Whiskey Lullaby, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone by Stevie J. Cole is AVAILABLE NOW!
We all have guilty pleasures.
Mine was the boy my father took in. The guy everyone said I was too good for. The one I knew would ruin me.
But I couldn’t help it. The way Noah Greyson’s voice sounded when he sang whiskey lullabies to me in the dark; how perfect his arms felt wrapped around my stomach, his nose nuzzled in my hair- that’s what made me fall. That intimacy was what made me so very weak. But now millions of women drift off to sleep while Noah sings the love story we wrote, and it was never meant for the world.
The worst mistake I made wasn’t loving him, it was thinking he loved me, too.
At least, that’s what I thought until now…
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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
I’ve only read one book by this author and her co-writer, so I was amazed when I discovered that the genre of this standalone is one I really enjoy reading. Whiskey Lullaby’s title I found a tad confusing since I hadn’t read the synopsis which I have to say, was a good move. I love that element of surprise and if you do too, I’d definitely recommend doing the same as me. The pieces slowly started to fall into place with the cover constantly in the back of my mind. Just wow! It’s what dreams are made of! It portrays the male protagonist’s physical appearance as a young man, perfectly. Those jeans, his leather jacket and ooh my, those hands and scruffy beard! A total swoon overload of gorgeousness!
Bad-boy-meets-good-girl and second chance romances are trending a lot these days; thus, for any author to be brave enough to write a novel of this sort, has to be a challenge and a half for them. You see, I never put Noah in the bad-boy category, it is; however, a second chance love story. Even though Noah was a bit of a tearaway as a teenager, had a love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude with the girls and trouble found him easily, his general outlook towards life was by no means negative or disrespectful. I had absolutely no trouble connecting with Noah; I understood him. Shame folk in the small town where he grew up seemed to think differently to me. Their stance showed me how hard it is to rid oneself of a bad reputation and how its ripple effect can change one’s future. Thank goodness for his adorable but grumpy grandmother. Her guidance and loving was to my mind, crucial for him to grow into the young man he would become. Blinkin’ heck, did she get a chuckle or two out of me, and I thought I had problems with punctuality!
Hannah is the epitome of a good girl. A studious child, she kept out of trouble despite stressful things happening at home, and always put her family first. In other words, she could do no wrong and was totally selfless. I’m not sure young women like Hannah exist nowadays, but I’d be honoured to meet someone like her if there were. Another detail which caught my attention is we’re used to reading about family conflicts and troubled pasts. This is definitely not Hannah’s case. She might not have agreed with her father on various occasions, but she held him in esteem, and the unconditional love that existed between mother and daughter literally floored me.
Cole’s spun a touching story in such a way that not only was I kept stuck to the pages, but it also brought out all the feelings. Jumping between past and present worked well; nonetheless, there was a point in the story when I felt certain details could have been developed a tad more. Observing how Hannah and Noah changed over the years was a joy to read and their slow burn relationship couldn’t have been narrated any better. Bravo Cole!
We were friends. Lovers. Soulmates… and very horrible people together.
I wonder, have you forgotten me by now? Have you forgotten the promises we made to each other?
Do you remember the person I became, how I fell for you even though I knew it would kill me to love someone like you? I knew better, Noah. I did. And this letter isn’t to admonish you or tear you down. No, it’s to make you see what you do to the people you say you care so deeply for.
When I was with you, you made me feel safe and loved and wonderful, but in the end, I felt stupid and so vulnerable. I want to believe you never meant to hurt me; that you never meant to make me hate you. I want to believe all the things you said were true, but it’s hard for me. With everything I’ve found out since we didn’t say goodbye, you must understand why I wish I could forget you.
I will forever hate that I was so weak for you, but I was only weak because I loved you. Despite it all.
I’ll always love you.
About Stevie J. Cole
Stevie J. Cole likes to write realistic stories with raw,
gritty characters you should hate but can’t help but to love.
She’s obsessed with rock music, loves sloths, and has an unnatural obsession
with British accents.
Her books are not recommended for the faint of heart.
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