Moonlight & Whiskey

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 12 Apr 2019

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What more could you want besides a steamy story set in New Orleans and a strong woman who is learning to love herself and accept who she is!  I loved reading this novel and actually had a lot of fun reading the story and getting to know the characters more.
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DNF

I had a hard time getting into this book due to not being able to connect with the characters, so I will not be reviewing this title at the moment. Thank you for the opportunity to read the title early.
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You have Avery a thirty-year-old female engineer trying to make partner at her firm. Highly unlikely but she keeps dreaming. Oh yeah, and working her ass off cleanup all the men’s messes on top of doing her own work. In fact, this vacation she is finally going on with her college best friend will be a working one.

Katia, ex-model and now the photographer is not happy she can’t say no or won’t say no as Kat likes to say. Kat is somewhat royalty in New Orleans where they are going on this trip. So, this trip is all on her say. Avery is prepared to be excited. But she knows that even though Kat’s not living the life of a model and she eats and is much happier she still outweighs her in boobs alone.

Both love the other for who they are flaws and all no matter what. Avery just had a hard time being Kat’s DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) all through college. And all though they have code on how to handle the guys now doesn’t hurt any less being the one the guys hit up for info on her. Or asked out to get info or so you would put in a good word for them.

Killing Avery’s spirit worse than her father did. Then add her last ex-and you have a huge disaster for destruction. Who really wants that? So, she is not back on the saddle so to speak. 😉

Then she gets bumped into by Declan and her whole world is turned upside down by this sexy tattooed demigod. And when he can’t seem to take his eyes off her lips her rack even after she gave him a dressing down for not watching where he was going, she knew there was chemistry. Then he asks her out though that’s too fast.

Kat says yes for her though. See how the romance begins and all the humor and heartache in between go. This is intense and fast-paced. Wires get crossed when fear of relationships get talked about. 

I give this: 5++++ stars. Provided by net
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This is a steamy amazing read!! Avery and Declan are such an amazing couple and really compliment each other. Avery has been looked over alot in her life and Declan is the perfect man for her. This is set in NOLA where Avery and her best friend Kat take a vacation. This is a true love story with great characters.
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Hotness! I love every minute of it. When you first read the book you think you have it all figured out but I was wrong. This book is different in a very good way.
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Title: Moonlight and Whiskey
Series: n/a
Stand Alone Title: yes
Author:  Tricia Lynne
Genre:  BBW Romance
Blurb: 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.
Favorite quote(s)/excerpt(s): “What’s the one place I should visit while I’m here?”
Declan reached back and swiped his scalp as we finished dessert, then shook his head as if he were debating his answer.  
“Oh, now I’ve got to know.  What?  You’re not going to say a titty bar, are you?”
His shoulders rolled on a laugh.  “See, dammit.  I’ve been a perfect gentleman all night.  Then you go and say something like that.  I’m not quite sure how to take you, Avery Barrows.  You’re all polite and civilized, reserved even.  Then something slips out of your mouth that sounds more at home coming from a trucker.  It’s cute as hell.  But now I’m not sure how to answer your question.”
I tilted my head.  “Why is that?”
“Because I have two answers.  One is appropriate for the lovely , somewhat reserved woman I just had dinner with.”
“Let’s hear it.”
“That would be that you have to take in some music on Frenchman Street.  Be it jazz or blues or whatever strikes you as your walking by, get away from the touristy shit and see NOLA how the locals do.”
“Okay, simple enough.  What’s the other answer?”
“That answer is for the sharp-tongued chick who tried to pick her teeth with my nuts in the lobby of a busy hotel, and just said the words ‘titty bar’ loud enough for everyone in the restaurant to hear.”
“Give it to me, baby.”
Declan’s eyes dropped away from mine as he twirled the stem of his wine glass between his fingers.  “My bed.”
Thoughts: I was the only Adele in a room full of Pam Andersons and Angelina Jolies.
Avery is a distinct character with plenty of sass – you never know what is going to pop out of her mouth at any given time.  Guys try to put her down for turning them down or try to make her feel bad about herself?  She’ll use that sass to cut them down and have their balls for breakfast.  She’s a no-holds-barred kind of girl, and you quickly love and respect her for her brashness.  While her sexy curves catches Declan’s eye, it’s that uniqueness that really captures his attention.  Full of sassiness and sarcasm, her wittiness grabs his attention and holds it.  And who can blame him?  I’ve never had so much fun reading dialogue between characters!
Not only that, but the author manages to capture her character completely and maintain it, even with Avery’s internal dialogue and though processes.  
I knew this one was going to be interesting from the first line of ‘I had a porn habit’ – I mean, talk about capturing a reader’s attention…LOL  You can’t help but be captivated by these characters!
Trust me, this book will stick out in your mind long after you read it!
Rating: A
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Tricia Lynn’s debut novel really impressed me. Moonlight & Whiskey was interesting, I enjoyed the story line and really found myself rooting for both Avery and Declan.

When I read the first chapter, I was crying because I was laughing so hard. I honestly thought that I was going to be reading a hysterical RomCom. Then, things got real when Avery made it to New Orleans and the real story started. And, she got me, I was enthralled. I couldn’t wait to see where everything was leading. We knew about Avery’s insecurity but we needed to learn what drove Declan. As everything unfolded and Avery’s insecurities got the best of her, Declan tried his hardest but couldn’t convince her that he would be there for her despite his past.

I was heartbroken for both of them because I understood. How? Tricia Lynn made me understand. Her characters were well defined and the feelings that she wrote were real. You could tell that this story came from her heart. I was impressed with how the story was told and the way she mixed humor with the more serious aspects of what they were both dealing with. She also wrote some amazing minor characters too that brought the story together. From Declan’s band brothers to Avery’s best friend Kat, I was either laughing or cringing. And, the ending. Yea, just wow.

So, welcome to the publishing world Tricia Lynn. I am really looking forward to more from you.
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Fast paced, great one liners, funny and endearing characters. I really enjoyed this one! This was the first I’ve read from Tricia Lynne but it won’t be the last.
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I was intrigued by this book because I am always drawn to books with themes about overweight and body acceptance as these are issues I am intimately familiar with. So I wasn't quite prepared for how raw this book would be. What do I mean by raw? This story is told from the perspective of the overweight heroine in the first person. The guts she lacks when dealing with members of the opposite sex—and her entire experience of men shows them to be at times cruel and unkind because of her size—is not lacking in her forthright assessments and actions and crude language. I had signed up for this book at a review site that doesn't give previews, so I was flying blind choosing it based on the blurb alone. Frankly, I am somewhat appalled at the level of swearing, crude language, and just plain icky thoughts and actions that this book is full of. I had a hard time getting through it, and I actually found myself wondering if young women these days actually talk to each other like this and think this way. I, for one, hope they do not. While I was sympathetic to the heroine’s weight issue and problems with men because of it, I just couldn't see her as a completely sympathetic character; she was just too brassy and crude, and I thought her mind and mouth were always in the gutter. Also, I didn't like reading some details of her experiences. I know in writing there is a big push to show, rather than tell, but I don't really want to see the heroine’s anus hair mentioned in a book I'm reading just for an escape or guilty pleasure! Yes, this does happen!
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I felt bored with this book. It was good, but it wasn't great! Maybe it's that romance is typically all that I read and I need to find a new genre for a bit before I read more romance, but to me, there wasn't anything spectacular in this book. Nothing made this book stand out in front of other romance novels that I read. Full of the same annoying banter that seems to be in all the romance novels out there, I felt there wasn't any originality to this book.
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Maybe I've just read too many Romance novels, and I'm starting to get bored. It felt full of the same clichés and annoying banter I keep reading in Romances lately. There was absolutely nothing original about it. I pretty much just skimmed through most of it after the first 100 pages in which I couldn't stop rolling my eyes.  I got a little excited when I found out that the main protagonist isn't your typical model type, but then of course, she has a flat tummy (although she's plus size?!)
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This is the first time I have read this author, and after reading this story I am even more ready to read others from her. This story kept me turning the pages wanting to know what was going to happen next and how this couple was going to fight for what was right in front of them.
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This is a hot and deliciously steamy romance with a strong hero and a great heroine who doesn’t realize how marvelous she is. Steeped in New Orleans, we get put right into the action with all the feelings. Plus, there are friends and band member characters who would make great spinoff stories (hint, hint).

I'm sure reviewers and readers will comment about body awareness and the normal size of heroine. As a woman who shops out of different parts of her own closet based upon hormones and a love of tacos, it was nice to see a real woman without a corset-tiny waist.

Balancing the emotions and stakes of both sides of this romance makes for a sassy and fiery romance. Don't go in expecting closed door. This is sweet but has a heck of a lot of fire which makes it really, really good.
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As a society, it's time we change it up a little. Beauty is more than a pretty face and fit body. Happiness is more than how we look and how we are perceived to be. A beautiful person can hide an ugly heart. Sexiness is about not just the window dressing, but the person that dwells underneath. Moonlight & Whiskey has the power to shake up some hearts, even as it opens minds. Tricia Lynne proves that it's all about the heart when it comes to sex appeal. Temptation with a bit of cliche equals a sensually stunning tale of self empowerment.
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I loved everything about this. This was a sexy, contemporary romance. I loved the sensual setting of New Orleans. The characters were likable and memorable. I thought the writing was great, it brought out a whole range of emotions for me.

I adored Avery, she was unapologetic of herself. She is bigger than most of her friends and is tired of everyone pointing that out. She decides to go on a girls trip to let off some steam where she meets Declan, a singer.

This book pulled me in and kept me entertained until the last page. Everyone should give this one a try!
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I am struggling with my rating on this one ... some aspects were 5 star for me but some were 2 star. As a result, I'm going with 3 stars for the overall book. I loved the heroine. I loved the fact that she is a larger beautiful lady and that it wasn't treated like a horrible, terrible thing to be larger. She is smart, beautiful and ambitious. She just happens to be a bit more curvy. And she struggles with her curves in a not unhealthy way - she has insecurities but she's working through them and trying to focus loving herself because of them not in spite of them. Anyway, I loved that aspect. And she was SHARP - intellectually and in her words. She is candid, honest and not afraid to tell it how it is. LOVED her. And I loved Declan (the hero) - hot with lots of flaws and insecurities. What threw me a bit was the language and dialogue - I just don't feel like it was realistic. I've never seen people who talk like this. Maybe I'm crazy but to have an entire book of people who speak the way these characters do seemed outlandish. It made the book feel unrealistic to me. I cringed over and over because of the dialogue. If that had been edited a bit, i would have LOVED this book. But, that just took away from the overall feel of things for me. There is so much drama in the speaking of all of the characters - melodrama to the extreme! I don't mind drama but how it came out in the language of the characters just didn't work for me. But, I still liked this one and do recommend it especially if the drama component isn't something that concerns you.
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Moonlight & Whiskey by Tricia Lynne follows a quick-witted sharp-tongued Avery and a darkened and hardened Declan. Avery is in NOLA for a vacation with her best friend Kat when she (literally) bumps into Declan. She goes off on him and he invites her to dinner. Avery has always been a little bit bigger, a little bit curvier, and knows there's no way a guy like Declan, southern rock band front man, would be into her. Tall, lean muscle, a hint of an Irish accent and covered in tattoos - Declan lets Avery know that he absolutely wants her.

What's supposed to only be a vacation fling, quickly grows deeper despite Avery and Declan both throwing protective walls up at every crossroad. Declan ignites something within Avery - loving her fast-talking-no-shit-taking-demeanor while Avery senses she's close to unraveling Declan's self-preserving control. Could this be the start of something magnetic or will these two burn each other down before they even get started?

I LOVED this one. I've never related more to anyone than Avery when she's at the waxing salon. This one will have you laughing out loud and I so identified with her constant inner monologue with herself. I loved how perfect Declan was for her. How he pushed her and yet they still sparred. How much he desired everything about her that she perceived as a flaw. I loved that this featured a curvy main character (because HI food is amazing and every woman should rock what God her.) For fans of all the steam - HELLO - this one is for you. If you don't like knowing exactly what happens behind closed doors, this one may make you blush but I was HERE. FOR. IT. ALL. You'll want to shoot whiskey with Avery and Declan while listening to Skynyrd so go get a copy because it's OUT NOW!

Thanks to Tricia Lynne, NetGalley and Random House for sending me an e-copy to review. All opinions are my own.

Book Rating: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ 1/2
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Avery Rocks! Even though Declan is a fully fleshed gorgeous, brooding rock star, Avery is just so real she seems like one of your friends.  It was so great to see a normal, curvy woman attract the hot guy all the while dealing with her many insecurities.  Kudos to Tricia Lynne, she hit this one out of the park.  #NetGalley #Moonlight & Whiskey
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While I dislike all the explicit sex and overuse of expletives, the love story and fighting personal demons was nicely done. I quite frankly only skimmed many of the sex scenes as it was repetitive and do you call this soft porn? Fifty shades without the paraphernalia? I hope that the author will write more and use her gift of writing in a less crass language.  I am giving a four  ( probably a 3.5) because I liked the style and use of dialogue, just didn't particular care for all the sex and expletives.
Thanks to the author and publishers for an ARC of the book.I received this book as a complimentary copy for an honest opinion.The opinions expressed are my own.
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I loved Avery. There is something so great about a woman not caring what others think about their bodies as long as they love it. This book was hot,sexy, fun, and so sizzling hot. I loved how the author wrote the scenes and the intense chemistry between the two main characters. Will they be together , are they meant to be together or is someone else standing in the way? Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this book.
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