Length: 19,000 words
In a small town about an hours' drive outside Dublin, there’s a whiskey distillery.
Jim has worked in the distillery as its business manager since he returned to his home town after getting his degree. Whiskey is a slow business and rural life is quiet, but Jim takes it in his stride. That is, until the handsome and mysterious Mr Aiden Rooney moves into a room above the local pub and sets off a flurry of gossip.
Aiden’s an artist, and his devil-may-care attitude is a revelation to Jim. But he still lives in a small town in rural Ireland, and he’s not even sure if he wants to be out and proud. The choices they make could change everything, if only Jim dares to follow his heart.
I read the first line of the blurb for Whiskey Kisses and knew I had to read the book. A story set in Ireland and about whiskey…bring it on!
And, I wasn’t disappointed; Whiskey Kisses turned out to be a sweet and heartwarming comfort read with a wonderful cast of characters and two adorable MCs.
Jim has had to overcome the consequences of an accident which have left him with one mostly useless arm and also made him somewhat of an outsider in his own family. Not that they judge him for that, but as it is, he’s reluctant to add his attraction to men as yet another thing that makes him ‘other’ from the people he lives among. As a result he is not out and has no inclination of changing that situation. Until that is, he meets and falls for Aiden.
The attraction between Aiden and Jim is instant and their relationship doesn’t take much longer to develop. Of course, living in a small town means that secrets can only be kept for so long and whether or not Jim’s family and neighbours will be accepting of his homosexuality remains to be seen.
The above description might lead you to conclude that this will be an angst filled tale, but you would be wrong. While it is true that Jim has to face his fears and overcome them, it’s not a major plot point. This is more a case of delaying the big revelation until Jim had a good, impossible to deny, reason to face the music.
In fact, this is mostly a wonderful and charming description of two men who are clearly meant to be together finding their way to making it happen. Yes, there are one or two moments during which Jim finds himself face to face with prejudice and lack of understanding, but they aren’t the focus of the story; merely a reflection of today’s reality.
I thoroughly enjoyed making Jim and Aiden’s journey with them in this short but nevertheless complete story. Beautifully written, Whiskey Kisses gave me about an hour’s worth of delightful reading.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), visiting friends who live in other countries, Marvel Comics, learning new things, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT Adult Fiction genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen/ Young Adult genre, Romance, and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; "My favourite books," she says, "are The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood." She also several well-read copies of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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