Book Review and Giveaway: Whiskey on Our Shoes by Tonya Preece

Tonya Preece
Contemporary Romance / New Adult
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
Page Count: 238 pages
Publication Date: February 12, 2023
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Eva dodges the fans, media, and gossip that follow her supermodel mom and rock star family members by wearing disguises. After an aimless gap year, she struggles to figure out what she wants from life. She moves in with her famous guitar god brother in Austin while he recovers from a drunken stage stunt accident and tries to stay sober. When a hot Texas cowboy named Alex takes Eva by surprise, she risks her safety and security of anonymity by letting him into her unconventional life.
Alex is captivated by Eva and promises to protect her privacy. Yet he has a secret of his own—the fling he had with an older woman is fraught with scandalous potential for him and now Eva. He broke free of that mistake months ago, or so he thought. As things heat up with Eva, his old flame returns and won’t leave him alone.
Just when Alex thinks he has the reins on the situation, his ex teams up with a gossip reporter hell-bent on invading Eva’s privacy. The resulting exposé, with a sly spin on a recent encounter with his ex, is Alex’s worst nightmare, and Eva’s unsure what to believe. Can she face the world with Alex at her side or will she return into hiding?
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Eva is the daughter of a supermodel. She was kidnapped as a young child, and because of that, she’s grown up in disguise. She’s told that it’s for her own good, that her mother wants to protect her. Now she’s in Austin, caring for her rock star brother Lor, who is recovering from an accident that left him unable to perform with his band. Can she start fresh here, where no one knows her?

Alex is a young man on the verge of being grown and flown. He’s a cowboy, a student at the University of Texas, working to keep up his grades and hold down a job. But he’s haunted by his fling with a much older woman, and now he faces the possibility that it’s all going to come to light.

The two meet when Lor orders a delivery that is definitely not in his rehab plan, and sparks fly almost immediately. Both are hesitant to pursue a relationship because of their respective secrets, though. They dance around it for a while, but are soon unable to resist each other. On top of all the new relationship turmoil, they’re each keeping the other at arm’s length. But as so often happens, life conspires to bring secrets to light.

This was really a fun read! Eva and Alex are both likable characters. Most of the characters are. The only ones I really didn’t like were Eva’s mom Sloane Silver (and I could understand to some extent why she was the way she was – I don’t like it, but I understand it)  and Alex’s ill-advised fling Angie (she was just hateful and predatory toward Alex – she wanted him back and didn’t much care who she had to stomp on to try to make that happen). Did I want to shake Eva and Alex at times when they were holding back from being open and honest with each other? Yes. Yes, I did. But I was young and foolish once, too. Their reticence was based on fear – fear of rejection, fear of showing their true selves. And I suspect we’ve all felt that way at some point in a relationship.

I really appreciated that Preece wrote such a good relationship between Eva and Alex’s sister Lena. Lena has Down syndrome, and it would have been easy to make Eva hesitant or stand-offish around her. But she jumps right in and treats Lena just like she would anyone else, with kindness and dignity. Their interactions were a particularly bright spot in the story!

I also love that Eva isn’t pretentious. Tiny houses are a fascination of mine, and I’d love to read more of the story in the future. Does Eva ever build her tiny house? Do she and Alex go traveling with it? What happens?! I want to know!

The story had a bit more on-page spice than I usually prefer in my romance reads. I wasn’t really expecting that. I mention it for those of you who, like me, may prefer the zestier action to take place off the page.

Spice notwithstanding, Preece does a good job of weaving a lot of different elements together to create a fast-paced, engaging story with main characters you’ll cheer for. Four shiny stars from me for Whiskey on Our Shoes!

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Tonya Preece writes romance and contemporary young adult fiction and incorporates music into all her books in one way or another. She lives near Austin, TX where she’s a small business manager for a forensic engineering firm. She and her husband enjoy traveling, live music, wine, and spoiling their fur babies.
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3 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Whiskey on Our Shoes by Tonya Preece

  1. Great review, and I appreciate the spice warning. This story sounds like a great summer read. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Tonya Preece says:

    Thank you so much for reading my book & for your review!

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