Title: Charlie's Whiskey
Series: A Chosen Series Novel
Author: Harlow Brown
Genre: MC Romance Standalone
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Cover Design: Concierge Literary Promotions
“What a fabulous debut into the world of writing Harlow Brown has made with this terrific book!” - 5 Star Goodreads Review by Robyn
“Charlie's Whiskey gave me some good feels.” - 4 Star Goodreads Review by Shannon
“Amazing debut book by Harlow Brown.” - 5 Star Goodreads Review by Belinda
Charlie Winstead pushes aside the pain and anguish she suffers daily and puts all her energy into her women's softball team, the Regulators. If only temporarily, the abuse bestowed upon her by her boyfriend halts for the time that she is behind the plate. Hensley has been her boyfriend for three years and the relationship progressed into a domestic nightmare. Realizing this, Charlie does what she needs to do to protect herself.
Whiskey Williams is a patched member of the Chosen Legion motorcycle club. He finds himself running from a dark and dirty past, looking for a new start. He relies on his brothers from the mother charter to help him. Once he arrives in Rudy, he sees Charlie and knows something has to be done to help her. However, seeing as she is fresh out of her abusive relationship, she wants nothing to do with men.
Will the attraction between the two be enough to make Charlie give the troubled biker a chance? Or will he strike out?
The game of love is not as easy as three up, three down.
I find myself once again feeling as if I missed something while reading this book. I had such high expectations for Charlie's Whiskey, hoping that it would be a highly emotional read. One of my favorite things about books that center around or involve MCs is the fact that they generally have dark and or gritty storylines that show characters who are given strength or redemption and family, love and acceptance. I think this story was shooting for some of that but it just fell short of hitting its mark.
For me, the problem lays in the heroine, Charlie. I am all for a strong female character, a true badass that has a good heart and at the same time is vulnerable. I also have a soft spot for the woman who's been beaten down so much she has no idea how strong she really is until she is forced into a corner. Charlie, however, didn't really fit into either of these categories comfortably. Instead, her character tried to be both at the same time which just did not work. Instead of coming off tough, she seemed fake to me. She was like a giant mishmash of cliches typical to this particular theme.
Luckily, I connected more to Whiskey and thought his character possessed much more potential. While he had his baggage and at first glimpse it was obviously a little too instalove for me, I still liked his character. He was protective and determined and I liked that.
Overall, I truly believe the story had great potential and I can see where there is opportunity for more books to follow. Hopefully as the author gets into the club aspect more, the stories will grow and the characters will balance out more.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***
I am a debut author, but most importantly, I am a mother of two beautiful kids. I am a wife to my soul mate and my better half, whom I was lucky enough to find when I was a child. Since the age of 15, we have been together, and there isn't a moment that I regret. They say everyone has their person; I was lucky enough to find mine when I was just a kid. He and my children are my everything. They are my reason for existence. I love to read, write, play softball, watch baseball, and help coach my daughter's softball team, and watch my son play his sports. We are always on the go, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I realize that one day there won't be anyone to take to practice and games. I embrace the utter chaos that is our lives right now because it will be over before we know it. I appreciate every single one of you that are reading this right now. There is one motto that I live by. It just sucks that it took losing someone really close to me to realize the truth about it. Don't Look Back.