Monday, May 4, 2015

REVIEW: Sunshine & Whiskey by R.L. Griffin


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Sunshine & Whiskey by R.L. Griffin
Romantic Comedy

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Synopsis:
Sometimes the best things in life come from the unexpected. So if you lower your expectations, then you’ll never be disappointed. Sound cheesy? It is, but it's also true. Clich├ęs come from a grain of truth…like a man with a Porsche is compensating for something, or once a cheater always a cheater—you get the idea. Sorry, I digress. I'm supposed to be telling you what this book is about.

I'm Megan Walker, a lawyer at one of the hottest boutique law firms in Atlanta. I'm on the fast track to making partner and have my entire life planned out...or I did.
We all know how that goes, right? Best laid plans and all that.

Life just threw me a couple curveballs, so I've set out to take things into my own hands. By throwing caution to the wind and getting out of my A-type personality bubble, I'm learning more about myself than I have in my twenty-seven years.
Sound like a chick flick, doesn't it?
It’s not.

Shel: Our first experience with R. L. Griffin was with her By a Thread series--an intense, emotional, suspenseful romance; so when we saw she was working on something completely new, we knew we had to check it out. This new series is a 180 degree turn from By a Thread--it's a lighter, romantic comedy. Court: And I really fell in love with the cover. 

Shel: This novel features two best friends who ditch everything about life as they know it and hit the road--it's basically the most epic best friend road trip you can have. Both Megan (our protagonist) and Laura (her best friend) have things they need to work through and when an opportunity arises that will allow them the time and space to do that with each other, they take it. Along the way they begin to delve deeper into what they want and don't want; who they are and aren't; and what they like and don't in a series of funny pit stops between Atlanta and California. Court: These two are really the epitome of the modern woman, in my opinion. They are very independent, and use this road trip to really discover who they are and who they think they are, and really who they want to be. They stop in major cities along the way for their high profile shenanigans. You'll have to read to find out why things turn out so high profile! 

Shel: Of course it wouldn't be a romantic comedy without the 'romance' part--and there are some interesting events men they meet along the way. From the most horrible one night stand in New Orleans to an eye opening meeting with an ex to "Meat" and finally to a mysterious man in California Megan delves into her past relationships and how it's impacted some major life choices--and Laura is there to kick her butt, make her laugh, and ask her hard questions along the way. Court: I was beginning to wonder about the romance, honestly, but it did indeed show up. In some...awkward moments in my opinion. The worst one night stand award goes to Ben, and I am still cringing so hard that I have almost no words for the rest. No words! Lol. 

Shel: One thing to note is that this novel is in first person POV and it took me a little time to settle into it; it felt a little forced or some of her phrases were a bit repetitive in the beginning. I note this because it may jar you too but I should also say that as the novel progressed I noticed these things less and less and was happy at how the novel ended. I can definitely see that Laura is perfectly set up to have a novel in this series and it'll be interesting to see what her back story is. Court: It was a bit jarring, and takes some getting used to but I think it is Megan's personality as much as it is the POV. She's a bit rough around the edges and so type A in proving herself, and I just wanted her to loosen up a bit. The beginning is a bit slow too, as it takes about 20% of the beginning to set up and really get into the course of the plot. I am happy where this one ended, but I was very apprehensive where it began. It gained it's stride, and the last half really delved into Megan's deeper issues at hand.




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Excerpt
Chad's face is a mask of contradictions and his penis is still hard and he's wearing a condom and he's walking toward me. "Megan, listen, baby, we can work this out."
"Oh yeah, we can?"
"Yes," he says, standing there with his pants at his ankles.
I know I’m repeating myself, but who walks toward his girlfriend with a condom on and pants at the ankles.
"How about this? You both have three minutes to get the fuck out of my house. I'm going to change because I have one of the most important depositions of my life, and I can't go with guacamole on my shirt."
Where is this calm coming from? No idea.
"Baby, come on. Don't overreact."
What a dick, right? Yep, he really says this, to me, while he is standing there with a condom on his dick, his pants around his ankles. The secretary now throws my vibrator on my perfect seven hundred thread count sheets and pulls her dress down from where it was bunched at her waist.
"Oh, you think this is over reacting?" I take a step toward him for the first time since I’ve been here.
Chad takes another step toward me.
I smile. "I think overreacting would be to grab that knife that I cut my cantaloupe with this morning, you know the one that's still on the kitchen counter, and cut your dick and balls off. Then have them mounted. I think that would be overreacting. I, however, am simply asking you to get your shit, your condom, your whore and never come back." Ice enters my veins and voice and he knows I’m not fucking around.
"Megan," his condescending tone blows the roof off my calm.
"Chad..." I use the same tone. "If you aren't gone in,” I look down at my watch, the one he gave me for my birthday, “two minutes now, I'm going to punch myself in the face and then stab you."
He stares at me.
"Heat of passion and all that. I walked in on my live in boyfriend pounding a bitch in my bedroom, using my dirty vibrator...I don't think a jury anywhere would convict me. You?" I smirk and cock my head to the side in a question. At that, I turn and walk into my huge walk-in closet and change my shirt. My closet was the main reason why I bought this house. I have no idea if the shirt I’m pulling off the hanger matches my suit. I’m trying to focus, trying to compartmentalize what just happened.
I look at my phone, I’m running into my cushion.




Author Bio:
R.L. resides in the Atlanta area with some cool dudes: her husband, son and one crazy dog. She was born and raised in the South. She attended Georgia Southern University and moved to Washington, D.C. to intern in the United States Senate during the impeachment trial. Falling in love with the city, she went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law. By A Thread is R.L.’s second book, but is the first in a series of books.
Series order: By A Thread, Tension, Seamless, Mending (short story describing the events between the end of Seamless and the Epilogue) and Heart in Wire

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