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Whiskey Secrets

(Whiskey and Lies #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,041 ratings  ·  315 reviews
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
ebook, 240 pages
Published January 2nd 2018
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Nate Brightman Even though each book as written as a stand-alone, I think they make more sense if you read them in order. I would recommend you at least read the fir…moreEven though each book as written as a stand-alone, I think they make more sense if you read them in order. I would recommend you at least read the first, Whiskey Secrets before one of the remaining two even though the author will give you some background to the other stories in each.(less)

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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
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
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
Alex ♈
Mar 22, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
Wow, he didn't marry his son's mother, but would definitely fall for a heroine, coz.... coz.... she is sooo different!
Can't wait to read it... after my reincarnation!
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 i have not read any of the series that this was spun from. i feel like it has to be pretty good if there are almost 20 books. i liked the close knit family in this book, and i liked both Dare and Kenzie, but it felt a little forced between them.
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
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
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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
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite good story.
A lot of triggers: domestic abuse, separated parents, child only on rare weekend.
I love the heroine: she was a survivor!! Women who suffers domestic abuse, you are not alone!!!
Hero, "typical" grumpy, growling type... Where are normal men who is not grumpy or growling?
He was hit minute and cold the second one. I get he was burned with his child's mother... But... It's not necessary being an asshole.

Safe read
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…
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
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
~ 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
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
Nothing too terrible about this book just nothing at all interesting either. The story is VERY cliche and stayed strictly on the surface. Also, Dare’s (the main character) emotions seemed more like a woman’s that a man. The “I’m not good enough” trope, then, pouring out his heart to his brothers. Really?
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
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
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
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
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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
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
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
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, e-book
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

I'm rounding up to 3 stars because I like Carrie Ann Ryan and I like her Montgomery Ink series, what I have read of it. I also have the first 3 of her Talon series on my Kindle that I have yet to start but I do want to read. I was very excited about this book and I was very happy to win the giveaway. But I had a hard time getting through the story. I just never really liked Old 'woe is me' Dare. It just got old, very quickly. I know how these stories go,
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
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
Jes Bruno
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
Crystal Pinson
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This may be my favorite Carrie Ann Ryan book yet, but I have barely gotten my feet wet. Chose this series for the name and wasn’t disappointed! I’d have given it five stars, except for the part where the couple “breaks up” for *insert self-deprecating reason here* before finally realizing they need each other. It is too prescriptive, but so far it has been a factor in every book by this author. I also wouldn’t have minded a few more non-sexual moments between the main characters. On thing about ...more
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
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
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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Talon Pack, Promise Me, and Elements of Five series, which have sold millions of books worldwide. She's the winner of a RT Book of the Year and a Prism Award in her genres. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced de ...more

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