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“I want to give you my gratitude someplace other than that pretty mouth of yours.” - Javier Meza

The sudden and tragic death of her mother throws Hannah Hawkins into a position she doesn’t feel at all prepared for. With the duty of leading her family’s decades-long moonshining business weighing heavy on her shoulders, the last thing she needs is something making her

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Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published September 18th 2019 by ZachEvans Creative LLC
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Jazmen
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*A special thanks to the author for this review copy. This copy has in no way changed my opinion.*

Slaughter has a certain languidness to her writing. It's not that it's slow on the action, but her books take their time reaching the climax. It builds you up and lets you down slowly. It's a perfect balance between slow and just right. This second book, like the first, starts off with an interesting and collar grabbing bang.

Hannah is in the moonshine business. Her mother died recently, and it's now
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Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
"I'm goin' to make you so happy, wife." His voice sounded wrecked. "Just wait and see."

I'm going through a marriage of convenience ride right now, yall. And it's a good one. First Xeni, now White Whiskey Bargain. It only gets better and better. You should all pick up these two books because you will have the time of your life.

This time around I read white Whisket Bargain. I read it so fast YOU DON'T KNOW. I even tweet about how I was going to read only one chapter last night. But surprise,
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b.andherbooks
Rival moonshine distillers Hannah Hawkins and Javier Meza get married to present a united front against their common enemy, a band of vicious new players on the scene in their hometown of Harlan, Kentucky.

Hannah found herself at the helm of her recently deceased mother's empire and this is really the last thing she needs, but Javier is the heir to his father's business and could prove to be an amazing partner in the fight to come, and perhaps for a future neither of them dared dream of.

So
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Natalie D.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I got the notification of the 2nd book by new author Jodie Slaughter I was fully on board to get thrown into a new sexy dark world full of bad boy bad talking leading man and an irresistible smart and spunky leading lady. Well... White Whiskey ain't that and I'm a better human for it. I thought that Callum from her previous book was my ultimate book boyfriend but I didn't know I needed the book husband that I got in Javier Meza. He is sweet without being soft. He is sexy in all his gruff ...more
Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
A solid book, but somewhat lacking for me, from the point of personal taste. It’s got an intriguing setting with a star-crossed lovers, marriage of convenience conceit: a man and a woman from rival Kentucky moonshine families are forced to marry, to seal an alliance against a new crew. Both Javier and Hannah come from families that have fought tooth and nail for their place in their community and both are willing to do whatever it takes to keep it, even marrying a stranger. I liked them both, ...more
Erika
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun read

With a hint of historical romance. It’s hard to believe that these operations still exist in 2019. I enjoyed how the book was constructed with a slow development of their relationship. Much more realistic than an insta love story. The last fighting scene was funny but what’s to say that just out of spite Ward would set the Feds on them? Anyway it was an enjoyable read. What I missed was more interactions with her sister and friend. We were also due a scene with his grandmother. A bit of
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Jenica
My rating could change as I think about this more, but essentially my thoughts right now are that it's not a bad book, but I just... didn't love it. I did adore seeing this part of Appalachia. As a West Virginian, Appalachia is home. But where I grew up, it's pretty homogenous and white, so it's really awesome to see other Appalachians being represented. And I liked the romance, although I feel like this book doesn't hit the beats you expect to see in a romance and maybe that's what's throwing ...more
Flo
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
3.5 good but not my favorite because the pacing threw me off. Would have loooved to see this move slower & been more drawn out. But I did enjoy it, and I liked both main characters. I just had a hard time fully engaging in the story and their relationship because everything happened so fast. That being said, Javier Meza is an A+ cinnamon hero. The setting & people were fantastically written. I felt very immersed in the setting. Basically I wanted more.

and yes, very hot sex scenes.
Sarah
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really a slow burn, but a lovely, gradual progression of the love story. Really well done and charming, with immersive world-building. Also HOT.
Sharonda Isadora
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, podcast
Catch next week's podcast for all the deets! loved this romance ;)
Taryn
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one has been all over my social media feeds and it lived up to the hype! The “bargain” of the title is an arranged marriage between two rival moonshining families who have to join forces to defeat a common enemy that threatens their business. Javier totally won me over—he’s already been divorced once, so he takes his marriage to Hannah seriously even though they didn’t go about it in the traditional way. Also love how Jodie Slaughter shows the breadth of diversity of Appalachia. And ...more
M
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
3.5 stars


This was a lovely read that I enjoyed thoroughly.


This was my first read by Jodie Slaughter and won’t be the last. The book itself starts out with a bang, then slowly builds up until the big climax, then let’s you cool down until you’re ready to leave the mountains and the characters to their life, and I liked that a lot. What rally made that story for me though were the characters. Hannah and Javier were both strong and independent, but still firmly tethered to their home, family and
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Jackie
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 . I loved the idea of this book: a romance set in contemporary Appalachia, featuring two rival bootlegger families, one African-American and one Mexican-American, who join forces when they are threatened by a powerful white outsider family. But it doesn't live up to its promise.

Thirty-year-old Hannah Hawkins has just inherited the family liquor-running business after the recent death of her mother, and is trying to establish her credibility and leadership skills amongst the extended family,
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Leigh Kramer
This has such a profound sense of place and rich characterization. I’m not sure I’ve read a romance set in Appalachia before, much less centered around characters of color who live there. It takes place in Harlan County, KY and gives great insight into the moonshining business which rose up during the Prohibition. Long-time rivals, the Hawkins and Meza families must team up to defeat interlopers who are trying to take over their moonshine territory. And how does one overcome decades of mistrust ...more
Brianna
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This was ridiculously awesome! Rival moonshining families in Kentucky? One Mexican, one black? I just had to get my hands on this. So I snatched it up as soon as I saw it was on sale.

The heroine, Hannah, was so great. She started out wanting to be just like her mother in terms of leadership and the way she lived her life, but as the story went on, Hannah began to grow more confident in her own decisions. She began to understand that she had to be her own person. As for her
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Jordan
Liked it but didn't love it. I think this was because the book is only 200 pages so I feel like there was so much more that could have been fleshed out.

We see that Hannah has only recently become the head of her family/business after the death of her mother but we don't really know how she feels about it except some lingering doubts that she can be the kind of leader her mother was. I would have liked to see how she felt about having that role pretty much forced on her. There is a super brief
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Sarah
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-2019
This hit a lot of niches I'd been looking to fill, and I'd love to see more of this sort of "light mafia" style organized crime setting without all the ick all too common in organized crime settings. I really liked the story and the way all the decisions felt like real choices real people would make, and I'd love to see more in this world because the interpersonal politics of it all were really interesting, probably my favorite part of the book.
My only complaint is that everything felt a little
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Hannah Hearts Romance
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice but not my fave

My feelings about this book are probably tainted by all the races its gotten. Super duper high expectations and all that. I know a lot of people who love White Whiskey Bargain and objectively I can see why. It's good storytelling, vivid characters, and set in the Appalachian mountains far from a-million-and-one-dukes-land. Personally, I really liked it but I wouldn't say I LOVED it. Marriage of convenience with cinnamon roll hero is not my catnip, and I didn't get a hard
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Blanche
DNF at around 75%. I don’t know. Maybe it’s the time of year (or maybe it’s the time of man) but I just couldn’t get invested in this one. I found the moonshine business stuff kind of boring and there was far more of it than the romance. The romance was intended to be slow burn, and the make out scenes were pretty hot, but it was taking forever, seriously.

Also, I wonder sometimes if writing the accent into a southern US book actually distracts from the story. It did a bit for me this time. It’s
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Marisa Gettas
3.5 stars rounded up.
I really enjoyed this, but I wanted more. For example, at least twice she ended a chapter and I was excited to see what came next, and the 'what came next' was a time jump?!?
I loved how it had a historical feel, as a result of the arranged marriage, but set in a contemporary world. I've never experienced that in a book before. I loved our two MC's, but wanted more time with them -- I wanted the conflicts between them to be more heightened, but then again, I always want more
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Robin
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Modern day moonshiners with a little bit of a Hatfields/McCoy vibe. Arranged marriage.
Characters were interesting but I didn’t feel like I got a lot of their personalties.
The two families have been moonshine rivals for decades. The families aren’t dangerous rivals but they aren’t friends either. When a new, more violent rival moves in and tries to take over, the devise to hand together to keep him out.
I have to say these scenes are top notch. They are not overly graphic but damn are they .
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Brandan WH
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Completely enjoyable and bonkers

Who knew that moonshine could be so incredibly sexy? Well, it is when you’re reading about Hannah with her brown skin, curly hair and thick thighs and butt. And add in Javier with his tan skin, lush beard and gorgeous body, and you have an associates to friends to lovers story set in the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee where the underdog wins the day!
I read this book because Talia Hibbert recommended it and I should have known not to doubt her. It was sexy and
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Nerdyviv
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me pull out my list of reasons why I liked this a’la Javier. 1. Javier is a Babe. I want my own moonshine boo. I appreciated him telling her up front he wanted to try to make their marriage the real deal. 2. Hannah was a bad bitch 3. Moonshine!! My only issue was I wanted to know why the Hawkins/Mezas clans hated each other so much. I would like to think that by them being the some of the only people of color they would’ve stuck together. I would love a sequel as i enjoyed this world a whole ...more
Jacqueline
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely

I really enjoyed this book! Javier and Hannah were a really fun couple to watch fall in love. It was interesting- in some ways this really felt historical, because a lot of the stuff with the moonshine honestly felt otherworldly. Fascinating, but definitely not a world I’m familiar with. I really loved the interaction Javier had with his ex wife- showed a lot of maturity and was one of the MANY reasons I liked him
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Sara
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Wanted to like it more

Didn’t enjoy this as much as I was hoping. :/ I had expectations, which was probably my first mistake, because I love marriage of convenience. The enemies to lovers really wasn’t tense at all, in fact it was rather amicable. Definitely like Hannah and Javier together and individually.
RabbitRodney
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ruthie  lenor
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Great marriage of convenience story. Although the mc's set out to marry in order to fight against a common enemy, it didn't take them long to develop feelings that had nothing to do with the fight. I was rooting for them all around. You could tell when the "trying" became effortless and the win against the Ward family was the cherry on top.
Therese Beharrie
This book was so damn easy to read, which tells me a hell of a lot about the author's writing ability. I loved the story and the characters. This is my first Jodie Slaughter but definitely not my last.
Mariam
I beta-read this book for Jodie and I absolutely adored it. Javier and Hannah are such fantastic leads and the mix of intrigue, romance, and healing I encountered in White Whiskey Bargain made Ms. Slaughter into a must-read author for me. <3
Chris
Every time Javier called Hannah "wife" I got swoony. ((sighs)) I have no idea why it got me, but it did. I loved how they set everything aside to give their fake relationship an actual try. Even with the tension that brought them together it was good to see them work on normalcy and "date".
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Jodie Slaughter is a twenty-something author who has been coming up with stories about people in love all her life. A huge lover of suspense, antiheroes, and daring heroines, she loves incorporating those elements into her romance novels. Whether she's writing a dark romance full of intensity or something only a little mischievous, she is always striving to make her love stories as compelling and ...more