FALL IN LOVE WITH WHISKEY FALLS
Whiskey Home by Taryn Rivers is the first book in the author’s Whiskey Falls series and marks the author’s debut as well.
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Whiskey Home by Taryn Rivers
Series: Whiskey Falls #1
Published by Self-Published on October 5, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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Also in this series: Whiskey Dreams
I promised to protect my best friend’s little sister—I didn’t plan on falling in love.
But when a murderer strikes in my county and she may be the next target, I can’t hold back anymore.
She doesn’t know it yet, but when this is over she’s here to stay.
If I can keep her alive.
A tragedy called me back to Whiskey Falls, but as soon as I take care of business, I’m out of here.
It doesn’t matter that I’ve been in love with Tony Kane since I was a child.
Or that I go weak at the knees every time I see him.
My family broke my heart, but he has the power to shatter it.
No way am I sticking around for that.
Whiskey Home is an entertaining, standalone, brother’s best friend story filled with romance, mystery, and suspense. While not an edge-of-your-seat thriller, the story is engaging, fast-paced, and well-written, and the characters all have their own distinct personalities and issues. There is a large cast of characters, though we see this world through Bree and Tony’s eyes.
Tony works for the Whiskey Falls Sheriff’s Department and has been wanting to get Bree back home for ages because he’s tired of waiting to make his move on her. He promised her brother he would wait until her father Joe makes his amends, but then tragedy strikes, and Bree is temporarily called home. While this isn’t the way Tony wanted her in Whiskey Falls again and it isn’t appropriate for him to make any real move on her under these circumstances, he is glad she is back, and he will do whatever he needs to do to keep her safe—and convince her to come home permanently.
Bree does her best to keep an emotional distance from Tony because she has learned the hard way that she can’t depend on people to be there for her. While Tony understands why she feels that way, he is determined to show her she’s wrong about him. He’s a good man who loves her and wants to show her how much, if only she’ll let him in so he can do it.
This story is very much about love and about family lost and family found. Who will be there when times are the hardest, and who will make someone feel whole when parts of them are cracked or missing. It is about connection, and identity, and home. Where home is and what it means to find it. Who family is and what it means to care for them, be apart of them.
Readers looking for a good romantic suspense tale with great storytelling and characterization, including an alpha hero and a strong independent heroine determined not to fall for him, will enjoy this story. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Copyright 2021 Taryn Rivers
The patio door opens behind me, alerting me to Bree’s presence.
“Bree’s here. I gotta go,” I tell him.
“Watch your back,” he warns, not hiding the worry in his voice.
“You, too.” I hang up and turn around to find Bree rubbing the back of her neck with a resigned look on her face.
“She’s on her way, isn’t she?” I ask.
She winces and nods.
“Please tell me Colt’s with her.” I like Colt, and it’s obvious he cares for both women. Plus, he can handle himself and is one hell of a shot.
“No. Colt’s not with her. But she’s not alone.”
“You need to call her back and tell her to turn around. We barely have enough manpower to cover you, much less Sadie and whichever one of your friends she’s dragging with her.”
“It’s, um, well, it’s Killian,” she stammers. “He didn’t want her driving by herself.”
It takes a few seconds before I trust myself to speak. “Are you telling me Killian Cross is on his way here right now?”
She bites her lip and nods reluctantly.
“Exactly how many times has Cross asked you out?” I ask.
She wrings her hands together. “Twice. And it’s been months. We’re just good friends, not that it’s any of your business.”
I see red. “Not my fucking business? Are you high? Everything about you is my business.”
She backs up but it’s too late. In two steps I’m on her. I pull her to me and slam my mouth down on hers.
Instead of fighting it, her arms wrap around me. I fist her hair, and she gasps, giving me what I need to slide my tongue home. I bring her even closer, and she melts into me.
I pour everything I have into the kiss. If she won’t believe it when I tell her she’s mine, I’ll fucking show her and leave no room for doubt.
I’ve been waiting for this moment for two years, and all my frustration comes through. She moans into my mouth which spurs me on. I thought our first kiss couldn’t be beat, but this one blows it out of the water.
This kiss is everything. Heaven and hell, want and need, every ounce of my being focused on the slide of her tongue. I slow it down until our lips separate. I run my nose along hers then drop my hand down to her lower back and bury my face in her hair.
“This is why you’re my business. This proves you want me as much as I want you. Face it. You’re mine, and I’m fucking yours. Always have been. Always will be.”
I lean in and kiss the side of her lips. “Give us a chance, beautiful. It’s going to work out. I promise.”
Her entire face softens, and I think I have her. But then she blinks, and I see naked fear flash in her eyes right before she shuts down.
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