October 17, 2016

Review: A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner

Review: A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi SteinerA Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner
Series: Standalone
Published by Kandi Steiner on October 13, 2016
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 300
4.5 Stars
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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 had never read a Kandi Steiner book before A Love Letter to Whiskey, but I can say that this book sure as hell won’t be my last. I’m about to go crazy on her backlist, consuming the rest of her books.

But first, the review.

Have you ever had a book just grab your attention and not let you go? Well, A Love Letter to Whiskey was that for me and every other reader that has picked it up. There’s not way it can’t. The story is full of angst, heart-wrenching, tear inducing emotion, a love story that has two people trying to be together and getting torn apart.

Jamie and B, short for Brecks (but don’t call her that, she’s just B), have been in each other’s lives since they were in high school. They met when B and her bestie, Jenna, were running and B ran straight into Jamie. And B was a goner from there.

Jamie and B have always been best friends, even if they haven’t talked in a while, they’ve been through a lot together, have bonded in a way that has them tied together, they can’t quit each other. For B, Jamie is her whiskey, her drink of choice, the drink she can’t quit. The friendship they formed as teenagers is one that will always be there, no matter what, but what happens when friendship love turns into romantic love? How do these two balance a relationship they’ve always known and something more?

But this love story isn’t a pretty one. It’s not wrapped in a pretty bow with a start, stall, and HEA. A Letter to Whiskey is messy, crushing, love that spans years and years (it’s true, I’m not trying to be dramatic). You will cry, you will want to through the book, you will want to shack B and Jamie, but you’ll stop being enthralled by their story, even when you stop reading, they stay with you.

I’m honestly struggling with how to say everything I want to without spoiling the story, because the book spans years and years with these characters. They have passion when together, they have a closeness people spend half their lives looking for, they’re family, they’re friends, they’re lovers, but they’re broken. They’ve been broken down multiple times by events in their lives that make it hard for them, especially B, to give herself over to a person completely. Even if that person is Jamie, her person.

This book will drain your emotions. It’s not a light, fluff read. It’s a deep, angst-filled, all consuming read that will sometimes be emotionally painful to get through. You’ll want to shake B and Jamie, shake them, squish their faces together, but as messy as this story got, it was still beautiful. It was haunting. It’s a book that shows an author’s true talent.

Kandi Steiner’s writing was just as beautiful as her story, but while her story was painful at times, her writing was always effortless and lyrical. Jamie and B spoke to my soul. Even when I was mad at them, I empathized with them. I wanted to hug them (I wanted to do more than hug Jamie, but that’s for another time) as much as I wanted to shake them. I cried for them and I cried with them.

If you are looking for a book, a new author to explore, or are just in the mood for an angst-filled, tear shedding, character shaking, beautiful story, than don’t pass on ALLTW. Go forth and go on this emotional as hell journey with B and Jamie!

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4 responses to “Review: A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner

  1. I really like the sound of this! It always takes me forever to work up to reading books like this because I know they’ll be emotionally draining, so I doubt I’ll get to this anytime soon. There’s something nice about books that follow characters for years. A lot of the books I read take place over a short period of time. A longer timeline is a nice change of pace. 🙂

    • wordswithsarah

      I love books, or series, that take place on longer timelines so this was so good! BUT UGH I’m usually the same. I still haven’t read Me Before You because sadness but I couldn’t resist this one. It was just calling me.

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