Sparks fly between a former cop-turned-bartender and his new innkeeper in the first installment of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.
Dare Collins is a man who knows his whiskey and women—or at least that’s what he tells himself. When his family decides to hire on a new innkeeper for the inn above his bar and restaurant, he’s more than reluctant. Especially when he meets the new hire. But he’ll soon find that he has no choice but to work with this city girl and accept her new ideas and the burning attraction between them.
Kenzie Owens left her old life and an abusive relationship behind her—or so she thought. She figures she’ll be safe in Whiskey, Pennsylvania but after one look at her new boss, Dare Collins, she might still be in danger, or at least her heart. And when her past catches up with her despite her attempts to avoid it, it’s more than her heart on the line. This time, it might mean her life.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book.
First of all let me say that Ryan had me crying from the acknowledgments. I knew this release was going to be hard for her being the first without her beloved Dr. Hubby and I know she wanted to do him proud, but she has no worries there, I believe he would be extremely proud of her.
Second, Yay for Tabby’s brothers getting a series!!!
Dare is the middle of Collins brothers and owner of the Old Whiskey Bar and Restaurant. He is a man that runs his business, broods about his past, and lives for his weekends with his son. When his parents, who run the inn above his restaurant, tell the family that they are hiring a new innkeeper so that they can retire he gets even more brooding,
Kenzie Owens is the new innkeeper hired by the Owen’s family. She is starting a new life in a new town, a doing her best not to think about her old life, but her old life won’t leave her alone.
Dare is a bit of a jerk when they first are introduced, not that he really means to be. He is a man that doesn’t do change well and his parents just sprung hiring a new innkeeper on the family, so he’d have been a jerk to anyone really. He also is having a hard time with only getting his son one weekend a month.
Kenzie is attracted to Dare, and he to her, but is bound and determined not to let a man in her life again. These two just can’t help themselves and decide to get together and not put labels or anything on it, just take it day by day.
I love that Ryan always writes about her couples in situations that are totally real; they don’t just take one look at each other, fall in love and live happily ever after, there is screw ups, hard work, and forgiveness just like in real life.
Ryan also does a good job of letting us know more about Loch and Fox Collins too and we get to here from Tabby!!
I really was happy with the start of the Collin’s boys and I look forward to seeing more of them.
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.