From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a new story in her Whiskey Kisses series… Everything’s bigger in Texas. And that includes Duke Wilder’s sexual appetite. Together with his twin brother, he runs a whiskey distillery, and when their business takes off—suddenly he’s got it all. Success. Money. Family. But he doesn’t have a woman to share it with. When Valentina storms into his life, her presence is only supposed to be temporary. She’s a feisty attorney hired to help clean up his company’s recent legal mess. He never counted on her being the one to turn his whole world upside down. After spending most of his life living in the shadow of his brother, Duke has something to prove, and he’s not about to let this distraction get in the way of his plans, no matter how hot things get. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**
I truly liked Duke and Valentina. I felt their connection, and their hesitance to act on it. That felt pretty believable to me. I mean, Duke's twin is married to Valentina's best friend so neither of them wants to chance messing things up, but it was great seeing them finally go for it. They had hot and steamy sex,yes, but they did develop outside of the bedroom as well. Given the length of this novella, that's no easy task!
This novella was a flirty and fast read. I sighed at the end strictly because I wanted more; I wasn't ready to say goodbye to these characters. I enjoyed this novella and would recommend it.
Duke and Valentina have an attraction to one another that is intense, and instant. And, this matters in the shorter story of the Dark Nights books. You have to believe the attraction is instant, that it is compelling, and that it is intense enough for them to act on the interest.
As this was a shorter book, it was not as well-developed as other stories by this author...but I enjoyed it overall. It was a fun, sexy short story and I recommend it.
“I’ll drink to that,” I replied, flagging the bartender down for another round. Just then some movement over Valentina’s shoulder caught my eye. A woman had just walked into the bar, her chin-length, curly brown hair bouncing with every step. Our eyes met, and she smiled like she knew me. I gave her a half smile back, which quickly faded when I realized who she was. Amber, my ex from college who’d moved away shortly after we graduated. Her hair was different, but her face was pretty much the same. The same round cheeks, full lips, pale blue eyes. Eyes that bore into mine as she turned the corner, making her way to our table. It was then that I noticed she wasn’t alone. She had a boy with her, and when his gaze met mine, my stomach dropped. That kid could have been my clone. Brown hair, green eyes, same nose, same chin. He even had my same damn dimples. My heart was beating so hard, I thought it might jump right out from my throat. What the hell? “Earth to Duke, are you paying for this round, or am I?” Valentina’s voice broke me from my panic just in time for Amber and the little boy to reach our table. “Hey there, Duke. I was hoping I’d find you here.” Amber’s voice was just as sweet and syrupy as ever, but in that moment, it sounded to me like nails on a chalkboard. She smiled broadly at me, her hands on the boy’s shoulders, while the boy stared blankly up at me. “Hey, Amber,” I said when I finally found my voice. “What’s it been, ten years?” “Almost eleven.” I nodded, my mind still spinning, and that’s when I noticed Valentina. She was sitting up perfectly straight, her lips pulled into a thin, taut line across her face. Her eyes were wide and trained on the boy’s face, her expression unreadable. “This is Valentina,” I said, gesturing to her, but the moment the words left my mouth, Valentina stood and grabbed her purse. “I was just leaving,” she said, quickly tucking her chair in behind her and forcing a smile at Amber and the boy. “Valentina—”
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras