Series: Uncertain Saint's MC #1
on March 3rd, 2016
Genres: Alpha Male, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Griffin Storm wasnÔÇÖt prone to violence, but when someone takes what Griffin holds dear, the world as he knows it is gone.
Retaliation, revenge and rage fuels him. His club, the Uncertain SaintÔÇÖs MC, do their best to offer support, but Griffin is beyond redemption. HeÔÇÖll do what he has to do. Kill who he has to kill.
He doesnÔÇÖt care if that means he dies. If it gets him what he wants, then itÔÇÖs worth it.
He fakes it all until the night he walks into a sex shop for batteries and lays eyes on a woman that will change his life.
Lenore makes him think past tomorrow. Makes him want to see just what the future might bring.
But his lifeÔÇÖs a dangerous one built around pain and deception, and not for the faint of heart.
He wonÔÇÖt give up the past, not until heÔÇÖs done what he promised to do.
And if that means sheÔÇÖs not there when the dust settles, heÔÇÖll risk it.
Lenore, though, wonÔÇÖt give up on him. SheÔÇÖll fix him, whether he wants her to or not.
Whiskey Neat sure started off with an emotional bang. Within the first few pages, Lani Lynn Vale had me on the verge of tears. What Griffin had to endure is not something I wish on my worst enemy. Sadly, after a great start, it didnÔÇÖt continue the same way.
ÔÇ£She definitely didnÔÇÖt need to know that IÔÇÖd gone home afterwards, held a gun in my hand, and contemplated my life. Contemplated what it would be like without [him] in it. Contemplated whether or not I should use that gun on myself to go join him.ÔÇØ ~Griffin
Griffin is the typical alpha we expect to see in a LLV novelÔÇöoverprotective, demanding, hot as hell, sweet, and broken. After having lost one of the most precious things in his life, heÔÇÖs only going through the motions. He stopped caring about anything but extracting revenge on the people responsible for destroying his life. That is until he walks into a sex toy store to buy batteries and meets LenoreÔÇöthe sweet, sexy owner.
ÔÇ£I didnÔÇÖt get many second looks. It was the red hair. Match that with my pasty white skin, freckles on top of freckles, and a scar that ran down the center of my chest, and it was kind of obvious why men didnÔÇÖt bother giving me a second look.ÔÇØ ~Lenore
As the sex toy shop owner of a quiet, small town in Texas, Lenore is used to getting strange looks and dealing with weird people. What she is not used to is dealing with the attention of someone as hot as Griffin. Lenore isnÔÇÖt shy, but sheÔÇÖs feisty, smart, independent, strong-willed, and sweet. She leads a quiet but fulfilled life. She has a family and a best friend who love her, but she also has some pretty big secrets. What she didnÔÇÖt see coming though, was Griffin walk into her life.
ÔÇ£I know exactly what itÔÇÖll say the moment we walk in there together. But the truth is that IÔÇÖm tired of being away from you. Tired of fighting feelings that IÔÇÖve never had before. Tired of staying away from you.ÔÇØ ~ Griffin
Overall, I loved Griffin and Lenore. They make a great couple with smoking chemistry. The story is definitely captivating, and I enjoyed reading it. And the sexÔÇöholy shit. While LLV always has hot sex scenes in her books, with this one she takes it definitely up a notch though. Damn.
Unfortunately, there were quite a few things bothering me as well. While he plot and characters were very well-developed on the surface, some of the details were what brought the rating down for me. For one, while the story is multi-layered with many different threats, some of these threats that have been carried through some parts of the story, have all but been forgotten for the rest of the story, only to be picked up again when it was necessary for the story to be pushed forward, making them noting more than a contrived plot device. One example for this is LenoreÔÇÖs dog, heÔÇÖs only ever mentioned when he needs to move the story forward, but any other time Lenore conveniently forgets she has a dog, like when they unexpectedly leave for a day. There were quite a few of said instances.
Regardless of this, I did enjoy Whiskey Neat and I will definitely continue to keep reading LLV.
~Review by Anja
ÔÇ£Come on, Doogan,ÔÇØ I urged, giving his collar a tug.
Doogan didnÔÇÖt budge, which was why I had a front row seat as a man sailed over the railing of Mr. MarshallÔÇÖs porch, and landed about ten feet away from where I was standing.
ÔÇ£Oh, my God,ÔÇØ I breathed.
I didnÔÇÖt move, though, because the man was suddenly surrounded.
Men in leather were everywhereÔÇªbut the one man that held my attention was stomping down the porch steps and heading straight to the man on the ground.
Griffin, the man whoÔÇÖd bought batteries from me just two days ago, was well and truly pissed.
When his eyes swung to me, I didnÔÇÖt know what to do.
Should I run?
Stay where I was?
Question after question barreled through my mind, leaving me shaking in fearÔÇªand something else I wasnÔÇÖt ready to admit to just yet.
ÔÇ£Go home,ÔÇØ he ordered.
I blinked, looking to my left and right to be sure he was talking to me.
Since I didnÔÇÖt see anyone else around me, I decided he was talking to me, but I just couldnÔÇÖt get my legs to cooperate out of fear.
Not to mention that I would have to walk through the lot of them to get to my house.
When I didnÔÇÖt move fast enough, he issued the order again, only this time it was biting.
ÔÇ£Go. Home,ÔÇØ he snapped.
I turned on my heel and started walking, coming to a sudden stop when Doogan still refused to move.
ÔÇ£Mother of God,ÔÇØ I whispered. ┬áÔÇ£Come on Doog,ÔÇØ I whispered frantically. ┬áÔÇ£LetÔÇÖs go.ÔÇØ
He did move, just not in the correct direction.
No, he walked straight up to Griffin and licked his hand, a hand that was stuck out, not in invitation to approach, but instead to stop the dog from getting too close to him.
ÔÇ£CanÔÇÖt you control your fuckinÔÇÖ dog?ÔÇØ He grated out angrily.
Tears were stinging my eyes, because, by that point, I had the attention of not just Griffin, but the whole freakinÔÇÖ lot of them.
My heart was beating frantically in my chest as they watched me, and I just knew that if I didnÔÇÖt get the hell out of there IÔÇÖd get the hell beaten out of meÔÇªor worse.
ÔÇ£Where do you live?ÔÇØ ┬áGriffin asked, taking a hold of DooganÔÇÖs leash.
It slipped from my hands, and I watched in helpless horror as it did.
And what did Doogan do?
He freakinÔÇÖ followed him!
ÔÇ£Umm,ÔÇØ I whispered. ┬áÔÇ£Three duplexes down from here.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Be back,ÔÇØ Griffin said as he took my hand in his free one and started to walk me back to my house.
The men returned their stares on the man they were circling, and I glanced over my shoulder just in time to see one of the big ones kick the poor guy on the ground next to his feet.
He didnÔÇÖt say a word, and neither did I.
I was too scared.
What if he beat the shit out of me?
ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm not going to hurt you,ÔÇØ Griffin growled, interrupting my inner diatribe.
ÔÇ£I know,ÔÇØ I lied.
He snorted. ┬áÔÇ£Stop shaking. ┬áI said I wouldnÔÇÖt harm you. ┬áIÔÇÖm a cop.ÔÇØ
Yeah, but good cops didnÔÇÖt beat the shit out of people in the dark of night.