My dearest readers, today I want to present you my release blitz post of Anna Martin latest novella Whiskey Kisses, set in a small village in Ireland.
If you love a story which feels spicy but also warms your heart like a good Whiskey does, you will love this story.
See this post for my review and a cool giveaway. 🙂
Happy reading! :3
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
I really liked the basic idea but unfortunately due to a few things I point out in a few moments, the book wasn’t worth 5 stars, so only 4. 🙂 Still it was a great book because I could feel with Jim.
He was a very pleasant character and because of the POV we had a strong connection to him. We got his insight, his observation of Aiden. Both guys have a strong attraction right from the start and it’s Aiden who flirts with Jim, who is kinda insecure, not because he don’t want to be with Aiden but because of the way how and in which surrounding he is grown up and was raised. He lives in a small, pretty but dull village in Ireland, called Kilglass. He is working in a local whiskey distillery and loves his job, that’s clear. But being raised in a traditional Irish family doesn’t lead to be openly confessing he is gay.
Though this aspect was nice resolved in the book I had a few complains about the speed the relationship went on. I can understand why Jim is captivated by Aiden but from one moment when they explore each other’s feelings, deepen them, it jumps a bit too fast to the actual encounter. Not that I don’t liked it – the opposite was the case – but I had the feeling there was a gap. It felt at least this way.
I also wasn’t super happy with Aiden keeping his past in shadows to a certain point in the book but this is more Jim’s fault, if I be honest. Jim shows he is a caring character, based on his education and how he was raised not to be noisy and stick his nose in things he didn’t have the right but it made Aiden a bit – and unecessary – secretive.
After all the whole novella had a nice flow with a few hickups here and there. I really loved the way how well Anna Martin included Jim’s disability in the book, how it never is an issue for Aiden but how caring he is, how helpful, and it’s nothing uncommon in his questions, he is curious without being obnoxious or noisy.
A well done, well written novella with a smart, loveable character set and it gives you a pleasant feeling in the tummy, like drinking a good Whiskey, but with here and there hints of spice and rough at the edges. :3 4 out of 5 stars.
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In a small town about an hours’ 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.
Author bio – Anna Martin
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England and now lives in Bristol. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before turning her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), visiting friends who live in other countries, Marvel Comics, learning new things, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT Adult Fiction genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen/ Young Adult genre, Romance, and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; “My favourite books,” she says, “are The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.” She also several well-read copies of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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