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A Shot of Bourbon

(Bourbon Series #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  20 reviews
In the little highway town of Bourbon, Missouri, deadly secrets lurk behind southern charm.

Seventeen year old Charli Valentine didn’t expect to spend the last few weeks of summer break nursing a broken heart, icing a black eye, and watching her ex kiss another girl. Since being a good girl has gotten her nothing but heartache, Charli decides to give rebellion a try. She p
Paperback, 338 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by BookFish Books
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Jessica Calla
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A SHOT OF BOURBON is a great read! This mature YA features a thoughtful plot and complex, imperfect characters. Beware: This is not cookie-cutter YA. Charli and Lucas will frustrate you as they work through the plot and their feelings for each other but in the end, you'll be left wishing for more. The talented Ms. Land has perfected the voices of the MC's--both the rich, inexperienced girl from the good side of the town as well as the "he-slut"-yet-charming boy from the infamous family in the tr ...more
Shelby (Grace with Books)
I received the book via email about a month back and my first reaction was from the cover. Book covers give you an insight into the author’s mind before we even open the first page. A Shot of Bourbon has a dark cover which gives us insight that it’s going to be mystery type of book. I love analyzing covers and applying my english class skills in real life

Here is my full review:
Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd)
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Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

*My thanks to the BookFish Books crew for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own. Also, I kind of go into a rant in the third paragraph, so mild spoilers might occur (but I mean pretty mild in my opinion).*

I don't know what to rate this! I honestly don't! Because I hated the first half, but I really like the second half! I really hate when
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'd take a shot of Bourbon for the cover and another one just for Luke Parker.

I'm usually a sucker for romance (even the cheesy kind!) so how could I pass up on the opportunity of reading Charli and Luke's version of Romeo and Juliet? I was infatuated with the characters to the point where Luke Parker appeared in my dream and kissed me on the lips, just like what he did with Charli, and I woke up feeling extremely longing (don't judge! The dream was that vivid :p)

My Luke!

Anyway, I got to stop th
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
A Shot of Bourbon
by A.C. Land

Unfortunately this one want for me! I felt like i needed a shit ton of bourbon to get through this one.

This one was a little over dramatic Young adult, Perfect for the #BookLovers that love dramatic young teen romance and all that jazz.

The two characters, gah!

But for me, no i couldn't do it. I really wanted to love this, i adore the cover a lot!

This was told in dual POV. Honestly this was not your easy YA typical read, this was angst. #NotAngFriendly

Charlie and Lu
Amanda  B Gillespie
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
17-year-old Rich girl left alone for a week while parents are overseas anniversary trip and no one expects trouble? Well, trouble is always to be found. In this case, Charli is interested in finding why she doesn't know her birth father and why her mom clams up at the mention. Add in the one boy mom says to stay away from no matter, an overbearing, confused, borderline abusive sometime boyfriend, and an overprotective best friend with her own issues and we have a roller coaster ride in the makin ...more
Siobhan Davis
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

Charli has had quite a sheltered upbringing and it shows. Her mom has a genuine reason for keeping her protected, and away from the Parker boys, but, in all honesty, she did her no favors. Charli is way more innocent than her BFF Lonna, and the boys run rings around her. She also has a tendency to wear her heart on her sleeve which was cringeworthy at times. Bo was an asshat for the first two-thirds of the book but he showed a slighter nicer side toward the end. Though C
Samantha Kilford
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sent-to-me
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Thank you to Lola's Blog Tours and A.C. Land for letting me be a part of the Bourbon Blog Tour and sending me a copy of the novel!

I feel like this is one of those books where if you gave it to me five or six years ago, I would've loved it. Wait, hear me out!

Before you think War and Peace has turned me into a YA snub, it hasn't. I haven't read Young Adult fiction in quite a long while so it was strange to jump straight back in. A Shot of Bourbon foll
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, ya, romance
When I first started reading A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land I wasn’t quite sure what the story was about. Of course I kept reading till the end. It basically is a story of the good rich cheerleader girl and the bad tat boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Except there is a lot more to the story. I felt the author did a great job of building up to the peak moment and then did a great finish with an epilogue of what is to come next of the story. This story had a lot of fun and plot twist. Like I ...more
Ara Prado
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here's the thing, I had such high hopes for this book because the blurb really set me up for something so high, that I found myself left hanging a little bit when I finished reading the last page. I'm not saying it was bad, I'm just clarifying that it wasn't as amazing or exciting as I expected it to be.

But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading A Shot of Bourbon. Most of the characters were interesting in their own merit, but I find myself more attracted to Luke's brother, Collin. If I had on
Amy Neighbors Senethavilay
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Shot of Bourbon offered a look into the tangles webs we weave in life and the idea that fate has a way of playing out in the future. It is about looking past the differences we hold to discover true friendship. As 17 year-old Charli Valentine tests her new found freedom when her parents leave her alone for ten days, Charli decides to toss aside her good girl ways to push the limits. So when her broken heart and compassionate ways lead directly into the path of Luke Parker, the son of the notor ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yeah - I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. There is a mystery introduced in the prologue and it is kept under wraps for most of the book. I had an idea - but of course my first thought was wrong (for which I was very happy!) Anyway - loved the book. It kept me up way passed my bedtime.

I don't think the blurb above does the book enough credit. She ends up getting together with Luke more by accident than be design. She does discover a box in her mom's closet - but others seem to
Cindy Dorminy
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A.C.'s characters are so real and flawed. The story has such depth. I got so attached to the characters that I didn't want it to end. I cannot wait for book 2! ...more
Apr 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
*This review has been edited from a previous and slightly meaner version. It's still one star for me though*

So I reviewed this book on my phone as soon as I finished reading it and it was full of word vomit and kind of mean spirited. I don't want to be a person who rants about the things I didn't like without giving credit for how hard it is to write and finish a book. I have plenty of book ideas, but how many have I written down beyond a few pages? None. It's a lot of work and it's not always
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
A Shot of Bourbon is the first book in the Bourbon series by A.C. Land. It is an upper young adult (really, could be new adult based on the subject matter.) suspense/mystery/romance/dark book. It had a gritty and edgy vibe that I was digging a lot. This is the kind of book that I have to be in the mood to read, and I was in just that kind of mood. It struck me at just the right time. I didn't love the main character C
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a YA book .. in some ways it is typically suited to teens in other ways I would recommend it to a more mature audience.

It took me a while to connect with the characters and at times they really annoyed me but that was part of the appeal. It comes across as very ‘American’ not sure if it’s designed that way due to the location it is set in, as a Brit it’s quite endearing. Charli is a mixed bag, she certainly has her problems and perhaps this accounts for her behaviour or maybe she is jus
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so awesome. I finished in one day and couldn't get enough of these characters.
It's told from two different point of views, Charli and Luke.
When Charli's parents go away for 10 days, she can't wait to go through her parents things with her best friend and find out who her real father is. However by doing this it opens old secrets that she was never meant to find out. Which includes brothers that she has been told to stay away from.
Luke who is a bad boy and lives up to being rough ne
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've just recently got into reading again and I fell into a book funk with some bad books. I picked up this book because I'm from Bourbon. I'm really glad I gave it a shot (pun intended). I definitely had to treat it as fiction because the author took a lot of liberties (specifically about the poverty level). More people fit into Luke's class than Charli's (which doesn't really exist here).

Luke and Charli were amazing. At first, I thought they were simple (bad boy meets rich girl--which has bee
Whoo Gives A Hoot
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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