Series: Country Road #2
Published by Andrea Johnston on January 27, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy on Amazon
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Four years ago, I took the biggest risk of my life and it blew up in my face. I learned my lesson – love sucks.
Now self-preservation and protecting my heart have become second nature. But Jameson Strauss... he's my weakness.
Give me the occasional shot of tequila, a game of Truth or Dare, and I’ll do almost anything for that man.
Four years ago, I didn’t follow my heart. I let the one girl that consumed my soul walk away without a fight.
Now I go through the motions never truly living. But, the day Ashton Sullivan needed me was the day my world changed for the better.
Tequila, truths, and the occasional dare are all I need to show her how good we can be.
Sometimes the truth is in the dare.
Tequila & Tailgates is actually my first book by Andrea Johnston. It’s the second book in ‘the Country Road Series’ and tells the story of Ashton and Jameson. In the previous book – Whiskey & Honey (I read it shortly after this book) – you feel something between the two of them, and Tequila & Tailgates gives us their story. I love it.
“Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with you. No, that’s not true. I fell a long time ago but I ignored it.”
Ashton and Jameson have known each other all their lives. As the best friend of Ashton’s brother Ben, Jameson is always around, and Ashton is secretly crushing on him. But since Jameson is a bit older and sees her practically as family, nothing ever happens between him and Ashton. One night however, everything changes. It feels oh so right, but afterwards their friendship is gone. Everybody wonders what happened, but neither of them gives an explanation.
“One syllable. One word. That’s all it takes before our lips collide. They don’t meet. They don’t connect. They collide.”
Ashton and Jameson don’t like each other. Well, that’s wrong. Ashton doesn’t like Jameson and he has no clue why. But nature hops in and gives the couple a second chance at reconnecting with each other. Both have lived lives of course, but there are still feeling between them. Feelings both don’t want to admit, so friendly banter and snarky comments it is. Of course, it can’t stay this way, with all the feelings and building tension. Ashton and Jameson try to keep it casual for a while, but their hearts want what their hearts wants; each other.
Since this is my first book by the author, I was pleasantly surprised with her writing and her characters. Jameson and Ashton frustrated me a couple of times (sweeties, please talk to each other… Do not assume…), but despite that I really like them and I get their feelings. Throughout the story some hints are given about the next book in the series – Martini’s & Moonlight – I’m curious and can’t wait to start it.
“Kissing a tear off her cheek, I lay a gentle kiss to her lips. Not pressing for more, I pull back and return my gaze to hers. “Tell me you don’t love me and I’ll walk away. You have all the power.” “I love you.”
I love Ashton, Jameson and their story. I give Tequila & Tailgates 4 stars.
~ by Marieke
Other books in the series
Whiskey & Honey (Book 1)
Guys have rules. Rule #1: You don’t date your sister’s best friend.
Bentley Sullivan hasn’t found the one. He’s always been the good guy – the gentleman. With one quick, and possibly irrational, decision everything changes. After a case of mistaken identity and a drunken kiss, Ben is convinced that the one is finally right in front of him. Only, she’s untouchable.
Girls have rules. Rule #1: You don’t date your best friend’s brother.
Piper Lawrence has not been successful in love. Almost as quickly as she swears off men, he comes into her life. Her childhood crush and the man who has set the standards for every man she’s ever dated, he is also the one man she can’t have.
A single kiss changes it all.
Martini’s & Moonlight (Book 3, releasing June 28, 2017)
Minnesota “Minnie” Walker has worked hard for the life she has – a close knit family, successful career, and long-term relationship. When a tragedy strikes, Minnie sacrifices everything to be there for her family. Never expecting a move to the small town of Lexington would change the course of her future, Minnie finds herself wondering if what she always thought was perfect is really what’s best for her … and her heart.
Owen Butler has lived in the town of Lexington his entire life. After years of feeling second best and wasting his time vying for the attention of his father, Owen has settled into an uncomplicated life. Not one to believe in happily ever after, he never expected the new woman in town to have him questioning everything he thought he wanted in life.
Together, under the rays of the moonlight, Owen and Minnie find themselves wondering what the future holds and if facing it together is worth the risk.