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Bourbon Love Notes

(The Barrel House Series #1)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  102 reviews
In a split second, life can steal a last breath ... and derail all future plans.

While flying home after a phone call that left me heartbroken, a row to myself would have been ideal. Instead, I was unknowingly sitting shoulder to shoulder with a strikingly attractive single dad and ex-Marine. I could have pretended not to notice the man, but there was something familiar
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published January 13th 2020
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Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I think it bears pointing out that the blurb on this book, while beautifully written, just scratches the surface and only hints at what's in store for the reader. Its done in such a way, though, that an astute reader will pick up on the undercurrent and realize that this one goes deep. This is a phenomenal, emotional read that I highly recommend, but knowing that some topics are sensitive for some readers, it's only fair to share that while this book is about finding love, it's ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Melody's home after receiving news no daughter ever wants to hear. Imagine her surprise when she finds out the man she crushed on all through her growing up years is the man helping her dad run the family's bourbon business. Brett has long had feelings for Melody, but back when she declared her feelings, she was too young. She's not too young any longer, but the timing still isn't right. They can become friends, though. So that's what they do. Will their timing ever line up for something more?
Kari Davis
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow I was not expecting an emotional angst filled read. For my first read by Shari J. Ryan this was a homerun for me. I found myself soaking up every word and swiping the pages as fast as I could, because I couldn’t get enough.

I can’t even begin to form the words this story needs. The blurb gives you a small taste of what this story is about. It’s a story that will leave you emotional, it’s about family, it’s about loss and trying to find your happiness through grief. It’s also a love story
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.75 stars
Bourbon Love Notes has a strong case of blurb not matching the book. Going in, I expected Melody to be a bit spoiled and her to be butting heads with Brett on a regular basis. I was expecting a bit of enemies to lovers/work place romance. What Ms Ryan delivered (instead) was a fairly sweet book about a daughter saying goodbye and finding a way to honor the father she loved dearly while also reuniting with her teenage crush.

Told exclusively from Melody’s point of view, this is a well
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Beautiful love story evolves around a world of grief all while the past becomes an important part of molding a future. This story is deep raw with an abundance of pain filled tears an occasional burst of humor to somewhat pull you out of the somber mood that plagued this grief stricken story as life came at full force for Melody and her family. Dealing and surviving a loss from cancer a dead end relationship and taking the steps to move on as the past steps in and
Molly Christy
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well this book made me cry. And I read it in one sitting. I loved Melody and Brett. Now I just need a second book with Brody and Journey.
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This poignant story will take you on an emotional journey with Brett and Melody. It is touching and words cannot give justice to the story I read. Melody and Brett will touch your heart having you think about this story long after its read because it is that good. Shari has written a story that draws you in where you are right there with the characters as this one opens up before you in your mind.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
M L Dyson
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wow! I knew this story wasn’t going to be an easy read for me. I knew that Shari was gonna rip my heart out....and she did! But what an amazing story!! It’s real and raw. It’s heart felt and so, so emotional. The characters are amazing and the story literally flows from page to page, drawing you into this wonderful world of Brett and Melody. Such an amazing book to start the year! Loved it!!
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy moly!! This book took my emotions through the ringer and back. I couldn’t put it down and needed to know what happened next. Melody and Brett, they’re special. This entire book was special. I went from laughing to crying to smiling to just plain loving this book. The story, man the story will gut you but you’ll walk away satisfied and happy for Melody and what her family has gone through!
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bourbon Love Notes - Another emotion-filled story from a talented storyteller. I absolutely love this book and took my time savoring it. Like Ms. Ryan's other books this one has multiple storylines that weave a living tapestry blending the ingredients of wonderful, realistic characters and believable, interesting dialogues well with a gamut of emotions and plenty of humor. There is always hope and love. Clean but with one sex scene that leaves plenty to the reader's imagination, almost innocent ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars

There was a moment in this book where I thought my heart wouldn’t recover. I was ugly crying in my chair, and I started thinking of all the when’s and what ifs of when my life will reach the point that Melody goes through in Bourbon Love Notes. While Cranky has reviewed Shari J Ryan in the past this is my first book by her, and I was pleasantly surprised. That synopsis doesn’t even begin to cover how your heart will feel. To watch a heart break and how that same heart can be
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Shari's writing, and this book is no different. Whether it be a deep emotional story, a rom com, or a fun quick read, she always writes a fantastic story. Her writing draws you in from the first page. No matter the genre or the topic she writes about her writing always impresses me.

Bourbon Love Notes will make you cry, (fair warning now). The scenes between Melody, her family and he dad were really emotional and definitely brought tears to my eyes. Shari did a phenomenal job describing
Ann  Goubert (Driven by Books)
I went in completely blind in this story and had difficult times reading it 'cuz of a topic the author hit. I had to hold in my tears as I went on reading, something that was very hard to do at times. The way the author written the story and make you feel the emotions, it's already a top favorite of 2020 for me! It's a story about love, loss, grieving and also family but had a vulnerability about it that had you really holding on for a good ending throughout. A must read and one that will rip ...more
Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
What a heartbreaking story! This book definitely hits more home for me than most readers, so the emotions were in full force while reading. Melody has had a massive crush on her father’s business associate’s son Brett for years, but as she grew up it became unrealistic and she moved on while still harboring those feelings. When her father’s cancer comes back and she rushes home, she has a chance encounter with Brett, and then finds out he’s returning home as well and working in her father’s ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*5 beautiful stars*
I went in completely blind and had some difficult times reading it 'cuz of a topic the author hit in this story. I had to hold in my tears as I went on reading, something that was very hard to do at times. The way the author has written the story and makes you feel all of the emotions, it's already a top favorite for 2020 for me! It's a story about love, loss, grief and also family but it had a vulnerability about it that had you really holding on for a good ending throughout.
Jeeves Reads Romance
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emotional and often heavy, this romance shows that tragedy doesn’t have to mean the end of all life. As a fan of Shari J. Ryan’s romantic comedies, I was surprised by the heaviness of this book but not by the quality of the writing itself. It’s all well done and very realistic, which means that it’s an emotional gut punch, may trigger some readers, and our heroine is sometimes abrasive or difficult to connect to because of all that she’s going through. This is definitely for those who like an ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!
I loved Brett and Melody and their poignant, slow burn romance! Melody was in denial about her perfect life, not ready to face the truth. It took some unexpected and heartbreaking news that forces her to finally make the right decisions, and return home. Melody had never planned on taking over the family business, but when faced with the reality of letting it go, she is determined to fight for it. It is hard for her at first having Brett, a family friend and her school girl crush,
Wendy Livingstone
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brett and Melody’s story an emotional roller coaster journey from the beginning to end. This is a beautifully written story which is heart-wrenching, touching, emotional, and with loss, grief, healing, family, which all leads to a poignant love story. This talented author has done an amazing job in penning this tale and the way she has given her heard and soul into writing about such a sensitive topic and an in-depth plot which had me totally captivated throughout this addictive page turner. I ...more
Isha Coleman
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Bourbon Love Notes is the bleeding of a soul. Ryan crams a whole lot of emotion inside of an ever evolving story. Brett and Melody are a robust combination of heartache and life that culminates with a second chance at finding love. From a teenage crush, to adult heartbreak, Melody slowly finds herself on the cusp of losing her heart. What begins with a heartwrenching goodbye lays the groundwork for a long overdue hello.
Emily Goodman
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bourbon Love Notes is so much more than a romance. Ryan truly bottles up every ounce of emotion possible and distributes it amongst the Quinn family for one unforgettable read.

Melody Quinn is coming home to face the possibility of losing her father. That alone creates such a turmoil of emotions within me. Her bond and love of her father had me completely swept away into this novel. However the love story between Melody and Brett connected all the cherished moments truly reeled me in until the
Lisa Roberts
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was filled with so much feeling and emotion of loss grief and so real and I loved how it was written it was beautiful I couldn't get enough.
Melody and Brett were fantastic characters the support and caring and becoming friends was so nice to read. I just loved everything about it Brett was the most caring man and I'm glad Melody cared enough about herself to do the right thing for her. The ending was perfection, I didn't know what I was going into but wow it will capture every bit of your
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The list is endless of books that can make me smile, however not many books manage to make me cry. This book was able to do both in an amazing way. It takes a wonderfully talented writer to provoke such a reaction. Shari Ryan is a talent like I haven't seen in quite some time. Through the words sprawled out on the pages, I felt like I was right there...sharing in the grief and despair. Melody and Brett bring the reader on for a journey for the ages. The story also introduces a few characters ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brett and Melody's story was full of emotion, love and dealing with loss. Brett was an old family friend and willing to help Melody with her father's bourbon business. He also went after a relationship with her. Melody's pain and grief were so relatable and brought me to tears. This is a great read.
Rhonda Ziglar
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 UNFORGETTABLE STARS!! You know those books that are UNFORGETTABLE and remember forever....This is that book!! Brett and Melody will touch every part of your heart with all the feels in their story. Shari J. Ryan writing is beautiful and captivating, you can not put her books down. You must read this book, grab it now.
Emma bramley
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an extremely hard book for me to read, having lost my own father a few months ago. This book follows Melody as she grieves, deals with taking on the family business and finding love with her teenage crush. This is definitely one emotional read from this author. The characters, Brett and Melody have a slow burn romance throughout the book. Bourbon love notes is more than a romance read, its family, sadness, grief and finding yourself while dealing with every thing else.

I voluntarily
Stacie Christensen
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
American Whiskey.

When the Barrel House heiress, Melody Quinn, comes face-to-face with single-dad, Brett Pearson, she finds the ex-Marine strikingly attractive, yet all too familiar for her liking, and she can’t figure out why.

Wherever Melody goes, Brett is there, and after each encounter, she starts to remember where she knows him from. The problem is, she can’t get rid of him because he’s now working in The Barrel House, the one place that is supposed to be hers and hers alone.

Blushing Reader
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Very good story. I laughed and there were tears throughout. I wish the last part wasn’t so rushed after the slow build, but a very sweet story that truly had me feeling all the emotions along with Melody.
Shari Ryan
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Check out the updated blurb! Thank you for your early feedback! xoxo
Heather Blauth Ambrosino
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ummm... Can Brett Pearson be real? Please!?? *swoon*

Im so very in love with this story! Shari J. Ryan did an amazing job of taking this heart breaking story and adding in some light humor to break up the tears. She really has a way with words and pulls me into her stories. Bourbon Love Notes was no exception!

Shari does an amazing job of describing what one may go through during a very close loss, the feelings and emotions are so very spot on. The closeness and strength that Melody and her
Jena Stelly
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sometimes it takes one of the hardest things you have to go through in life, to open your eyes. And then take the next steps. That’s what Bourbon Love Notes is about.

This story gives a whirlwind of different feelings. From watching Melody and her family deal with loss, to Melody accepting love into her life you can’t put this book down. It was emotional and honest. Ms Ryan has a way with words, that brings you into every story. I highly recommend Bourbon Love Notes.
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Hi guys! I'm an indie writer of Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance, and Romantic Comedies. Throughout my writing journey, I've hit Amazon's Top 100, Barnes & Noble's Top 10, and iBooks at #1. Hiding in suburbia with my hubby and two wild little boys, my active imagination allows me to live life as adult with many imaginary friends.

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The Barrel House Series (4 books)
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