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Distilled Heat

(Bourbon Springs #6)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Welcome to the Land of Bourbon and Bluegrass...Welcome to Bourbon Springs, Kentucky...

Pepper Montrose has only known bad luck for most of her life. But when incredible good luck finally strikes, her life is irrevocably changed by unexpected good fortune—as well as an unexpected encounter with Jon Buckler, her lifelong best friend.

Yet after finding each other, Pepper discov
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Published February 23rd 2016

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Apr 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pepper feels like a new friend. Her life hasn’t been easy but she’s always persevered and made the best of what has happened to her. Then her luck changes and she wins the lottery! This sets all kinds of wheels in motion as she can finally take care of her mother’s health needs and invest in the ranch she has always wanted to purchase, GarnetBrooke. When she enlists her best friend Jon’s help, he laughs believing she is lying. Boy, does he regret that move. Jon is shocked to realize Pepper reall ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Bramseth has a pretty typical romance formula, boy and girl meet, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl have a situation that pulls them apart, boy and girl resolve issue and find true love and their happily ever after. Usually, I'm not a fan of these books, so why the 5 star rating?

Ms. Bramseth has hit my sweet spot because this is a series. For a kid who grew up in a small town and understands how they work, this series is like coming home. There are interwoven families, and secrets. Yo
May 09, 2017 marked it as in-collection-already
Currently free in this bundle Bourbon Springs Box Set Volume II, Books 4-6 by Jennifer Bramseth
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
When the best of friends finally find eachother......what more can you say....
When arrogant and boring finally proves himself to be romantic...The best friend who knows how to love you best.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story between best friends. I agree with Pepper's decision after her luck turns to the better.
Jean Pimental
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book

I loved this book. Great story about Jon and Pepper. Good idea about saving the horses in a retirement farm.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read ❤️❤️
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm so enjoying this series
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I give this book 4 hearts

This is the 6th book in the Bourbon springs series. Thought they are all part of the series they can also be read as stand alone books.
Pepper has never had it easy, until the day she wins the lottery, her luck changes and so does her life as she decides to start on a new path. She buys the local thoroughbred farm to turn into a horse rescue but nothing is the same when feelings for her best friend turns into a steamy romance.
Jon was married but his wife left him when i
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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You know how the only luck some people seem to have is bad luck? Well, that’s pretty much been Pepper’s life. If it weren’t for bad luck she’d have none at all… to borrow a lyric. Until that day when she took a chance, made a gamble and it paid off so much more than she’d ever dreamed of.

Now she could make those dreams that were hovering around the ends of her wishful thinking imaginings… reality. A horse farm for retired Thoroughbreds, where they could live out thei
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read this entire series from the beginning and I really think the first book is the very best(Featuring Rachel and Brady, two judges and its FREE on Kindle). That said this series is terrific. Every book does stand alone but every book also includes characters from the previous books so if you read the series in order you will know who everyone is and the story will be richer. I especially loved seeing Brady and Rachel again and the fun surprises with their baby.

This story features Pepper
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pepper Montrose has had a rough life. She has just won the lottery and can quit her job as an elementary school teacher and take care of her ailing mother. Pepper calls her lifelong best friend, Jon Buckler, who is a local attorney to help her. Jon doesn't believe that she actually won the lottery so Pepper contacts another lawyer. Jon attempts to make amends with Pepper and they fall into a hot affair. When Pepper finds out Jon omitted a truth, she breaks things off with him and focuses on her ...more
Bernadette Long
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was great to return to Bourbon Springs and catch up with old friends from previous stories. This is the story of Pepper Montrose and Jon Buckler who have been friends since their school days. It is possible to read this story without reading the previous ones, but the experience will be richer by knowing their background.

Pepper has just won the lottery and is looking at a future without financial worries, but when she calls to share the news with Jon, he doesn't believe her story! She is not
Janet Overstreet
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book.

Jon Buckler and Pepper Montrose had been best friends since they were young. They both married someone else and are now both divorced, but still best friends. Jon is an attorney and Pepper is a financially struggling school teacher. As luck would have it, Pepper won the lottery (a big one). She called Jon because she now needed a legal advisor. Jon didn't take her seriously and laughed because he thought she was joking. That made Pepper angry, so she got one of his
Cathy Geha
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jon Buckler and Pepper Montrose, after many years as friends, find themselves finally at a place in their lives where friendship may move on to something more. Pepper carries baggage from the past and Jon has been busy dealing with his law practice but then…things change…at least for a while. They do not have smooth sailing with death, family, legal and other issues cropping up to be dealt with. Pepper’s redheaded temper, in my opinion, leads her into acting without thinking things through from ...more
Becky Burciaga
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ms Bramseth's Bourbon Springs series just keeps getting better with each book released. Jon and Pepper's story really touched something within my heart that is hard to explain. I'm sure it is not only that their love story is so moving, but the retired Thoroughbred farm topic set a whole different tone to this story. I sensed this book was more about giving of one's self then any of the others. I was so moved by the retired Thoroughbred story, that I changed my Shop at Amazon designation to Old ...more
Isha Coleman
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I hope this series doesn't end anytime soon. Jennifer Bramseth has cemented herself irrevocably in my favorite author collection. Her stories are such a joy to read that I am always looking ahead to what subject matter she will tackle next and what characters she will use. I received an ARC of Distilled Heat in exchange for an honest review. As always there is a history between the two main characters. Jon and Pepper have been the best of friends for years. As with every relationship there are i ...more
Book Lover
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley for an honest review.

This is my first book by this author. While this can be read as a stand alone, some parts of the book would have more sense if read in order. This is a small town, USA book. Everyone knows everyone else or is related.

I had a hard time with Jon and Pepper’s relationship. Jon is a lawyer, and comes off as a bit of a whiner. Pepper is a teacher, lottery winner, turned Race Horse retirement home owner. She gets mad at Jon when he
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing's a good thing I had a vacation day today. I was hooked from the beginning. I'm already planning my trip to Kentucky to see all of the Bourbon distilleries and all of the "horse" farms. I have very vivid pictures in my mind based on Jennifer's character descriptions as well as the outstanding descriptions of the land surrounding Bourbon Springs. I truly felt for Pepper. If there was anyone worthy of winning the lottery and Jon it was her. Although her luck did not immediately turn for ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story!!! As with all of Ms. Bramseth's Bourbon Springs books, this can be read as a stand alone, but flows much easier if you have some background on all of the characters in the book. This is the story of Pepper and Jon, a once poor girl who won the lottery and her best friend, the attorney. Secrets are kept and try to come between them, but determination wins. I absolutely love this series and it is so well written!! Once you start reading you feel like you have been transport ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from the author. This is another great story from the small town of Bourbon Springs. Distilled Heat is about Jon and Pepper, with Pepper's fiery spirit and Jon's determination, it made for a wonderful love story. I love this series and how the author includes characters from previous books. I recommend starting with book one, which will pull you into the lives of the people of Bourbon Springs. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Thank you Jennifer Bramseth fo ...more
Antonette Pierce
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another hit for Jennifer Bramseth!!! One of the things I liked most was that this story wasn't a "far fetched" story. The people,the story plots were real. The plot between Pepper and her father-it happens, the dilemma that Jon goes thru and his internal angst is clearly played out. I just loved how the many different facets of the puzzle all seemed to work out; and of course end up with a HEA ending.
Kelsey Sooter-walters
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I loved how well this novel flowed. The trust and honesty along with the lies and betrayals just kept the story going. I did not care for Walt Montrose but fell in love with Pepper and Jon. They both hard hard lives but over came that when a certain lady had enormous luck come her way. I would love to live on a huge horse retirement farm across from a bourbon distillery. Thoroughbreds and bourbon a very lovely combination.
Brandi Sartin lawrence
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book draws you in. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I love that not only did you get to read about Pepper and Jon's story but the people from the other books are also in each story, so you still know what they are up too.
Sue Ann
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
No matter what life throws at you, there's always the chance to win the lottery of life. This story is definitely a dream come true in so many ways...though there are twists and turns and adversity to get there!
Heather andrews
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jon has a great imagination when it comes to his woman and alone time, “because I’m thinking about all the things I want to do to you when we get inside and they’re pretty damned naughty,” he said as he picked up his keys and finally opened the door." I liked this book I fell in love with Jon.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!
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May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
This series is good but this book was only ok.
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Jennifer Bramseth is the author of the Bourbon Springs Series and Bourbonland Series of contemporary romances, and the Devil Springs Cozy Mysteries. She is a Kentucky native and lifelong resident who lives next to a horse farm and within minutes of several bourbon distilleries.

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