#STEINHART Release! REVIEW: A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner

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Title: A Love Letter to Whiskey
Author: Kandi Steiner
Release Date: Oct 13, 2016
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It’s crazy how fast the buzz comes back after you’ve been sober for so long. Whiskey stood there, on my doorstep, just like he had one year before. Except this time, there was no rain, no anger, no wedding invitation — it was just us. It was just him — the old friend, the easy smile, the twisted solace wrapped in a glittering bottle. It was just me — the alcoholic, pretending like I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less. But we can’t start here. No, to tell this story right, we need to go back.  Back to the beginning. Back to the very first drop. This is my love letter to Whiskey. I only hope he reads it.  

My rating:

“…I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less.”

            I was so excited when I realized Kandi was coming out with a new book so soon after I had just finished reading Weightless, which I promptly gushed over. And as I’m part of Kandi’s Facebook group for all of her adoring fans (yes, it me!), I was able to witness her process of writing A Love Letter to Whiskey. I was hooked as soon as I read the blurb. Kandi Steiner’s writing, as I’ve said multiple times before, is unique in that it’s lyrical; her sentences contain vibrant images and the sweetest melodies you’ll ever read. If you can’t tell, I’m seriously in love with Kandi Steiner. Her books drag so many emotions out of you that by the end of the book you’ll realize that you’ve drank an entire bottle of champagne and now you’re sobbing on the floor.

“I didn’t even have time to call dibs, I couldn’t even think the word, let alone say it, before it was too late. I watched it, in slow motion, as Whiskey fell for my best friend before I even had the chance to say a single word to him.”

            A Love Letter to Whiskey starts out with our protagonist, Brecks, running into Whiskey also known as Jamie. Brecks only goes by B, which you’ll have to read to find out why. However, as said above, her Whiskey ends up falling for her bestie Jenna. B is outgoing, talented, an all around amazing person. I absolutely adored her voice, her mannerisms, her logic. She could do no wrong in my eyes. (Even though she did… a few times, actually.) But that just makes you love her more, how complex she is. And that’s not even excusing some of her actions. It just goes to show how Kandi’s writing makes you feel things.

“I should have listened, but if you haven’t learned by now, caution signs didn’t work when It came to Jamie.”

            Jamie and B have a tumultuous story. A Love Letter to Whiskey is the sweetest kind of torture. It’s a story of constant near misses and a few bad decisions. It had a vague resemblance to Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern, only in regards to the fact that our couple continues to keep missing each other, whether it be one of them isn’t single or isn’t ready, the timing is just never right. You’ll be constantly rooting for them and when our protagonist, who continually breaks the fourth wall, pictures the future and then hits us with a, “Well, that’s not what happened,” everyone in your family will hear you yell, “Are you fucking kidding me?!” The characters are so diverse and complex, though, and the story so intense, that you’ll end up throwing the book across the room, shamefully picking it back up while petting it and saying that you’re sorry.

“We’re toxic, Jamie. All we do is hurt each other, hurt the ones who love us, hurt ourselves.”

            Close to the end of the novel, you’ll probably feel this exact sentiment. And while, yes, the relationship is toxic at times, (trust me, I’m not excusing their actions), A Love Letter to Whiskey is a novel about addiction. It’s a story that proves that some people, no matter the circumstances, are supposed to be in each other’s lives. And that’s my favorite kind of love story. You might not believe in soul mates, but you’ll believe in Jamie and B’s love. It’s magical and it will light you up with fireworks.

            There is some cheating in this novel. There are only a couple (or maybe just one) instance where it happens, but sometimes that’s enough for people. So if that’s not you’re thing, I’d avoid it.

“Even if you must move on, please don’t ever let us go.”

            This is pretty much my love letter to A Love Letter to Whiskey. It’s a very shaky ride you’re about to take, but trust me, it is so goddamn worth it. Kandi Steiner stunned me with Weightless and knocked me dead with A Love Letter to Whiskey.

Also, the fact that I'm in the acknowledgments (it me, Chase!) made my fucking year.

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.

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