This is my stop during the blog tour for A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 29 March till 11 April, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
In the little highway town of Bourbon, Missouri, deadly secrets lurk behind Southern charm.
Seventeen year old Charli Valentine didn’t expect to spend the last few weeks of summer break nursing a broken heart, icing a black eye, and watching her ex kiss another girl. Since being a good girl has gotten her nothing but heartache, Charli decides to give rebellion a try. She pigs out, drinks, and hangs with Luke Parker, the son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher.
But there’s more to Luke than meets the eye. His tough exterior and terrible dialect hide a good person despite his bad boy reputation. No matter how hard he tries to fight it, Luke is drawn to Charli’s innocence and finds her clumsiness too charming to resist. Though they’re from opposite sides of the tracks, neither can resist the magnetism drawing them together.
When Charli discovers a box in her mother’s closet, she pieces together the truth about Bourbon’s past and uncovers a deadly secret about her family. And once Luke learns of it, he vows to protect Charli no matter the cost.
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Today I am back with a Shot of Bourbon (not actually, just the title of the book). This was put together by the lovely Lola from Lola’s Book Tours! It came out March 29th, and if that summary appeals to you, you should check it out. If you want to read the book but don’t want a spoiler, read up until the second paragraph, skip the third, and then continue reading. You can check out the rest of the tour stops here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-a-shot-of-bourbon-by-a-c-land/
I received the book via email about a month back and my first reaction was from the cover. Book covers give you an insight into the author’s mind before we even open the first page. A Shot of Bourbon has a dark cover which gives us insight that it’s going to be mystery type of book. I love analyzing covers and applying my english class skills in real life 🙂
The book starts with a flashback from Charli’s childhood when she discovers something not quite right with her mother and her step father. Flash Forward a few years and Charli is grown up and has a week alone without her parents. Her “perfect life” has suddenly come crashing down, boyfriend cheated on her, family secrets coming into the light, and the “bad boy” of Bourbon, Luke Parker has taken an interest in her. This part of the storyline seems a little cliche to me, Luke is drawn to her for her innocence which to me just doesn’t make any sense. He is one of the sons of a mass murderer and has some anger issues himself. This seems mainstream of every bad boy in every book and on top of all that, he has a soft spot for his disabled brother. This makes him seem more human in the eyes in the eyes of the reader. Charli comes along and brings out his good side which is like every book/movie/show I have ever seen. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, I personally enjoy that type of storyline but others might find it tedious and honestly, I am waiting for an author to spice it up a little.
Warning for those about to read this, it contains spoilers, just skip over this paragraph to remain spoiler free. As for the mystery portion of the book, I guessed it right away. The clues were too obvious and throughout the entire book, I was just waiting for her to guess it. When she finally discovered her family’s dark secret, that the other murderer in the Bourbon Butcher case was her biological father, her reaction was a little low key for me. She even went as far as asking to see him in jail. It wasn’t a real reaction to me, I can imagine anger, betrayal, hostility, but it wasn’t portrayed with intensity it should have been.
Overall it was a pretty good book, with alternating point of views and plot twists, but to me, it was like any other bad boy mystery I have read. It had its good parts, things that kept my eyes glued to the page, and other parts that had me skimming.
Thanks for reading!
<3 Shelby Grace