Open Tab, Book 1

Narrated by: Jill Smith
Series: Open Tab, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.6 out of 5 stars (314 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fallon Foster serves up more than the most potent drinks at Murphy’s Law, the local pub in Whiskey Springs, Vermont. Fallon is the keeper of the town’s secrets. She’s heard tales of broken hearts, torrid affairs, closet cases, and the dreams of hopeful romantics. With a sensitive ear and a warm bed, Fallon is a legend in her small town. One thing still eludes her - love.

Happily married, a new baby, and a burgeoning career, Riley Main’s life was on course. One drunk driver turned her world upside down. A widow before the age of 30, Riley’s life has fallen out of balance. A gentle suggestion from her husband’s grandmother convinces Riley to embark on a journey across the country. With her two-year-old son, Owen, Riley makes her way from sunny San Diego to the chilly little Vermont town of Whiskey Springs. A blown fuel pump in the middle of a snow storm puts Riley on a collision course with a charming pub owner named Fallon Foster. Nothing will be the same again for anyone.

Rich with a colorful cast of characters that will make you laugh and cry, Open Tab is a new kind of romantic adventure from best-selling, lesbian fiction author JA Armstrong. Welcome to Whiskey Springs.

©2018 Nancy Ann Healy (P)2018 Nancy Ann Healy

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Good plot premise, poor execution for this genre

**Spoilers** I liked the premise of this plot, but have a problem with two things: the story arc is incomplete, leaving the reader hanging and obviously prepping for a second book; and storyline is goes major off-course for a romance. Mysteries and romances do have a formula their readers expect when they purchase from those genres. The mystery must be resolved by the end of the book (at least the mystery primary to the plot), and romances should have a complete arc where the two main characters must finally get together for a happily-ever-after. This author had good character development and is a decent writer (or had a great editor). I cared about them by the end of the book -- well the bar owner, at least. But all the love scenes are between one of the main characters and the married woman with whom she's having an affair. A lot is said about how much they love each other...way more than the two supposed main characters who never get past that "I'm attracted and I enjoy spending time with her. but she's straight." In short, this is half a book. Or, did the narrator just quit reading?

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You will love Whiskey Springs!!

I was never a fan of audio books because at times it is hard to figure out which character is speaking. In Open Tab, Jill Smith does a wonderful job of depicting each character with their individual traits and it was a joy to listen to her narration. You never doubt which character you are listening to. Open Tab is the first book in the new series about Whiskey Springs by A J Armstrong. Whiskey Springs is a small town that sits in Vermont with a cast of characters you will want to learn about. I love books about lesbian families with children and this series is all about families. I read the book and then couldn’t wait to listened to this audio version of Open Tab which brought Murphy’s Law, Fallen, Riley, Andi, and all their family and friends to life. This is a great series and I look forward to reading and listening to more episodes. So close your eyes, sit back, and let Jill take you to Vermont for an afternoon in Whiskey Springs.

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Not a Satisfying Ending

The story was great but I was surprised when it ended. There was no ending as if the last few chapters were missing.

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Book 2??

I would like to know when we can expect the following book (or multiple books) in series?? This is a new author for me & was pleasantly surprised!

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Amazing & funny 😍

This is a really amazingly beautiful & funny book. The narrator made it ultimately beautiful by adding life to the characters. I really am waiting for part two like crazy, bearing in mind that I hate sequels. Yet, this book is worth the wait! Just I hope it’s not a long wait! 😕

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need the second book

I've read both books, and I forgot the first book leaves you hanging. Damn you J A Armstrong. JK! Great performance by the narrator and I can't wait for the The Cigar Club in Audioble and the third written book.

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Welcome to Whiskey Springs!

I first read Open Tab and had a pretty good picture of the characters. Jill Smith was spot on with her capture of all the characters! Anyone who is a fan of JA Armstrong or Nancy Ann Healy will love this book. It’s set In Vermont which is only a few states away and I wish I’d lived in a small town. Can’t wait for the next installment. Brava!

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Best series I have ever heard in a long time.

Catch myself getting lost for hours and hours listening. You made me laugh and made me cry And can't wait till the 4th book come out.I could see this At the movies.

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Overall- Loved it

I loved the characters and the story, and the little town, but I think the main characters love story could have been better executed. There was more time spent developing the Affair between Andy and Fallon, than there was between Fallon and Riley. When I finished the book I was a little annoyed because I didn't realize there was a sequel. It ends a little abruptly and you're basically left to your imagination on if they actually do get together. But I did Enjoy the story and the narrator. I will definitely listen to the sequel.

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Murphy’s Law

Fallon owned a pub in Whiskey Springs, Vermont. Riley’s life had turned upside down when her husband was killed by a drunk driver. She moved to Whiskey Springs to start a new life with her two year old, Owen. A great cast of characters and more laughter than a comedy club this story of friends, family and small town life is a marvelous story. Marvelous performance. Recommend.

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  • Mandy
  • 11-05-18

Loved it

I really enjoyed this book. The characters and storyline were engaging and interesting right from the start. The narrator was fantastic bringing the story to life.

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  • Samantha
  • 07-23-18

My favourite book series

This book series is my favourite to read. Apparently it’s even better to listen to! Jill smith has made it an absolute pleasure to hear from start to finish. No faults! I recommend this book to anyone that has 5+ hours free to listen, as once you start you won’t stop until the end (and then mope around while waiting for the next in the series)