The Gin Lover’s Guide to Dating by Nina Kaye
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When Liv’s high-flying career goes off the rails, she finds herself working at a glitzy new gin bar to pay the bills. She’s never let romance distract her, but with one very hot colleague, a mysterious online follower who might just be her soulmate, and a lot of cocktails, her dating life is about to be shaken up…
But is Liv looking for a sparkling flirtation, or something a little stronger?
Sometimes you have to face up to your past, seize your future, and mix your own recipe for happy ever after…
I chose to read this book because of the intriguing title, and I had never heard of a gin bar. Throw in the hot colleague and a mysterious online follower, and I had to give it a try.
Liv Hamilton is fired from her dream job and realizes she shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth and accepts a job as a bartender at a gin bar in a swanky hotel. After all, this isn’t the first time Aaron, her ex-boss from her university years has “helped her out of a hole” and she is so grateful for his kindness. Aaron is a bit awkward socially, blunt, and sees through her attempts of hiding her predicament, but she owes him a lot. Once she meets her new colleagues at the gin bar, she realizes how unhappy she was in her old job and starts to open up to her new friends about the past she is ashamed of. In fact, she meets the younger and handsome, Josh, who is gentle and caring, but he just doesn’t challenge her intellect. On the other hand, she finds stimulating conversation from a mysterious follower GrahamLeeton of her new blog Gin Fizz created to make ends meet financially. Who will she choose? Unfortunately, circumstances don’t give her a choice.
I have to admit I didn’t like Liv that much. She’s immature, a snob, and for someone who reads other people well enough to write about them in her blog, she has no clue about her own life. I will give her credit for finally getting over her need for money and a great job and just making good friends and finding her niche in writing her blog. Her chemistry with Josh was believable, but with the mysterious follower (can’t reveal due to spoilers), I just didn’t see it. In fact, I think there should have been more development on that character. The supporting characters were all right, but I needed more information on them as well. Especially Dylan who has played an important part in Liv’s life for many years.
Overall, this was a light, coming of age romance about finding one’s self and discovering what is important in life. Also, I’m not a gin drinker, but some of the drinks listed in her blog sounded interesting.
Thank you to Ms. Kaye for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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Nina Kaye is a Romantic Comedy author who writes fast-paced, entertaining reads with a deeper edge.
Nina started writing her first novel when she was seventeen (and locked in her room, supposedly studying for her future). It was a short-lived experience that ended as soon as Nina’s exams did, but the dream of writing never left her.
Nina lives in Edinburgh with her husband and much adored side-kick, James. In addition to writing, Nina enjoys swimming, gin and karaoke (preferably all enjoyed together in a sunny, seaside destination).
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