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Bourbon Love Notes

(The Barrel House #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  343 ratings  ·  157 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 ab
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 325 pages
Published January 13th 2020
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Elle's Book Blog
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: emotional, romance
Release Date: January 13, 2020
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Contemporary Romance | Emotional

Bourbon Love Notes was an unexpected read for me. For one reason or another I figured it would be a plain old contemporary romance with heat and humor. I wasn’t expecting most of the book to turn me into an emotional wreck! Gosh this book broke my heart. You may think I’m saying this because something happens between the hero and heroine but that’s not it. It’s the family’s story that tore my heart in two
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 abo ...more
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!
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 mor
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 w
Secretly Adorkable Readers
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the first book, we get Melody and Brett's story. This series will take you back and forth to past and present to get you caught up on how the story blends into a beautiful contemporary story of love, brokenness, healing and finding the right person at the right time in your life.

Melody had a major crush on Brett when she was younger but life gets in the way and took a turn for their separate ways. Melody finally breaks up with her boyfriend and she is called home because her father is dying.
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.
Jul 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
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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.
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!!
Shari Ryan
Dec 30, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Check out the updated blurb! Thank you for your early feedback! xoxo
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 repai
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 th
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 yo ...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 busi ...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 an ...more
Cierra McCauley (Cierra's Corner)
Bourbon Love Notes is a very emotional read! From beginning to end, it has you all caught up in your feelings. It's a tear-jerker, you can't help but weep for this wonderful family and everything they're going through. I cannot imagine losing my father, I would be absolutely devastated. Mel has so much going on and all these emotions swimming around her. Brett was just what she needed, and to find herself again. This is the kinda book that leaves you warm, like curling up in a chair with the sun ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I feel like I read a different book than everyone else. Yes Melody came back home because her daddy was dying and that is the part I felt she was feeling and that would understandable to be heartbroken. However I didn't find that she was heartbroken due to her relationship with Ace, she stated a couple of times that she was fine with it, that she wasn't sad about it, she was more in love with the idea of being in love and that she wanted marriage and white picket fence. She ended up reconnecting ...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, help
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 h ...more
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 ve
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.
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 tha ...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. ...more
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.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a good read. Melody is coming home to spend time with her family now that her father doesn't have much time left. While here she runs into the attractive guy from the plane. Comes to find out she had a past with him. While dealing with the loss of her father she falls in love and in the end she gets her happy ending. ...more
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Shari J. Ryan is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Women's Fiction and 20th Century Historical Fiction.

Shortly after graduation from Johnson & Wales with a bachelor's degree in marketing, Shari began her career as a graphic artist and freelance writer. She then found her passion for writing books in 2012 after her second son was born. Shari has been slaying words ever since.

With two Rone Awards an

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