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Hi! Welcome to my bookish world! My name is Mishie and I’m one greedy reader from the Philippines!

I love reading new adult romance mainly but I’m also a fan of fantasy and contemporary reads.

I do book reviews, post bookish photos, share some daily stuff in my IG stories, and engage with fella bibliophiles and authors over bookstagram. Follow me on insta and let’s talk books!

A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner

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

5 Whiskey shots!!

Hi, my name is Mishie, and I’m an alcoholic. I’m drunk on Whiskey and it’s Kandi’s fault.
(Girl, you owe me some fine scotch.😝🥃)

In order to do this review right, we have to go back to the beginning.

Did you notice that the title comes with a “Friends-to-Lovers” romance subtitle? Yeah, I didn’t really think about that extra title as well, because we see that one on every other regular book. Which is fine, it lets us know the gist of the story.
But with “A Love Letter to Whiskey”? It was only when I finished the story that I allowed myself to go back to that subtitle and mull it over. Because, that was a gross understatement of what the ever loving fuck actually happened in the book.

Jamie Shaw.
“His eyes were wide—almost too round—and a mixture of gold, green, and the deepest brown. I didn’t coin the nickname Whiskey until much later, but it was that moment that I saw it for the first time—those were whiskey eyes. The kind of eyes you get lost in. The kind that drink you in.”

Brecks Kennedy.
“Just, B. I had it going on, too. I worked hard, I was talented—just not at the things traditional high school boys valued.”

The story was told entirely from B’s POV and she was able to show and tell the events of the story well because she’s doing it in a narrative way and breaking the fourth wall from time to time to grip your heart and crush it to pieces. And because Kandi is a genius.

Okay, the story. You know those great romance where boy meets girl, boy loves girl, then happily ever after? No? Yeah, this isn’t that story as well.

Jamie and B’s story was very difficult to read. There was a lot of toxicity between them that reached several states and several hearts along the ride. It was tragic. But it’s a man-made tragedy more often than not, actually it’s mostly been a B kind of tragedy. You will hate B, but you will also sympathise with her.
Jamie is fucking gem. God, I agree with B herself when she says she doesn’t deserve him. Jamie was everything. Although there were some stuff he did that I did not agree on and were very red flag-ish for me, but it takes two to tango. They are both powerless when it comes to one another, and that’s how they have been ever since the beginning.

“I wasn’t sorry the first time I kissed you, even when you weren’t mine, and I’m not sorry I kissed you the other night, even when I wasn’t yours. Because the truth is you’ve always been mine, and I’ll always be yours, and that’s just the way it is.”

Because that. That’s what they’ve always been, always one another’s but not quite. And 70% of the time, it’s B’s fault.🙈 B was so scared, she was indecisive, she was prideful, and at times she can be selfish-even though she thinks she’s doing the right thing for them both. But it’s not only her decision to make, right? And I hate how Jamie loves her too much and allowed her to do all those things over them.

I thought the most painful way to express oneself is through crying. But it’s a release, a comfort even, to be able to cry out. While I was reading this, I’ve never shed a tear. But it was my heart that’s crying, it was aching, I was physically clutching it-rubbing my chest-to soothe the pain. I then realize that it’s the ache that never made it out of you-that’s the worst.

I wasn’t prepared for anything at all, not even an expectation on what’s going to happen, just that I know it’s going to be emotional because it’s Kandi. What I didn’t know is how she was going to give us the raw, dirty, cruel, and truest love story that I hope to God nobody actually have gone through in real life. Because, I was just reading it and my heart was in pain—literally—for everything that happened to them. I cannot imagine someone going through everything like that to two actual person.

“It was heaven. It was hell. It was wrong and right and I wished I’d never started yet I never wanted to stop. Loving Jamie was the sickest and sweetest oxymoron.”

I urge you to read this if you want to break, to feel, to know how it’s like to love someone so much it ruins you, to see it flip your world upside down-but love them all the same. Plus, those last six words at the end. It is EVERYTHING.

I actually read this during my birthday!😅 And for me, I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect book to celebrate my birthday with.🙌🏻 Also, the audiobook for this one is amazing!! I’m new to Lauren Sweet but she was amazing all throughout! She did all the voices so well! Check it out on audio, too!☺️

Cheers to you, Jamie and B.
And cheers to the queen, Kandi.🥃

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