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Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane
Series: Whiskey Sharp #1
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
Maybe Dolan moved to Seattle in order to help her older sister recover from a job-related event that changed her life. Maybe left her family to go and live with her aunt and uncle as soon as she possibly could. That move gave Maybe the chance to grow into the person she was always meant to be. To say that her relationship with her parents is strained just doesn’t cover it, yet Maybe is willing to put up with her parents for her sister.
Alexsei Petrov is part of a very close Russian family in Seattle. Alexsei owns a barber shop that is building a great reputation, so when a woman appears saying she was sent by his aunt and that she wants a job as a barber in his shop, he knows that if nothing else, he has to give her a try. That was one of his better decisions as Maybe is now one of his shops favorite barbers—heck, he even insists she does his cuts and shaves.
Maybe was attracted to Alexsei from the beginning, but when his move came, it kind of surprised her at first. Alexsei soon learns that while Maybe is confident in her abilities as a barber, she has very little confidence in other areas of her life. Alexsei also learns just what Maybe has overcome as their passion moves forward. While his family loves her for just being her funky self, it is very clear that her parents not only don’t love her, but actively seek to undermine her. Maybe is willing to put up with her parents’ abuse in order to let her sister grow and heal, but even she has a limit, and when that is hit, Maybe learns just how much Alexsei loves her and how many other people love her just as she is.
When love comes knocking, sometimes you need to kick the door down instead of waiting for it to be answered. Alexsei learns this as he begins his journey to love with Maybe in Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled. There were many places that I just wanted to reach out and hug both Maybe and Alexsei. I loved watching as they went from friends to lovers while keeping a working relationship during it all. I also loved Alexsei even more as he showed Maybe just what love means as he uncovered just what she had grown up with. Maybe is no shrinking violet, but after years of doubting herself, it was great to see her bloom even more and stand up for herself. Even the secondary characters had me engaged, although it was the relationship between Maybe and Alexsei that had me from their first meeting. Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled is no light read for sure, but there is so much texture and feeling in the relationship between Maybe and Alexsei that even when it hurts, you just want to turn the page to see what happens next. This is a great start to a new series, and I can’t wait to see the next peek into this world.