Truly, Madly, Whiskey Melissa Foster Release Date: April 10, 2017 Publisher: World Literary Press Contemporary Romance M/F Stand Alone (updated 11/13/18 to reflect #2 in the Whiskeys series) Number of Pages: 345 Kindle Edition Source: Pre-Order through Amazon Rating: XXX Read 4/10/17 to 4/11/17
First, I want to note that this book is listed as a standalone but I feel you would get so much more out of it if you read Tru Blue first. In my mind, these two books are part of a series. And, to a lesser extent, they’re attached to Peaceful Harbor branch of the Braden family from the Love in Bloom series. Though you can absolutely read this book without having read that particular series. Now that I have that out of the way…
This book blew me away. I already mentioned it in my review of Tru Blue, but I love the Whiskey family. Still, Bear Whiskey’s story far exceeded my expectations. So often we have a hero who is the oldest sibling and took on too much responsibility for his family in order to make sure everyone else can live their dreams. I liked having that flipped a bit with Bear filling that role while being the youngest boy and second youngest sibling.
Crystal was a lot of fun in Tru Blue, but here we get so see what she’s hiding with her snarky attitude and devil-may-care attitude. My heart just broke for her and the scenes when she’s opening up to Bear are amazing. I swear, my stomach was in a constant state of butterflies throughout this book. Sometimes for the things Crystal went through growing up, sometimes for the palpable love coming off the pages between Bear and Crystal.
Once Crystal made up her mind to let Bear in, their relationship progressed at warp speed. I do not consider this an insta-romance though since Bear had been pursuing her for 8 months. I love that they were friends, even while he was trying to get a date from her. He never really pushed any further than she would be comfortable with. As much as they set each other on fire before they really started their relationship, they were also comfortable with each other. It added a sweetness to this smoking hot story.
Bear’s understanding of his sister, Dixie, is also a wonderful element in this story. Again, he’s not the oldest but takes on that role when sticking up for his baby sister…even when it means standing up to his father and his older brothers. Bear will do what he feels is right, no matter what. I love that about him.
I couldn’t find information on when the next book about the Whiskey family will be published, but I am eagerly looking for to it regardless of which sibling it focuses on. Melissa Foster is in top writing form with these stories.