Whiskey Sharp #3
by Lauren Dane
My Rating: 💚💚💚
Sometimes what you find isn’t what you were searching for…
Beau Petty has been searching his whole life. Searching for a place that fills all the empty spaces in him. Searching for a way to tame the restlessness. Searching for answers to the secret he’s never stopped trying to solve. What he wasn’t searching for was a woman to claim all of him, but when Cora Silvera walks back into his life, he’s ready to search out all the ways he can make her his.
Cora has spent her life as the family nurturer, taking care of others. But now she’s ready to pass that job on to someone else. It’s time to make some changes and live for herself. It’s in that moment that her former teenage crush reappears and the draw and the heat of their instant connection is like nothing either of them has experienced. He craves being around her. She accepts him, dark corners and all.
Beau thinks Cora’s had enough drama in her life. He wants to protect her from the secrets of his past, even if it means holding back the last pieces of himself. But Cora is no pushover and she means to claim all those pieces.
Received a copy through a blog tour hosted by TLC Tours for an honest review.
“She felt like home to him in a way that he couldn’t really put into words. And he really needed home after drifting for far too long.”
This was a cute second chance romance!
I liked Cora and Beau! The chemistry was there and I loved the interactions between them. They knew each other before but haven’t seen each other in almost two decades, so it was more of like a second chance romance which is one of my favorite tropes. They fell fast and were really cute together. They eased into a relationship and it was great to read about. I also liked how they time spent time with each other’s friends and really tried to integrate into each other’s lives.
Now let me tell you about things that I didn’t like. I didn’t like Cora’s mother to be honest, the lady was downright rude and mean to Cora at times. I really didn’t understand why no one told Cora LONG TIME AGO that she needed to get from under her mother. The way she treated her was horrible and I was so glad that Cora wanted to distance herself from her. However, it didn’t seem like it was thoroughly resolved. Likewise with Beau. I also wanted more background on his history with the cult. It just didn’t feel like anything was fixed or had an ending.
Overall it was good romance read but it lacked a little. Also, while this is part of a series, you can totally read it as a standalone.
The story goes like this – While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.
Today Lauren is a New York Times bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres.