BXTCHES Gotta Warn: Okay, there really isn’t a warning here “per say”, but can we take a moment real quick and really admire the fuck out of that cover? I’m not sure what this bundle of hotness is pondering over, but. . .can this BXTCH be the one to put him at ease? I mean, if I wasn’t married of course. Let’s carry on, shall we?
Whiskey Neat will be told through the POV’s of Lenore and Griffin. Which, I must say is my favorite way to tell most stories. I love being able to get inside the head (figuratively of course) of the male, especially this one.
The prologue is going to kick off six months prior, which is when we meet Griffin. Unfortunately we meet him right as he is about to bury his six year old son. Yeah, I know, sucks balls. His son, Tanner, was the victim of a drive-by shooting. One that took place in front of Tanner’s school. One that most likely was intentional, what I should say is, the intent was to kill Tanner. It would help you to know that Griffin’s ex-wife, Noreen was now married to a state Senator. I’m gonna leave that right there, we may come back to that later. If not, go ahead and draw some conclusions.
Lenore owns Uncertain Pleasures. The only sex toy shop in Uncertain, Texas. This is where she happens to be one night when Griffin shows up looking to buy some batteries. Unfortunately the only batteries the shop carries are packaged with the dildos, which leaves very little options for Griffin. Now, Griffin does leave the dildo on Lenore’s car with a note. Very taken by Griffin and his overwhelming hotness, Lenore uses that very same toy to bring her a bit of pleasure later that night.
Griffin is a Texas Ranger (not the bat swinging kind either), he is also a member of the Uncertain Saints MC. Now, this is a pretty small MC and was really formed by guys who were brought together by certain happenings in their lives. They’re not really the 1% kind. Now, that doesn’t mean that they’re not out to serve up their own brand of justice, in this case, trying to get the assholes who are responsible for Tanner’s death. They still represent brotherhood at all turns. MC books are one of this BXTCHES favs and while the focus of Whiskey Neat isn’t on the MC, it still plays an important role, one that I hope grows as this series grows.
Lenore is having her own issues. First, she is having some health problems and has a BFF that is married to her high school nemesis. I should probably clarify and say that her BFF is Remy who happens to be male and the bitch nemesis is female. I won’t go much further into that, it’s definitely worth the discovery. I really just wanted to give a little insight into Lenore, who you are going to absolutely adore. Adore Lenore, look at that, I didn’t even try to make that happen.
Lenore + Griffin evolves or I should say kicks off when he finds the dildo he discarded on her bed and knows immediately where it had been. What starts out as very hot sex, turns into much more.
When it comes to a supporting cast, Whiskey Neat is no different than any other Lani Lynn Vale book. She really does a great job of forcing you to invest in all of the characters in this book, hell all of her books for that matter. The story that’s presented in Whiskey Neat requires a range of characters and they are so well developed that I was able to really have the book almost play out in my imagination, which for me, is the best kind of storytelling. Lenore couldn’t have been better written. Everything about her screams fierce (she even has red hair for crying out loud). She is what I want in a heroine, she knew what she wanted and didn’t take no for an answer. When I expected her to hide certain aspects of her life from Griffin, she jumped right on the honesty train and took it for a ride. Adored, adored, adored Lenore (there I go again). With Griffin, he certainly fills the role of Alpha Male VERY WELL. While I didn’t really enjoy the fact that his son was murdered, I did love the vulnerability it brought out in him. All in all, Griffin could certainly make my “favorite Alphas” list.
The fucking in this book is AVN award worthy (that’s the Oscar equivalent for porn, just in case you were wondering). I’m not sure if the scenes in this book are getting pulled from real life (though I may have to try some in my real life) or if it’s the work of a fantastic imagination. Either way, applause to you, Lani Lynn Vale. Griffin is going to knock your socks off, melt your panties, have you looking for your dildo and making sure your man knows exactly what he is to do with it, just get ready to rip the clothes off and get to the business. Yes, it’s pretty scorching.
Now, this book has everything in it. It has the suspense of Tanner’s death and Griffin trying to find those responsible. It has the tragedy of a parent losing a child and the grief he must work through, which is really fucking sad. It has the drama of bitches causing problems and just being bitches. Reading Whiskey Neat is comparable to watching an entire season of your favorite show on Netflix, except all of the angst and sex and drama and LOL’ing and tragedy, is all rolled into one book. But like any good show, you still binge on it and are left with a bit of a hangover in the end.
When I “one-clicked” Whiskey Neat and saw that it was 400+ pages, I expected it would take several days to finish. So, imagine my surprise, when I started this book in the morning, while the kids were getting ready for school, and finished it by early evening. I was so shocked when I turned the last page, that I had to re-check on Amazon for the page count. I’m actually still a bit skeptical on that number. Either way, I finished this book in less than a day and my belief is this. . .if a book is so good that you can’t even put it down to “adult”, then you have no choice but to give it the 5 hearts it deserves. So, thank you Lani Lynn Vale for giving me the escape (even if it was for one day) and forcing my husband to play both roles, it was so worth it.