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Sparks fly between a former cop-turned-bartender and his new innkeeper in the first installment of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.

Dare Collins is a man who knows his whiskey and women—or at least that’s what he tells himself. When his family decides to hire on a new innkeeper for the inn above his bar and restaurant, he’s more
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Published January 2nd 2018
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    Sabrina
    Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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    Whiskey Secrets is the first book in Carrie Ann Ryan's Whiskey and Lies series and follows Dare Collins, brother to Tabby from the Montgomery Ink series. If you haven't read the previous series though you will have no problem starting this one and falling in love with the Collins brothers.

    I really enjoyed this story and I loved that it was so sweet but still had that hint of hotness that I like in my books. Kenzie and Dare both had their past on their heels and the
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    Carrie Ann Ryan
    Jan 24, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    Whiskey Secrets

    I'm so excited to say that Whiskey Secrets is now out in the world! I hope you enjoy Dare and Kenzie's story as much as I did!
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    5 Both So Damaged But Deserving of Love Stars!!!
    Reviewed by Franci Neill


    I knew I was going to love this new interconnected series by Ms. Ryan and I'm happy to say she's hit it out of the park with Dare and Kenzie's story. These are two people that have such an anguished and painful past in so many ways. They're hurt can only be healed by finding a forever love with someone that accepts them for who they are.

    Dare Collins is a man that can be dark at times thanks mostly to his former job of bein
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    Elizabeth Neal
    Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Dare, a former cop, turned in his badge and now runs a bar. Kenzie, for her own safety and sanity, needed a new start in life, away from her abusive ex's reach.

    Dare's family owns an inn, one that happens to be above his bar and restaurant. Unbeknownst to him, they decided to hire a new innkeeper. Dare takes one look at her and knows she has "city girl" written all over her, but there's also this instant attraction between them, and denying it isn't going to last long as it grows stronger with ev
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    Crystal Viverette
    Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Omg I was hooked from page one. This book grabs you and holds you. The character's are amazing and the story is exciting and filled with passion and suspense. This is a great start to a new spin off series.
    You can't go wrong with any book by Carrie Ann Ryan.
    I volunteered to read an advanced readers copy of this book
    Lauren
    Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2018, romance
    I've been wanting to try one of Carrie's books for a while now, and given the recent release of her newest series, Whiskey and Lies, I figured it was the perfect time to dive in.

    The result? Whiskey Secrets was indeed a great place to start. It was sweet, sexy, and even a tad bit twisty.

    Whiskey Secrets introduces Dare and Kenzie, and when they first meet flames fly rather than sparks.

    Dare is hesitant to let anyone new enter his family's business, no matter how pretty that someone might be. Fro
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    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    I was pretty excited to start this new spin-off series to Montgomery Ink, moving to Pennsylvania and meeting a new family of men and their women. Unfortunately, I felt like something was lacking in this introduction to the Collins family and their lives in Whiskey, PA.

    In Whiskey Secrets, we’re introduced to Dare and Kenzie. Kenzie is new to town, taking over the running of the bed and breakfast for Dare’s parents, while Dare owned the bar and restaurant which shared the premises of the inn. At f
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    Steph
    Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
    4 whiskey-soaked stars for WHISKEY SECRETS.

    When former cop and current bar owner Dare Collins meets the woman his parents hired to take over the Old Whiskey Inn, he's furious! How dare they not consult their kids before hiring an outsider to run the family business?! But once he gets to know Kenzie Owens, he sees that her demons run as deep as his, and the two can't seem to hate each another for long. But Dare's got his young son to think about, and Kenzie's ex-husband can't seem to let her go…
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    Julie
    Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
    3.5 stars

    Dare and Kenzie were cute. Granted, they had some personal demons to work on individually, but who doesn’t? They squeezed in sexy moments, using the excuse that there was “nothing serious” between them, but only fooled themselves with that train of thought. The befuddlement of Dare dealing with Kenzie emotionally was actually pretty darn good..but she should have made him grovel a teensy bit longer!

    The Collins family was a force to be reckoned with. They have each other’s backs, but do
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    Cali Jewel
    Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Starting off 2018 with an awesome new series!! Sweetly sensual, emotionally thrilling, action packed and engaging romantic journey that stays with you and warms your heart.

    Dare Collins is a former cop turned bartender and a sexy, strong alpha male that is not to thrilled with his family's decision to hire a new innkeeper for the Inn above his bar. Kenzie Owens is a sweet, sexy and smart new innkeeper leaving her unpleasant past behind her (or so she thinks) to start a new life in Whiskey, PA. S
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    Malissa
    ~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~

    What happens when former police officer and now bar owner, Dare Collins gets blind sided by his parents, he gets blindsided by the woman destined to steal his heart. Kenzie Owens is on the run from her old life, one she couldn't be happier to never look upon again. In an attempt to escape an abusive past she takes on a job managing a family hotel in Whiskey, PA. Little does she know that she's walking into a tense family situati
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    Tracy McDowell
    Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    loved it!!! cant wait for the rest of this amazing spin off series. in true Carrie ann Ryan style it has all the feels as well as the breaking and making of the couple and the right amount of drama
    Pam Nelson
    3.5 Whiskey Secrets Stars

    I really liked the characters Dare has that mysterious vibe to him, but also this huge protective streak you just want to know all his deep dark secrets.

    I liked Kenzie and felt like she was just the woman to get to know all of Dare’s secrets only she has a few secrets of her own.
    I very much enjoyed the fact that it was a bit of give and take and that the attraction was on both sides and no it wasn’t a love at first sight thank goodness for that.

    I did feel like some o
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    Nadine Bookaholic
    If you have been reading the Montgomery Ink series you will know Tabby, this new series, Whiskey and Lies, is about her brothers. First up we have Dare. Dare Collins is a former police officer who now owns and runs the Bar and Restaurant connected to his families Inn. Kenzie Owens has left an abusive marriage and is looking to a new life for herself and that begins with moving into Whiskey Inn and running it so that the owners can retire.

    I would like to mention that this book was written by Car
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    Alex (HEABookNerd)
    Series: Whiskey and Lies #1

    Kenzie Owens was so much more than the parts that made up her past, and he was once again in awe of her.

    Kenzie Owens hoped she could finally move on now that she left behind her abusive ex-husband and moved to Whiskey to take a job as an innkeeper. She never expected to find herself attracted to her boss's son, especially when relationships are the last thing on her mind. As owner of the bar and restaurant attached to the Inn, Dare Collins is not happy that his paren
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    Kathleen R.
    Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it




    Generally i'm a huge fan of Carrie Ann Ryan's books - they're edgy, humorous and incredibly sexy in a way that makes your mouth water. Whiskey Secrets felt and read differently. It felt like a slow burn up until you get to that one spot in the book that makes it explode in surprise because you simply didn't expect it - i know i didn't.

    Now, i've read a good majority of this author's Montgomery Ink and Talon Pack series, but the first in the Whiskey and Lies series was different. It was mys
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    books are love
    Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Received in exchange for a honest review.

    Carrie Ann Ryan has created a passionate entertaining saucy romance that brings you to your knees in Whiskey Secrets.

    Our two characters Kenzie and Dare just capture from the beginning. Both are flawed and are carrying secrets. Dare is carrying guilt that I believe is survivor’s guilt. He is overall such a great guy. His love of family is wonderful. Kenzie is trying to start fresh and let go of his past. A past they took a lot from her. When the meet for t
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    Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

    Carrie Ann Ryan is an author whose works always end up making me feel like I am living in a great giant plushie; and this newest release by her is no different after all!

    Dare Collins is a former cop turned bartender, who now takes care of his family’s bar and restaurant, something that fills his plate and so can’t help with his parent’s in as much as he would like but he still ends up pissed when his parents hire a new innkeeper without consulting him (or even his siblings) – a city girl no less
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    Novel Grounds
    Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

    Eek! I just got this in the mail recently from Carrie Ann Ryan and I cannot wait to jump into it. She can write a romance y'all!
    This novel follows Dare Collins and Kenzie!  It was a sweet novel with two character that have pasts to face. When they get together though, sparks fly and you swoon. I loved every page of it. These two have a connection from the get go and ever with the happenings of the book, you just fall in love with them.

    I like the quick pace of the read and honestly it was nice
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    Lynn Reynolds
    Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: finished-reading
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Dare Collins is at his wits end. You will feel sorry for him because his life seems to be working against him. Kenzie Owens puts on a good front. But she seems comfortable enough around Dare to let him into her life.

    This is one great thing about our author. We get to see a whole family network along with the love and pain that sometimes occurs. They are people that you can periodically relate to. And when you add in children, they just seem to have a way of stealing a scene. And
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    Hannah
    Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    ARC REVIEW

    Yay! Starting the New Year off with a five star read from Carrie Ann Ryan. Whiskey Secrets is the first book of her brand new series (a spin-off of the Montgomery Ink series. If you haven't started Montgomery series it is perfectly okay to read this as a stand-alone) Whiskey and Lies. The Collins Family first introduced in Ink Exposed when they ran to Tabby's rescue. The brothers, Dare, Loch, and Fox, I knew instantly would get their own series after reading that book, and the wait ha
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    Char Sowers
    Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    The first installment of Carrie Ann Ryan's Whiskey and Lies series is deliciously sexy, angsty, emotional, and just plain lush. This series focuses on three brothers who live in a quaint little Pennsylvania town called Whiskey. These brothers are a spin-off from Carrie Ann Ryan's wildly popular and long-running Montgomery Ink series. In "Whiskey Secrets" the Hero, Dare, and the Heroine, Kenzie are very similar however butt head upon their first meeting. Both have exes from Hell, are independent, ...more
    Andi
    Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Carrie Ann Ryan starts a whole new chapter with the Collins brothers in Whiskey, Pennsylvania. The Collins brother's made quite the impression when they swooped in on Tabby in Ink Exposed. Dare made another appearance in Inked Memories.

    Dare is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. He's trying to play the cards he's been dealt, but holding onto the guilt of actions out of his control is crushing him. When he left the police force, he took over the bar below his parent's inn, and now
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    Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
    3.5 Stars

    I have read everything written by this author and I am always quick to scoop up her next work. This is the first in a series that spins off the Collins family who's youngest sister, Tabby, is married into the Montgomery Ink family in another of her series. I sooo badly wanted to love this one. I just could not feel the emotion between the two leads. They were sexually attracted but I was not getting the "let's build a relationship" vibe from them.

    I loved the setting--small town, close
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    Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
    4.5 star

    I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, abuse, suspense, and heartbreak.


    This is Kenzie and Dare’s story. Kenzie is finally free of her abusive ex. She moved to Whiskey Pennsylvania to escape and have a fresh start. What she finds is someone that could make her break her own rules. Dare is a danger her or her heart just might not be ready for yet. Dare knows the new hire is going to be an issue. The chemistry between them is hot but he can see something i
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    Darcy
    I feel like I should have liked this one better. I liked the family, loved how they interacted with each other, loved how the town was all centered around Whiskey, loved the connection to Montgomery Ink, thought Dare and Nate were cute, liked that Kenzie was getting her fresh start at the Whiskey Inn. What didn't really work for me was Dare and Kenzie, I didn't buy them as a couple, it sort of felt forced to me. Part of that might be that both of them were trying to keep things light, which wasn ...more
    Jes
    Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: reviewed, arc
    She did it again; Carrie Ann has made me fall for another family in the Montgomery Ink world. Whiskey Secrets is the first book in this new series about Tabby’s brothers. Dare Collins is a former cop-turned-bartender who falls for the new innkeeper Kenzie Owens. Both have to overcome some things from their past before they can move forward with each other.

    Like all of Carrie Ann books, this is well written and you will get hooked on the first chapter. You will fall in love with the Collins Broth
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    Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
    Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc-love
    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book.

    No surprise here, this was a helluva way to kick off this spinoff series! It had so many components that I love - a single dad, feisty heroine, great family element, small town setting, emotion, suspense, and heat. Dare and Kenzie were so lovable and the push and pull between them, added with the mystery and danger of Kenzie's past, made Whiskey Secrets a real page turner for me. Not only that, I CAN'T WAIT for the next two books in this
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    Lisa
    Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: romance
    I was loaned a Kindle copy by a friend, and I am so grateful. I've read several of the Montgomery spin-offs (and all the Montgomerys), and approached this with trepidation. Could I handle all the alpha? As it turns out, I didn't need to. These two use their words, CLEARLY, and treat each other as equals once they get their acts together. I liked how they talked to each other, and how they developed their relationship. The conflicts on both sides were reasonable, and also scary on hers. I liked i ...more
    Marila Pokamisa
    Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
    It was a great book!Easy-read,with a fast plot!Congratulations Carrie Ann Ryan for writing this book,but above all,for being a professional despite the difficulties in your personal life!My deepest condolences for the loss of your husband!
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