Review: Whiskey Lullaby by Stevie J. Cole


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

My first ever Stevie J. Cole read was Exrated, and while I've read several more books written and co-written by the author, that first one has remained my favorite. Then Whiskey Lullaby comes along and it gave Exrated a hell of a run for its money. This second-chance romance between a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks turned musician who's made it big and a good girl preacher's daughter turned nurse who fell in love in spite of the odds against them only to go their separate ways. Of course, the story doesn't end there; surprisingly enough, it's where this particular one begins. Yes, you read that right. This book doesn't begin with a "hello"; it begins with a "goodbye", as does the opportunity for the main characters slash erstwhile lovers to right wrongs.

Hannah Blake has always done the right thing. It was simply the kind of person that she was. She never thought ill of people and followed by the example set by her parents. So when people in town were telling her that Noah Grayson was not worth any sort of attention she paid him--that he would corrupt the good girl that she was--she didn't listen. She saw something in Noah that made her believe there was more to him than his bad boy reputation. She fell in love with him, and he fell in love with her. At least she thought he did. Because if he truly did love her, why did he walk away? But then...why did she let him? Now, all Hannah has left of Noah are her memories of their time together. She doesn't even have his songs, knowing she'd merely be sharing them with everyone else. But if Hannah had taken the time to listen, maybe then she'd realize how much Noah loved her.

While Stevie J. Cole is more known for her darker, more angsty books, I love when she takes on lighter fare. That doesn't mean, however, that Whiskery Lullaby doesn't have an angst. It so does--after all, what second chance romance doesn't? But this isn't the dark, erotic stuff she's written as of late, and I think the change of pace has allowed her creative juices to truly get flowing, as evidence by how fantastic a read this was. I was on-board for this journey that Cole took me on, and I found myself becoming more and more emotionally invested in Noah and Hannah's love story as each chapter passed me by. And that thing that Noah did that had his fans in a tizzy and that led to his manager later wanting to strangle him? Gah! Totally le-sigh-worthy. Prepare to get drunk on and have a book hangover because of Noah and Hannah's second chance at being together in Whiskey Lullaby. If you've never read a book by this author before, this is a fabulous place to start. Five stars. ♥

Release Date: 05 March 2018

Date Read: 05 March 2018

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