- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Kandi Steiner
- Audible.com Release Date: November 28, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MTRVWGN
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A Love Letter to Whiskey Audiobook – Unabridged
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By the first chapter of this book, I was fully invested in the story and in the main character, B. B meets Jamie her junior year of high school. It doesn’t start out as love, but friendship. Jamie and B become the best of friends, but so much more is between them. This story spans a decade. A decade of love, loss, friendship, heartache and emotion.
As the years pass, mistakes are made. There is miscommunication. There is a lot of stress and misunderstandings. But there is also a lot of love. Desire. I could feel how much these two loved each other, wanted each other, and needed each other. I was addicted to their story. I couldn’t stop reading. No matter how difficult it got, I couldn’t put the book down. Oh those rare books that are impossible to stop reading- they are such a treasure. I must have bit off all my nails while reading. I felt like I needed a drink. This love story was complicated. It was devastating. It was intense. And these two had the absolute worst timing ever.
Jamie is a character I loved from the start. He’s Whiskey. He’s addicting, smooth, and you will get drunk off of him. His nickname suits him. B is one of those characters that was tough. She was likable, then she was frustrating, then I felt for her… lord did I feel for her. Then I went back to being frustrated with her. My emotions were all over the place. One thing she was- REAL. She was a real person. She was not perfect, but by the end, I felt like she had a lot of growth.
I feel like this review has been a lot of rambling and I’m not giving this story the type of review it deserves. It’s because my emotions are all over the place. This story is bittersweet. It’s heart-wrenching and soul shattering. And it absolutely blew me away. It’s a book that you’ll love to hate and hate to love. I feel like no matter how you feel after reading, YOU WILL FEEL. This is a story that will elicit strong feelings from everyone who reads it.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book like this, and even longer since I’ve read one that effected me this strongly. Kandi Steiner’s writing is exquisite. This is one of the most beautifully written stories I have ever read. It will make you feel. Not all of those feelings will be pretty, but you will feel. There were so many moments while reading, I felt like I couldn’t breathe. This one really got under my skin and made my heart ache. By the end, I was happy I stuck it out. This is a story of heartache, love and friendship. It’s an epic read and one that I couldn’t give anything less than 5 stars to. Word to the wise, bring some Whiskey along when reading. You’ll need it.
What I didn't like: The title and the ads are total LIES. I did not receive the book they promised me. I feel cheated, darn it! I love NA because of the directness of the characters, the passion, the angst ... none of which I found in this story.
Where's the powerful addiction to a magnetic, sexy man she can't live with and can't live without? Where are the tears, the heartache, the freaking DRAMA? Nowhere that I could see. This is a bland, typical 'I met him in HS, fell so hard, we went off to college and dated, blah, blah, blecch.'
The reasons they are torn apart felt manufactured, not driven by the hero and heroine's characters AT ALL.
Mild Spoilers ahead ... very mild.
She's a poor girl from a broken home - where are the forces that drive her because of this? She never says 'I can't live without security or that kind of thing' she just says 'Oh, I can never tell him I love him ... erm, why, chickie?'
He's the golden boy that all the girls want - why in the everloving heck would he not speak up to her and say 'Hey, I think we got it goin' on' ?? No, instead we get 'Oh, we can never be together, sulk, sulk, see you in a year or so ..'
And yes, my age speaketh here. If I was 17, I'm sure I would have bought into the whole scenario. But, I'm not ... and I didn't.
Prior to purchasing this book, I had seen it talked up quite a bit on social media so I pre-ordered it and couldn't wait until it showed up on my Kindle. I have so many books on my Kindle, just waiting to be read, but I picked this one because I'd read so many good things about it. So, I eagerly dove in.
Brecks (B) Kennedy and Jamie Shaw have the kind of love that I'd describe as that of star-crossed lovers, like Romeo and Juliet. They meet after they literally run into each other when B and her best friend, Jenna, are running on a trail. B and Jamie crash into each other and it's at that moment that everything changes for them. B nicknames Jamie "Whiskey" because of his eye color and there are a number of comparisons between the actual act of drinking whiskey and "Whiskey" himself. B is 17 years old at the time and the story takes place over the span of 11 years, as we see B and Jamie graduate high school, enter college, find their first jobs and when they date other people.
The story is told only from B's point of view and it would've been nice to have seen Jamie's point of view as well. I liked how the story is told over the course of just over a decade so we can see the growth of the characters and I love it when an author can write well enough to feel the emotions and love between the characters because I definitely felt those. I also liked how the book is written as though the author is reflecting on the past. The majority of each chapter is written in present tense and the last couple sentences of each chapter are written as a reflection, like the author is pondering over what happened in the past. What I didn't like was how both B and Jamie never seem to be at the right point in their lives for each other, mostly it seems because of B's reluctance to commit. It seems like they play a lot of games and only actually want to be together when the other person is in a committed relationship, which always ends up hurting the other person in that relationship. Perhaps it's just me and the fact that I'm in my mid-30s but I had a problem with all of the cheating going on in this book and the fact that these two, mostly on B's end, are pretty immature. I know this book is technically classified as a New Adult and College romance and it's about characters often in their 20s so maybe it's just not my cup of tea.
Overall, I liked the concept of the book and how it's written as a love letter but I had a hard time with all of the cheating that occurred, so if you are opposed to books that contain cheating, I'd take that into consideration if you are looking to purchase this book. I was mostly frustrated with the protagonists because the timing was never right for them to be together even though it's obvious they are meant for each other. I thought the book was decent but was disappointed with the characters' actions and this could be because I'm not in the target audience and others who are may enjoy it more.
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