Review: Avon Gale – Whiskey Business (States of Love)

Author: Avon Gale
Reviewer: Wendy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Ryder Waites will do anything to keep the tiny town of Gallows Grove, Kentucky, from vanishing off the map—even sell his family’s whiskey recipe to Bluegrass Bourbon in Lexington. Hopeful that the larger company can provide necessary improvements to the distillery, Ryder’s ultimate goal is to get Gallows Grove on the Bourbon Trail… and bring in much-needed tourism revenue. But to keep producing Hanged Man Bourbon in Gallows Grove, he’ll have to convince company liaison, unbearably stuffy and seriously hot Adam Keller, that he’s worth the investment.

Adam comes from an old-money family, but he’s determined to make his own way in the world. When he’s sent to Gallows Grove, he questions the life choices that led him to a rented room in a funeral home, in a town full of macabre-themed businesses. And he doesn’t know what to make of Ryder, the descendant of bootleggers who’s on a mission to save his strange town from extinction. When Adam and Ryder put aside their initial mistrust, the results are as smooth as good whiskey. But after Adam’s assignment ends, he’ll have to decide if small-town life and a future with Ryder is to his tastes.


I love me some good whiskey as well as small town charm, so what better way to showcase both than a story about a whiskey based family business featuring the great state of Kentucky!

I haven’t had the pleasure of reading anything by this author until now (I know, right?), but now that that’s solved, I’m pretty sure I’ll be solidly in the fan camp. I absolutely loved the humor that made this a one-of-a-kind story. The names for everything in this strange little town cracked me up vs. creeping me out despite being morbidly themed. On the other hand, the idea of renting out a room in a funeral parlor and putting up with the other oddities associated with the place totally creeped me out. If I were Adam, the whole idea of any nookie business happening in that place would have been a hard limit for me too!

The level of angst is pretty low, but there are some challenges to overcome before these guys can move ahead. How do a city boy and a small town boy get beyond the obvious obstacles? The journey is satisfying as is their HEA. Definitely recommended!


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