Welcome to The Geekery Book Reviews stop on the Becoming the Whiskey Princess Blog Tour!! I’m excited to share my review with you all for this stunningly beautiful story by Toni Aleo! We also are sharing a GIVEAWAY so be sure to enter at the bottom of the post! Hope today finds you safe, warm and snuggly with a good read, as it is snowy here in Arkansas today. As always we hope that you will share your thoughts with us and we bid you Happy Reading! ~ Amber
Title: Becoming the Whiskey Princess
Author: Toni Aleo
Series: Taking Risks #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
For better or worse, for richer or poorer, ‘til almost death do they part…
Amberlyn Reilly took a risk and found a new life in Ireland. She did something drastic and jumped in front of a loaded gun for the one she knew she couldn’t lose. And with her mother’s last request, she did more than fall in love. She fell into Declan O’Callaghan—with her eyes wide open and her damaged heart and soul leading the way.
When Irish-born Declan O’Callaghan spotted Amberlyn across the lake, he knew his life was about to change. And it did. Now he has everything he’s ever dreamed of —he’s marrying for love, and with that love, the family distillery will now be his as long as he marries before the deadline.
Things are moving fast. It’s now or never. And as their beautiful relationship grows, time is something these two don’t have a lot of. Declan’s and Amberlyn’s souls are tightly tethered, but will the questions and second thoughts of others prevent them from having a life they’ve both only begun to dream of? Will family and the obligations that come with the O’Callaghan name push them to their breaking point? Or has the Whiskey Prince truly found his happily ever after taking Amberlyn as his Princess?
Everything about this book was perfection for me. The writing at times seemed almost lyrical. Maybe that’s the Irish influences, I don’t know but it works for me. Declan comes more into his own, standing up for himself and for Amberlyn. He says over and over that he “just wants to make Amberlyn happy” and he does that in spades. Amberlyn struggles a bit more in this story, but again totally believable because she’s about to get married. Her world is about to change in a major way and Declan’s family, especially his mother, does not make it easy. I love that she doesn’t want to lose herself and that while at times she struggles to communicate that fact, that both she and Declan work to be there for the other. Declan is determined in a way that just resonated for me, even when Amberlyn flips out and wants to flee to her best friend he tells her “I’ll be out here waiting” because he is that confident in them together. Who doesn’t want their man to be that confident and patient?
Between those moments and the ones with Amberlyn dealing with the sadness of her parents being gone as she makes the biggest decisions and changes in her life, I cried multiple tears as I read this book. It’s not an ugly cry, it’s just an emotionally moving one.
Love, love, loved it from start to finish! Thank you Toni for writing and sharing this amazing story with us all!
+ As her eyes sparkle with love and pride, I know we have it all wrapped up. We are meant for each other. Two halves of a heart. My Amberlyn. Mo Stor.
+ “I swear, Declan, you are my salvation,” she whispers, tears rolling fast along her cheeks “I wouldn’t be as happy as I am with you. I try so hard to be happy, to make other people happy, and to just be the person everyone wants. But when I’m with you, I only have to be me. Sometimes that’s a hot mess of tears, but I know you’ll always love me.”
+”It’s a part of life, Amberlyn, to be scared. The other thing, I know it’s in there, the trust, the believing. Ya just have to find it again. It’s lost in the sh*tstorm my ma has caused. I can’t help ya find it; ya won’t let me. So go on, I’ll be waiting.”
+”My dad once told me that fear is a liar. That it makes you believe something that isn’t true.”
+ Life is the most uncertain thing in the world. One day things are great, next day they aren’t.
Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.
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