Length: 19,000 words
In a small town about an hours' drive outside Dublin, there's a whiskey distillery.
Jim has worked in the distillery as its business manager since he returned to his home town after getting his degree. Whiskey is a slow business and rural life is quiet, but Jim takes it in his stride. That is, until the handsome and mysterious Mr Aiden Rooney moves into a room above the local pub and sets off a flurry of gossip.
Aiden's an artist, and his devil-may-care attitude is a revelation to Jim. But he still lives in a small town in rural Ireland, and he's not even sure if he wants to be out and proud. The choices they make could change everything, if only Jim dares to follow his heart.
Whiskey Kisses was a wonderfully short, sweet, and just all-around charming story. A lot of times with shorter books like this, things can feel rushed or insta-lovey, but I never felt this during this read. The characters are realistic and immediately likable, and I thought the relationship between Jim and Aiden evolved naturally and without much drama.
There’s not much conflict in this story, it’s more a glimpse into the development of this new relationship between the two men, responses from family and neighbors, and how they handle both. It made for a quick yet very satisfying read, though I would have liked to see more of a concrete ending…or at least a short epilogue to see how Jim and Aiden’s relationship looked in the future.
Whiskey Kisses gets 4 stars from me, and I’d recommend this book to any M/M romance fan who wants a quick, sweet read without a lot of drama. This book is meant for readers 18+ for some adult language and sexual content.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), visiting friends who live in other countries, Marvel Comics, learning new things, and Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT Adult Fiction genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen/ Young Adult genre, Romance, and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; "My favourite books," she says, "are The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood." She also several well-read copies of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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