Review: Until the Tequila by Brynne Asher
Have you ever read a book that was insanely perfect, that you swore the author wrote the book just for you? That's exactly what Until the Tequila was for me. Wine? Check. Thoroughbreds? Check. Swoony hero? Check. You guys, this book legit checked all my boxes. If I could give it a million stars, I absolutely would.
Story Line: We first meet Mary and Evan in BA's book Vines. Mary and Evan meet through Addy and her vineyard. Sparks fly but there is so much resistance from Mary in that first book, that things don't have a chance to escalate. But Brynne, being the phenomenal human being that she is, finally gives Mary and Evan their happily ever after. But not "until the tequila". You like what I did there? Cute right? No? Anywho. So, as above mentioned, this story line includes my 3 favorite things - wine, horses and a super sexy leading man. Evan's family has a huge thoroughbred farm that we get a glimpse or two of. If horses aren't your thing, I don't think we can be friends. However, IF you're an odd ball and don't like this detail, calm down. It's a small part of the story. Then there's wine. And if we can't discuss a good bottle of wine? Game over because wine is LIFE. And lastly, Evan. Oh Evan. He's so sweet, so determined and so freaking dreamy. I want him. No seriously, he's perfect. Shh, don't tell my hubby.
Interaction: Mary knows there is chemistry between her and Evan. That's not the issue. Sparks fly when these two are within a mile of each other. The issue is Mary's past - her upbringing - has jaded her. So she keeps people at arms length. Or maybe even two arms length. Now, because this book was part of the ARR Happily Ever Alpha World, we are so dang lucky to get a taste of July from Until July. July and Mary are childhood bff's and if I could love this detail more, I'm pretty sure my heart would burst. July (and her family for that matter) are the people we yearn for in our lives. Their compassion and kind hearts are everything. But back to Evan and Mary, Evan realizes he has a mountain to climb when it comes to winning over Mary's heart. And boy is he up for the challenge. His patience, his thoughtfulness, his entire attitude when it comes to her, is the stuff fairy tales are made of.
Laundry: If you're a first time BA reader, let me tell you, saddle up because you're in for a glorious ride. Mary and Evan don't hit the sheets in chapter one, but those sparks and zings of lust will shoot through your finger tips almost immediately. And is there laundry? Um yes. There is laundry that was born in my dreams and fantasies. I'm not kidding. I swear Brynne reached into my brain, found my number one fantasy and played it out before my very eyes. It was everything I could ever fathom, and then some.
Depth: I know what you're thinking. I'm a mind reader (just like Brynne, apparently). You're thinking to yourself "it's a novella, there won't be any meat to it". WRONG. BIG FAT WRONG. I'm not exactly an emotional reader. It takes a lot for me to shed tears over a book. And let me tell you, I cried TWICE. That's right. Big fat, crocodile tears rolled down my cheeks not once, but twice during Until the Tequila. Brynne has a way of stringing beautifully heartfelt words together that would bring even the darkest of hearts to their knees. Mary's story and her inner monologue along with another conversation were so powerful, so broken, that I couldn't help but shed a few tears for her.
Until the Tequila will bring tears to your eyes, but it will also make you laugh, and give you all the warm and fuzzies you've been craving. It's 5 golden stars in my book.