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I have to make the pain stop.
I want to feel alive, and I do when I’m drinking and partying the way I should have when I was a teen. Instead, back then, I was preparing to become the Whiskey Princess, a role assigned to me from birth.
A lady never drinks to the point of blacking out, nor does she go home with men she meets in bars. But I went home with him…Jackson.
He was more than just a one-night stand, but I learned that a wee bit late and he was gone. Or so I thought.
For when I return home, Jackson is there, and he finds out very quickly who I am.
Problem is, I’m not sure that I’ve ever known who I really am.
I can tell by looking into her blue depths that she’s absolute trouble, but I have to have her. It’s only for one night. Some fun, and I’ll be on my way. My time here is done, and I’m ready to move on to my next adventure.
What I don’t realize at the time is that she is my next adventure.
Lena excites me. She blows my mind. And her brogue? It has me in knots. I don’t even care about the rumors that surround her.
She’s hurting. I want to help her, but then my time is up.
Can I leave her?
I have to leave. I have no choice.
But I love her.
Absolutely love anything that Toni Aleo writes, but she did amazing with this book! I love how nothing changes from book to book, but more good details. Keep writing Toni and we will keep reading.
Two damaged people find their way to each other
I found much to like about this story.
The story starts with a very steamy encounter between Lena and Jackson. She is trying to escape from her past and is using alcohol and one-night stands to ease her pain. After a particularly painful night, she walks into the bar where Jackson works and picks him up for one very hot night. She kicks him out after a misunderstanding, but neither one can get the other out of their mind. However, this was Jackson's last night in London - he's working and traveling through Europe, never settling down in any one place for very long. But as these things go, it's not long until Jackson ends up working horses at the estate in Ireland where Lena's family resides. Lena, of course, has been convinced by her brother to return home (the prodigal daughter, I guess) because her mother is facing a cancer diagnosis and imminent surgery. Jackson has his own demons and never setting down roots is part of the problem. This is the story of two damaged people finding their way together - facing down family and the past and exorcising their demons. It had loads of hot steamy scenes and you just knew that with this kind of chemistry that their love would find a way.
There were a few things that I found brought the story down for me. First, the Irish slang was over the top for me. Especially in a story set in the present day, this is not how you convey the sense of an area. Add to this that Lena's family, and especially her mother, is so status conscious and focused on how they are considered the 'royalty' of Mayo - well, if the mother was dictating how she looked and dressed, you can be sure that she'd be dictating how she spoke and it wouldn't be like the 'commoners'. So all the "yer" for "your" and "ya" for "you" - it just turned me off. Then there's the spelling / grammar errors and awkward sentence constructions. (Examples: "I'll try let up a bit..." and "What wrong with not leaving?" and "...the cancer happened with my mom.") I've read this author's works and LOVED her Assassins series so I'm not sure if this book was rushed, had a different editor, or something else was going on here. It just wasn't as well-written as that series. The story was good, but the construction detracted from it. Still, I liked this and, if you've read the first two in this series...and maybe even if you haven't, it's an enjoyable romance.
Quote to remember:
Just like in life, some things are out of your control. But when you can control them, you take them by the reins.
Love this book...
I just loved reading about Lena and Jackson. I read the first two books about Declan and Amberlyn and I just loved them. The first book Whiskey Prince was totally different subject then her hockey series. I wanted to try it because I have loved all her other books, I’m glad I did. It was so romantic how Declan and Amberlyn met. I loved how Toni described the place, Amberlyn’s and Declan lives, and how the whiskey was made. Toni Aleo’s books are so riveting the subjects are realistic in her books. This was about how after all the horrible things Lena’s family went through and how she dealt with all the things that happened to her. I thought I was going to reread the other two books, but Whiskey Rebellion could be read by itself. I recommend reading the other two books to get the history of Lena. Thank you, Toni for another great story. You are an amazing storyteller!!!😊