Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo — Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

I love Toni Aleo’s Assassins series, and was interested to see what she was giving us with this new one.

WHAT I RATED IT

4.5stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Take a risk.
Do something drastic.
Fall in love.

When Amberlyn Reilly loses her mother, her whole world comes crashing down. Having been caretaker to her for most of her teenage years, Amberlyn is inexperienced in many aspects of life. She hasn’t had time to live, have fun, or enjoy even the little things. It’s only when a letter from her mother, asking her to fulfill three things, sends her off to Ireland to live a life she never thought possible that she begins to heal.

Declan O’Callaghan was born and raised in Ireland and has his family’s legendary whiskey in his veins. He’s shy and not a fan of the pressure and spotlight that comes with his family name, or the title he was given at birth—the Whiskey Prince. Declan knows just what he wants and that is to take over the family dynasty, but when his father gives him an ultimatum, everything he’s worked for could come undone in the blink of an eye.

With six months to get married, the reclusive Declan spots Amberlyn across a lake and instantly feels the need to know her. Soon, the two find themselves traveling down a path neither expected. However, like any road, there are bumps and side streets to derail them. Can Declan help find the pieces that will make Amberlyn whole again? And will Amberlyn stay or run when she learns of Declan’s deadline of marriage?

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JENN’S REVIEW

What do you do when everyone you hold dear and everything you know is taken from you? How do you go on? This is what Amberlyn Reilly is facing after losing her both her parents. Does she stay in her family home and live with the memories, or does she pick up the pieces and start over. Her mother leaves her with an opportunity. Go and live in their home country, Ireland, with her aunt and uncle, start over and begin a new life. All she asks of Amberlyn is to accomplish three things this year: Take a risk, Do something drastic, Fall in love.

Declan O’Callaghan, otherwise known as The Whiskey Prince of Ireland, is frustrated. He is the heir to his families’ famous whiskey distillery. It is his birth rite and all he has ever dreamed of doing; until his father adds a new stipulation. Be married before you turn 23 (which is in SIX MONTHS!) or his father will leave the company to his sister’s fiancé. Declan wants to marry for love, not pick a girl out of a hat.

Lightning strikes when Declan and Amberlyn first see each other. Their chemistry is obvious to everyone around them, but there are roadblocks standing in their way. There is Declan’s “fame” and popularity and the many women trying to hook him to gain access to his fortune. There is Casey, the good looking, potential suitor for Amberlyn, who has a sketchy background. There are Declan’s parents, who want him to marry someone in the same social circles they run in. Despite the obstacles, Declan and Amberlyn take the time to get to know each other. They slowly build a friendship that turns into more.

Amberlyn is a strong, solid heroine. She forms her own opinions and doesn’t let public opinion sway her. She is a survivor and couldn’t care less that Declan is famous or has access to a tremendous fortune. She is enjoying getting to know Declan for who is he…and what a guy he is. Declan is patient and kind. He respects Amberlyn, never taking her for granted. He loves his country and family’s legacy. He is determined to see what can become of his relationship with Amberlyn. He fights for her and protects her. I loved Declan!

My only criticism for Whiskey Prince is, while I enjoyed the build-up of Declan and Amberlyn’s relationship, this story was a bit slow moving for me. Having read all of Toni Aleo’s other books, I think I went into this expecting something that it never intended to be, but I am glad for that and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the sweet, slow burn of finding and growing your first love. This is a story about discovering yourself and learning to live again, when you didn’t know it was possible. It’s about following your heart and your dreams, and finding that right person along the way to do it with. This is not a standalone, but does not end with a cliffhanger. I look forward to more of Declan and Amberlyn in Becoming a Whiskey Princess.

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