Wednesday, December 28, 2016

ARC Review: Whiskey Business by Avon Gale

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.

Dani's rating:

"I'm not trying to seduce you because of dumpster regulations, Adam. I just think you're hot, and I want to bone."

"You don't have to sell me on the idea," said Adam. "I want to . . . But I just . . . hell . . . I'm not fucking in the Ever After Funeral Home. Hard Limit."

Avon Gale is one of the few author who routinely makes me laugh out loud when I'm reading her books. Scoring Chances is one of my favorite M/M series EVER. If you haven't read it, how are we even friends?

Whiskey Business is set in a small Kentucky town called Gallows Grove, founded by bootleggers on hope, lies, and whiskey. The magic's in the water. You can take the whiskey out of Gallows Grove, but then you take Gallows Grove out of the whiskey. Stay with me.

Ryder Waites (named after a deck of Tarot cards because his mother dabbled in readings) doesn't want to sell his recipe for Hanged Man Bourbon, which has been in his family for generations. But he has no choice.

His town desperately needs an infusion of tourists and cash. And Ryder wants to get his town on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail (which is a big thing apparently).

What Ryder doesn't need is the uptight Adam Keller, sent by the company who bought Ryder's bourbon business, snooping around.

Adam does things by the book. He's serious and proper. And SEXY, so very, very sexy. Ryder has no qualms about fucking Adam. It's a bit of slutty fun, and Adam is totally wanton when he lets go.

But can their fling last?

Ryder and Adam spend but a couple weeks together on page, but there is definite chemistry between them, even if Ryder is afraid Adam will force his distillery out of Gallows Grove. But Adam is, well, he's lonely beneath that stuffy exterior, and he LIKES Ryder, with his band T-shirts and skinny jeans that make his ass look delectable.

While I would have loved a much longer story, Whiskey Business is romantic, steamy, and seriously funny.

The town of Gallows Grove has a rather morbid sense of humor; the local diner is called the Last Minute Diner, and the only room for rent is in a funeral home (with creepy dolls and really loud ticking clocks). Ryder thinks scaring Adam with the dolls is hilarious. And it kind of is.

I loved the small town charm, the (overly) friendly locals, Ryder's snarky wit, Adam's dirty mouth, and Ryder's weird, grumpy uncle, who growls and grunts until you get him talkin' about bourbon.

The epilogue is full of (Gay) Happily Ever After, Dirby Pie, kisses, and bubbles. Very special bubbles. You'll see.

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