Welcome to the blurb blitz tour for Mischief and Mayhem, the second book in the Whiskey Sisters romance series by L.E. Rico. I have an excerpt for you to check out before you download your own copy. And I also have my review of this book, which I greatly enjoyed reading. In fact, I have also now purchased the first book in the series. So please read my thoughts, and then leave your own comments and questions for the author. Follow the tour to see even more excerpts and reviews, and for more chances to win the giveaway.
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Mischief and Mayhem
Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, home of the Knitty Kitty, The Little Slice of Heaven Pie Shop, and O’Halloran’s Pub—owned by the four young women known as The Whiskey Sisters.
In the wake of her divorce, Jameson O’Halloran has gone man-vegan. And this is one diet she’s determined to stick with. Even when her long-lost ex-brother-in-law shows up looking like two scoops of double dutch dipped in chocolate… She’s not giving in. Been there and still wearing the messy T-shirt.
It’s been a decade since Scott Clarke left his family and his hometown, never to return. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself dragged back to the land of gossip, judgment, and the one woman he absolutely, positively, without a doubt can never have. His brother’s ex is off-limits. He just needs to keep repeating that to himself until it sinks in.
Read an excerpt:
The shelf is a little too high for my short self, and I’m only able to brush the dishes with my fingertips.
“Oh, here, let me help you with that…”
Before I can object, he’s standing behind me, reaching over me to get the dishes. For a brief second, his front is pressed against my back. His broad, muscled, perfectly sculpted front. I feel a wave of unwelcome warmth beginning under my collar and creeping up my neck.
“Thanks…” I murmur awkwardly, keeping my back to him for a moment longer in an attempt to quash my blush.
“Okay. I’m just going to grab a shower before my brother gets here, if you don’t mind.”
“Nope. Not at all,” I say quickly. “You go right ahead.”
Once he disappears around the corner, I silently smack my palm to my forehead.
What was that, Jameson? Why the blush? He’s just your ex-husband’s brother, that’s all. This is insane. I’ve got to stop this childish behavior. No. More. Men. Remember? No thinking about men. No looking at men. No fantasizing about men.
Especially not that man!
I’m still shaking my head and silently berating myself when I hear him behind me.
“Hey, Jameson, do you happen to know if my dad keeps an extra toothbrush around? I dropped mine in the toilet and…”
I don’t hear the end of his sentence because, when I turn to face him, I suddenly can’t hear anything. I’m too entranced by the sight of him wearing nothing but a towel around his waist.
Oh, crap, oh crap, oh crap… I am in so much trouble here. No men. No men. No men… I repeat the mantra over and over again in my head, but clearly the rest of my body isn’t getting the memo.
This is my first Whiskey Sisters novel, though I discovered that it is the second book in the series. I love the idea behind their names: Jameson, Hennessy, Walker, and Bailey. I also love the close relationship that the sisters have. I only have one sister and admit that sometimes I am envious of people who have more than one. This foursome seems like they had a lot of fun growing up and continue to do so as adults.
And then there are the men in Jameson's life: Win and Scott, who happen to be brothers. Win makes you want to smack him half the time for being a butthead. There's also that huge disappointment of a childhood romance gone bad. I know that often happens, but you usually want to root for them to work out, right? Then again, Scott is definitely more desirable than Win. He's better looking, based on the descriptions. He's got an exotic quality about him, as he travels the world helping people. And he has a vulnerability about him thanks to his estrangement from his family these past 10 years. There's a mystery to be solved here.
Dealing with a father in a coma is traumatic enough. I can't imagine fighting with my only sibling the entire time on top of it. Add to it that Scott is trying to figure out some missing pieces from his life story and reconcile with his father, and you can't help but feel sorry for the guy. And you completely understand why Jameson has called off men and relationships for a while. Yet the spark between these two is undeniable. It's weird, as they were just technically related. But they also make sense, and you can't help but root for them.
This is a sweet love story with plenty of amusing moments that just make it feel real. I feel like this book also works well as a standalone, though it is the second book in the series. I have already downloaded the first one and plan to read it this summer. I already can't get enough of the Whiskey Sisters and look forward to more installments in the series!
About L.E. RicoL.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.
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