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Book CoverVeena’s review of Whisky Sharp – Unravelled by Lauren Dane
Contemporary Romance published by HQN Books 30 Jan 18

The cover and title of this book suggests moonshine and trouble! As it turns out, this is a modern-day contemporary romance from the talented pen of contemporary romance author Lauren Dane. The story is a nice blending of family drama and red-hot romance, making it a must read for fans of Ms. Dane’s contemporary romance series. Maybe Dolan is the quintessential Dane, heroine full of bravura and vulnerability. I was hooked from the moment she walks into Whisky Sharp with a cake and an introduction. She has no qualms about taking on the big, burly Russian owner and proving her capabilities that earn her the job she wants and needs. The attraction between them ignited on that day, simmers for a while, before it finally bursts out in full flame.

Alexsei Petrov is the perfect foil for Maybe, a modern-day warrior who holds family loyalty and friendship dear to his heart.  He too has been attracted to Maybe from the beginning but manages to resist her, until he finally realizes the futility of his resistance and succumbs.  As their relations bursts out into the open, we’re treated to beautiful, loving moments but also nice loud, noisy moments as Maybe assimilates further into Alexsei’s warm, boisterous family.

Maybe’s life has quite a bit of dark in it, as readers will soon find.  A difficult relationship with her parents that she’s patiently trying to put a bandaid on in support of her sister Rachel.  She’s quite the role model as she holds her own and commands respect from Alexsei’s family, when she puts his ex-girlfriend in her place at a family gathering.  I most particularly was quite intrigued by her name, but will leave readers to find their own answers when they read the book.

All in all, a very promising start to a new series. I personally can’t wait to read more about the very colorful and interesting cast of characters introduced here.

Grade:  A


The sharpest ache comes from wanting what you think you can’t have…

Maybe Dolan has lived independent, free-spirited and unattached since leaving home at sixteen. Whiskey Sharp, Seattle’s sexy vintage-styled barbershop and whiskey bar, gave her a job—and a reason to put down roots. Cutting hair by day, losing herself drumming in a punk rock band by night, she’s got it good.

But a longtime crush that turns into a hot, edgy night with brooding and bearded Alexsei Petrov makes it a hell of a lot better.

Maybe’s blunt attitude and carnal smile hooked Alexsei from the start. Protecting people is part of his nature and Maybe is meant to be his…even if she doesn’t know it. Yet. He can’t help himself from wanting to protect and care for her.

But Maybe’s fiery independent spirit means pushing back when Alexsei goes too far. Still, he’s not afraid to do a little pushing of his own to get what he wants—her in his life, and his bed, for good. Maybe’s more intoxicating than all the liquor on his shelf…and he’s not afraid to ride the blade’s edge to bind her to him.

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