Review: Moonlight & Whiskey

*I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley*

Synopsis | Goodreads

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.

Review | Rating: 5 stars

The synopsis of this one and that cover made me very interested. I requested it months ago and finally got a chance to read it and I was sucked in from the beginning. This was a darker romance than I'm used to reading but I appreciated it. I liked having flawed characters and seeing all the dark and dirty bits of their personalities. Tricia Lynne did an amazing job showing the beauty and darkness and wicked of New Orleans and of a person's soul. She melded the lighter, funnier parts of the story nicely with the darker subjects and insecurities of all the characters involved. Her writing was perfect and lent to this book great. I loved this debut novel by Tricia and I know that I will be reading more by her in the future. I loved Avery from the very beginning. She had a foul mouth with a quick temper that made that mouth get away from her quickly. She was strong, sexy, sassy, flawed, beautiful, and filled darkness that is explained when reading the book and learning her story. I connected with Avery and understood why she was so defensive before I even knew the details of her backstory. Just hearing her experience with douchebag men made it very clear why she had so many walls put up and did not think she was good enough. I swooned over Declan right away. Give me a man with tattoos and I will take notice. I loved Declan and how deep his character was just like Avery. He had his demons from his past and was flawed, handsome, beautiful, and filled with that same darkness as Avery. The two of them together was explosive, and so freaking beautiful. Seeing their darkness collide and recceed ever so slowly was amazing to watch. I loved how they opened up to each other and but also tried to keep their walls up to protect themselves. Both of them thought they were not good enough for the other because of their demons not knowing that was why they were perfect for each other. While Avery and Declan were the stars of this novel, the supporting cast held their own too. I loved Matthias more than I thought I would. I want him to get his own story and find his own love. Kat and Jamie were good together too and I liked Shuan and Sadie too. Their group all together melded well together and just worked. This is one of my top romance reads of this year so far. I did not expect to like it as much as I did but it was an amazing read and I cannot wait to see what Tricia Lynne comes up with next!

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