Title: Sunshine & Whiskey
Author: R.L. Griffin
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Designer: Silver Plum Creations
Release Date: April 21st, 2015
Sometimes the best things in life come from the unexpected. So if you lower your expectations, then you’ll never be disappointed. Sound cheesy? It is, but it’s also true. Clichés come from a grain of truth…like a man with a Porsche is compensating for something, or once a cheater always a cheater—you get the idea. Sorry, I digress. I’m supposed to be telling you what this book is about.
I’m Megan Walker, a lawyer at one of the hottest boutique law firms in Atlanta. I’m on the fast track to making partner and have my entire life planned out…or I did.
We all know how that goes, right? Best laid plans and all that.
Life just threw me a couple curveballs, so I’ve set out to take things into my own hands. By throwing caution to the wind and getting out of my A-type personality bubble, I’m learning more about myself than I have in my twenty-seven years.
Sound like a chick flick, doesn’t it?
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If you had a chance for a life do-over, with no care for the costs, what would you do?
In the case of this story, and Megan, the main character, an EPIC road-trip is only the beginning. Call it perfect timing, with her BFF, Laura having her own troubles and joining her for the ride, Time to let their hair down, enjoy lots and lots of alcohol, the occasional one-night stand, and laughs galore. They are the modern day Thelma and Louise, minus the whole tragic death scene.
This book is a big departure for the author, who I became a fan of with her romantic suspense series, By a Thread. While this book has its angst, it is minimal and most of the time, we get to go along for the ride with these fun loving women.
While the road trip serves as the back-story, both women struggle to determine the direction of their lives. Their break from the “real world” gives them the chance to carve their own path and find happiness for the long haul.
If you’ve read the author’s previous books, it won’t be a surprise that she doesn’t make the love story a simple one. There are multiple potential love interests for Megan, several of which make you think, is he the one (Peter, Ellis aka Meat, Walker aka Magic)? As well as some very unfortunate ones (Chad and Ben).
I personally wavered back and forth with which man (from the good pool), I wanted Megan to have her HEA. My heart was with Peter most of the book, but that would be too easy. Laura also had her share of men along the way as well. From the guy that caused her to need ice for her nether regions, to the man who was so perfect, it scared the hell out of her.
I thought it was great how both called each other out as they struggled to decide what to do with their lives and their men.
What I loved about this story was it felt like I was along for the ride. Megan and Laura are total goofballs, and their banter is exactly how I would picture two BFFs talking.
I also loved that the author poked at some reoccurring themes in romance novels. Can you truly forgive someone who has broken your heart?
He ripped my heart out and changed me. I’ll never be the person he fell in love with. I’m harder, meaner, more cynical, but it’s who I am and I own it.
And on the lighter side, is it always sexy to be spanked and told “come for me.” Ehhhh, not in Megan’s case, lol.
This book takes you on a journey about self-discovery. Enjoying the embarrassing moments, such as a funeral procession during a walk of shame, as well as all the good times in between. In the end, Megan’s sister points her in the right direction to make her life meaningful and filled with happiness for the future.
Sometimes you need family to remind you who you were before life got in the way, before logistics of paying bills and boys breaking your heart changed your direction.
If you are looking for a fun and fairly light read filled with good times and great music, look no further.
*An ARC was received for an honest review.
R.L. Griffin published her first book in 2004. After that she focused on practicing law. A few years ago she began writing the By A Thread series, which is out now. Her goal is to keep readers on their toes, whether it’s the plot twist or the book itself, her books are outside any box. There is a little bit of grit in most of her books and a ton of cussing. Most books are enjoyed better with a glass of wine, or whiskey, whatever your poison may be.
She lives in Atlanta with her husband, kid and dogs. She loves to travel and meet readers.
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