Becoming the Whiskey Princess

Becoming the Whiskey Princess

by Toni Aleo

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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?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150156531
Publisher: Toni Aleo
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Series: Toni Aleo's Taking Risks Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 33,291
File size: 814 KB

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Becoming the Whiskey Princess 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
kysrinaria More than 1 year ago
Gah! Where do I start. Right from the start, this book had me in tears. I mean seriously by page 2. I think what got me was the grief that Amberlyn feels at the loss of her parents. Especially her mother. Some writers try to convey this when they've not lost a mother yet. Toni, very sadly, lost her mother in the last year and I think that's why the grief in this felt so raw. I could totally sympathize with it. NO matter what kind of relationship you had with your mother...good/bad/awful...somewhere inside, when your mom dies, you are changed forever and you will miss her so much more than you ever thought possible. That's why I sometimes felt like Becoming the Whiskey Princess wasn't exactly about her becoming the whiskey princess. I think it was more of a journey to Amberlyn healing and grieving and learning how to move on with her life with Declan. It was also about her fighting to stay herself and not let anyone or anything change her from the person she knew herself to be. People do change over time, but once you are comfortable with the person you are and are happy with it, you fight to stay that way. It is such a struggle to like who you are and be confident in who you are and what you want out of life. I think Toni did a great justice to Amberlyn. Occasionally I thought the story went a little slower than I was hoping, but it was still enjoyable. I'm sad that this series is only 2 books long but who knows...maybe we will see them again somewhere. How cool would it be to have Declan and Amberlyn to come to the States and end up at an Assassins game????? Another great story by one of my favourite authors!! Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I most definitely need you to read The Whiskey Prince, before you dive into Becoming the Whiskey Princess. I’ll wait here whilst you #OCTB. Toni Aleo has created a sweeping multi-generational love story that to me had a wonderfully vintage feel to it, but certainly with a very modern twist. It’s set in the Irish countryside and Toni sets a story that allows all five senses to become attuned — to where you can see all the vivid colors in your mind’s eye, hear the lilt of the accents, smell that sweet air, get a taste of Declan’s whiskey and feel of the grass in between your toes, When we first met Amberlyn, she has just experienced the most devastating of losses and it is through this that she finds herself in County Mayo — where her parents were born, fell in love and married. It’s here that Amberlyn finds so much love — from her aunt, uncle & cousin — as well from a community — and most importantly — from such an amazing boy. In Amberlyn, Toni Aleo created a heroine who could even in her grief, find the strength to persevere and even flourish. I loved her humor and sweetness, but also ability to speak up for herself in a way that made everyone realize very quickly that this lovely girl was no shrinking violet, but that she had a spine forged with titanium. At times I had to remind myself that she was very young woman that had to grow up very quickly. So when she had her moments of pique, they were always very easy to forgive. Declan — The boy of whom much was expected. I loved that he was the kind of person who might have willing to give it all away for love. I loved his certainty about Amberlyn, she was the very light and love of his life. While he was always the sweet boy that captured Amberlyn’s heart, watching Declan’s growth into a man worthy of her love was something that made me so very happy. Together, Amberlyn and Declan were magic. I adored not only their honesty, but how they expressed their love for each other – it wasn’t just sexual (though, whoa, whoa and whoa) but through deeds and actions. But they also had fun together and we got to see them make each other laugh. That’s not to say that everything was all rainbows and unicorns – they did have their moments. But what I appreciated that that they resolved their issues in such thoughtful ways. If you are like me and appreciate a strong supporting cast – Becoming the Whiskey Prince had it in spades — From the hilarious Fiona (Oh. My. God – just message me when you get to the dinner scene….because…bahahahahaaaa) to the batty, but well-meaning Noreen. They all felt so incredibly genuine, that you could see yourself sitting down at the Inn for a meal and pint. I also loved the attention to detail given to Irish tradition and culture. It all just resonated for me. By its beautiful end, I fell further in love with this book and I wanted more with these characters. I need to see what is next for each of them one in particular is definitely worthy of their own book. Jump in to these lovely books and see if you don’t agree. 5 Pints raised high in salute to Becoming the Whiskey Princess.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
3.5 Cocktails In BECOMING THE WHISKEY PRINCESS we finally get to find out if Declan was going to be able to claim his birth right and the woman he loves or be forced to let one of them go. Declan and Amberlyn’s relationship hasn’t been the easiest.  Both of them have family baggage that they must overcome, but it’s only together that they discover they can be what they want, with who they want, regardless of the empire Declan is destined to run. I already knew I wanted Declan and Amberlyn to get their HEA.  And I loved that Declan was willing to let his birthright go in order to ensure Amberlyn felt she was making the best decision.  But I soon discovered I was firmly on Amberlyn’s side…especially when Declan’s mother became an ugly thorn in her side.  Amberlyn showed what she was made of when she stood her ground in what future housing would be like for her and Declan once they were married.  She knew they needed to set their own course and they couldn’t do that follow Declan’s family tradition of everyone under one roof.  She continued to protect Declan and herself and you knew that was how their life was always going to be. Declan and Amberlyn’s relationship may not have started off traditionally, but it was one that was fun, emotional and (finally!) sexy.  The build up was slow and took some unexpected turns, but in the end, it made BECOMING THE WHISKEY PRINCESS a very enjoyable read.
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teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
I did not want Amberlyn & Declan's story to conclude - but it was a great conclusion! Great story and very well written!
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l loved the characters in this series of books. Good book!