brutal reality. Except, I never paid close attention to the art of making bourbon, unlike Brett, who was full of bourbon knowledge. He offered to teach me a thing or two, but all I could focus on was the way his lips moved when he spoke to me.
I needed to grieve, and my head was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but my heart was splitting at the seams.
Bourbon was spilled, drinks were shared, but could passion ignite from a dying last wish?
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Release Date: January 13, 2020
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
Contemporary Romance | Emotional
Bourbon Love Notes was an unexpected read for me. For one reason or another I figured it would be a plain old contemporary romance with heat and humor. I wasn’t expecting most of the book to turn me into an emotional wreck! Gosh this book broke my heart. You may think I’m saying this because something happens between the hero and heroine but that’s not it. It’s the family’s story that tore my heart in two. Shari J. Ryan certainly laid out grief on a platter here and I absolutely fell into it. I was a MESS. My heart broke, my chest ached, and the tears were shed! I’m saying this so that readers will know that this is not without emotion because it’s FILLED with it!
One of my favorite things about this novel is the ending. I have to say if an ending can turn me into mush and make me smile like crazy then it’s pretty good! That’s the case here although I do wish the first 60% gave me the same feelings. Unfortunately, the romance never really caught up with me until the end. It almost felt like a filler for a family drama rather than an actual romance novel. That’s not to say that there is no romance because there is, but it’s very slow (almost achingly slow).
With that being said, I may not have loved this book, but I sure appreciated it’s beauty. I’m also looking forward to Journey’s book which will be released next. I hope it’s a little lighter than this one!
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