5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Boss/employee class difference coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Gay Heat Index Insta Love m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Part of a Series

Whiskey Business (States of Love) by Avon Gale

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents


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)


Hands down, this is the absolute best story in the “States of Love” Collection that I’ve read, and I’ve read 6 of the 10 so far published. But, that’s not really telling you how much I LOVE this book because I do – I really do!

I’m a huge fan of the author, it’s no secret, and her humor is what sells me most on her writing.

This story is chock full of puns – the town is Gallows Grove and all the stores have macabre names and the MCs aren’t afraid to acknowledge the “color” in town and make a few plays on words themselves.

The romance is sweet. It moves along fairly quickly and with a bit of very hot dirty talk and smexy times to go with the talk. The ending is both heart-warming, satisfying and a little sentimental too.

It’s also my favorite kind of story, one where the underdog wins and gets his man and his future all in one fell swoop!

So, I highly recommend this to fans of the author, the series, romances full of humor and fans of macabre puns.

5 of 5 stars


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