It’s crazy how fast the buzz comes back after you’ve been sober for so long.
Whiskey stood there, on my doorstep, just like he had one year before. Except this time, there was no rain, no anger, no wedding invitation — it was just us.
It was just him — the old friend, the easy smile, the twisted solace wrapped in a glittering bottle.
It was just me — the alcoholic, pretending like I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less.
But we can’t start here.
No, to tell this story right, we need to go back.
Back to the beginning.
Back to the very first drop.
This is my love letter to Whiskey. I only hope he reads it.
I now have a Whiskey hangover.
This book was just like a glass of whiskey. At times it was too strong and the burn hurt going down. And at other times, it was a smooth and perfect and the burn felt so good.
It was just him —the old friend, the easy smile, the twisted solace wrapped in a glittering bottle. It was just me —the alcoholic, pretending like I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less. But we can’t start here. No, to tell this story right, we need to go back. Back to the beginning. Back to the very first drop.
I don’t even know where to start on the story of Jamie and B (Brecks).
Their story isn’t rainbows and butterflies. Their story is deep and painful and dark but wonderful.
When Jamie and B first meet, she knows there’s something about him that special. She gets drawn into his eyes but then before her eyes, she watches Jamie fall for her best friend Jenna. This is not the first or only time that Jamie and B will watch each other fall for other people.
In the beginning, they become friends. They surf together they, they hang out together, they have a great friends relationship.
But B has secrets, family secrets and they will affect her relationships even when she doesn’t realize that they are.
As life goes on, Jamie makes B a proposition. That when he turns 30, if he’s not in a relationship or married, that they will get married. She thinks this is the craziest thing ever. He’s a hot, sweet man. There’s no way he’ll be single when he’s 30.
THE THING ABOUT WHISKEY is that the longer it sits in the barrel, the more it changes —and it never stops.
Throughout the story they grow. They graduate high school and move on to college. But no matter where B goes in life, Jamie somehow always shows up.
The problem is, every time they run into each other, someone is in a relationship or the timing is just not right.
But they do you have a few moments. A few moments that make you think “they’re going to be together, they can do this” but something always happens.
But as we all learn at a young age, what goes up, must come down. And oh how we crashed.
When they became adults, they both made promises and decisions that would affect the other person. Promises that ended up being broken and decisions that ended up breaking hearts.
I don’t know how Kandi did it, but she was able to make me feel connected to these characters. Like I knew them. At times during this book she had me laughing, crying, yelling, crying some more, frustrated, and all the other emotions that you ever thought you could have. I’m pretty sure my husband thought I was crazy while I was reading this book.
The love they had for each other but would never admit it to each other drove me crazy. The back and forth, the arguing and fighting, but the love and affection showed you that there was something there, something true that was worth fighting for.
There were times when I wanted to throw the book across the room and yell “just to be together.”
That’s all I’m gonna say about the book because I don’t want to give more away than I already have.
This is a must read!! If you haven’t read it or you’ve debated reading it, don’t wait any longer, go read it!!
I also caught how Kandi through PSU references into the book. Nice sneaking there.
About the Author:
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
**As you can see in one of the pictures above, there is a whiskey book sleeve. Check out my shop for other book sleeves and maybe more whiskey ones will be stocked soon!! or you can email me and I can try and do some special orders.**