REVIEW: On the Rocks by Kandi Steiner

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“Everything was perfect, and if you asked any of my friends, they’d say I was the luckiest girl in Tennessee. So then why did it feel like I was drowning?”

Back of the book blurb:


Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.

  That’s what Mama told me when I was a kid, kicking his pew in church and giggling at the games we’d play. It’s what the town said when his father died and the Becker brothers went wild.

  And it’s on repeat in my mind the day I walk into the whiskey distillery where he works to buy a wedding gift for my fiancé.

  He’s trouble.

Dirty, sweaty, rude trouble.

  No matter how many times I repeat it, I can’t escape Noah in our small Tennessee town. And the more I run into him, the more he infuriates me. Because he sees what no one else does.

  He sees me—the real me.

  The me I’m not sure I’m allowed to be.

  I’m Ruby Grace Barnett, the mayor’s daughter. Soon to be a politician’s wife, just like Mama and Daddy always wanted.  Soon to fulfill my family’s legacy, just like I always knew I would.

  Until the boy everyone warned me about makes me question everything, like whether the wedding I’m planning is one I even want.

  Everyone says Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.

  If only I had listened.

Chase’s thoughts:



Publication Date: June 13, 2019

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My rating:



            When Kandi announced that she was writing a SERIES (YES! SERIES!) of small town romances, I almost had a meltdown. There is a special place in my heart for small town romances and now that the Queen of Angst was writing one?! My dreams have COME TRUE. On the Rocks is filled with Kandi’s signature angst with small town heart and full-blown steam.

“That’s what had always appealed to me about living in the political circuit. I could help children, or battered women, or the homeless. I would have a platform, a goal, and a voice to raise.”

            Ruby Grace has the perfect life: a beautiful home, a supportive family, and a loving fiancé. At least… that’s what it seems. Things change as soon as she meets Noah Becker and he makes her realize that everything she thought she wanted… actually isn’t what she wants.

            Kandi Steiner has such a versatile voice. Each novel she writes blows my mind because even though Kandi has that signature angst that we all fall in love with, it almost seems like each book is written by a completely different person. On the Rocks completely impressed me because it was something so new for Kandi to write, but it felt like it was so easy for her to master that southern charm that I absolutely love in small town romances.

“If you were mine, Ruby Grace, your dreams wouldn’t come second to anything.”

            Like I said before, the angst that is always laced within Kandi’s words makes a huge appearance in On the Rocks. Not only do we have the fact that Ruby Grace has a fiancé, but the fact that Noah and Ruby Grace are finding their true selves with each other. Noah and Ruby Grace are such an incredible couple, because they teach each other so much while having the most electrifying chemistry.

“I don’t feel this way with anyone else.”

            The romance in On the Rocks is full of so much heart. I instantly fell in love on page one and I’m not even saying that because, as we all know, I’m such a huge fan of Kandi’s. On the Rocks gives you that small town feel while still being angst-y enough that it’s not ooey gooey. Fluff is nice and all; however, the angst is what truly gets you.

“I didn’t feel realize how much a kiss could feel like a vacation. I didn’t realize how much a person could feel like home.”

            I love Kandi’s poetic writing. Her prose is completely lyrical. Her vibrant worlds will shock the reader with how much color they exhibit. Each and every word paints the most magnificent picture in your head. Honestly, I cannot get enough.

            On the Rocks is the first book in a four-book series of small town romances. I cannot wait for book two because the Becker family has already become my own family.

Happy Reading!


Love,
The Wandereader


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