Title: Whiskey Business (States of Love)
Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 28th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 104 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Part of Dreamspinner Press’s “States of Love” Collection for Kentucky.
Sweet, funny, and sexy with some wonderfully filthy dirty talk thrown in, this hit the spot just like a good bourbon.
I really liked that Gale wonderfully describes so much of Kentucky and the people I felt like I’d been there.
Adam isn’t exactly Ryder’s enemy, but the two have a rocky start, even though they both obviously want each other. I love that the chemistry between Ryder and Adam is so combustible even from the start. Coupled with all the humor that Gale infuses into the story, this was just the kind of quick, fun story I needed.
I liked that it wasn’t all fun and games, and that Gale interwove some much needed conflict pretty expertly without it devolving into unnecessary angst.
If you’re looking for a short, but fun story that has some dirty talk with the sexy times and a lot of love – for both the characters and the setting – then wet your whistle with this one.