- Whiskey Business by Avon Gale
Whiskey Business by Avon Gale
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States of Love
December 28, 2016
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Read the excerpt at <u>Dreamspinner Press</u>.
Ryder Waites will do anything to keep the tiny town of Gallows Grove, Kentucky, from vanishing off the map—even sell his family’s whiskey recipe to Bluegrass Bourbon in Lexington. Hopeful that the larger company can provide necessary improvements to the distillery, Ryder’s ultimate goal is to get Gallows Grove on the Bourbon Trail… and bring in much-needed tourism revenue. But to keep producing Hanged Man Bourbon in Gallows Grove, he’ll have to convince company liaison, unbearably stuffy and seriously hot Adam Keller, that he's worth the investment.
Adam comes from an old-money family, but he’s determined to make his own way in the world. When he’s sent to Gallows Grove, he questions the life choices that led him to a rented room in a funeral home, in a town full of macabre-themed businesses. And he doesn’t know what to make of Ryder, the descendant of bootleggers who’s on a mission to save his strange town from extinction. When Adam and Ryder put aside their initial mistrust, the results are as smooth as good whiskey. But after Adam’s assignment ends, he’ll have to decide if small-town life and a future with Ryder is to his tastes.
(Part of Dreamspinner Press's "States of Love" Collection for Kentucky)
(Updated: December 29, 2016)
A whimsical tale about serious matters, Whiskey Business is set in the morbidly named town of Gallows Grove. With town businesses keeping in the macabre theme (such as the Ever After Funeral Home, Last Meal Diner, and Pushing Up Daisies florist), Ms. Gale sets her town up with such vividness that you can see each and every location with crystalline clarity.
Ryder Waites, named for the most famous of tarot decks, wants his distillery, Hanged Man Bourbon, updated and his town assured of future success. The only way to accomplish both is by selling his whiskey recipe to a larger enterprise. What he doesn’t count on is said company’s desire to review Ryder’s facility to see about potentially moving it based on cost estimates. Adam Keller is the man sent to check things out and sort it all analytically using dollar signs as the bottom line. Adam is frustratingly serious about his job, but something about Ryder calls to him.
I’m not entirely sure how Ms. Gale managed to create a full-bodied, in-depth look into both the town and the characters in such a short novella! Filled with humor, seriousness, cynicism, and sarcasm, coupled with engagingly witty dialogues, Whiskey Business was an absolute delight to read. Adam and Ryder learn so much about each other and themselves throughout this story, not the least of which is that they are hauntingly attracted to each other. The chemistry is simply off the charts. The plot is by turns serious and seriously hilarious. I almost never rate novellas high, but Whiskey Business is so chock full that it reads like a full-length novel in just over 100 pages, prompting me to give it a rare five star review. Check this one out – you don’t want to miss it!
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