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Kitty O’Doole used to have it all. A big house in the suburbs, a sports car, and money in the bank, all provided by a loving husband. It had been a Cinderella story of all times until the FBI came knocking on her door with a warrant for her husband’s arrest. Now, three years later, working at McCurdy’s Bar and Restaurant, and taking night classes toward a degree in Education, her life is heading in a positive direction. The last thing she needs is a gambling, whiskey-drinking, sexy cowboy, but when JW Whiskey sits down and orders a Johnnie Walker, Kitty finds herself falling for the wrong man. Again.
Or is he?
Johnnie Walker Whiskey, better known as JW, is one of the best bull riders in the business. But a recent scandal involving his last girlfriend tainted his career and marred his reputation. Needing a change of scenery, he tosses a dart at a map of the United States and wherever it lands, is where he’ll go for a week to clear his head. Of all places, he ends up in Baltimore. Who goes to Baltimore to lick their wounds? His first night in town, he wanders into McCurdy’s looking for a burger and a drink, not a sassy conversation with the sexiest, and smartest woman, he’s ever met.
Only he can’t stay away from the bar…
Over the course of the next few days, JW knows he’s falling hard for Kitty and for the first time in the last year, he feels like things might be looking up.
That is until her past and his scandal collide, throwing him into the spotlight…the very thing he’d been running from to begin with.
Johnnie Walker Whiskey aka JW, has had a couple of really rough months. Starting with breaking it off with his fiancé after catching her with his best friend Luke. At the insistence of his sister and brothers, he tossed a dart at a map and he’s now in Baltimore for a break.
Kitty the bartender is a pleasant surprise, and he finds he wants to get to know her better. Unfortunately her ex-husband keeps pestering her and actually approaches her at the Pub.
This is a favorite scene.
“Are you friendly with your ex?”
“We haven’t spoken in over a year, but he’s been trying to get a hold of me.”
Typically, she didn’t discuss her personal life with strangers, or customers, but something about the tall, sexy man sitting in front of her made her feel safe. Comfortable.
Probably a bad idea since she’d been so wrong about Preston.
“Looks like he’s coming this way,” JW said, popping a French fry in his mouth. “Give me a code word if you need help.”
“It’s going to be him who needs assistance.” She watched as Preston waved to three men before gliding between the tables, heading right in her direction.
“You work here?” Preston wedged himself next to JW, who didn’t look thrilled to be nudged with an elbow and no apology.
“There’s nothing wrong with having a job,” she said, biting her tongue.
“But a bartender? At a pub? You can do better than that. I thought you always wanted to be a teacher. What happened to that dream?” he asked with a slight smirk that she wished she could smack right off his face.
“I’m in school working toward that.” She didn’t owe Preston an explanation, but she wasn’t about to stand there and let him belittle her any longer. “Now if you don’t mind, I need to get back to work,” she said, planting her hands firmly on her hips.
“What time do you get off?” He had the nerve to smile at her as if their crossing paths was a regular everyday occurrence. “We need to talk.”
“My silence toward your phone calls and texts should tell you I don’t feel the same way.” Out of the corner of her eye, she saw the sexy cowboy look her ex up and down. Part of her had enjoyed the light banter JW had provided, and he’d be the perfect kind of man to toss in Preston’s face.
“I think I deserve five minutes of your time, considering we were once married.”
“Say your piece,” she muttered.
Preston could be persistent, and the last thing she wanted was for him to bother her or her family.
“I don’t want to do it here. Have coffee with me.”
“She’s busy,” JW said casually as he wiped his hands on his napkin, tossing it on the plate.
Preston craned his neck. “Excuse me? Who the hell are you?”
“A friend,” Kitty interjected, not wanting a pounding of the chest situation. “Look, Preston, we have nothing left to say to each other.”
“A lot has changed.” Preston leaned over the counter.
She fought the urge to roll her eyes. Preston told her she was a rat leaving a sinking ship when she’d asked for a divorce. He’d go between that and begging her to stay, telling her it would all work itself out, that all she had to do was trust him. “Now that I’m back on my feet, I was thinking—”
“Nothing good comes out of you thinking.”
“You still have a razor-sharp tongue,” he said, shaking his head with a stupid smile. “I see that your brother is here. I’d like to talk with him too about—”
“You need to stay away from my family and me.”
“I can make things easier on you financially.” He curled his slimy, dirty fingers around her wrist.
JW cleared his throat. “I don’t think the lady wants your hands on her.”
“I don’t care what you think,” Preston said with a clipped tone, glaring.
She took the opportunity to yank her hand free.
Swiveling the barstool, JW folded his arms across his chest. His massive muscles flexed. “Touch her again, and you’ll care, alright.”
“Who the hell does this guy think he is?” Preston asked.
“Her date for the evening.” JW arched a brow.
Narrowing her eyes, she glared at JW. The last thing she needed was for Preston to go off halfcocked and end up in a brawl.
Then again, she might enjoy watching JW pound the shit out of Preston.
“You’re going out with this—”
She interrupted Preston. “We’re friends,” she said behind gritted teeth.
“Well, tell your friend, this is none of his business.” Preston turned his back to JW. “When we divorced, you refused any settlement. Let me give you one now.” When she’d first met Preston, he’d given her family money and opportunity, but throughout their marriage, he used that simple fact to control her.
“I don’t need your money, nor do I want it or the strings that come with it.”
“Why do you have to be so pigheaded? I’m just trying to be a stand-up guy and do the right thing by my ex-wife.” Preston shook his head. “My start-up is looking for good, smart people right now. I want to hire your brother. That wouldn’t be a handout, now would it?” Preston stiffened his spine, shoving his hands into his pockets, rocking back on his heels like a proud peacock ruffling its feathers.
“He’s got a job.” She smiled as wickedly as she could. “With Emerson Industries.”
Preston’s mouth dropped open at the news her brother was working for the man who turned Preston into the federal government.
She bit down on the inside of her mouth. That was way too much fun.
Talty, Jen. Johnnie Walker (It’s All In The Whiskey Book 1) . Jupiter Press. Kindle Locations (380-422). Kindle Edition.
Now Kitty doesn’t date customers, but there’s something about JW that she just can’t resist.
This is a fun tale where I’m not sure who has the worst ex. Every interaction is fun for the reader but not so much for the characters.
Lots of Fun, Laughter, Sniffles, a Touch of Drama and Some Sizzle.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!
5 Contented Purrs for Jen!
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Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.
I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.
I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.