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Review: But First, Whiskey by Erin McCarthy

Faith Young is trouble with a capital “T.”

I thought she was drowning. She wasn’t. But I jumped into the pond and saved her and somehow after that it was all wet clothes coming off and a hot and sexy night under the stars.

Until I realize she is my best friend’s little sister.

Bro code accidentally broken in the worst possible way.

There is no way I can let Cash know I hooked up with Faith, so when he asks for my help in securing her an entry level job at my whiskey distillery, I go one step further. I offer her a great position in the company— one that she can’t refuse— in return for her sworn silence about our night together.

Some might call it blackmail. I call it mutually beneficial.

Only now she’s everywhere I turn. At the office, at social events for our whiskey label, out downtown, at her brother’s. I can’t get away from her or her very tempting mouth with that sassy smile.

She calls me a grumpy boss. I call myself a man on the verge of doing something very, very stupid. Like easing her down on my desk for a repeat of our night together.

Now the only one who is drowning is me…

Faith and MacKay’s story starts before the book begins, in the short story At First Glance in the Ten First Dates anthology. I loved it there and couldn’t wait to find out what happened. I’m glad I did, because this book turned out to be one of the best I’ve read all year. Faith and MacKay are hilarious, hot and just confused enough to be entertaining. She’s had a crush on her brother’s best friend since she was thirteen years old. Here we are, ten years later and nothing has changed. Except that MacKay doesn’t recognize her so when he flirts with her at her brother’s wedding, she lets him think she works for the catering staff and flirts right back. It leads to a crazy fun day and one very hot night. Then MacKay has to jump out the window.

They’ve managed to avoid one another for almost a year now but when Faith’s brother asks his bestie to give his new grad little sister a job, MacKay can’t say no. Now they’re working together somewhat awkwardly, trying to act professional but failing to keep their hands off of one another. The characters are real and the dialogue is hilarious. This book made me laugh out loud so many times but it was also sweet and steamy. I’ve only read a few books by the author, but I’ve loved each one more than the last and definitely want more.   

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