Title: On the Rocks
Series: Becker Brothers, #1
Author: Kandi Steiner
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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.
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.
I picked up On the Rocks off of my bookshelf this week having no idea what the book was about. I received my copy from the Bookworm box, so no thought had gone into purchasing this particular book. I learned quickly that whiskey and small town Tennessee played roles in the story. So, I was intrigued. I’m not a whiskey drinker, but it’s my husband’s go to when he’s having a drink. And, I did just recently spend two weeks at my dad’s in a small town in TN.
I could also, however, see quickly that this was going to be a love story between a guy and a girl engaged to someone else. But, I continued because I was very much hooked by the writing style and sometimes these scenarios play out okay for me.
“Trust me. I tried to stay away, to keep a boundary between us. But, I swear to God, Mom – she was like a magnet. The harder I tried to stay away, the more she pulled me in. And I have no idea why or how. I just know that I was powerless to resist when it came to her.”
Noah and Ruby Grace’s relationship skirted that line of cheating, which I’m just not a fan of. But, I was so rooting for Noah at the same time. Noah was all in, and it was hard not to fall for him especially when he felt comfortable pursuing her truly believing that her fiance didn’t love her. And I’ll say here that this triangle situation isn’t one where you’ll end up feeling sorry for the other guy. I didn’t love the transition from one relationship to the other, though.
Both Ruby Grace’s and Noah’s families play significant roles in the story. I fell in love with the Beckers. Noah and his brothers loved their mother so well, and their mom worked hard to keep her family close. Ruby Grace’s family on the other hand played a role in a negative way. But, I love that her family had her back in the end.
Another positive for Noah was how interested he was in seeing Ruby Grace pursue her dreams – even if they carried her away from him for a time. The only negative I found in him was that he had a small propensity for violence, which was fitting for a small town country boy.
In the end, I didn’t love every little aspect of how their relationship came to be, but I loved Noah and Ruby Grace, and I especially loved them together. I’m looking forward to reading the other Becker Brothers stories (and hopefully getting some answers to a family mystery). 4.25 Stars!
*Review Note: Please check out trigger warnings elsewhere if you have triggers. I tend to overlook adding them in my reviews.*
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