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Book Review: Lucky Man (Whiskey River Road #8), by Kelly Moore

Lucky Man (Whiskey River Road #8), by Kelly Moore

Publication: August 12, 2021

About: 

Does she or doesn’t she? She makes my head spin. All he knows it that he wants her heart. Missy Calhoun is the youngest horse trainer and owner in the business, and she has one goal–to win the Kentucky Derby. Missy threw love aside to focus on her passion. The last thing she needs is the sexy, smooth-talking cowboy whose horse is seated in first position stealing her thunder. Or her heart. That belongs to another man. Despite the chemistry she feels with Tucker, she’s unwilling to give in to him. Things ignite when he shows up out of the blue and sees her with another man. Tucker Anderson has one thing on his mind—giving Missy Calhoun the world if she’ll let him. Her on-again, off-again attitude only makes him more determined to melt away the hurt she harbors inside. When a real threat emerges, he’ll risk his own life to give her what she wants. Will they be able to weather the storm between them or will their hearts be broken?

*My Review*

Who is so excited about the next installment in Kelly Moore’s Whiskey River Road series? This girl is!  So, don’t feel old or anything but this time the spotlight is on Missy, Nita and Bear’s nineteen year old daughter. Remember when she was like 7 or 8? It’s not completely about Missy, because none of these are ever centered on just one character, but overall, the novel spotlights Missy heading to the Kentucky Derby and Ethan and Jane navigating their lives through Ethan’s new boss and their attempted surrogacy.

Missy and Tucker were smitten with one another from the first time they met. Since then, Boone has helped get Tucker’s family’s farm in Kentucky up and running again while Tucker went to California to take classes. Despite Tucker’s intentions, the distance has not done them well and Missy is insisting on breaking up and focusing on her career with her horses. She and horse are the frontrunners for the Kentucky Derby and possibly the Triple Crown, but then Levi comes along with his money and superior attitude to completely shake things up with Missy. This was all so frustrating to me because obviously, I want to see her do well with her career, but come on, Tucker’s such a sweetheart!

Meanwhile, Ethan is now working as a live stock agent for the new mayor, Tally (who Ellie grew up with). Tally will leave a bitter taste in your mouth very early on due to her blatant attempts at flirting and stealing Ethan away from Jane. Poor guy is just trying to do his job and live his happily ever after, but Tally is annoyingly persistant.  If you have follwed this series so far, prepare to not like her. It is what it is.

While Ethan is trying to avoid Tally, he and Jane are also struggling with attempting another surrogacy (thanks to Noah and Molly). Jane is convinced that Ethan will never feel happy and complete without his own biological child so rather than adopt, she has created this enormous pressure on everyone hoping this surrogacy will be successful. In true Kelly Moore fashion, be prepared to be hit with a major twist here!

Lucky Man is such a page-turner, much like the rest of this series. There’s action, mystery, humor, romance, and so much more. Seeing Missy and Rose grown up with such unique personalities is by far my favorite aspect of this book, but I also just love revisiting this family, their homes, and everything that’s important to them. Kelly Moore has created such an addictive series with Whiskey River Road and Lucky Man proves that the series just keeps getting better. Prepare yourselves for being wowed, surprised, and on the edge of your seat ready for what’s coming next!

P.S. Kleenex alert on this one is fairly low. Nothing like Rough Road which just made me blubber repeatedly!

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Missed the start of this series? Check out my reviews for books 1-7! P.S. they are free right now with Kindle Unlimited!

coming homeComing Home (Whiskey River Road, #1)

A cowboy. An empty altar. Coming home is complicated.

What stopped me from walking down the aisle to the perfect man? My stupid rebel heart, that’s what. 

I loved Boone Methany with everything I had, but I wanted more than just the ranch I grew up on and training horses for the rest of my life. Leaving him on our wedding day wasn’t something I planned on. Neither was coming back to my family ranch after seven years in the military just to eat a heaping helping of crow.

I thought I was prepared to see him again. What I wasn’t ready for, was him being engaged.

Coming home is about to get mighty complicated.

stolen heartsStolen Hearts (Whiskey River Road, #2)

A thief and a single father don’t bode well. She’s snarky, and sexy which can only lead to two broken hearts.

It was a day like any other on the ranch.

Hard work and no play makes for a cranky cowboy. Needing a night out on the town left me sneaking in my father’s house like a teenage boy.  That was my first mistake of the day.

The second was playing hero to a damsel in distress that turned out to be no damsel at all but a sexy, snarky woman who took me by surprise.

How you ask?

I’d been a ladies man.  That is until I became a father.  My rebel days were gone. A six-year-old sassy daughter changed all of that for me.  I didn’t need the complicated messy kind of love stuff. My hands were full.

A mission into town to handle a family issue would make my life more muddled. The day I met the woman who would steal my heart.

A thief. A woman on the run.  A woman with one too many secrets.  A woman whom I had to save because if I didn’t, I feared she disappear and take two hearts with her. I wasn’t prepared for the danger she was in and the decision I’d have to make. She’d hate me for sure.

I definitely wasn’t prepared for her to leave.

three wordsThree Words (Whiskey River Road #3)

Wild at heart. One hot cowboy. A heap of trouble.

What stopped me from saying the three words Ian wanted to hear? My stubbornness that protected my heart, that’s what.

A handsome cowboy with a hot body and a sense of humor to boot, Ian Daughtry was everything a woman could ask for. He was downright pretty to look at. The day he left my world spun out of control. It changed me inside. I was no longer the sweet, innocent girl. Instead, I became the wild child desperate to feel anything but love.

Now he’s back, slipped into town unbeknownst to me. My family knew but didn’t want to tell me, afraid it would rip me apart.

I have a news flash for him. I don’t care how hot he is, he ain’t gettin’ me back. This woman has done fine on her own. But boy howdy… just seeing him he sent me in a tailspin. One that might get me in a heap of trouble.

kentucky rainKentucky Rain (Whiskey River Road, #4)

A law-abiding man, breaking all the rules and dodging love. I’ll either run her off or give her my heart.

I threw in my hat, giving up my job as a lawyer to become the one thing I swore I never would…a cowboy. I’ve lived on my father’s ranch my entire life, but never learned how to be a rancher’s son. Instead, I was urged to become an attorney by my father, who doesn’t live by the letter of the law.

Now, I’m left picking up the pieces of my life, trying to figure out who I am, and what I want. Trouble is brewing for me, I can feel it in my bones, especially when my friends-with-benefits relationship with Margret starts to feel like something more than I have to give. She deserves a better man than me.

My plan is to keep her at arm’s length. Her plan is to pull me in closer

wild rideWild Ride (Whiskey River Road, #5)

He’s a tough cowboy. She’s a wild ride and the daughter of his family’s enemy. Will they let passion win out, or will it tear them to pieces?

Noah was raised apart from his family. Now, he’s trying to fit in with the Calhouns. But fitting in isn’t always easy when you’ve been a loner. A roll in the hay with a gorgeous woman fits his lifestyle. Falling in love was never in his plans.

Molly Granger’s lived a hard, dedicated life to her father. A man she loathes but has pledged her loyalty to—at least by all appearances. Her only focus has been revenge, even at the cost of her own life. Her goal is thrown off-kilter the day she meets Noah in a bar.

The connection between Molly and Noah is raw and intense, but neither one wants to admit their attraction. A wedge forms between them when Noah finds out her father is enemy number one.

Trapped between desire and vengeance, will they find a middle ground?

Magnolia Mill (Whiskey River Road #6)

She moved to Salt Lick Kentucky to a family she never knew. Now that she’s cured, she has a second chance at love. Will she take it or will she let fear chase him away?

Jane moved from Texas to Tennessee with her twin brother Noah to a family she had never met. She was overwhelmed with the warmth she received from each one of them. She was broken and dying. They healed her physically but they couldn’t take away her inward scars. She fixed herself up, plastered on a smile, and won the hearts of the town. As mayor of Salt Lick, she had a new beginning to fulfill her dreams, fall in love. Her only problem was, she wasn’t ready to let go of her heart so easily.

Ethan York came home with his best friend, Clem Calhoun. He was a big city boy trying to manage his life on the ranch. He found his calling in life; to be a cowboy. He also fell in love with Jane the first time he laid eyes on her. Neither one of them were ready to explore their emotions. Time passed and Ethan felt like he couldn’t breathe any longer with her in his life. His new job landed them working together on projects. The fire within him was ignited. Jane pushed him away. But Ethan proved to be one persistent man, like a dog with a bone.

She was trapped behind her secrets, not willing to share them. Will she ever be able to let go and fall in love, again?

Rough Road (Whiskey River Road #7) 

Clem and Boone are the backbone of the Calhoun family. They found their second chance together many years ago after Clem left him at the altar. They’re happily married, but Clem has never been able to give Boone the one thing she feels he wanted the most.

Boone is a happy, satisfied cowboy. He adores his wife and daughter, wanting for nothing more, but to live the rest of his days growing old with the woman he loves. His life is perfect other than the teenage daughter that’s driving him nuts. His ideal life is about to take a rough road he never saw coming, and he’s not sure he will survive it.

Clem is madly in love with Boone. He’s a good husband and father. She’s one lucky lady to have such a hot cowboy. He’s protective and broody when it comes to the Calhoun’s and she wouldn’t have him any other way. Life couldn’t be any better…until she gets news that will turn her whole world upside down. Rough doesn’t even begin to describe it.

The secret she keeps from Boone may tear them apart. It will be a test of their love not only between them, but the entire Calhoun clan. Will they be able to stand together or will it finally be the one thing that rips them apart?

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Book Review: Wild Ride (Whiskey River Road, #5), by Kelly Moore

 

Wild Ride (Whiskey River Road, #5), by Kelly Moore

Publication: October 29, 2020

wild rideAbout:

He’s a tough cowboy. She’s a wild ride and the daughter of his family’s enemy. Will they let passion win out, or will it tear them to pieces?

Noah was raised apart from his family. Now, he’s trying to fit in with the Calhouns. But fitting in isn’t always easy when you’ve been a loner. A roll in the hay with a gorgeous woman fits his lifestyle. Falling in love was never in his plans.

Molly Granger’s lived a hard, dedicated life to her father. A man she loathes but has pledged her loyalty to—at least by all appearances. Her only focus has been revenge, even at the cost of her own life. Her goal is thrown off-kilter the day she meets Noah in a bar.

The connection between Molly and Noah is raw and intense, but neither one wants to admit their attraction. A wedge forms between them when Noah finds out her father is enemy number one.

Trapped between desire and vengeance, will they find a middle ground?

**My Review**

I’m so excited to review the next installment in the Whiskey River Road series, Wild Ride! In earlier books we’ve gotten to know a little bit about the newest Calhoun siblings, Noah and Jane. In Wild Ride, prepare to get a much closer look into Noah, his sister Jane, their relationship with the other Calhouns, and of course – the instant chemistry with Molly Granger. Noah is trying to find his place in the family, having fun, and living his life. Molly appears to be all business, cold, and the exact opposite of Noah, except for the little detail of having off-the-charts chemistry from the first time they see each other. Once they figure out who the other is, there’s an ongoing battle knowing they should steer clear of one another, but also not being able to keep their hands off one another. 

If you love crazy and intense chemistry right off the bat, then prepare yourself for Noah and Molly. There has been no lack of steamy moments in this series, but Noah and Molly are on fire! Anyway, Wild Ride showed me so much more about Noah, as well as, his sister Jane and how they are trying more and more to find their place in the Calhoun family. Noah is laid back and easy-going while also being a hard worker. He’s finding his way as far as being a rancher and is ready to get himself better settled on the ranch. When everyone realizes that they have to battle Granger over land, again, Noah steps up and is just protective over the family and the land as any of the other Calhouns. But the main issue, Molly is with the enemy.

Now, onto Molly. All of the female characters in this series have been strong, independent, and often hilarious women. Molly is definitely one of the more complex though, and I love her! This woman suffered a horrible trauma growing up and at first appears to be insanely loyal to her sleazy father. But not long into the novel, we realize that she has been carefully plotting revenge against him for years. She’s had one goal forever, but after meeting Noah a softer side slowly starts to appear. Like Jane, Molly’s character has many layers and it was an absolute joy watching each of those layers be peeled back to reveal who she really is. 

And you know what? I think she became one of my favorite characters of this entire series. 

I have so much praise for this book that I could spend hours typing away about it. It has the sexy, fun, playfulness that each of the installments have in this series. There is serious conflict both externally with the Calhouns fighting Granger and internally with several characters struggling with difficult choices to make. Tension builds over and over in this story, but there is also that fabulous humor that we have come to love with this family.  And for those that loved the last book and getting a better look into Wyatt, prepare yourself for both sweet and heart-wrenching moments with him and Margret (Kleenex alert). 

Wild Ride is a must-read for fans of western romance. It’s about family, protecting what is ours, love, and surviving whatever life throws our way. You will feel tense, you will cry, you will laugh, and most likely have to fan yourself a time or two. Overall,  you will not be able to put this down. I am once again amazed and in awe of Kelly Moore. Her ability to create and bring to life masterful characters and stories within multiple genres is like nothing I have ever seen. My only negative thought after reading this is, “what happens after every character gets their story?” I absolutely do not want this incredible series to end. 

This is above and beyond a 5-star read, however, if you haven’t yet started this series, make sure you start at the beginning to get the full story of each of the characters.

*Thanks to Kelly Moore for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!

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Missed the start of this series? Check out my reviews for books 1-4!

coming homeComing Home (Whiskey River Road, #1)

A cowboy. An empty altar. Coming home is complicated.

What stopped me from walking down the aisle to the perfect man? My stupid rebel heart, that’s what. 

I loved Boone Methany with everything I had, but I wanted more than just the ranch I grew up on and training horses for the rest of my life. Leaving him on our wedding day wasn’t something I planned on. Neither was coming back to my family ranch after seven years in the military just to eat a heaping helping of crow. 

I thought I was prepared to see him again. What I wasn’t ready for, was him being engaged. 

Coming home is about to get mighty complicated.

stolen heartsStolen Hearts (Whiskey River Road, #2)

A thief and a single father don’t bode well. She’s snarky, and sexy which can only lead to two broken hearts.

It was a day like any other on the ranch.

Hard work and no play makes for a cranky cowboy. Needing a night out on the town left me sneaking in my father’s house like a teenage boy.  That was my first mistake of the day. 

The second was playing hero to a damsel in distress that turned out to be no damsel at all but a sexy, snarky woman who took me by surprise.

How you ask?

I’d been a ladies man.  That is until I became a father.  My rebel days were gone. A six-year-old sassy daughter changed all of that for me.  I didn’t need the complicated messy kind of love stuff. My hands were full.

A mission into town to handle a family issue would make my life more muddled. The day I met the woman who would steal my heart.

A thief. A woman on the run.  A woman with one too many secrets.  A woman whom I had to save because if I didn’t, I feared she disappear and take two hearts with her. I wasn’t prepared for the danger she was in and the decision I’d have to make. She’d hate me for sure.

I definitely wasn’t prepared for her to leave.

three wordsThree Words (Whiskey River Road #3)

Wild at heart. One hot cowboy. A heap of trouble.

What stopped me from saying the three words Ian wanted to hear? My stubbornness that protected my heart, that’s what.

A handsome cowboy with a hot body and a sense of humor to boot, Ian Daughtry was everything a woman could ask for. He was downright pretty to look at. The day he left my world spun out of control. It changed me inside. I was no longer the sweet, innocent girl. Instead, I became the wild child desperate to feel anything but love.

Now he’s back, slipped into town unbeknownst to me. My family knew but didn’t want to tell me, afraid it would rip me apart. 

I have a news flash for him. I don’t care how hot he is, he ain’t gettin’ me back. This woman has done fine on her own. But boy howdy… just seeing him he sent me in a tailspin. One that might get me in a heap of trouble.

kentucky rainKentucky Rain (Whiskey River Road, #4)

A law-abiding man, breaking all the rules and dodging love. I’ll either run her off or give her my heart.

I threw in my hat, giving up my job as a lawyer to become the one thing I swore I never would…a cowboy. I’ve lived on my father’s ranch my entire life, but never learned how to be a rancher’s son. Instead, I was urged to become an attorney by my father, who doesn’t live by the letter of the law.

Now, I’m left picking up the pieces of my life, trying to figure out who I am, and what I want. Trouble is brewing for me, I can feel it in my bones, especially when my friends-with-benefits relationship with Margret starts to feel like something more than I have to give. She deserves a better man than me.

My plan is to keep her at arm’s length. Her plan is to pull me in closer

Book Reviews

Book Review: Kentucky Rain (Whiskey River Road #4), by Kelly Moore

Kentucky Rain (Whiskey River Road #4), by Kelly Moore

Publication: August 20, 2020

About the book:

A law-abiding man, breaking all the rules and dodging love. I’ll either run her off or give her my heart.

I threw in my hat, giving up my job as a lawyer to become the one thing I swore I never would…a cowboy. I’ve lived on my father’s ranch my entire life, but never learned how to be a rancher’s son. Instead, I was urged to become an attorney by my father, who doesn’t live by the letter of the law.

Now, I’m left picking up the pieces of my life, trying to figure out who I am, and what I want. Trouble is brewing for me, I can feel it in my bones, especially when my friends-with-benefits relationship with Margret starts to feel like something more than I have to give. She deserves a better man than me.

My plan is to keep her at arm’s length. Her plan is to pull me in closer

**My Review**

Welcome to my review for the latest in Kelly Moore’s Whiskey River Road series, Kentucky Rain. Finally, we get Wyatt’s book and get to figure out what goes on in the mind of this mysterious man! Without giving away too much information for those that haven’t read book 3, Kentucky Rain picks up with Wyatt still trying to heal and come to terms with his injuries and his guilt over not better protecting Ellie. He’s pushing everyone away, especially the extremely patient Margeret. Wyatt, along with the rest of his family are all struggling in their own way, but Wyatt’s journey is emotional, complex, and makes the ending all the sweeter. 

This is the 4th book in this series so I have become very familiar with this family, except for Wyatt. He has always seemed uptight, straightlaced, and honestly – boring. Kelly Moore completely brings Wyatt to life in this one, making me realize that he’s anything but boring. Wyatt is dealing with physical and emotional pain, guilt, and most of all anger. The first part of this book is so stressful at times as you literally watch the unraveling of a man. Long gone is the responsible and upstanding mayor and attorney. Instead, Wyatt is almost like a ticking time bomb. While reading his story, I knew everything would eventually blow up, but I wasn’t sure exactly how or why. 

In addition to Wyatt’s situation, there was continued tension between Clem and Boone over Boone’s broken promise. Chet is being ornery and impossible as always. Bear and Nina are still trying to rebuild their relationship since Nina’s return, and Ellie and Ian are also working through the emotional and physical residue of  Watkin’s attack. Mix all of that together with getting to know the newest Calhoun’s, Noah, and Jane, and there is a lot happening in this book! There are moments that I laughed out loud and moments where I wanted to cry, but regardless of which emotion I was experiencing, I never wanted to put this one down. 

Kentucky Rain is darker than the previous books in the series in a lot of ways, but still has those overall themes of love and family. The characters are stubborn and by no means are they perfect. They are flawed and stubborn and seem to make a thousand wrong decisions before finally getting it right. But that’s one of the things that I love so much about this series. Moore’s characterization and plot development are astounding, but something that always grabs my attention is her ability to place as much emphasis on the subplots and secondary characters as she does the main. The result is a perfect literary blend of western romance, comedy, drama, and suspense into one amazing package. 

As always with this series, I highly recommend Kentucky Rain and wish there was more than a 5-star rating because it truly deserves more. However, if you haven’t discovered this series yet, you will want to start with the first and read them in order (see below).

*Thanks to Kelly Moore for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion! 

Pre-Order Kentucky Rain on Amazon!

 

Missed the beginning of the series? Check out my reviews for books 1-3. 

coming homeComing Home (Whiskey River Road, book 1)

A cowboy. An empty altar. Coming home is complicated.

What stopped me from walking down the aisle to the perfect man? My stupid rebel heart, that’s what. 

I loved Boone Methany with everything I had, but I wanted more than just the ranch I grew up on and training horses for the rest of my life. Leaving him on our wedding day wasn’t something I planned on. Neither was coming back to my family ranch after seven years in the military just to eat a heaping helping of crow. 

I thought I was prepared to see him again. What I wasn’t ready for, was him being engaged. 

Coming home is about to get mighty complicated.

stolen heartsStolen Hearts (Whiskey River Road, book 2)

A thief and a single father don’t bode well. She’s snarky, and sexy which can only lead to two broken hearts.

It was a day like any other on the ranch.

Hard work and no play makes for a cranky cowboy. Needing a night out on the town left me sneaking in my father’s house like a teenage boy.  That was my first mistake of the day. 

The second was playing hero to a damsel in distress that turned out to be no damsel at all but a sexy, snarky woman who took me by surprise.

How you ask?

I’d been a ladies man.  That is until I became a father.  My rebel days were gone. A six-year-old sassy daughter changed all of that for me.  I didn’t need the complicated messy kind of love stuff. My hands were full.

A mission into town to handle a family issue would make my life more muddled. The day I met the woman who would steal my heart.

A thief. A woman on the run.  A woman with one too many secrets.  A woman whom I had to save because if I didn’t, I feared she disappear and take two hearts with her. I wasn’t prepared for the danger she was in and the decision I’d have to make. She’d hate me for sure.

I definitely wasn’t prepared for her to leave.

three wordsThree Words (Whiskey River Road, book 3)

Wild at heart. One hot cowboy. A heap of trouble.

What stopped me from saying the three words Ian wanted to hear? My stubbornness that protected my heart, that’s what.

A handsome cowboy with a hot body and a sense of humor to boot, Ian Daughtry was everything a woman could ask for. He was downright pretty to look at. The day he left my world spun out of control. It changed me inside. I was no longer the sweet, innocent girl. Instead, I became the wild child desperate to feel anything but love.

Now he’s back, slipped into town unbeknownst to me. My family knew but didn’t want to tell me, afraid it would rip me apart. 

I have a news flash for him. I don’t care how hot he is, he ain’t gettin’ me back. This woman has done fine on her own. But boy howdy… just seeing him he sent me in a tailspin. One that might get me in a heap of trouble.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Three Words (Whiskey River Road #3), by Kelly Moore

Three Words (Whiskey River Road #3),

by Kelly Moore

Publication: June 11, 2020

three words

About:

What stopped me from saying the three words Ian wanted to hear? 

My stubbornness that protected my heart, that’s what.

A handsome cowboy with a hot body and a sense of humor to boot, Ian Daughtrywas everything a woman could ask for. He was downright pretty to look at. The day he left my world spun out of control. It changed me inside. I was no longer the sweet, innocent girl. Instead, I became the wild child desperate to feel anything but love.

Now he’s back, slipped into town unbeknownst to me. My family knew but didn’t want to tell me, afraid it would rip me apart. 

I have a news flash for him. I don’t care how hot he is, he ain’t gettin’ me back. This woman has done fine on her own. But boy howdy… just seeing him he sent me in a tailspin. One that might get me in a heap of trouble.

**My Review**

Three Words is the 3rd book in the Whiskey River Road series and is Ellie’s story, who is the sassy sexy sister of Clem and Bear from earlier books. This novel starts out with a furious Ellie after she finds out that Ian Daughtry has returned to town. Ian is the one that got away, the one that broke Ellie’s heart, and the one that changed her. Why did he leave? Because of three words, she could never get the courage to say out loud. It doesn’t take long to realize how much they both still feel for one another, but there are other issues affecting them all including Watkins being up to no good again and some new characters with a surprising link to the Calhouns.

As with the others in Kelly Moore’s Whiskey River Road series, Three Words is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end. Whether it be hilarious scenes, sexy scenes, or suspenseful scenes – this will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. In the previous books in the series, my impression of Ellie was someone that used to be a sweet and lovely girl but eventually embraced a major wild side. Her character is so perfectly developed in Three Words to where the real Ellie, not the wild girl we’ve come to know, is slowly revealed with each turn of the page. The new character and the one that crushed Ellie’s heart years ago is Ian. And prepare to swoon. He’s a total alpha male with a serious soft spot for Ellie. They drive each other crazy most of the time either fighting like crazy or fighting to keep their clothes on, but it’s evident all along how sweet and loving this man is. Again, prepare to swoon…

Besides Ellie and Ian, there is plenty of drama with the rest of the Calhouns, and of course, plenty of laughs. What I really loved though, was although Three Words is technically Ellie’s book, Moore provides plenty of action and insight regarding the other characters. Huge secrets are revealed, and all the characters face some major struggles in this book. Although I laughed along with each character while reading this, there was also a moment where I was literally on the edge of my seat and holding my breath.

The writing is that good.

As with the others in this series, Three Words comes with my highest recommendation. Kelly Moore embodies the best qualities in writers allowing her to take several different genres, mix them all together, and create a perfect reading combination. Prepare to laugh, cry, get stressed, mad, and everything in between. But prepare to fall in love with this novel!

*Thanks to Kelly Moore for providing this review in exchange for my honest opinion!

Purchase Three Words from Amazon!

 

Book Reviews

Book Review: Coming Home (Whiskey River Road, #1) by Kelly Moore

Coming Home (Whiskey River Road, #1), by Kelly Moore

Publication: October 15, 2019

whiskey riverAbout the book:

It was my big day.
The day I’d marry the man of my dreams.
So what stopped me from walking down the aisle to the perfect man? To my happily-ever-after?
I loved him but I ran away.
To what you ask?
A life I thought I wanted. Far away from the only life, I’d known. The only man I’d ever loved.
I was a rebel. It’s my only excuse.
Boone didn’t deserve any of it. He was sweet, protective, and one hot rancher.
He’d make any girl blush just looking at his handsome face.

What a day it was supposed to be.

I never thought I’d see him again but Coming Home after seven years is all I can think about.
I knew little about his life now and was damn sure he wouldn’t want me in it.
He had to hate me.
I wasn’t prepared for him.
I definitely wasn’t prepared for him to be engaged.

**My Review**

I’m so excited to bring you my review of the upcoming new release from Kelly Moore, Coming Home (Whiskey River Road, #1)! This fresh and unique novel is about a young woman Clementine Calhoun, returning home to her family’s Kentucky horse ranch for the first time in seven years. And, as she expected, not everyone welcomes her with open arms. Why you ask? Because all those years ago, Clem left without any warning, abandoning her horse training, her family, and worst of all – leaving her fiancé Boone Methany literally standing at the altar. After time spent in the military, Clem returns with her best friend Ethan, hopeful that she can resume training horses, start her own cybersecurity business, and get back in the good graces of her family. Oh, and she either needs to get Boone back or get over him once and for all.

There’s a long list of players in this one, other than Clem and Boone, including Chet and Amelia Calhoun (Clem’s parents), Wyatt, Bear, and Ellie (Clem’s siblings), Missy (Clem’s niece), Margaret Maynard (Boone’s fiancé), and Tom Maynard (longtime enemy and hater of the Calhouns). Seems like a big cast, but each character is wonderfully unique and plays a very important role within the novel. Clem’s mom, sister, brother Bear, and Missy are happy to have her home. Everyone else, not so much. Therefore, a great deal of the plot initially focuses on Clem’s attempts to make amends with her father and with Boone. Anyone even remotely familiar with any family discord will relate to and cringe at some of the dialogue that passes between Chet and Clem, but I also promise you’ll be clapping and crying tears of joys with Clem’s victories both small and large.

Speaking of crying, yes there are some sad moments within Whiskey River Road, but most tears will be tears of laughter thanks to the absolute hilarious personality Moore has created in Clem Calhoun! The banter between Clem and Boone, Clem and Ellie, and Clem and Ethan will have you laughing at loud with all of their names for various body parts and there is an especially wonderful moment when Clem is drowning her sorrows at the local bar and starts singing about all of her problems. But God love Clem, the poor woman just keeps on going no matter life brings or even when she brings it on herself.

An enormous part of this novel is all things involving ranches and horse racing, which has been executed in an intriguing yet realistic way. Horse fans will absolutely love this, and those not as familiar will become just as invested in the ins and outs of ranching. Prepare for Moore’s writing and imagery to completely transport you to the Calhoun ranch where you can smell the stables, hear the horses running, and see the cattle out in the distance. I can easily close my eyes and picture the main house, the cabins, and especially Chet sitting on his porch with his rifle by his side. But an even stronger impact of her writing is the emotions that it evoked while I was reading! I hated the Maynards (of course), found myself rooting for the horses, celebrated with the characters, and was completely heartbroken a time or two along the way.

What’s the most amazing thing about Whiskey River Road? Kelly Moore’s unrivaled plot development. This author has the magical ability to take an already strong and interesting plot and add so many unexpected twists and turns that it turns her books into a complete addiction for the reader. There were several times reading this when I thought something was going to happen in a certain way, but then something else came along or just didn’t work itself out the way I expected. This novel quickly became such a page-turner and at the end of every chapter, I was dying to know what would happen next. Take note that this is a “read in one sitting” novel because I assure you that you will not be able to put it down once you start.

I cannot express how highly I recommend Whiskey River Road, although I struggle to specify a certain audience that it is most suited for. Fans of romance, comedy, family drama, horses and ranching, suspense, sagas, and feuds – the list could go on forever – will love this novel. I’m not even sure what genre this will technically be classified as because it beautifully represents them all in one amazing package. Not only is Whiskey River Road unlike anything I’ve ever read by Kelly Moore, but it is also unlike anything I’ve read ever. The magnificent characters, the phenomenal plot development, and a setting that dreams are made of all make up one of my favorite reads ever.

*Thanks to Kelly Moore for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion! 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Meant to be Different (Meant to Be #2), by Amelia Foster

Meant to be Different (Meant to Be #2),

by Amelia Foster

Publication: Limitless Publishing; July 9, 2019

meant to be differentAbout the book:

As a teen, I had my life figured out: graduate and make my dream of being a bull riding champion a reality. That is right up until the goth girl transferred to my school. Georgia laid the snark on as thick as her eyeliner, but I saw through the toughened façade and fell for her. Hard.

She was willing to give up her own dream to follow me as I pursued my passion, but I couldn’t let her do that. So, I made the hardest decision of my life…and walked away.

It’s been twelve years since I left home without her and the all-grown-up Georgia is just as feisty and fiery as she was back then. It’s clear she has no intention of making redemption easy for me. Thankfully, I’m a patient man who knows what he wants. I’ve never stopped loving her, and I know she feels the same.

Back then I was a rhinestone cowboy, and she was a dark angel, complete opposites, yet we fell in love anyway. We weren’t meant to be like every other cookie-cutter couple, we were meant to be different.

**My Review**

Back in January I read and reviewed Amelia Foster’s debut novel, Meant to Be Kept, and just in case you have forgotten, I loved it! So, of course, I am crazy excited to bring you my review of the next installment in her Meant to Be series, Meant to Be Different. You don’t need to have read Meant to Be Kept in order to enjoy this one, but if you did, you will remember that Tanner’s major screw-up occurred while on the road with his rodeo/cowboy brother, Wyatt. This is Wyatt’s story. Told in dual POV’s between Wyatt and his high school love, Georgia, this is a beautiful story about an unexpected couple, an unexpected love story, and love that stands the tests of time.

After a life of fame as a rodeo star, Wyatt decides to retire and the only thing on his mind is to return home to Asheville (after 12 years) to start a rodeo training program and to see Georgia again, of course. Georgia and Wyatt met in high school when she moved to Asheville from Tampa and she was the unusual goth girl, whereas, Wyatt was the epitome of southern charm, cowboy, and gentlemen wrapped all up in a pretty package. But alas, he broke her heart. When Georgia first sees Wyatt again after the way he left, she is reluctant to trust him, but it doesn’t take long to realize that all of those old feelings never really went away. 

Ladies, prepare yourselves for Wyatt Carlisle because, my goodness, this man is a charmer! He’s sweet, sexy, mannerly, and so on, but the thing that truly gripped my heart was that he was just that way naturally. There was no added flair, acting, etc. This character hat Amelia Foster created was just honestly that good of a person

Georgia (Gigi) was also an amazing character and believe when I say that this women had been through hell and back in the span of 12 or so years. Constantly battling whether to take care of her family or take care of herself, this woman still managed to maintain a fantastic sense of humor and I adored her for it. 

Much like Foster’s debut novel, this one has a lot to do with forgiveness. Although the subject matter in Meant to Be Different is nothing like its predecessor, Meant to Be Kept, there is still the ongoing theme regarding forgiveness. Moreover, Foster clearly celebrates those unlikely or somewhat mismatched couples, which I loved! While growing up, Wyatt didn’t care about her dark eyeliner, fishnets, and Doc Martens and how they strongly contrasted with his cowboy boots and hat. This story is about finding your person, regardless of the package they may come in, loving them with every fiber of your soul, and learning to forgive and move on when one or the other screws up. 

As I reflect on this novel, I can’t say that I truly adored it as much as Amelia Foster’s debut, however, this one was wonderful nonetheless. I realize that I shouldn’t compare the two because it’s not as if it were a sequel, so just as it is, it’s a highly recommended read. Especially for those who love second-chance romances, you will eat this one up. 

*A special thanks to Amelia Foster for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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