Friday, March 30, 2018

Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster ~ Review

Narrator: Paul Woodson

Listening Time: 8 hours and 38 minutes

A captivating new sexy standalone romance by New York Timesbestselling author Melissa Foster.

Driving Whiskey Wild is a USA Today Bestseller

Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.

I listened to the audio book on this one.  Paul Woodson, the narrator, has a deep sexy voice that I mostly enjoyed.  I am pretty picky about narrators.  They can make or break a book for me.  I would say that Paul does a really good male voice but struggles more with female voices.  I think the ideal situation would be for him to read the male parts and a female to read the female parts.  That would make a really good combination.  The problem I had was that all his females voices sounded the same and sometimes they sound...I don't know kinda childlike.  But it wasn't enough for me not to enjoy the book.  

As for the story itself, I haven't read the books prior to this one in the series.  This book can stand alone though you do meet Bear and Crystal from book two.  They are part of the Whiskey family and I liked them both.  We don't meet Truman and Gemma from book one, though.  I really liked the whole family aspect of this story.  They own a bar together and they look out for each other.  They are all part of each other's lives.  That was nice.

If you're reading this for the motorcycle club aspect of it, I'd pass on this one.  It's not a big part of the story.  Yeah, it's mentioned and church comes up once but it's really not the focus of the story.  Sure Bullet is the big tough motorcycle riding kinda guy.  He has that strong desire to protect everyone he cares about.  He's ex-military with some serious PSTD and that seems to define him more than the motorcycle club.  If anything, I'd say this was a military kinda book.  

Speaking of Bullet, I loved him.  He's the kind of guy that takes care of those he loves and feels too much guilt when he can't protect people.  He pulls people out of burning cars and tries to keep his family safe.  He forgets to let others help him and he remembers every buddy or even just met guy who died in the military around him.  I did really fall for him.

Finlay is nice.  Bullet calls her lollipop and I liked that.  She struggles to deal with the rough side of Bullet and has a fear of dogs and motorcycles.  That makes for some problems as Bullet has a dog that helps him with his PSTD.  She soon falls for Bullet's charms though and I did really like her.

There is a lot of heat in this story.  If you enjoy many and detailed hotness scenes, this book has that in spades. 

I wanted to like the story more than I did.  You see, things felt forced in a few places.  The characters acting just outside of their character.  Even the climax was just a little bit off.  Nothing bad, mind you, just off.  Maybe it was that things were just too sweet.  Too easily falling into place.  While I enjoyed it, it just lacked the strength of books I really love.  It's okay.  It was nice to listen to one day as I did my cores but I won't be listening to it again.  And I don't think I'll be reading books 1 and 2 or going on with the series.  It was just okay.  And let's be real.  I have too many books I really want to read to spend time on just okay.

You can decide for yourself and others have felt differently but this one is just okay for me. 


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