Sunday, July 13, 2014

ARC Review of Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo!

Goodreads Summary:
Take a risk.
Do something drastic.
Fall in love.

When Amberlyn Reilly loses her mother, her whole world comes crashing down. Having been caretaker to her for most of her teenage years, Amberlyn is inexperienced in many aspects of life. She hasn’t had time to live, have fun, or enjoy even the little things. It’s only when a letter from her mother, asking her to fulfill three things, sends her off to Ireland to live a life she never thought possible that she begins to heal.

Declan O’Callaghan was born and raised in Ireland and has his family’s legendary whiskey in his veins. He’s shy and not a fan of the pressure and spotlight that comes with his family name, or the title he was given at birth—the Whiskey Prince. Declan knows just what he wants and that is to take over the family dynasty, but when his father gives him an ultimatum, everything he’s worked for could come undone in the blink of an eye.

With six months to get married, the reclusive Declan spots Amberlyn across a lake and instantly feels the need to know her. Soon, the two find themselves traveling down a path neither expected. However, like any road, there are bumps and side streets to derail them. Can Declan help find the pieces that will make Amberlyn whole again? And will Amberlyn stay or run when she learns of Declan’s deadline of marriage?

My Review:
Amberlyn has had a rough few years. After losing her Mom she is broken. When at her Mom’s funeral her uncle gives her a letter…a letter from her Mom. This letter encourages her to take a risk, to do something drastic and fall in love. So she goes to Ireland, where her parents are from. She works at her aunt and uncles pub with her cousin. She is enjoying her time in Ireland and putting her life back together. Everything changes when Declan O’Callaghan walks into her life. Do these two have a chance together?

Declan is known as “The Whiskey Prince” of Ireland. He has a lot of pressure on him. His Dad is pressuring him to get married in the next six months or he will not inherit the business. This is crushing to Declan but, he doesn’t want to just marry someone. He wants to fall in love and marry someone he wants to spend his life with. Seems logical to me but, his Dad is traditional and very specific about this. He doesn’t go out looking for a girl either. In fact he doesn't leave his property very often because people treat him as royalty. Can he find the love of his life?

Amberlyn knows nothing of the Whiskey Prince. She treats him like a normal guy and he loves that. She is fun and normal and everything Declan wants.  There are obstacles in the way, one by the name of Casey (a guy). He causes some trouble for these two. The road to their relationship isn’t easy it’s not just love at first site and BAM they are together. I felt like these two could be my friends, like I could hang out with them. To read about their relationship bloom was beautiful. They both need to get over their insecurities to figure out what they want. Can they do that? Can Amberlyn date the Prince?

The ending was a complete surprise. There was a twist that I was completely blinded sided by. This book was amazingly well written. I couldn't put it down. I was sucked into Ireland. I loved the dialect, the characters, and the story. Toni Aleo can add this one to her list of hits! I loved it!

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