Moonlight & Whiskey

Moonlight & Whiskey

by Tricia Lynne

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Overview

“Super sexy! Against a sensual New Orleans backdrop, Moonlight & Whiskey follows a woman’s journey toward acceptance of her body and herself.”—Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient

When life gives you curves, you gotta learn how to rock them.


Successful businesswoman Avery Barrows likes her dips and curves, but she’s sick of the haters telling her that she should be ashamed of her body instead of embracing it. Determined to send them a big f*** you, Avery resolves to cut loose during a girls’ trip, hightailing her quick-mouthed, plus-sized self to New Orleans. So, what’s a smart woman with a little extra gotta do to get laid in this town?

Not much if you ask Declan McGinn, the lead singer of BlackSmith. Tall, dark, and tattooed, with a body made for sin, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars. Avery’s sharp tongue and keen mind makes him want her even more.

As they burn up the sheets, Avery and Declan realize this is no one-night (or even one-week) stand. But for all of her bluster, Avery isn’t sure she can handle any more rejection. Besides, Declan has demons of his own. Now Avery has a choice to make: play it safe, or place her trust in the hands of a man who’s as tempting as the devil himself.

Advance praise for Moonlight & Whiskey

“This book has it all—emotion, lots of laughs, and a touch of reality we all can relate to. Don’t miss this story.”USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy

“Avery is the foul-mouthed heroine of my dreams. Tricia Lynne absolutely knocks it out of the park with Moonlight & Whiskey. Her fabulous voice mixed with her super steamy romance makes this an absolute must-read!”—Alexa Martin, author of Intercepted, an Amazon Best Romance of 2018 Pick

“Witty dialogue, steamy sex scenes, and heartfelt talks . . . Lynne has created a world filled with delightful, complex characters and vivid settings. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This is just the book I was looking for, and a new author, which I have been craving. The writing is really fantastic! Moonlight & Whiskey gives you angst, humor, sexiness, and resolution. It is a fantastic read. I connected with Avery in a way I have never connected with another leading lady.”—Reading is What I Do (five stars)

“[Lynne's] descriptions are flawless. Her characters, swoon-worthy. I can’t recommend Moonlight & Whiskey highly enough. Definitely mark this as a must-read!”—Maxym M. Martineau (five stars)

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984800169
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 291
Sales rank: 25,298
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Tricia Lynne is fluent in both sarcasm and cuss words—a combination that tends to embarrass her husband at corporate functions. A tomboy at heart, she loves hard rock, Irish whiskey, and her Midwestern roots. She’s drawn to strong, flawed heroines, and believes writing isn’t a decision one makes, but a calling one can’t resist. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she lives in Dallas with her husband and their goofy dogs.

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Chapter 1

I had a porn habit.

It wasn’t an obsession. It wasn’t a fetish. It didn’t require trips to anonymous meetings where I said, “Hello, my name is Avery and I’m addicted to naked men.” I simply enjoyed watching people have sex. The women in porn, however, never looked like me.

Mainstream porn stars looked more like a silicone Barbie, i.e., half modeling career failure, half sex doll/mechanical experiment.

Conversely, I was soft, curvy, and not a size six.

I’d been told I wore the weight well, that I had a pretty face. All the shit curvy women heard. Men told me I had a great rack. That if I lost forty pounds I’d be acceptable––that’s actual verbiage––and even referred to flirting with me as “taking one for the team.” I’d never be thin. Some women weren’t meant to be, but like most, I still wanted to feel feminine. Sexy in my skin. Desirable––just as I was.

Christ, I can’t believe I let Kat talk me into this. Feminine and sexy, she said. This might have been my crazy idea after one–too–many glasses of wine last night, but she knew how to nudge me to get me to follow through. Which was how I ended up in a tacky-as-hell waiting room.

The chair I occupied––if you could call it a chair––was a clear plastic, modern thing that was way too narrow for my ass. Black-and-white photos of chiseled female torsos lined the walls, a hot pink chandelier hung suspended over a zebra-print ottoman full of beauty magazines and gossip rags. And the rest of the all-female clientele could have been in a casting room for a skin flick, which drove me bat-shit crazy.

Some wore yoga pants with belly rings, and T-shirts likely purchased in the children’s department. Others were the Louis Vuitton–toting, fake-boobed trophy wives with five-carat diamonds and one too many syringes of Botox. There were even a couple of professionals: tailored business suits, Louboutin peep toes, and crimson lips that matched their Prada laptop bags.

And not a one of them weighed more than my right leg.

I was the only Adele in a room full of Pam Andersons and Angelina Jolies. The only other “plus-sized” girl in the room was on the cover of a health magazine in a “before” picture with a caption that read, “How I Lost Half My Body Weight in Six Months.” Although none of those women could have taken me in a fight, there I sat, letting the Real Housewives of Dallas give me the disapproving once-over.

Well, screw that and them, and their not-so-sly side-eyes of distaste.

See, I knew what I looked like with my sweet round face and tight brown bun. My beige pencil skirt and kitten heels. My dimples and reading glasses. I looked like an enginerd, and I was okay with that—I’d learned to appear asexual––it was the role I had to play as a female engineer trying to make partner in my firm.

The thing was, I had an entirely different woman locked inside of me. That chick had a huge set of balls, liked hard rock music, and drank her whiskey neat. She mouthed off with great satisfaction and cussed like a well-informed sailor. She had little filter between her brain and mouth, and a zero-tolerance policy on stupidity.

She made my appointment, thinking it would be a great way to kick off the vacation where I intended to give her free rein on New Orleans and let her act like the little hussy she was. She thought I should feel sexy and feminine, comfortable in my skin. And if I had to fake it till I’d made it? So be it.

“Avery Barrows,” came a sweet Southern drawl.

Shit. Easier said than done and all that. “Yeah,” I croaked in my Midwestern accent as my nerves redoubled. My badass disappeared at the most inconvenient times.

“I’m Jess. Nice to meet you. Says here it’s your first time?”

I cleared my throat, trying to wage war on the nerves. “Yes.”

“Well, I hope it won’t be your last.” She winked and then ushered me down the hall into a small room, closing the door behind us. “Okay, Avery. You’ll need to undress from the waist down. Please use the baby wipes to clean the area of any body oils or debris, and there’s a towel on the table for you to cover up with. I’m sure you’re a bit nervous but try to relax. I’ve done thousands of Brazilian waxes and I promise to make it as painless as possible.”

It wasn’t the pain I was worried about. But letting this woman see my body, the lack of a thigh gap and softness of my stomach. Yeah, I could go a lifetime without doing that.

“You get undressed and prepped, and I’ll grab you a glass of wine. Red or white?”

“Whiskey,” I replied, and Jess chuckled as she pulled the door closed.

Shucking my shoes, skirt, and practical cotton hipsters, I cleaned up with the wipes and pushed up on the table, concealing as much of my hips as I could with a hand towel, tugging this way and that in hopes it would magically cover more. God, why had I thought this was a good idea? What if she has to use extra wax, or ask me to stretch my skin to get into the crease of my thigh?

With a tap on the door, Jess breezed in, handing me a large glass of red, from which I swallowed deeply.

“So, we’re doing the Full Monty today?”

“Yeah.”

“Okay, lay back for me, Avery. I need you to pull your legs up like a frog and spread wide. Just bend your knees and let them fall open.”

“Jesus,” I mumbled, slapping a hand over my eyes. Jess chuckled as she took my wine and towel. Then I chanced a peek south. Shit. I hadn’t trimmed in a while. With my cocoa-colored hair, it looked like a family of lowland gorillas had staked out their territory and were living quite comfortably in my lady garden.

“Perfect,” she said, and applied warm wax to my pubic bone, effectively smothering my gorillas. “What made you decide to try a Brazilian?”

Small talk? Really? “My friend, Katia. We’re taking a girl’s trip to New Orleans and I thought, what the hell . . . it’s New Orleans.”

“Well, that sounds fun.” RRRRIP.

“Hmphf.” Holy shit! It felt like sitting on a mound of fire ants.

“How was that? Painful?”

“Not as bad as I thought.” I totally lied.

“You didn’t even flinch, good girl. Kat is one of my regulars. I saw her yesterday and she said she was sending me a new client.”

RRRIP.

“Mmphf.” Sonofabitch. “Yeah, Kat’s like family. We were roommates at the University of Texas.”

“Well, it shouldn’t be hard for you two to find trouble in New Orleans.” RRRIP.

Ooh, definitely a flinch there.

Jess smoothed the cooling gel over my tender skin, and so it continued with the rips and the small talk.

“Okay, for this last area, you need to turn over on your front and get up on all fours. Spread your knees apart as wide as you can.”

“WHAT?” I sat up. “Why in God’s name would you need to wax my butt?”

The corner of her mouth twitched. “Most women’s pubic hair extends over the perineum and around the anus, even a little on the inside of the cheeks. A Brazilian includes the rear end as well.”

“Seriously? I thought hairy asses were only a guy thing.”

Jess snickered. “There’s not much, but most women have some. You can pass if it makes you uncomfortable.”

“Yeah, because having a relative stranger’s hands in my kitty isn’t embarrassing at all.” I blew out a breath. “I’ve come this far. Yeah, go ahead,” I said, trying desperately not to think of how wide my ass would look stuck in the air.

I assumed the position and jumped at the first brush of her fingers. Well, hello there.

“So, are you seeing anyone? Will he or she be surprised?”

“No. It’s . . . just for me.”

She applied warm wax over my inner cheeks. “You know, NOLA is a great place for a hookup. Maybe you’ll meet someone and you can show off your new baldie.” RRRIP. RRRIP. RRRIP.

Oh, Christ. Just . . .Dang, that hurt.

Gentle fingers brushed over my backdoor as she smoothed on the gel. Thank God for gel.

“There. All finished.” Jess snapped off her gloves. “You can turn around.” She handed me the towel and I tried not to make the eww face at how slickery my butt cheeks felt as she told me how to care for my skin and when to follow up. “Don’t worry, Avery. The first time is always the worst. It gets less embarrassing.”

Why the hell would anyone do this more than once? But as I passed through the waiting room to leave, I smirked at porn star Barbie and the Frankenhookers. I’d done something that wasn’t easy for any woman. Especially a curvy girl like me. I was ready to take on New Orleans, put the enginerd away for a bit, and let the badass out to find some trouble.

Yeah, bitches. I got me some huge balls.

Freshly waxed.

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Moonlight & Whiskey 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Dedee1 26 days ago
While I dislike all the explicit sex and overuse of expletives, the love story and fighting personal demons was nicely done. I quite frankly only skimmed many of the sex scenes as it was repetitive and do you call this soft porn? Fifty shades without the paraphernalia? I hope that the author will write more and use her gift of writing in a less crass language. I am giving a four ( probably a 3.5) because I liked the style and use of dialogue, just didn't particular care for all the sex and expletives. Thanks to the author and publishers for an ARC of the book.I received this book as a complimentary copy for an honest opinion.The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Looks like I've got a new book boyfriend! Great story.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved+Avery+%26+Declan.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. This book was really hard for me to get into as Avery was just so over the top most of the time and went back and forth between being a "good girl" and who she really was. I did keep reading because I wanted to know how they resolved their insistence that this was just a fling and I did like seeing that Avery felt she could stop pretending to be someone else. Was kind of not sure what was going on with the dreams that Avery kept having and wondering if this was going to end up as a paranormal book. Maybe I am just too old for this type of book but I just could not understand these two women acting like college students on spring break. I did like their HEA but it did take a lot of work to get there!
Momma_Becky 5 months ago
This curvy girl romance has some truly funny moments, but while I usually love sassy, take no nonsense female characters, Avery is just not likable. Strong is one thing, and I appreciate that she could and did stand up for herself, but Avery goes past that and straight to insulting and rude more often than not. I think most of what she said was supposed to be funny, but this one could've done with a bit of the less is more school of thought. I did like Declan, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out why he kept going back for more with Avery. He had plenty of demons to deal with, and it just felt like her attitude was one he could get away from. When you spend that much time just wanting him to walk away it doesn't bode well for any kind of hopes about the romance. On a positive note, you can't read this one without the feeling that the author loves New Orleans. The descriptions of the city are vivid and paint a picture that is easy to visualize. That said, the setting turned out to be the best part of this one for me. As this is a debut, and my biggest issue lay with my feelings about Avery, I will check out future works from this author. She does show talent, and I'll be interested to see how her writing develops with future books.
Karenag 5 months ago
The Big Easy right after Mardi Gras. One hot, curvy woman, plus a hot bad boy musician. What more could you ask for? Avery and Declan are complex characters that draw you into their orbit and you wonder what they will do next. Avery, bless her, has a mouth that says what it want, and to heck with what others think! Declan is the mystery man. He has demons that he’s running from. How will they resolve this? Or will they? The other minor characters played important parts in the story too (Kat, Jamie and Matt) and hopefully Tricia Lynne will be writing sequels to this book. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and give an honest opinion of this book. #MoonlightWhiskey #NetGalley
Anonymous 5 months ago
Love this book. Great depth and humor. It even made me cry, which is very hard to do. Love it, love it, love it. I need more from this series.
UpAllNightBB 6 months ago
4 Stars Review by Elizabeth Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Moonlight & Whiskey is the first book I have read by Tricia Lynne. Make sure you have everything you need to binge read! In Moonlight & Whiskey, we meet Avery, a woman full of wit and sarcasm, and Declan, a bar owner and musician. When they first meet, Declan gets the full side of no filter Avery and it is funny. As the book progresses each of the characters has their own past to overcome and roadblocks occur. I loved that Tricia Lynne was able to incorporate realism into Moonlight & Whiskey. I also loved that Avery came out of the shell she had put herself in and let her true self show. I was also able to connect with Avery throughout the book as she let her issues with her past out. While there was chemistry between Avery and Declan, I found myself not connecting with Declan. Overall, I liked the book and would definitely recommend it.
book_junkee 6 months ago
I’m not sure I’ll be able to actually articulate my feelings on this one, but I will say that two stars might be too high. I liked the idea of Avery and Declan. They both have some issues and I did like that they found something in the other. There was some great banter and playfulness, but nothing I was blown away by. The other characters had potential, but I wanted more from all of them. Plot wise, it was a lot of clichés and tropes. For me, there were a lot of odd word choices, repetitive phrases, and cringe-y sex scenes. I will say that the background of New Orleans was like a love letter to the city and it might have been the best part of the story. Overall, it could have been something I loved. Sadly, I spent a good portion of the time skimming passages and rolling my eyes. **Huge thanks to Loveswept for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous 6 months ago
Hot and sexy good read. Set in my home state of Louisiana. Will be looking for more books from this author. Hope to see Mattie’s HEA as well as Kat’s.
tas58 6 months ago
This book got off to a rousing start and maintained that pace throughout the majority of the book. I'll admit that I chuckled out loud on several occasions. There are one or two little editing errors but overall a satisfying read.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Avery has a p0rn habit. Any books that starts with that sentence indicates what type of book this will be. Pretty hot. Avery is a curvy girl and in a rut. Declan is a hot commodity and when they meet its hot and on.
Adie_M 6 months ago
I have a Plus-size love for Moonlight & Whiskey! This was a touching and beautiful story, and one I can relate to. Avery was a boss and Declan was the only one deserving of everything she had to offer. The magic of NOLA is always intriguing and it was a great background for this story. Hopefully, we'll get to see how the other lives of BlackSmith play out.
JennieF 6 months ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation received from NetGalley Moonlight and Whiskey is a standalone book by Tricia Lynne and my first book by this author. Will certainly be looking for more of her books and sure hope she writes more about the secondary characters in this book!! Avery and Declan come from two different worlds but when they meet it is explosive! This is a must read with lots of steamy romance, dirty talk, laughter, angst and a sharp tongued curvy woman!!
IrishEyes430 6 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Avery is a beautiful full figured woman and is very talented with her job as an engineer. However, not everyone seems to agree with her. I feel that she has been taken advantage of. Her vacation to New Orleans leads her to a handsome rocker named Declan for a vacation fling. Her determination to cut loose, her mouth that loves to let loose and her fantastic personality lead her to many changes. Is this just a vacation fling or much more involved???
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved this book! I fell in love with the characters, the raw and real of every part and I cannot wait to read more! Sure to bring out the uninhibited freak in you! Avery is my kind of girl with her brains, vans and her take no s**t attitude! Let your freak flag fly and keep your significant other on standby!
BookLove80 6 months ago
Who doesn't love a little romance with a lot of steam? Avery has a lack of self esteem that a lot of us can relate to. When she decides to just "go for it" while vacationing in New Orleans with her friend, it changes her life. Even though her on again, off again relationship gets to be a bit much, she gets her happy ending. And who doesn't love a happy ending!
mamalovestoread22 6 months ago
By day Avery is a straight laced business woman, who keeps her true self under wraps, for fear of her co-workers seeing the real woman that lies beneath her modest pants suits. In her work world she knows you have to keep your head down, work hard, and don't make waves to become successful, and she has mastered that. But at what cost? With her upcoming vacation she plans to let loose a little, and let the woman trapped beneath the suit out for a bit to breath. Which also means the suits will be staying home in her closet, and her sexy clothes will be on full display, and hopefully play nicely into her little plan. She needs the company of a man, and she is hoping her well accentuated curves will lure one in. But nothing could have prepared her for the uber sexy, tattooed rocker that finds his way into her heart and her bed... Moonlight and Whiskey is a sizzling debut that satisfies on many fronts! It comes brimming with loads of angst, sexiness, and gut-wrenching emotion to give your heart a good squeeze and leave your knees weak. This engaging story line and it's sassy, confident heroine kept me enthralled from start to finish, at times she had me feeling like I was right along with her on her little adventure. I just cannot say enough good things about this one, the writing was impeccable, characters were superbly crafted, and it spoke volumes to my heart and fed my spirit! Highly recommend!! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I am leaving my honest and unbiased opinion.
JustNicole 6 months ago
When Avery Barrows agreed to go to New Orleans with her friend, Kat, she was looking for some fun…and man did she find it! Her sassy mouth and big chest can sure get her into trouble… Hottie bad-boy Musician Declan McGinn may have been turned on as much by Avery’s mouth as her body…a body that isn’t “model-like”, but has just the right curves for him. The only thing that I wasn’t completely on board with was the way Avery was such a rude B, and yet Declan kept coming back to her. I don’t think women need to be that way to a guy, and she was over and over…especially the first time they met. I loved this fun, hot, sexy storyline and the characters were great! Avery, Declan, Katia, Matt, Jamie, all of them added so perfectly to this book! I liked the conflict and the resolution...and overall just really enjoyed this book and would recommend it!
DJTP 6 months ago
A new to me author Moonlight & Whiskey by Tricia Lynne. A spicy book that I couldn't put until until I finished. Likable characters and great storyline. Enjoyed the setting in New Orleans. Two girls go to New Orleans on vacation. I hope there will be a sequel to the book. I look forward to reading more by author.
MegKen 6 months ago
This book was so powerful. It mesmerized me and I couldn't put it down. The relationship hardships and the ups were very addicting. I've been married over 10 years and this book even makes me wish for a more powerful love story. I cannot rave enough about this book. The way she wrote it, adding a new narrator at just the right part. I loved everything about it.
Trogdor19 6 months ago
As daring and seductive as the city of New Orleans itself, this is a story of a woman opening up to herself...and also to a smoking hot rock star with a panty-incinerating Irish accent. This has always been a city of transgression and possibility, which makes it the perfect backdrop for these characters' journey. A little bit kinky and a whole lot of fun!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This steamy story takes place on a girls weekend to New Orleans. Avery is a curvy, body conscious, engineer tired of the atmosphere of working in a male dominated field. Declan is a tattooed front man for a local New Orleans band. The two meet my chance and the sparks fly while each deals with their own demons. This story is told beautifully and draws you into the story line. I couldn't put this book down and I can't wait for the next one from this author.
Lori-Gonzo 6 months ago
Holy cow did I love Avery and Declan!!!! Their story was just so sensual and sexy! It just had such a physical, intensely sensual feel to it. It was beautiful and made me cheer them on. They were so drawn to each other, it was explosive. They were so similar in their vulnerabilities. But Declan brought out Avery's dirty side. Goodness there love scenes were unbelievable. To be that in tuned with someone was erotic and hot. I loved how they communicated, telling each other secrets they would not normally share, being brutally honest and blunt with each other. They sizzled in each scene they were in together. I could not read their story fast enough. They fell for each other quick, but man they were good together. I loved the inner snark and feistiness Declan brought about in Avery. I loved them together and with their friends. Oh how I adored her friend and his bandmates. They were golden all together. And reading this book makes me more excited for the next one in this series. I must have Jamie, Kat, and Matt's stories. They kept each other on their toes and called them on their stuff. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
TerryL56 6 months ago
4 1/2 Stars! Avery is an engineer and works in a man's world, trying to be one of the boys so she can make partner. Her best friend Kat drags her to New Orleans to get her away from her life for a week. The first night she's there she meets Declan, a brooding rock god with a hard body full of tattoos and a velvet voice that melts her heart. The sparks between them are undeniable, so they agree to have a fling while she's on vacation because he doesn't do relationships ... ever. I couldn't help but fall in love with Declan ... who wouldn't! He was just so enchanted with Avery that he didn't even realize that he was falling for her ... hard! And I loved the way Avery just gave it back to Declan or anyone who made her mad. But I did have a hard time with some of the phrasing that the author used in describing things and the fact that everything (in the beginning) was about Avery's weight. Also the cover doesn't fit with the book ... the guy doesn't have one tattoo! The twists and turns had me turning the pages well into the night, so that I could finish the book. And the side characters were great ... there has to be stories there. Kat and Jamie - you just know it's more than a fling. And Mattie ... his story is screaming to be told. I received an early copy courtesy of Random House - Loveswept through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.