Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ARC Review: Whiskey Kisses by Anna Martin


Can college roommates go from friends to lovers? 
In a small town about an hour's drive outside Dublin, there’s a whiskey distillery.

Jim has worked in the distillery as its business manager since he returned to his home town after getting his degree. Whiskey is a slow business and rural life is quiet, but Jim takes it in his stride. That is, until the handsome and mysterious Mr Aiden Rooney moves into a room above the local pub and sets off a flurry of gossip.

Aiden’s an artist, and his devil-may-care attitude is a revelation to Jim. But he still lives in a small town in rural Ireland, and he’s not even sure if he wants to be out and proud. The choices they make could change everything, if only Jim dares to follow his heart.

Dani's rating:

If you're in the mood for a quiet, low-key story, with no theatrics or drama, Whiskey Kisses will hit the spot.

This is a novella (under 100 pages) told from Jim's first-person POV. Jim lives in a small Irish town and isn't out to anyone. Homophobia is still very much alive and well, so he prefers to hide. Jim manages a whiskey distillery, and his office window faces the pub where his sister works.

His sister has a crush on the new artist in town, a man named Aiden who lives above the pub. But Aiden only has eyes for Jim.

Jim and Aiden begin an easy relationship that they keep under wraps, although Jim does come out to his mother.

There is no tension or relationship angst, save for Jim thinking Aiden, who has a sad but not unexpected backstory, will leave him. The steam is on the low end of moderate, and the ending is a tentative HEA.

I never felt like I got to know Aiden, and the romance was underwhelming, but Martin's writing is always pitch perfect.


Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You’ll find what you need to find. Just read.
~Neil Gaiman

An ARC of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Download links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of or affiliation with the book, author, publisher, or website listed.

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