Becoming the Whiskey Princess ~~ Toni Aleo ~~ Blog Tour ~~ Giveaway ~~ Laurie’s Review

For better or worse, for richer or poorer, ‘til almost death do they part…

Amberlyn Reilly took a risk and found a new life in Ireland. She did something drastic and jumped in front of a loaded gun for the one she knew she couldn’t lose. And with her mother’s last request, she did more than fall in love. She fell into Declan O’Callaghan—with her eyes wide open and her damaged heart and soul leading the way.

When Irish-born Declan O’Callaghan spotted Amberlyn across the lake, he knew his life was about to change. And it did. Now he has everything he’s ever dreamed of —he’s marrying for love, and with that love, the family distillery will now be his as long as he marries before the deadline.

Things are moving fast. It’s now or never. And as their beautiful relationship grows, time is something these two don’t have a lot of. Declan’s and Amberlyn’s souls are tightly tethered, but will the questions and second thoughts of others prevent them from having a life they’ve both only begun to dream of? Will family and the obligations that come with the O’Callaghan name push them to their breaking point? Or has the Whiskey Prince truly found his happily ever after taking Amberlyn as his Princess?

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I most definitely need you to read The Whiskey Prince, before you dive into Becoming the Whiskey Princess. I’ll wait here whilst you #OCTB.

Toni Aleo has created a sweeping multi-generational love story that to me had a wonderfully vintage feel to it, but certainly with a very modern twist. It’s set in the Irish countryside and Toni sets a story that allows all five senses to become attuned — to where you can see all the vivid colors in your mind’s eye, hear the lilt of the accents, smell that sweet air, get a taste of Declan’s whiskey and feel of the grass in between your toes,

When we first met Amberlyn, she has just experienced the most devastating of losses and it is through this that she finds herself in County Mayo — where her parents were born, fell in love and married. It’s here that Amberlyn finds so much love — from her aunt, uncle & cousin — as well from a community — and most importantly — from such an amazing boy.

In Amberlyn, Toni Aleo created a heroine who could even in her grief, find the strength to persevere and even flourish. I loved her humor and sweetness, but also ability to speak up for herself in a way that made everyone realize very quickly that this lovely girl was no shrinking violet, but that she had a spine forged with titanium. At times I had to remind myself that she was very young woman that had to grow up very quickly. So when she had her moments of pique, they were always very easy to forgive.

Declan — The boy of whom much was expected. I loved that he was the kind of person who might have willing to give it all away for love. I loved his certainty about Amberlyn, she was the very light and love of his life. While he was always the sweet boy that captured Amberlyn’s heart, watching Declan’s growth into a man worthy of her love was something that made me so very happy.

Together, Amberlyn and Declan were magic. I adored not only their honesty, but how they expressed their love for each other – it wasn’t just sexual (though, whoa, whoa and whoa) but through deeds and actions. But they also had fun together and we got to see them make each other laugh. That’s not to say that everything was all rainbows and unicorns – they did have their moments. But what I appreciated that that they resolved their issues in such thoughtful ways.

If you are like me and appreciate a strong supporting cast – Becoming the Whiskey Prince had it in spades — From the hilarious Fiona (Oh. My. God – just message me when you get to the dinner scene….because…bahahahahaaaa) to the batty, but well-meaning Noreen. They all felt so incredibly genuine, that you could see yourself sitting down at the Inn for a meal and pint. I also loved the attention to detail given to Irish tradition and culture. It all just resonated for me.

By its beautiful end, I fel further in love with this book and I wanted more with these characters. I need to see what is next for each of them one in particular is definitely worthy of their own book. Jump in to these lovely books and see if you don’t agree.

5 Pints raised high in salute to Becoming the Whiskey Princess.

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About the Author

Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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