Review: For the Love of Whiskey by Melissa Foster (The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Redemption Ranch #2)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

"How do you feel, darlin'?" 
She felt so many conflicting emotions, she said, "A little lost and a little found. Does that make any sense?" 
"It makes perfect sense." He gathered her in his arms, and as he kissed her, that feeling of being found got a little stronger.

From the moment I read the blurb for this book, I had a feeling my emotions were going to be put through the wringer, and I was right. For the Love of Whiskey is the story of one woman's resilience and courage and one man's care and devotion for her. It's also about family and healing and how love truly can be a balm that not only soothes but fills in those cracks that life's more trying experiences have left behind. This is the second full-length novel in Melissa Foster's The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Redemption Ranch series, and there is a prequel novella that comes before it titled Freeing Sully. I've yet to read the prequel, but I was still able to fully appreciate the novel without feeling like I was missing details or information about what the female main character went through prior to heading to Redemption Ranch.

While thirty-one-year-old Callahan "Cowboy" Whiskey has some idea of what twenty-four-year-old Sullivan "Sully" Tate went through prior to escaping the cult that she had been a part of since she was a child, his heart breaks for her each time he learns a new detail of the abuse and neglect she endured. He's already known for being overly protective, but something about Sully stirs a myriad of thoughts and feelings within him. The wonderment in her eyes when she sees or tries something for the first time lightens his spirits, and her desire to move forward and not be shackled to her past fills him with admiration. She's slowly finding her place in the world; the question is, will it lead to her wanting to be by Cowboy's side?

Don't you hate it when a series seems to outdo itself with each new book that's released? No? Me neither! I tell you, these Whiskeys own my heart, whether they be the ones in Peaceful Harbor, Bayside, or Hope Ridge. Callahan, aka Cowboy, does his family proud, but he's also his own man, willing and able to do what he believes is necessary for those he loves most--even if it may mean going against an edict from the club or his parents. And I don't have enough words to describe how awe-inspiring a heroine Sully is. Yes, there's an innocence to her, but it should never be mistaken for naivete. She's determined but not stubborn, and just like Cowboy, there's so much heart to her. Together, these two were a force to be reckoned with, one equally protective of the other. It felt like such a privilege to see Sully blossom and come into her own and Cowboy becoming her touchstone. Five-plus stars go to For the Love of Whiskey.

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Read my reviews for the Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Redemption Ranch series:


The Trouble with Whiskey (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review

For the Love of Whiskey (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 19 April 2023

Date Read: 15 April 2023

Learn more about Melissa Foster.

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