Thursday, December 22, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Double Shot of Bourbon

A Double Shot of Bourbon
A.C. Land
(Bourbon Series #2)
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Lonna Stuart is proud tobe the most beautiful girl most people have ever seen. But on the inside she’s dying. Her mother’s grating comments and her boyfriend’s obsessive control are suffocating her.

There’s only one person who sees the real Lonna.

Son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher, Collin toes an invisible line of perfection; he’sa football prodigy; a hard working employee; and, what Lonna’s boyfriend considers, a retard. A slight stutter keeps Collin back from making too many friends, but he observesbetter than anyone, and he sees things most people miss. He sees the pain in Lonna’s eyes and the sadness in her frown. When she nearly drowns, Collin’s the only one willing to sacrifice himself to save her.

Inspired by Collin’s overwhelming kindness and drawn to the sheer greatness of him, Lonna begins to pull away from her asphyxiating life. But unbeknownst to both of them, Collin’s father, busy planning an epic escape from prison.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Teen--

Book 2 in the series picks up a little before book 1 ends, but told from Lonna and Collin’s points of view this time. Collin has always been in love with Lonna, to him she is the perfect girl who can do no wrong. Lonna on the other hand knows how attractive and wonderful Collin is, and what he feels for her, but she will never give him the chance because of where he comes from. But one stolen night sets off a chain of events that neither saw coming, be it the emotional devastation or the danger everyone is in.

I would recommend that this book be read after book one, because even though it is a new set of characters, the plot is one continuous storyline set within a few weeks time. I had no idea that this was going to be such a freaking convoluted series when I picked this book, but this is only book 2 in who knows how many books. To put it simply, nothing resolves here. Expect a messy, angsty emotional read with lots of loose ends that just leave the reader hanging, desperate for the next book.

I enjoyed this book much more than the first one, predominantly because I love Collin. He is the poster boy for being awesome, be it in school, sports, working multiple jobs, volunteering, and his morals (which is shocking based on where he comes from). He is so great, yet people have a hard time looking past who his father is (as well as his trouble making brothers). In the first book he seemed so innocent and naïve, always having Luke take care of him, but here we see the side of him where he takes care of others. Sigh, he was dreamy. And sweet.

It was really hard for me to understand Lonna and her motivations. I could never imagine staying in an abusive relationship or letting others use me, but yet again I have never lived a life like she has nor felt so bad about who I was. I liked her strength when it came to Charli, but then her own life weakness was hard to accept. Her mother was the devil and so was her ”boyfriend”, and the fact she let both control her actions was hard for me to watch. She appeared so strong but was very much so abused. It hurt to see what she thought of herself and I rooted her on regardless.

I liked this book better than the first one (which I liked and blew through in one afternoon because I heart Lucas) because the characters felt like they had more depth (in my opinion). By the end I fully understood who each one was and what they were capable, making them real to me. I do love a good character driven book, and this was that. Book one needs to be read first, but this sequel was better. Minus the terrible ending that is building to what I don’t even know I could guess. I will need to get my hands on book 3 ASAP.

I received this title from the author in return for my honest review.


Check out Book 1 in the series:

Book Blurb:

A Shot of Bourbon (Bourbon Series #1)

Book Blurb:

In the little highway town of Bourbon, Missouri, deadly secrets lurk behind southern charm.

Seventeen year old Charli Valentine didn’t expect to spend the last few weeks of summer break nursing a broken heart, icing a black eye, and watching her ex kiss another girl.

Since being a good girl has gotten her nothing but heartache, Charli decides to give rebellion a try. She pigs out, drinks, and hangs with Luke Parker, the son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher.

But there’s more to Luke than meets the eye. His tough exterior and terrible dialect hide a good person despite his bad boy reputation. No matter how hard he tries to fight it, Luke is drawn to Charli’s innocence and finds her clumsiness too charming to resist. Though they’re from opposite sides of the tracks, neither can resist the pull drawing them together.

When Charli discovers a box in her mother’s closet, she pieces together the truth about Bourbon’s past and uncovers a deadly secret about her family. And once Luke learns of it, he vows to protect Charli no matter the cost.

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Author Bio:

Author of the Bourbon series, A. C. Land has been a lover of stories since she first read about Peter Pan giving Wendy an acorn and teaching her to fly. She always dreamed of telling big stories about small towns.

Residing on a cattle farm in Missouri, A. C. loves playing with her rambunctious Jack Russell, Riley, making decorative cakes, taking pictures, drinking pumpkin spice coffee, and hanging out with her nephews.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review, Katherine! I love it when a sequel is even better than the first - I find often it suffers from boring, middle book syndrome! Glad you liked it! :)