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Book Review: ‘The Distiller’s Darling’ by Rebecca Norinne and Jamaila Brinkley

Title: The Distiller’s Darling (River Hill #2)

Published: 21st June 2018

Author: Rebecca Norinne and Jamaila Brinkley

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RebeccaNorinne and www.facebook.com/authorjamailabrinkley

Twitter: @rebecca_norinne and @jamaila

 

 

Synopsis:

Irish whiskey royalty has no place in Northern California, but that isn’t going to stop Iain Brennan, the black sheep of Brennan Family Distillers, from giving it a shot. River Hill is an unlikely place to launch a new whiskey empire, but Iain’s just reckless enough to make it work. And being out from under the watchful eye of his disapproving father back home in Dublin? Even better.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by two authors. Even though this is the second book in the series I’d say that it could be read as a standalone as I didn’t feel lost at all with reading it.

So we start off knowing that Naomi and her best friend Noah have kind of had an extra benefit with their friendship for years, as neither really wanted something serious. Perfect set up but that all changed after he met Angelica. Head over hells I’m thinking from book one, leaving Naomi on her own. Not that she really minds as she is more than capable of finding others to have fun with when the mood strikes. With the past history you would think this would make it weird between her, Noah and Angelica but it seems to work, as they are clearly all very good friends.

Naomi is an artist who lives in River Hill, just far enough away from her family so they don’t drive her insane. Her main passion in her career would be her sculptures – though to get really good ones done she may need a muse. To make ends meet though she also does a bit of graphic design. Comes in handy too when Noah suggests that she do some work for someone new in town that he recently met at a bar. Seems they liked the designs on his wine bottles and need something with that vibe for their new Whisky brand. Naomi is up for meeting a potential client but it seems this particular one isn’t a stranger to her.

Her ‘potential’ new client is in fact her very hot one-night stand from a few months back. It seems that when Naomi and Iain met it was lust at first sight, literally feeling it in the air around them. The stuffy function her family made her go to took an interesting turn when Iain brought his families whiskey over to them. Doesn’t take long before they get out of there, and even less time before the chemistry is enough for them to head back to a hotel. You’ve got to love an Irish accent. This was a one-night stand to remember with a stranger not to be seen again. Fate has other plans with the whole one-night though!

Iain’s new whiskey venture, the one where he and his sister Maeve are trying to branch out from the family Brennan name, brings him to River Hill. He needs a graphic designer to help with the branding, which is where Naomi comes in. The tension between them might be high but Naomi doesn’t mix business and pleasure (though he is going to try and change her mind on that front) so gives him an ultimatum.

“You can either hire me to do your labels, or you can come back to my house and fuck my brains out. Your choice.” Well I think we all know what option he will pick, one she is very happy about too! Another go around isn’t enough, for either of them, so you can see how quickly this might change.

His lips quirked up into a smirk. “Why, Miss Klein, are you asking me to fuck you senseless until I board a plane back to Ireland?” – that would be a yes. She decides to take the design logo job to help him. He has two months before he goes back so what better way to spend the time hanging out.

Neither of these two really ‘do’ relationships but Naomi seems to be scared to the point of never doing anything that could even remotely resemble one – like go to dinner after spending the day together. She doesn’t want to lose herself to a guy, which is why she holds back. To be a girlfriend would just make her want to run. Iain’s got his work cut out for him.

I did feel that she had a bit of a double standard thing going on. She can network her art at the family functions she is dragged to but the thought of helping Iain out with the same people makes her run the opposite direction because she ‘doesn’t want to use family ties’ by becoming a Stepford wife – yep a hypocrite.

The sculpture she is working on is very telling about her true feelings. She doesn’t always know how the clay will work until her hands start moving. Seems her inner artistic soul was trying to tell her something. Is she going to listen? Can these two commitment phobes find what they are looking for while keeping their own identities? With the luck of the Irish anything is possible.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the authors for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Donal: A Secret Virgin Romance’ by Rebecca Norinne

Title: Donal: A Secret Virgin Romance (aka ‘SCRUMptious’ – Dublin Rugby Book 3)

Published: 4th February 2018

Author: Rebecca Norinne

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Twitter: @rebecca_norinne

 

Synopsis:

She’s been called a lot of things, but cougar was never one of them.

When Chef Lauren Andrews’ job as a sous chef imploded on national TV, she needed a new one fast. With mounting bills to pay, Lauren took the first one she found: a temporary gig as a cook for a rugby team located clear across the globe. It wasn’t what she’d had in mind when she went to culinary school, but that was pretty much the story of her life. She certainly wasn’t looking for a relationship, especially with someone like Donal Casey, the team’s cocksure young hooker. Lauren knows she’s wrong for him and what they have is only temporary, but when she’s in his arms, everything feels oh so right. It’s a recipe for disaster, but you can’t help who you fall in love with. Or can you?

He just wants to call her his forever.

Cocky. Brash. Flirt. Donal Casey is all that and more. But what most people don’t know is all that swagger is hiding the fact that at twenty-two, he’s still a virgin. It’s not that Donal doesn’t want sex, but with trust issues a mile wide, he’s convinced most girls only want to cash in on his famous father’s name. But the second he lays eyes on the team’s new cook-a sexy Californian with curves to die for-all bets are off. Even though she’s ten years older, Lauren is everything he never knew he wanted. Now, Donal’s in for the match of his life, and he’ll do anything to make her his … even if it means leaving Dublin behind.

 

Review:

The luck of the Irish is about to come knocking on Lauren’s door, let’s see if she is ready to answer. So Lauren ends up needing to take a job half way around the world to be the Dubin Rugby chef. A trip of a lifetime but all she is really thinking about is the paycheck as the moment. These lads really seem to be appreciating her cooking right from the start. She has been put up to top chef and not just assistant in the space of a few hours of being there. Bit of a shock to her too as this was due to said head chef falling over and breaking both his arms on her first day. Talk about pressure building from the start with a new job. The men don’t seem to mind as it’s a rather tasty new menu to check out.

Seems Donal isn’t just admiring the food either, love that he makes her blush. Donal my man oh what a flirt you are. We all know those stories of you playing the field with any and everyone just aren’t true. He’s still holding onto a secret that only Eoin knows, he’s virgin but could Lauren be the woman he has been waiting for. He may be a virgin but let’s just say that our guy has another perfected talent that he does use to the best of his ability – a lot. Oh the fun to be had in a kitchen!

He might come out with some filthy things with his mouth – among other ways of using it – but that doesn’t mean he can’t be sweet too.

Our lips nearly touching he said, “You’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” Swoon!

“Now, Lauren, I’m going to take you into your bedroom and you’re going to make a man out of me.”

From the moment Donal saw Lauren that was it, in his mind he went all caveman wanting to claim her. The fact he’s never had that kind of reaction before made him realize that this could be something different. His reasons for staying a virgin stem from some bad choices his father made. So he has been waiting for the right person who would see him and not what he could do for them if they happened to get knocked up. He may come across as a man-child player at times – something Lauren calls him on – but when he needs to make a point (I’m all man, Lauren) you can literally feel her take a breath with the tension it builds. He likes what she’s cooking in the kitchen and as long as she’s there he’s going to want to taste – not just food.

Lauren on the other hand is having a hard time believing a young 22-year-old stud – ten years younger – like him would be interested in her. She may be tempted but knows she’s leaving soon and doesn’t do casual hookups. When she finds out a little more about Donal, after a mishap that could change his direction in life, she gets more nervous. Does she want to be his first? That would be a yes, something they are both very happy about. Hello making up for lost time! But with her contract only being temporary they have a ticking clock on their romance. The longer they’re together though the more feelings get involved. Can this wild ride last the distance, quite literally as she will be going back across the pond.

A short, fun, romantic chill-out read showing that not everything is as it seems. What people keep close to their chests is what matters, not what the world may see you as. Donal was a sweetheart and I’m so glad he got his own story.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Cover Reveal: ‘Breakdown’ by Rebecca Norinne

Rebecca Norinne is proud to bring you the cover reveal for Break Down.

 

 

Title: Break Down
A Dublin Rugby Romance (Book 4)
Author: Rebecca Norinne
Cover Designer: Rebecca Norinne
Release Date: Feb 21, 2018

 

 

Blurb

 

All my life I looked and wondered. Could I? Would I? And then, finally, I did. But when I sampled a taste of that forbidden fruit, my whole world came crashing down.

Now, I’m in a new country, trying to rebuild my life and get back the things I lost. But one look at him—those knowing, whisky-colored eyes, the abrasive scruff dotting his jaw, and the colorful ink lining his forearms—and I’m wondering all over again.

Can I? Will I? My heart says no, but my body says yes.

 

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About the Author

 

USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes steamy contemporary romance featuring strong, determined heroines and sexy, dominant heroes. If you love books filled with heart, a whole lotta heat, and guaranteed happily-ever-afters, she’s got a story for you.

When not writing, Rebecca is watching rugby, drinking craft beer, and traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next story. She lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband, but is originally from California. To keep up with Rebecca, follow along on her social media accounts, linked below.

 

 
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Book Review: ‘Ashes to Ashes’ by Rebecca Norinne

Title: Ashes to Ashes

Published: 13th December 2017

Author: Rebecca Norinne

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Twitter: @rebecca_norinne

 

Synopsis:

I had it all, or so I thought. Until my husband betrayed me and my entire world came crashing down. I turned to alcohol and sex to numb my pain—a different city each night, a new man in my bed. But I’m sober now, and I’m working my way back up the country music charts.

But then the death threats started and I needed protection. When my new bodyguard walked in the room, I couldn’t believe my eyes: the one man from my long spiral down who I never forgot. The one who played my body like a finely tuned instrument.

Now we’re on the run from a madman and all I want is to forget about everything. To pretend this isn’t my life. To lose myself in him.

So I let him take control.

I tried telling myself it was only sex, but I’ve done the unthinkable: I’ve fallen in love with a man who can never love me back. Because Ash has demons of his own—ones he never talks about and never will. I know I should walk away before it’s too late.

But I’m an addict, and I need him.

How do you give up the best thing you think you’

 

Review:

Line a liked: ‘Two broken pieces that when pushed together formed a mended whole’

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about music or musicians. Loved every second of it so well worth checking out. Seems when you hit rock bottom you can only look up back towards the light if you really want to make a change. If things try to bring you back down you need to fight for what makes you happy and keeps you alive.

So Rae, a musician sweetheart, hit rock bottom when her ex Ford did a bit of a number on her. Seems his version of their marriage are all that anyone cares about and with a non-disclosure agreement in place she can only keep silent. Seems the things he accused her of doing and being are more to do with him but as no one would believe her she decides to become what they think. A new man in a new city, drinking the night away seems like a plan for a while but there is only so far down a black hole you can go before you need to start back towards the light. Seems one of these nights brought Ash to her bed and it seems he might be the one to start her to rethink the road she is on. Not right away but he is the only one who stays in her memories, always asking ‘what if?’ The road to recovery is a hard one but she is making it through the other side. Seems the demons from her past won’t let them stay there though when death threats start to roll in from her ex’s fans. She’s in need of a bodyguard and when she finds out who that is she’s going to get a bit of a shock.

Ash usually gets the trickier cases with the company but with him being the only person who has any music experience he has been pulled in to look after a singer. His plan is to take her to his place out in the sticks, help her with her album and keep her safe. Just a job like any other, except that changes the moment he walks into the meeting room and sees Ash, a woman he has never been able to get out of his head. He knew back when they met that she was hurting and looking for something and always hated himself for not finding out more. Seems he’s got his wish and she’s the singer he has to help. It’s not going to be just another job with this one as the moment they are in the room together you can feel the sexual tension coming off them. They try to say it won’t be a problem but seriously who are they kidding.

Frustration from both sides anytime they are together before setting off to the safe house. Seems they need to clear the air but that just makes things murky again as its not long before he can’t keep his hands off her – not that she minds. It’s a risky place for Rae to be in though as she doesn’t want to revert back to old ways. Sex and drinking were her coping mechanisms so she knows she needs to be careful but the moment it’s just them in his home things start to change.

The album she is doing is a way to get her side of things out to the public eye. Sing about all the ways her marriage made her feel, how her ex was the one who had the troubles not her – well not at first and not as bad. The thing with begin with Ash again is that she can get a sense that he wants to heal her and in a way he does. Almost like he gets drawn to the broken ones. Something we learn about his hidden past. Its not long before the tension between them gets too much, well truth be told it kind of happens on the way to the safe house as well. Seems she can’t remember much about what their first night was like and is concerned when Ash explains. Seems at the time she wanted him to take control and make her feel something. Ash has no qualms about re-educating her on what he knows she really wants and when he starts down that path she just loses herself into him.

They can’t forget the reason for being hidden away though as danger is only a hairsbreadth away. It’s not just from outside either as they could end up bringing each other down by not being completely open about who they are and what they have done.

Would have loved to find out what Rae’s best friend/PA Charlotte got up to with her own bodyguard Gage, who just so happens to be Ash’s cousin. A few phone conversations between the men showed there was tension but a wanted to see it she could make him crack. My bets on yes from the way they look at each other.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Ruck Me’ by Rebecca Norinne

Title: Ruck Me (Dublin Rugby #2)

Published: 14th August 2017

Author: Rebecca Norinne

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Twitter: @rebecca_norinne

 

Synopsis:

She flies by the seat of her pants, and he’s a no nonsense kind of guy. When these two opposites attract … oh baby, it’s game on!

I’d called Aoife O’Shaughnessy a number of things, but dumb was never one of them. Through all the trouble she’d gotten into over the years, I never once thought she was actually stupid. Until now. Because I just heard her plan to lose her virginity to the biggest asshole we know.

My first thought? How the f*ck is Aoife still a virgin? The second? Over my dead body.

So I volunteered for the job instead.

It might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, but once the words were out of my mouth, I couldn’t take them back. I didn’t want to. Suddenly, I couldn’t stop wondering what it would be like to kiss the pink-haired sprite I’d known my whole life, to hear her moan my name when she comes.

And she’s wondering about me too.

It was only supposed to be about sex, but now I’m in deep. I never meant to fall in love with Aoife. And what happened next? Well, neither of us planned on that.

 

Review:

So when Eoin overhears Aoife tell Tanya her plan to lose her virginity his reaction is one of shock. First he can’t believe she is and second it would be over his dead body if she went through with it with whom she mentions. He all but drags her out of there to talk some sense into her without others around. Love how quick his mind goes from stopping her from making a mistake to being if she wants to lose it why not with him. Now right up until that moment neither had viewed the other in a romantic or lust filled light but it seems the moment his suggestion is out there a switch gets flipped and its now all either can think about.

Aoife knows the life of a rugby player and has known Eoin forever so feels comfortable around him. If she won’t take him up on his offer then she will counter it with another. One he’s not too pleased on as it involves him helping her understand what guys really like. The thing is with this approach it needs a bit of hands on action to work and once their lips touch its like game over for anyone else. Surprisingly its Eoin who wants to see how things go with dating and its Aoife who holds back, mainly due to what her brother might think. Man up girl and go get your man, he is there for the taking and you know it will be hot. They might be young but you hope they can make the distance. She may even start to wonder if she waited subconsciously for a reason. She’s 21 and had options but none who she really wanted. Seems that’s about to change now she’s looking at Eoin in a new light.

Chemistry is off the charts but Eoin has to take things slow, something he’s learning to really like. Only problem is that she wants to keep them a secret and there’s only so many times her brother can come first in her priorities with them. They have had a friendship forever so there’s always the fear that they would lose that if something happened and then went wrong. Make up break up make up again. A bit of a pattern forming I feel. Once it’s out in the open though they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. She’s making up for lost time and can see what others have been talking about. It means more if you care about the person. But things are never that simple when life throws you a curve ball. She may think she is making the right call for everyone involved but talking is always better. She really should have said ‘was meant to be’ instead of ‘was’. He might not have gone off the deep end. Bad times but can good come out of it too?

A couple of lines that stood out for me:

My head dropped back on a suppressed wail. “Please,” I begged like a child who’d had its favourite toy taken away. “I need your cock. Like, I physically need it. My hormones are out of control.” Aoife’s frustrations spoken out loud when she doesn’t get the one thing she has been craving most, Eoin’s cock.

“You know what Eoin McGrath? You’re a hapless fucking eejit.” Couldn’t say it better myself.

Now her mother was a bit of a pain, clearly not much love there as she views Declan as the golden child, relying on him for everything. Aoife definitely takes a back seat in her views, which you do feel for her. Seems she is about to get another family with her man as he comes packing with friends a plenty and family that adore her.

His flat mates and team mates Tadhg, Donal and Fergus seemed the classic bachelor pad home. Can’t wait to see those boys get tamed. Her brother Declan and Sophie make an appearance and seem to be doing ok so yay. Her friend Tanya who people really shouldn’t judge. There’s a dark past with her and nothing is what it seems with how people perceive her to act with members of the team. Aiden is the only one who knows her and here’s hoping she can over come what happened and move forward with him. Seems the rest of our boys are all going to get their own story. Can’t wait to check them out.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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