Whiskey Secrets

Whiskey Secrets

by Carrie Ann Ryan


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Sparks fly between a former cop-turned-bartender and his new innkeeper in the first installment of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.

Dare Collins is a man who knows his whiskey and women—or at least that’s what he tells himself. When his family decides to convert the apartments over his bar and tap house into an inn and hires on a new innkeeper, he’s more than reluctant. Especially when he meets the new hire. But he’ll soon find that he has no choice but to work with this city girl and accept her new ideas and the burning attraction between them.

Kenzie Owens left her old life and an abusive relationship behind her—or so she thought. She figures she’ll be safe in Whiskey, Pennsylvania but after one look at her new boss, Dare Collins, she might still be in danger, or at least her heart. And when her past catches up with her despite her attempts to avoid it, it’s more than her heart on the line. This time, it might mean her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943123834
Publisher: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: Whiskey and Lies Series , #1
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 540,693
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn't stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she's not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she's reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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Whiskey Secrets (Whiskey and Lies, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took awhile to get into this book, the beginning was kind of slow. But as I read more, I really enjoyed the story of Dare and Kenzie (Red as he liked to call her). They both struggled with themselves not knowing if they wanted to go forward or stay away. I’m glad I kept going because I liked it the more I read. Can’t wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carrie Ann Ryan starts my 2018 reading year with all the feels. Emotional, sweet, sensual with just the right amount of hotness to get you to your happy place. Kenzie and Dare are like two pea in a pod but with different issues from the past that plague their present. Kenzie is an amazingly strong woman. Issues that seem to always keep them both on their toes. Dare and Kenzie created sparks the moment they met. I loved that their connection was not only physical but very deep on the emotional side. They found a way to help each other deal and heal with past. Whiskey Secrets is a fantastic start to the Whiskey and Lies series. Kenzie and Dare are both well developed and yet complex at the same time. They connection they share and built is something of beauty. For a faster pace of the story we experience a lot of growth for Dare and Kenzie and potential development for future story. A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great story! Can't wait to read more!
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Anonymous 7 months ago
Well written. Good job. Please keep writing. MR.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
Fair love story. Story line was weak at times. Weakness made it hard to get interested in the story.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Really enjoyed this story. It is for mature readers.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Really enjoyed Dare and Kenzie . Enjoyed Dares whole family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Great Read Dare was running the bar & restaurant and was wanting more time with his son, but he also wanted his parents to slow down. He & his brothers agree. Kenzie is hired to take on the duties for the in and her bosses haven't told their children yet. But there is a spark between Date & Kenzie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know. This started strong and then sort of fizzled out. Slighly disappointed.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whiskey Secrets is the first book in Carrie Ann Ryan's Whiskey and Lies series. The series brings us the Collins brothers on their road to an HEA. Whiskey Secrets is Dare Collins and Kenzie Owens' story. Dare is a cop turned bartender, and Kenzie is the new innkeeper his parents hired. Both have dark pasts and secrets that they are initially unwilling to reveal, but they share such a connection that they cannot help but grow closer to one another. Dare and Kenzie are strong individuals, and they fit together so well. A connection and understanding of each other? Check. Physical chemistry? Check. Sexy and sweet moments? Check. I also enjoyed getting to know the other Collins family members, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series, especially Loch and Ainsley's story in Whiskey Undone. ***I voluntarily read and reviewed an eCopy generously provided by the publisher via a Goodreads giveaway.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed book one of this series and can't wait for book two in June
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
I liked Whiskey Secrets but it doesn't really stand out for me and I will admit my interest lagged a bit at the halfway point. However, I enjoyed the Collins' family and their closeness; it's clear this family relies on each other and takes care of each other. Set in the small town of Whiskey, each of the brothers seems to hold an important place in the town but overall we didn't really see much of the town outside of the Inn, bar, and restaurant. Kenzie and Dare jump into bed pretty quickly and I'm not completely sold on their instant lust and love. After all, Kenzie flinches from a touch on the shoulder by her female boss, but doesn't seem to struggle with Dare at all, with the exception of asking not to have her arms held. I really enjoyed Kenzie as a heroine and I can't help but admire the journey that she's been on. Like many women in the same situation, Kenzie didn't realize just how isolated and controlled she was by her husband until things came to a critical point. Now that Kenzie is away from her ex she's determined to find the person that she was before and relearn her passions. I enjoyed watching her make friends in Whiskey, find success and happiness in her work and eventually fall love with Dare. Kenzie is the epitome of a strong and compassionate woman who isn't afraid to put herself out there and learn from her past. Dare was also an enjoyable character, if a bit rough and grumpy at times. Him and Kenzie don't start off on the best foot but it's clear that Dare is not intentionally trying to be mean, he just has a lot on his mind and isn't used to losing control of anything. Although we don't see much change in Dare's personality I did enjoy watching him care for Kenzie as they grow closer. I also felt for Dare's custody situation and I wish that he wasn't always defending his ex, Monica, because her actions don't really make her seem like the nice person Dare keeps saying she is. Though I felt that things flowed pretty well and the story was interesting there were times where the writing felt a bit rote and mechanical. The sentences were all correct but sometimes it felt like they were missing the substance behind the words. This was my first book by Carrie Ann Ryan so I'm not sure if the writing style is indicative of the rest of her work or not. Even with a few problems, overall, I didn't mind the writing and for the most part it didn't detract from the story. I do plan to try out the Montgomery Ink series of which this book is a spin off for and I also plan to read the next one in this series.
agardone More than 1 year ago
Good book. Fast reading & HEA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this book (have read all of the Montgomery Ink books -multiple times- and couldn't wait to meet Tabby's brothers), but was a little disappointed. I'm all for the male lead to be human with issues to work thru, but really? Dare is soooo pitiful! He's all torn up because he killed a bad guy as a cop, and he doesn't blame his ex for keeping his kid away from him?!? What this character needed was some solid therapy and a good anti-depressant. On the other hand, loved the heroine, Kenzie! She also had issues, but didn't let them get in her way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The family are there for each other. I can wait to read the next book !!
SweetRedReader More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book. No surprise here, this was a helluva way to kick off this spinoff series! It had so many components that I love - a single dad, feisty heroine, great family element, small town setting, emotion, suspense, and heat. Dare and Kenzie were so lovable and the push and pull between them, added with the mystery and danger of Kenzie's past, made Whiskey Secrets a real page turner for me. Not only that, I CAN'T WAIT for the next two books in this series! 4.5 out of 5 wine glasses.
Karen Baster More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story. Fantastic development of the relationship, enough drama, plenty of hot hot sexy scenes, and a very lovely romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a new series. I can't wait to read the next two books.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
I've been wanting to try one of Carrie's books for a while now, and given the recent release of her newest series, Whiskey and Lies, I figured it was the perfect time to dive in. The result? Whiskey Secrets was indeed a great place to start. It was sweet, sexy, and even a tad bit twisty. Whiskey Secrets introduces Dare and Kenzie, and when they first meet flames fly rather than sparks. Dare is hesitant to let anyone new enter his family's business, no matter how pretty that someone might be. From the get-go, I liked Dare. He's headstrong, protective, and hardworking; however, underneath it all he is a huge sweetheart, especially when it comes to his son. When the book first begins, Dare is struggling to maintain normalcy as well as happiness. He struggles with his past as a cop as well as the lack of time he has with his son. It broke my heart to see him struggle with both issues. Kenzie, on the other hand, just wants to start her new job in peace without an arrogant albeit sexy bartender breathing down her neck. Kenzie has spent the past years weighed down by an abusive relationship, and now that she's in a new town she's hoping to find herself again. Kenzie was also incredibly likable. At first, she's closed-off - she's scared of making new friends, new relationships, new everything. I could understand that; however, as the book continues she starts to become comfortable in her own skin. Kenzie was always strong - much stronger than she gave herself credit for. It just took her time to realize it, and I loved seeing that transformation occur. The plot in Whiskey Secrets mainly revolves around Kenzie and Dare's romance as well as the ghosts from their respective pasts. The romance was equal parts steamy and sweet; however, there were times at which I wished there was more development. I felt that the enemies to friends to lovers transitions occurred at rapid speed. The ghosts from their pasts created a decent amount of tension and drama, and I thought Carrie did a great job of giving each a decent resolution. I also enjoyed the family dynamics in this. Dare's family was a rowdy bunch, and I can't wait to see his brothers discover their HEAs in the next two books. Romantic, emotional, and fast paced, Whiskey Secrets was a solid read from start to finish. I look forward to reading more in this series.
BookObsession07 More than 1 year ago
We first met the Collins' brothers in the Montgomery Ink series when their sister joined the 'Montgomery clan'. This is the first book about the 3 brothers and their family in the Whiskey and Lies series. I enjoyed the story although if you have read others by Carrie Ann Ryan you may find this one to be a slower paced read - more of a slow burn style. Nothing wrong with that - just be prepared! Both Dare and Kenzie are working through their own issues and they are both fairly major. But they can't deny their chemistry however will they make the decision to risk their hearts again and try for more... Really looking forward to the other brothers stories though! Was definitely intrigued.