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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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.

©2018 Carrie Ann Ryan (P)2017 Carrie Ann Ryan

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Secrets, Secrets, Secrets

I really liked the characters Dare has that mysterious vibe to him, but also this huge protective streak you just want to know all his deep dark secrets.

I liked Kenzie and felt like she was just the woman to get to know all of Dare’s secrets only she has a few secrets of her own.
I very much enjoyed the fact that it was a bit of give and take and that the attraction was on both sides and no it wasn’t a love at first sight thank goodness for that.

I did feel like some of the story was a little predictable and that isn’t a bad thing just wished there had been a twist I hadn’t already read before.

I think the kids stole the show! I really like when an author brings kids into a book it makes it feel more authentic.

A character I want to know more about Locke!! Totally want to know more about this fellow.

I liked the narration it didn’t blow me away, there are narrators that make you feel a part of the story with their tones and inflection and there are narrators who just tell the story. Gregory is a tell the story in and out kind of deal to me. But that’s ok still enjoyable to listen to.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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Growly and brooding, how could a girl go wrong?

As the first book in this series, I wasn't sure what to expect and I was blown away. Dare is growly and protective of those he loves, but he has issues of not feeling good enough. Kenzie is a strong woman who knows she's good at what she does, but she's uncomfortable getting into a relationship after her divorce. Both are in need of some TLC.

Let us not forget the rest of the Collins family. Fox is just a smart a$$ and Lach is brooding. You can definitely tell Dare and Lach are related. But Fox is the oddball and keeps them balanced. Plus their sister Tabby knows how to keep them in line.

There is lots of action, literally and figuratively, in this book. I enjoyed the banter of the siblings and how they all came together when there was a threat. They are family oriented, but yet independent. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

As for the narration, I listened to it on single speed, but there were times it felt like it was playing much faster. I had to keep checking to make sure I didn't change the speed. Otherwise the narration was great. Each character was its own. I highly recommend this book and now I'm going to go back and read more of the Montgomery Ink series.

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Cute and sexy

Love Carrie Ann Ryan ... this did not disappoint, was a cute, sexy story. Love Dare, and his brothers, I am looking forward to Fox and Lock's stories they are going to be good I just now it.

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The bartender and the city girl

This is a new series based on the Collins brothers in Whiskey, PA...brothers to Tabby from the Montgomery Ink series. Dare is a former cop who is now running the family’s bar. He’s not too happy when his parents hire a manager for the family’s inn without telling him. Kenzie is a city girl who needs a change of scenery from her former life and abusive ex husband. She has to prove to Dare that she’s capable of running the inn and maybe open to a relationship. When Kenzie’s past comes calling, will Dare risk his life to keep her safe? Quick story about some hot, lovable guys. Nice HEA.

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Great Book!

This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. The narrator did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.

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Finding love

Loved it. Wonderful story. Finding love when you don't expect it. Great start to a new series. No cliffhanger and Hea. Loved the narrator.

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A sizzling read!

Oh. My. Word. What an incredible story that is full of sex, drama and romance. So amazing and intoxicating!

I loved getting to know this couple and their secrets. Such a sexy adventure you are in for! An addictive romance!

Perfect for readers of contemporary romance.

The narrator was amazing! Loved listening to it. So engaging and addicting.