Monday, September 10, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: His Whiskey Sour by Kim Loraine

3.25 Stars

Easton Harrison is a musician with writer’s block. Ireland is a cocktail waitress in Vegas. He needs inspiration and upon meeting Ireland he finds his muse.

Easton isn’t your typical rocker, which is quite refreshing. He doesn’t drink or do drugs, and he hasn’t had sex in a year. That’s like light-years for a rockstar.  

I liked Ireland in the opening scenes from Easton’s POV, but not as much in her own POV. She has issues from a past failed relationship which she keeps projecting on this one. One minute she’s keeping Easton at a distance, the next moment she’s professing insta-love. Her hot/cold didn’t work for me, specifically in regards to the following instances.
 “It might seem too fast for some, but we’ve spent more time together than most couples in their first few months of dating. We’ve just done it all at once.”
This quote really had me seriously side-eying the heroine.  What’s she’s saying makes no sense.  These two have known each other less than a week, been secluded together less than 2 days. Vacationing together in a bubble is not the same as negotiating a relationship in the real world over the course of time. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy romantic fiction with this premise—where the hero and heroine get to know each other void of OW/OM drama—but the message that the heroine is trying to convey here is naïve at best, possibly even a little delusional.

Ireland is also a bit reckless. A guy you just met and who you think is only going to be in your life temporary should not be a man you’re having unprotected sex with.  Sure in romancelandia the reader knows they’ll get their HEA, but romance is also realistic fiction, and this gal wasn’t being very realistic….or practical…or responsible. If he reaches for a condom, let him freaking use it!

This started off strong and the pair has some steamy encounters, but it slipped as the story progressed. The misunderstanding is ridiculous on the heroine’s part given she already knew enough pieces of Easton’s backstory to put it together.  

The pitfalls of a novella length showed at places such as times where scenes seemed to switch abruptly and with the insta-love. This was not a romance that convinced me these two had staying power.

The story ends at 74%.


~Also in The Cocktail Girls Series~
The Cocktail Girls is a shared world between 14 romance authors!
Each novella is a stand-alone story set in the city of sin. 
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