Book Review: A LOVE LETTER TO WHISKEY by Kandi Steiner

Title: A Love Letter to Whiskey 
Author: Kandi Steiner
Genre: Friends to Lovers Romance 
Release Date: October 13th, 2016 

It’s crazy how fast the buzz comes back after you’ve been sober for so long.

Whiskey stood there, on my doorstep, just like he had one year before. Except this time, there was no rain, no anger, no wedding invitation — it was just us.

It was just him — the old friend, the easy smile, the twisted solace wrapped in a glittering bottle.

It was just me — the alcoholic, pretending like I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less.

But we can’t start here.

No, to tell this story right, we need to go back. 

Back to the beginning.

Back to the very first drop.

This is my love letter to Whiskey. I only hope he reads it.

This was a book I waited way too long to finally read. But once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. It wasn't my first book by the author and it definitely won't be my last. Because this book was...Ahhhh! 

If by some chance, you haven't read this book and you love a good romance filled with tons of angst, then this is the book for you. A Love Letter to Whiskey was one of the most angst filled books I've ever read and gah did it have me in its grip the whole time. I fell hard for these two but I also hated them both at times haha. I'm telling you, the angst is real. 

B sees Whiskey first but he isn't hers first. He belongs to her best friend. So, they decide to be friends and the friendship blossoms into something amazing. Surfing together. Telling each other secrets and just being friends. But B never loses those feelings. He's always on her mind. 

But the timing is never right. It's never good to drink whiskey, especially when it leads to bad decisions. And whiskey normally does. 

This book is gorgeous, heartfelt, painful, aggravating, and so much more. One of my favorite things about this book was it wasn't typical. I couldn't guess the ending and I loved that. I wasn't sure what was going to happen to these characters. All I can say is buckle up and get ready for a ride. 

“I’m not sorry I kissed you….but I’m sorry I did it when you weren’t mine to kiss.”

“You couldn’t be with me when you were broken, and now that you’re standing on your own, you still can’t be with me. So if I can’t have you at your worst, and I can’t have you at your best, then when do I get you?”


"I was too weak to fly. The heavier half dragged me with it and I didn't cry, I didn't scream, I didn't fight. I drowned easily, staring at the floating half on the way down, wondering if we'd ever meet again."


"Words don't get written from a heart that's never felt. They come from pain, from love, from unspeakable depths - and they were my only release."



Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

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