Title: A Shot With You
Author: Teri Anne Stanley
Series: Bourbon Brothers #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 9th Jan
Bourbon is in Brandon Morgan’s blood. His family owns the best bourbon brand in the country—or it will be with his marketing genius. And after meeting the fiery daughter of a tequila distillery owner, he’s never been more sure.
His barrels, her tequila. It’s a match made in heaven. But only if he can keep his hands off the owner’s daughter…and his secrets to himself.
Lesa Ruiz will do anything to keep Little Possum afloat, but one look at Brandon’s gorgeous dimples and Lesa knows two things for sure: forever is not in the cards with this man and he’s way too sexy to resist for long.
Well, three things… Brandon is hiding something, and she’ll need to get a lot closer to figure it out and save her family’s legacy. Shots, anyone?
Source: ARC from Entangled: Lovestruck via NetGalley
This is a cute read with lots of fun family moments, plenty of humour, some flirting, a bit of heat and lots and lots of bourbon. With a fiery, freedom loving heroine and a hero who thinks working hard is the best fun you can have, it makes for a fun opposites attract read.
I liked it, even if it does take a little while to get going. On first appearance Brandon is a hard working rich boy, forced to take a vacation and still managing to fit in business around his play. Which is sort of true, except he’s a lot less alpha than he first appears. And less of a rich jerk too. He’s more of a beta type of guy, who wants nothing more than to make his family’s business a success – partly because of his own past mistakes but mostly because that’s the kind of guy he is. Caring, loyal and deeply focused. He’s sweet and perfect for settling down with.
Which isn’t what Lesa is looking for. She’s a woman who has spent her life working and caring for her family and all she wants is to get out into the world. But first she wants to make her father’s tequila successful again. Which is where Brandon comes in. She’s might be feisty to his sweet, but they get along well, even if they want completely different things from life.
I enjoyed the back and forth between them. There is a lot of flirting, even if the chemistry takes a while to get going. I especially like that there’s no judgement between them, nor does Brandon try to make Lesa change her mind about what she wants. There’s a mutual respect between them that I really enjoyed.
Sadly, this made the inevitable conflict seem out of character and rather overblown. Yes, I know issues, but the way each character handles the pivotal moment felt like a letdown to me. I expected more fight.
Overall this is cute and fun and easy to read. It’s more flirty than passionate, but there is a bit of heat towards the end and some of the characters are very entertaining – particularly Brandon’s grandfather. He’s hilarious. The rest of his family is fun too and I would definitely be interested in reading more about the lot of them.
A Shot With You is out January 9th.
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