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Whiskey Sunrise

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Lesbian Historical Romance -- Royal Duval is the pride of her grandfather, Duke, from whom she learned all about faith, ambition, and women. After her father passed, Royal inherited his part of the family business: running bootleg whiskey. The back roads of Georgia had been perfect for the dissemination of the much sought after illegal elixir until the local Baptist minist ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published February 15th 2016 by Bold Strokes Books
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This is my first book by Missouri Vaun, but after reading this one I will definitely check out other offerings from this author.
Whiskey Sunrise is a nicely done historical romance with two believable, three-dimensional main characters, and a bunch of secondary characters who are more than just tools for making the story more interesting. I really found myself caring about the protagonists, Lovey and Royal. They are both very nice people with a lot of kindness and concern for others. Royal is es
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*I received this book from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for a fair review.*

This is the first book that I have read written by this author.

Before I get into the normal series of ‘this is what the book is about/this is what I think/etc’ comments, I need to tackle one specific issue head on immediately. Actually, looking at the description, two specific issues.

Nature of the book I was reading - I’m not sure if it’s something that I thought I saw in the book description, something
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, romance
A short, gentle, clean lesbian romance. The setting is interesting and the characters unusual: I was excited to read a complicated relationship between a butch moonshine runner and a widowed daughter of a homophobic preacher. SO much potential for conflict, right? But there actually isn’t much; the stakes feel very low and there’s not much at risk. All the problems are easily overcome. Also I know there’s a difference between romance and erotica, but I personally do like some sexual tension and ...more
D. Leigh
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If possible, I would have given this book six stars because it's exactly the type of story that lights my match, tugs my heart strings, and ... well, calls to my hopeless romantic side. This is one of the sweetest tale I've read lately, checking every box on my list of "re-read shelf" requirements:
1) The author seamlessly wisks you to a historic setting without that feeling that you're sitting through a history lecture (the reason that genre doesn't top my list).
2)The characters are deep and w
Justina Johnson
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book set in 1939 is a most intriguing story. The two main women initially seem to be polar opposites and the unlikeliest pair of lovers one could imagine. However, their fascinating differences actually seem to enhance and stimulate them both, adding a magnificent form of tension and texture that I truly adored. The supporting cast is also very well crafted. They provide assistance and succor for the women as they grow closer in the most loving and intimate manner while on the surrounding m ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This one was hard for me to rate because I find Vaun’s writing enjoyable and her characters engaging, but this book never grew into what it could be. Like in All Things Rise, Vaun has placed her characters in a unique premise, one where just the environment could drive many interesting plot points. But again like All Things Rise, the writing is much more focused on the relationship between the two characters rather than everything that’s going on around them. I’m all for the romance ( ...more
I try to avoid lesbian novels set prior to 1960 because I'm sure that no happy ending is feasible: someone will die, be assaulted or live in unrequited love ever after. Thank goodness for the romance genre. Whiskey Sunrise is a beautiful read, from its setting to its characters, to its storyline. Lovey Porter has returned home to her father's house after the death of her husband a year before. One dark night Royal Duval nearly runs her over while testing out a new route for moonshine deliveries. ...more
Rae Storey
Really. Good. Book.

This is an amazing read. It completely sucked me in, like The Never Ending Story. I was completely lost in this story, like I was floating 6 feet above the the characters witnessing every moment. And then something would happen around me, and I would come back to my body and take a deep breath as if it was my first breath in hours.

"This, what we're doing, it isn't real, Royal." - oh, this line cut me straight through because I have actually heard it, and it nearly destroyed me
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
I've been on a lesbian fiction binge for the past couple months, and I am grateful that I added "Whiskey Sunrise" to the lineup. This was my first Missouri Vaun book, and I'm thrilled because now I have a new author to obsessively read. The writing was beautiful, the images rich as they played out in my head, and the characters felt as real as I do. I enjoyed it so much that I read it all in one day, like a happy gay hermit. Thank you for that, Missouri Vaun. You got yourself another new fan.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why 5 Stars? Well, this is exactly the kind of romance I'm looking for- a tender, suspenseful, butch/femme lesbian love story with plenty of twists and turns. Also, I have a soft spot for historical fiction that takes place in the South. I'm from the Northeast and have never been to the South, so I have a rather romanticized image of Southern charm/ the charm of the Southern setting found in many literary works from or taking place in the South. I'll add this novel to my list of books that make ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes love has a lot to say about the future and decisions you will make. In this case, it was a lovely story of two people who found each other in the most natural ways. Even though the set takes place in the times where this kind of love is seen as unnatural, they made it.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This novel has such a nice combination of hilarious scenes, romance, social issues, and complications. The way the main characters met hooked me, and the way they saw each other next is so comic and sweet. I really like the complexities of the characters, too. Fans of tomboys and Fried Green Tomatoes should take a look.
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Missouri Vaun is a two-time Golden Crown Literary Society award-winning lesbian romance writer published by Bold Strokes Books. Her latest novel, CHASING SUNSET, is a sexy rom-com road trip.

Vaun spent a large part of her childhood in southern Mississippi, before attending high school in North Carolina and college in Tennessee. Strong connections to her roots in the rural South have been a groundi

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