Title: Becoming the Whiskey Princess
Author: Toni Aleo
Series: Taking Risks #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
For better or worse, for richer or poorer, ‘til almost death do they part…
Amberlyn Reilly took a risk and found a new life in Ireland. She did something drastic and jumped in front of a loaded gun for the one she knew she couldn’t lose. And with her mother’s last request, she did more than fall in love. She fell into Declan O’Callaghan—with her eyes wide open and her damaged heart and soul leading the way.
When Irish-born Declan O’Callaghan spotted Amberlyn across the lake, he knew his life was about to change. And it did. Now he has everything he’s ever dreamed of —he’s marrying for love, and with that love, the family distillery will now be his as long as he marries before the deadline.
Things are moving fast. It’s now or never. And as their beautiful relationship grows, time is something these two don’t have a lot of. Declan’s and Amberlyn’s souls are tightly tethered, but will the questions and second thoughts of others prevent them from having a life they’ve both only begun to dream of? Will family and the obligations that come with the O’Callaghan name push them to their breaking point? Or has the Whiskey Prince truly found his happily ever after taking Amberlyn as his Princess?
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I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
The Whiskey Prince set up a the blossoming love story of Declan and Amberlyn and I was beyond excited for Becoming the Whiskey Princess to bring their story home. I was not disappointed with the end result. What started as a tale of unexpected love grew into a story of soul mates embracing their own identities while cementing their future together.
What I Loved: Becoming the Whiskey Princess is a classy old school romance that reminds me why I became a true fan of the genre in the first place. Declan and Amberlyn are vivid and honest characters that grow not only as a couple but also as individuals. I cared about what happened to their characters before, during, and after finishing the story. I love when I get that invested in a story and its characters. And bonus points to Toni Aleo for writing one of the most realistic "first time" scenes ever. Aleo managed to capture all the heat, awkwardness, and vulnerability of the moment for Declan and Amberlyn.
What I Didn’t Love: Overall Becoming the Whiskey Princess knocked my socks off. There was a tiny subplot regarding Declan's meddling mother and her past ties to Amberlyn's mother that I wasn't a huge fan of, but again it was just tiny and easy to get past.
“Yeah, this was a train wreck, but I’d take a train wreck and feel completely in love over the perfect first time and for it to end in a month. This is forever. Train wreck, rain checks, and all.”
“When the brightest grin comes across her face, I remember that I may never love her the same way her family did, but I’m going to try my hardest to love her even more.”
“Our love story isn’t perfect. We’ve had people try to kill us, break us apart, and even had fear rear its ugly head, but we made it through. We didn’t give up. We fought. Because we love each other too much to be apart.”
Becoming the Whisky Princess is a sequel to The Whiskey Prince and should not be read as a standalone. Author Toni Aleo has crafted a beautiful love story with both books and I happily recommend both for an overall moving and enjoyable read.
Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel. She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.
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