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a love story that makes you feel something while you read
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2017
Drunk On You is the first book in the Bourbon Brothers. This is a stand alone book that *does not* end on a cliffhanger. I thought the story line of this book was really great. The 'forbidden fruit' aspect of Justin's feelings toward his best friend's sister Allie, and Allie's long-standing crush on her brother's painfully oblivious best friend.
Justin was, as I mentioned, totally oblivious to Allie's feelings for him and also to how he treated Allie. I liked Justin a lot, but he really was totally clueless at times. I thought his struggles were beautifully written and the 'grand gesture' (being vague so as not to spoil) was exactly what I wanted from him. Allie was a sweetheart who was likable from start to finish. I found myself feeling bad for her when Justin would be so incredibly obtuse, but she was also a strong woman who didn't *need* Justin to make herself whole. She just needed a chance to be taken seriously as an adult.
Beyond the second chance love story there was the story of two friends who had lost someone that they both loved dearly, and the ways that they dealt with that loss. I got choked up more than once while the topic of David was being dealt with, it was written that beautifully. As someone from a military family, stories that are written about military veterans and the aftermath of war can be questionable at best, but Ms. Stanley did a great job dealing with this topic.
Although this is a love story, it was also so much more. It was a story about love and loss, and a story about friendship and companionship. I mean this as a compliment when I say that this felt like a Hallmark movie but with a deeper story line. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a love story that makes you feel something while you read.
I look forward to reading the second book of this series to find out exactly what Brandon is up to.