Title: A Taste of You
Author: Teri Anne Stanley
Series: Bourbon Brothers #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 3rd July
Office supply addict Eve McGrath’s meticulously organized life is on the verge of crashing at her feet. Blue Mountain distillery’s new tasting and visitor center has to be finished pronto or her mother will lose her mind. Good thing Eve likes a challenge—which is exactly what she’ll face trying to convince the flaky contractor’s hot son to finish the job.
Nick Baker is back in Kentucky just long enough to get his wayward dad back on his feet. Then he’s gone. Unfortunately, he can’t resist helping Eve, the sexy distiller-in-distress, whose addictive, bourbon-flavored kisses threaten his carefully constructed boundaries. And if he can’t rein himself in, the uncomfortable secrets of past will nail him to the wall…
Source: ARC provided by Entangled: Lovestruck via NetGalley
I really enjoyed this tale of love and addiction. On the one hand there’s Eve’s fun addiction to office supplies, lists and organising everything down to the last colour-coded minute. On the other, both she and Nick have alcoholic fathers and both have been shaped by their upbringings. This book could easily have gone two different ways – one making light of the whole thing and finding a quick, simple fix, or getting in too deep and making this story a little dark and depressing. Thankfully, Teri Anne Stanley does an excellent job of finding the middle ground, ending up with a tale that’s fun and sexy with necessary depths and no easy fixes to difficult situations.
I loved both Eve and Nick. They’re both strong people who aren’t afraid of hard work, even if they’re complete opposites when it comes to dealing with the after-effects an alcoholic parent has left in their lives. Eve plans everything down to the last second to make sure nothing can go wrong again, while Nick doesn’t make plans or promises – that way he never lets anyone down. They both have plenty of quirks and issues, yet somehow they manage to compliment each other, treating each other with patience and respect and forming a great team.
I also really appreciated the way alcoholism was handled throughout. Nick might have been sober for five years, but he knows he isn’t cured and he works hard to stay clear of temptation. He’s also turned his life around completely, and though he might not want to help his father, he still does. He’s a good man, mostly because he’s willing to work at it. I also liked how Eve and her sister had things to deal with too, even if they weren’t alcoholics themselves. There are no quick fixes here and I appreciated that distinction.
Which makes it all sound a lot heavier than it was, but it isn’t because this is also fun and flirty, romantic and sexy. It was a feel-good tale with heart, charm and depth, and as much as I enjoyed the last book (A Shot With You), this is the one that made me want to read the first so that I could get the full taste of the series.
A Taste of You is out July 3rd.
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