gallows Grove, Kentucky, from vanishing off the map—even sell his family's whiskey recipe to Bluegrass Bourbon in Lexington. Hopeful that the larger company can provide necessary improvements to the distillery, Ryder's ultimate goal is to get Gallows Grove on the Bourbon Trail… and bring in much-needed tourism revenue. But to keep producing Hanged Man Bourbon in Gallows Grove, he'll have to convince company liaison, unbearably stuffy and seriously hot Adam Keller, that he's worth the investment.

Adam comes from an old-money family, but he's determined to make his own way in the world. When he's sent to Gallows Grove, he questions the life choices that led him to a rented room in a funeral home, in a town full of macabre-themed businesses. And he doesn't know what to make of Ryder, the descendant of bootleggers who's on a mission to save his strange town from extinction. When Adam and Ryder put aside their initial mistrust, the results are as smooth as good whiskey. But after Adam's assignment ends, he'll have to decide if small-town life and a future with Ryder is to his tastes.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Aug 08, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
88 people found the following review helpful
This was such a fun book. I really loved the author's sense of humor. It was nice story with charming characters, great chemistry, a lot of whisky and some creepy dolls that made of this book an amazing experience.

Ryder is trying to sell his family's whiskey recipe to a big company, trying to improve his business and expecting to bring more tourists to town. The future of his family business in now in Adam's hands, who gets into town to evaluate if the distillery is worth the investment. After some initial disputes, it's clear that both men are attracted to each other, but when Adam's assignment ends, they have to decide if their feelings are strong enough to consider a future together.

The main characters were lovely. The story was told from both points of view, and I enjoyed Ryder's so much more than Adam's. But I had nothing against Adam, he was good as well, but there was some charm on Ryder that Adam lacked. I enjoyed a lot the town where the story was set, it was so nicely described and the town's folk were so fun, everybody so endearing. The writing was really good. One of the things I liked about it was the sense of humor. I found myself laughing so many times. It was really refreshing.

The romance involved in the story was also really good, sure there was a lot of lust too, but at the end I felt liked there was so much more than just that. Ryder and Adam had great chemistry. They start with a lot of issues involving the business they were getting into, but when they left work aside, they made a fantastic couple. They fit so well with each other. I liked how everything wasn't perfect, they had a lot of problems to solve before getting together, but I guess there wasn't too much angst involved. The only part I didn't liked about their relationship was that it felt a little bit rushed at the end of the book.

The audio version of the book was fantastic. The narrator made a great job giving voices to the characters. I enjoyed Ryder's accent a lot. The narration was easy to listen to, it flow nicely. A very enjoyable story as well as the way it was narrated. Overall a very entertaining book. I would recommend it to any reader looking for a fun, low on angst read.
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