BOURBON NIGHTS by Shari J. Ryan
Release Date: October 19, 2020
Cover Design: MadHat Studios
The heavy burden of caring for the well-being of another life shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of a teenager. But I never complained or shied away from it.
I had this friend. He needed me.
As the years went by, I continued to find myself drawn to those with pain in their eyes, wanting to ease their anguish with a smile or a joke.
That was what first lured me to Journey.
I quickly learned she bristled at even the suggestion of her vulnerability. We may be like oil and water, but I revel in fighting for her attention. This fiery beauty is worth the wait, and I’m playing the long game.
She claims not to be the commitment type, but I see hope and refuse to give up. Can I convince her we belong together? Or will I be the one left hiding my own pain behind a smile?
From USA Today Bestselling Author, Shari J. Ryan, comes the highly-anticipated conclusion to The Barrel House Series!
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3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time
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Bourbon Fireball is the 4th book in the Barrel House series. After reading the first 3 books, I thought I had an idea of what was coming with Brody’s side of the story, but I was so wrong.
The way this series is set up (2 books from the leading ladies’ points of view followed by 2 books with the hero’s telling their side of things) is very interesting. With Love Notes/Nights (Brett and Melody) we saw some of the same events as the two books moved along. I had expected something similar here with Brody’s point of view with his relationship with Journey, but that’s not really where this book went and I missed that aspect here as the two stories for Brody and Journey didn’t feel as connected as I would have liked.
The journey Brody takes us on is very much his story and the romantic relationship almost seems to be an after thought. There were actually several places in the book where I wondered why he and Journey were even together- and that was a weird place to be after seeing her side on things in Bourbon on the Rocks. The focus here seemed to be more about Brody’s relationship with his daughter from a previous marriage and how pieces of his past made him a more aware Dad. I appreciated the focus on mental health that was present here, both in the advocacy role and in the open discussion of the issues. That is something that has run through this series and I hope seeing fictional characters seek help will encourage anyone struggling to raise their hand and let someone give a needed lifeline.
Overall, I enjoyed seeing things from Brody’s point of view, but there were definitely somethings that I felt were left out of the book. There were one or two references to things that Journey dealt with, that we know where key elements to her relationship with Brody from her book, but we never got to see how Brody really felt once those issues were revealed. Given some of the things Brody shares here, I think the tie in to Journey’s past would have made things between them stronger and made this book feel more like a cohesive part of the series.
I’m a little sad to leave The Barrel House, but I appreciated seeing everything wrapped up and glimpses of what life might be like for the Quinn-Pearson family in the future.
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