Rating: 5 Cups of CoffeeIt’s crazy how fast the buzz comes back after you’ve been sober for so long.
Whiskey stood there, on my doorstep, just like he had one year before. Except this time, there was no rain, no anger, no wedding invitation — it was just us.
It was just him — the old friend, the easy smile, the twisted solace wrapped in a glittering bottle.
It was just me — the alcoholic, pretending like I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less.
But we can’t start here.
No, to tell this story right, we need to go back.
Back to the beginning.
Back to the very first drop.
This is my love letter to Whiskey. I only hope he reads it.
"But sometimes, even when we know something is bad for us, we do it anyway. Maybe for the thrill, maybe to cure our curiosity, or maybe just to lie to ourselves a little longer."
This book made my heart ache something fierce. I was absolutely not expecting this kind of intense, all-encompassing agony from B and Jamie’s story. At some point you just become so invested in their lives, the way they come together and painfully break apart.
"We tumbled into hell together."
Jamie (JAMIE!!!!) is perfectly flawed. He’s got a heart of gold and loves fiercely and unapologetically. He’s the kind of guy you can’t help but adore to bits. B is this incredibly strong woman who just can’t seem to catch a break. She’s suffering because love has never been easy for her to take in or give out. I loved how ambitious she was when it came time to forge her own path and follow her own dreams.
"They say timing is everything, and I was beginning to learn that timing was everything but kind to Jamie and me."
Without giving anything away, expect to experience all kinds of heartbreak with this story. I knew I was in too deep when I started tearing up on the subway (note to self: quit reading emotional books in public!!!). I cannot recommend this one enough—Kandi Steiner has created the most intoxicating cocktail of a romance.
"I think sometimes life is about embracing what hurts, because pain is one of the most vivid emotions we can feel. Pain reminds us that we are alive, and I'll always appreciate that stinging reminder."
Kandi SteinKandi Steinerer is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.