The Distiller’s Darling by Rebecca Norinne and Jamaila Brinkley is refreshing and delicious. There is nothing sweeter than a collaboration that reads with such fluidity and grace as this does. I tried to figure out which author wrote specific chapters and I was unable to decipher. Ladies, well done.

For those familiar with the River Hill series, this book focuses on Naomi Klein and her crew of friends. New to the series, no problem. I love that this book can stand on its own for those who have not read The Vintner’s Vixen as well as satisfy returning readers with a continuation of beloved characters that brought them back for another bookcation.

Naomi Klein is strong, witty, and knows what she wants. Unafraid to speak her mind despite the potential for alienating herself from her family and friends she’s tired of her meddling mother and town gossip. Naomi is oozing talent and will stop at nothing to achieve her dream, but does she really want a life of one-night stands and no commitments?  Is it possible that she can have an established career without giving up someone special? When she meets a sexy Irish whiskey connoisseur he will leave her panties twisted and her heart ripe for the taking. Will she change her mind regarding marriage and discover it’s possible to have it all?

Iain Brennan wants to to be defined by his work and not constricted to his families expectations or old world ways. Working with his twin sister on a secret project he travels across the pond to make his move. There is only one thing preventing him from achieving his goals, a sexy artist who will become the canvas in this fabulous love story. Will his family be receptive? Will he change his mind on relationships and family?

If you’re looking for something fun this weekend try an adventure with hot chemistry, a solid story built around families, friendships, and a town where everyone knows you. Now is the perfect time to visit River Hill, I hear there’s a great B & B with a few rooms available :)!

I received this ARC from Inkslinger PR and the authors for a fair and honest review. For a book that has love scenes behind the bedroom door this is still a scorching hot read!

Scorchin – Caution, may lead to unexpected need to turn on the A/C.

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EXCERPT:

“Thank you for doing this,” Iain said, the pad of his index finger tracing over the design Naomi had created for Whitman’s Revival. “To be honest, I wasn’t sure I’d hear from you again. You kind of ghosted me.”

He glanced up in time to catch her looking away guiltily. “Yeah, about that—”

“I’m not asking you to explain yourself. I get it. We had some fun, and now it’s time to move on.”

Naomi’s eyes came back around, the guilt replaced with what Iain thought looked a whole lot like contemplation. “Funny you should mention that.”

“Funny how?”

“I was thinking,” she said, her finger swirling a pattern on the table that separated them. “You’re leaving in two months, and it would be a shame if we didn’t spend that time … hanging out.” Her eyes bored into his, as if daring him to misunderstand.

His lips quirked up into a smirk. “Why, Miss Klein, are you asking me to fuck you senseless until I board a plane back to Ireland?”

She tossed him a wicked smile full of promise. “You have to admit; we’re pretty damn good at it.”

“The best,” he agreed.

He felt his chest sawing in and out as his breathing became deeper and more labored. Iain couldn’t remember the last time he’d felt such heady anticipation. Oh, wait, yes, he could. It was that night in San Francisco when he and Naomi had practically run from that dive bar to his hotel. He’d been so ready for her that he’d ripped her dress off before the door to his room had locked behind them.

“So, what do you say, Brennan? You want to spend the next sixty days seeing how many orgasms we can give each other?”

That was all the invitation Iain needed. Abruptly, he stood, his chair scraping over the black-and-white-checked linoleum and then crashing to the floor. He stalked around the fifties-style diner table and fisted his hands in Naomi’s hair. He bent at the waist and let his lips hover scant centimeters from her parted ones. He could feel the warmth of her breath mingling with his own. “What do you say we get started on that now?”

She licked her lips. “Yes, let’s.”

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About the Authors

Rebecca Norinne writes sexy romance from the heart. Her heroines are bold and headstrong, and her heroes will do anything for the ones they love.

When not banging away at the keyboard, she is watching rugby, enjoying a pint of craft beer, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next book.

Originally from California, Rebecca currently resides in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband.

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Jamaila Brinkley writes historical romance with a hint of magic. Her Wizards of London series features thieves, duchesses, witches, and more indulging in mayhem and romance in Regency England. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and was a finalist in the Romance Through the Ages contest in 2015.

Jamaila came to romance as an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and found that her favorite historical romances seemed ripe for an injection of magic. Her favorite historical period is currently the Victorian era, and she’s never happier than when immersed in a multi-book family series.

Jamaila lives outside Baltimore, Maryland in a house that is perpetually under renovation with her husband and twin toddlers. You can find her blogging about romance, writing, parenting, cooking, and more on her website at www.jamailabrinkley.com, and posting pictures of her lunch on Twitter as @jamaila.

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