Review & Giveaway: Becoming the Whiskey Princess (Taking Risks #2) by Toni Aleo

For better or worse, for richer or poorer, ‘til almost death do they part…

Amberlyn Reilly took a risk and found a new life in Ireland. She did something drastic and jumped in front of a loaded gun for the one she knew she couldn’t lose. And with her mother’s last request, she did more than fall in love. She fell into Declan O’Callaghan—with her eyes wide open and her damaged heart and soul leading the way.

When Irish-born Declan O’Callaghan spotted Amberlyn across the lake, he knew his life was about to change. And it did. Now he has everything he’s ever dreamed of —he’s marrying for love, and with that love, the family distillery will now be his as long as he marries before the deadline.

Things are moving fast. It’s now or never. And as their beautiful relationship grows, time is something these two don’t have a lot of. Declan’s and Amberlyn’s souls are tightly tethered, but will the questions and second thoughts of others prevent them from having a life they’ve both only begun to dream of? Will family and the obligations that come with the O’Callaghan name push them to their breaking point? Or has the Whiskey Prince truly found his happily ever after taking Amberlyn as his Princess?

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Whiskey Prince was something completely different from Toni Aleo. The story and writing was all very sweet and clean, and this continues in Becoming The Whiskey Princess. Though I do have to mention we do get some sexy scenes, and while passionate it's still rather nice. Now while I can appreciate a sweet story once in a while, at times I did feel it got a bit too much here. Like syrup honey sticking sweet, borderline cheesy. In the beginning it was okay, but by the end it was too much for me.

As for the story on its own, I liked that very much. Declan is just such a sweetheart. He would give Amberlyn the world, anything to make her happy and that is exactly what he does here. With the wedding coming up so fast, both being so young, there are some frictions. Still he's a reasonable guy, understands the word compromise, and he freaking loves Amberlyn so much.

While Declan might be a bit over the top perfect, Amberlyn was more real. She agreed to the wedding, because she knows Declan is the one for her and I believe in their love. The reality of becoming an O'Callaghan is quite terrifying and frustrating at times. Mothers in law are often not the most fun, but Declan's mom is taking it a step further. She really is the biggest reason for causing friction between Amberlyn and Declan. While I do understand her motives sometimes, I certainly don't agree with what she's doing.

With all that friction, Amberlyn starts having doubts, that maybe she is taking on too much. She knows she loves Declan and wants to marry him, but the way things are going with the preparations it's all becoming a bit too much. With everyone being so busy, they hardly have the time for each other. Communication is key here, and when they figure that out things might turn out good afterall. 

This was a very sweet conclusion to Declan and Amberlyn's story. Definitely a new adult book, because at times the melodramatic and cliché sweetness was a bit too much, certainly since it was repeated so often. So while I could appreciate it in the first book, here it's turned up another notch. Still I very much liked Declan, and the way he handled all the drama. He really is a dream guy. Amberlyn is such a nice girl, though she definitely has a backbone, which at times can cause some friction. But I liked how they worked it all out. 

3.5 stars

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The Author
Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.

When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.

She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog.

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