Ryder Waites will do anything to keep the tiny town of Gallows Grove, Kentucky, from vanishing off the map--even sell his family's whiskey recipe to Bluegrass Bourbon in Lexington. Hopeful that the larger company can provide necessary improvements to the distillery, Ryder aims ultimately to get Gallows Grove on the Bourbon Trail... and bring in much-needed tourism revenue. But to keep producing Hanged Man Bourbon in Gallows Grove, he'll have to convince company liaison, unbearably stuffy and seriously hot Adam Keller, that he's worth the investment.
Adam comes from an old-money family, but he's determined to make his own way in the world. When he's sent to Gallows Grove, he questions the life choices that led him to a rented room in a funeral home in a town full of macabre-themed businesses. And he doesn't know what to make of Ryder, the descendant of bootleggers, who's on a mission to save his strange town from extinction. When Adam and Ryder put aside their initial mistrust, the results are as smooth as good whiskey. But after Adam's assignment ends, he'll have to decide if small-town life and a future with Ryder are to his taste.
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Fun, heat, and puns! Whiskey Business was a fun little read that I ended up finishing in a day because it flowed well and kept me interested and entertained. Avon Gale is great at inserting humor throughout her books, and this novella centered around a quirky town built on a special whiskey recipe was full of silliness. I liked how Miss Gale played up the small town oddities without poking fun at it. It reminded me a little of the craziness of Star's Hollow in Gilmore Girls. She made the town endearing and some place I would want to visit. I absolutely loved the puns. They were both groan and laugh at loud worthy, and the sarcastic banter kept the dialogue light throughout the book. The sexy scenes were nice and steamy, and the romance sweet with just the right amount of angst to drive the story and conflict. I found the main characters likable and enjoyed how Ryder and Adam fit together and played off each other. The secondary characters were unique and added to the fun of the story. There was a little bit of that me vs you vibe, which is always a fun addition to a romance. Though the characters were not fully developed due to the length of the book, I wasn't left wanting at the end. The pacing is rapid, as expected in a shorter book, but it is done well and there aren't random gaps in time and doesn't feel rushed. I think this would be the perfect weekend or pick-me-up read. *eARC provided by Dreamspinner Press for Alpha Book Club. This review was not influenced by the publisher or author*