She’s never had a no-strings fling. He’s never had anything else. But maybe this time will be an exception?
After a year of mourning her fiancé, Alexis Parker has worked hard to rediscover what she wants out of life. Fresh out of the military and back stateside, her brother offers her a marketing job at the Stag Distillery. Ready for a new challenge, Alexis agrees to accompany her new co-worker Jake Cooper on a Stag cross-country promotional tour. He may have an infamous playboy reputation, but Alexis is surprised to find out that there is more to him than meets the eye. And she likes what she sees. . .
Jake promised Alexis’s brother that he’d be an absolute gentleman. Of course, that was before he and Alexis hit the road, and they both agree that what Alexis’s big brother doesn’t know won’t hurt him. The plan: to keep their fling confined to the RV, and everything will go back to normal once they head home. Things progress in ways neither of them could have imagined, and Jake realizes that he and Alexis make a perfect mix. Can he convince her that he’s ready to shake things up and give true love a shot in Maybe for You?
“Nicole McLaughlin is a wonderfully fresh voice in contemporary romance—sweet, sexy, and immensely satisfying.”—Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author
McLaughlin's satisfactory third Whiskey and Weddings contemporary (after Maybe This Time) features Army veteran Alexis, who's grieving the death of her fianc , and Jake, part owner (with Alexis's brother, Dean) of Kansas City's Stag distillery. During her final year of deployment in Italy, Alexis and Jake carry on a long-distance friendship, and upon her return, Alexis accompanies Jake on a two-week festival tour of making sales and seeking new contracts. Jake is determined to shed his playboy reputation and considers Dean's sister off-limits; Alexis still mourns Nathan. However, when sparks fly, both agree to a fling before Alexis takes a CIA job in Virginia. An unexpected pregnancy, despite precautions, brings their affair into the open. Readers may feel frustrated by the artificial obstacles to Alexis making a commitment despite her advancing pregnancy: she's certain that Nathan's death means she's not meant to have a family, and she worries that Jake is only staying out of obligation, despite evidence to the contrary. A tender subplot featuring Alexis's ongoing caring relationship with Nathan's family in Atlanta adds substance to this light but enjoyable story.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
First off getting an ARC there are sometimes issues with format. I understand that as I'm not getting a final copy. I do hope that the final copy gets another edit. It was frustrating at times to have to re-read a sentence because the word "from" was "form". Also there really isn't a word "grinded". It was little things in the story that I hope will be caught before a final release.
Now to the actual story. It was a good one. I really felt for Alex and the loss of Nate just before their wedding. Her response was natural. Some people may have thought it when on for too long but everyone deals with loss different. Jake was wonderful in my eyes. His insecurities just made him some so much more human than some male protagonists.
This story is written in a dual POV which helps the reader (okay me at least) to better understand the characters. This was a story that flowed nicely and I was sorry to see it end. I will have to go back and read the other stories in this series. Not because I have to but the characters were wonderful and I would love to read their HEAs.
Maybe For You
ARC for honest review with no compensation given by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press. 4.5 stars
This is book 3 of the Whiskey and Wedding series while a standalone I understood the flow from the prior books even though I have not read them.. I will most definitely be checking them out!
Jake is a partner in the Stag Distillery with his two best friends. He is the "Promo Guy" and playboy extraordinaire. A complaint has been lodged against him so it's decided that on the next promo tour he take Alexis along to keep him out of trouble. Little does he know that this may not be the way to make that happen...
Alexis has finally returned home from the military, while also spending the past year mourning the loss of her fiancé who just weeks before their wedding was killed. She now needs to pick up the pieces and find her direction in life. Her brother and part owner of Stag Distillery offers her a job and she agrees to do the ride along with Jake as they have been pen pals during the past year and there's more to Jake than meets the eye.
What starts out as friends turns quickly as the heat rises, friends become lovers and when you least expect it love shows us what has been missing all along!
This was a fantastically written story, that was heartbreaking, heartwarming, and filled with emotional real life issues. This had my heart melting, and me crying and rooting for these main characters. This is my first story by Nicole McLaughlin and it definitely, will not be my last.
Alex Parker has suffered great loss in her life, with the latest being her fiancé, Nate, two weeks before they were to be married. When she comes to celebrate her brother and his partners’ company’s fifth year in the Bourbon and Whiskey distillery business, at the same venue where she was to get married, her grief is not only noticed, but also felt by Jake Cooper, one of her brother’s partners. Coming to her aide on this difficult night, Jake and Alex soon find themselves becoming close friends, as over the course of a year, as she is deployed in Italy, their keep in close contact with each other.
Jake Cooper has always felt he didn’t belong, not with his intelligent siblings, in his school and he is now feeling like his current partners don’t take his marketing of their business seriously, even though his traveling and Playboy ways, has gotten them a lot of new accounts, as well as made their social media accounts interesting and popular.
So, when Alex returns home after she leaves the service for good, living with her brother and his girlfriend and constantly witnessing them being happy is just too much for her. When Jake is to go out on tour, Alex takes that opportunity to go with him. But soon these two decide that a fling between them, while on the tour and until she moves across the country to her new job is something they both want. But is it? You will have to read to find out.
I loved this story of healing and opening your heart and letting love in. I couldn’t put it down.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.