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Whiskey Kisses

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  26 reviews
In a small town about an hour's drive outside Dublin, theres a whiskey distillery.

Jim has worked in the distillery as its business manager since he returned to his home town after getting his degree. Whiskey is a slow business and rural life is quiet, but Jim takes it in his stride. That is, until the handsome and mysterious Mr Aiden Rooney moves into a room above the
Published October 24th 2017 (first published October 21st 2017)
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Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, m-m, sweet, moderate-steam
3.5 Stars.

An enjoyable short Novella.Perfect for a quick read.

Jim is in his late 20's.He's been to college,got his degree and now he's back home in a small Irish town working as a Business Manager for a Whiskey distillery.He's reasonably content with his life but he's not out to his family or anyone in town so he's conflicted when he meets Aiden, who is new in town.

Aiden is an Artist.Out and not ashamed of his sexuality at all,although he's not about to flaunt it all around town.

The attraction
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If you're in the mood for a quiet, low-key story, with no theatrics or drama, Whiskey Kisses will hit the spot.

This is a novella (under 100 pages) told from Jim's first-person POV. Jim lives in a small Irish town and isn't out to anyone. Homophobia is still very much alive and well, so he prefers to hide. Jim manages a whiskey distillery, and his office window faces the pub where his sister works.

His sister has a crush on the new artist in town, a man named Aiden who lives above the pub. But
James is back home working at the local whiskey distillery. When he meets the new guy living over the bar his sister works at, he's attracted. See, no one, not even his family, know he's gay. It's time for him to confront his family and the town about who he is.

Let me first say, the writing grabbed me from the first sentence. This is told entirely from James' POV. The writing is beautiful. I've only read one other book by Anna Martin and it was a 5 star read for me.

This was a novella, and I
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anna Martin manages to tell a complete story of two people meeting, falling in love and having a future in just a few pages.

At times the narration was a bit poetic and at times it was prose. In both cases the telling of this story was great and the characters where even more so. They were fully developed and even though the mystery that surrounded Aiden at the beginning wasn't something big in the end, I wasn't dissapointed about the reveal. Ultimately, the whole thing came out of Jim's
Jim moves back to his hometown to work on his family distillery in a small town outside Dublin. His life is pretty quiet, though he also keeps his sexuality under wraps due to small-town living situation. But when a stranger artist moves into a room above the local pub where Jims sister works, Jim finds that his life is about to change

While I appreciated the low steam in this book but overall I thought the romance was underwhelming. The story is written from Jims perspectives and I didnt feel
4 Hearts

As I settled back into the life and the town Id walked away from, to my utter shock I found I loved it.

Jim OShaughnessy has returned to his home town of Kilglass, Ireland after leaving for the big city of Dublin to get his degree in business and the recession hitting. Jim never though hed return after he left at age 18 but life happens and now hes back amongst the green and his family, though he isnt living life to the fullest.

As Jim tells us his story, we know that he isnt out to
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very short whirlwind romance between Jim and a new artist in town, Aiden. Being in a small town meant Jim is closeted and very close with his large boisterous family. Aiden is a little enigma and their romance was told in a rush manner. There were a lot of, few days later, few weeks later, months. The sex scenes isn't too graphic, more like classy-type. Despite the short length, I do feel their love for each other and the little gestures and gentle touches here and there were ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
This is a pretty short story about two guys in a small town in Ireland who meet, fall for each other, and have to decide just how much of themselves they can or should show the world. And for the most part that is the entire story. There are some interesting side characters, but they dont get a lot of page-time, and Im always up for reading books set in the UK/Ireland area, but there wasnt really enough of the setting to really bring this world to life. And while I found that some of the scenes ...more
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

I really liked the basic idea but unfortunately due to a few things I point out in a few moments, the book wasn't worth 5 stars, so only 4. :) Still it was a great book because I could feel with Jim.

He was a very pleasant character and because of the POV we had a strong connection to him. We got his insight, his observation of Aiden. Both guys have a strong attraction right from the start and it's Aiden who flirts
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars for Whiskey Kisses by Anna Martin.

This was lovely! I actually didnt read the blurb before I started, but Ive enjoyed Anna Martins other stories in the past and I like her writing style, so I started this one feeling fairly confident that I would enjoy it. It was a quick read but I certainly didnt find myself disappointed, as it was a really nice, sweet romance. It was very low in drama/angst, and although I do enjoy a good angsty story, this was perfect for a relaxing couple of hours at
Jenny Brightman Harris
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book with the understanding that I could leave a voluntary and honest review.

In this book we meet James "Jim" O'Shaughnessys and Aiden Rooney. Jim is a man who lives in a small Irish town after college he comes back to his small town to work in the local whiskey shop as their accountant. He know that he will not get everything he wants living in a small town but he likes being close to his family. The only thing he wishes for a man of his own. No matter how much he might want it
Mari  Cardenas
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-75-stars, sweet
3.75 Stars!

Jim works at a whiskey distillery in his hometown, where he returned after getting his degree. He is well in the closet, unsure if he can actually come out to his family. When he meets the mysterious Aiden, who Jim's sister has a crush on, he can't help feeling attracted to him, though. Aiden reciprocates Jim's feelings, but is Jim ready to come out for Aiden?

Okay, so before getting to what I liked, I have to say what I didn't like. Unfortunately, the start of the book didn't quite
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: xd-assigned-read
A sweet story with some sexy times - 3.5 stars.

This is the first book I've read by Anna Martin and I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it. It's a fairly short novella so it didn't take me long to read it. It's a sweet story about a young businessman who's not out to his family and an artist who comes to town.

Because the story is so short there's not a lot of time to develop the characters but I don't think that's what's bothering me. It could be that I'm not used to this writer's style
Lisa The Novel Approach
~ 3.5 Stars ~

Anna Martin manages to tell a complete story of two people meeting, falling in love and having a future in just a few pages. At times the narration was a bit poetic, and at times it was prose. In both cases the telling of this story was great, and the characters where even more so. They were fully developed, and even though the mystery that surrounded Aiden at the beginning wasnt something big in the end, I wasnt disappointed about the reveal. Ultimately, the whole thing came out
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whiskey Kisses was a wonderfully short, sweet, and just all-around charming story. A lot of times with shorter books like this, things can feel rushed or insta-lovey, but I never felt this during this read. The characters are realistic and immediately likable, and I thought the relationship between Jim and Aiden evolved naturally and without much drama.

Theres not much conflict in this story, its more a glimpse into the development of this new relationship between the two men, responses from
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Huh? I hesitated on this one and shouldve trusted my instinct. I soo did not groove with it.
James. Jim. Jaime. Well whatever you want to call him....was fleshed out enough to know him. But that didnt mean I found myself enjoying him.
Aiden? Hardly any history at all. We know scarce to nothing!
Jim is back home after his brief stint away. However, the jury is still out on that being a wise decision.
His big family? Not a fan. Especially his sister! He is supposedly closest to her but she was a
I really wished this story was longer because i love to read more about our main character their family (especially Aiden's family and Jim's sister) because i would like to read why they react the way they did, and to see what the future holds, if they come around etc. It ended very abrupt and not everything was resolved. Maybe a sequel?? if thi was longer i think it could have been a 4-5 star read. But i did enjoy it and i love the writing style so 3+ stars :)
A short read.

This was a nice short story of two young men finding Love in our day and age, about acceptance and trust. The story was a little pushed together as it moved from one part straight onto the next without any gap or Break. Forcing you to reread a line or two so that you can make sure your going in the right direction.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although the story is short, the relationship between Jim and Aiden is perfect. I thought, with Aiden being secretive, that the relationship might end and badly, but its obvious that they belonged together. It was a great short read!!! ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice good story but a little passive.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology
Part of the Bedtime Stories Anthology.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars
Helena Stone
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My full review of this sweet and heart warming comfort read will follow soon.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the premise of the book, actually a really sweet setup. The romance was slow and beautiful and I loved it.
Way too short. Like towards the end I felt there was a rush to finish, almost as if the author had a fixed word count to meet. So that kinda ruined the story for me, I'm afraid. A shame, cause with just a little bit more this would have been an awesome book.
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Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-mm, sweet, mm
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James OShaughnessy lived at Kilglass, (a small Irish village) all his life. Hes 27 years, the middle son of a family of 7 children, gay and in the closet. He works at the local distillery, has his own home, but hes alone.

Aiden is 22 years old, hes an artist and comes to Kilglass during his trip around UK. Until he meets James, and the two of them start seeing each other.
It was an adorable novella. Full of
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Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh

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