Thank you again so much to Rachel for having me on this blog tour. I was so excited to read this book and it’s been giving me some nice breaks from all the fantasy novels I’ve been reading. The banner link has all of the schedule information so be sure to check that out.
The Gin Lover’s Guide to Dating
by Nina Kaye
Publisher: Orion DASH
Release Date: November 4, 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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…
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 17 (locked in her room, supposedly studying). 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).
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Netgalley, and Orion DASH for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Contemporary romance can be a hit or miss sometimes, but this one was definitely a hit for me. I think about how it’s like to have to figure out how to get things together after a huge life shift, and if it comes down to slinging drinks at the bar, then you gotta do what you gotta do. So I get why Liv ends up getting a bartender gig after her career ends up taking a turn for the worse, which definitely sucks! I felt for her so much, but I’m glad she didn’t just take it laying down and give up. Books like this is probably what my mom talks about when she talks about liking books where women overcome hardship, which is what Liv is working on.
It honestly sucks at the situation that Liv was in, and I don’t know if I would even have her strength to be able to pick myself back up, or deal with the humiliation that she had from her former job. I won’t get much into it except mention that she lost her job. It was even harder for her to realize that maybe she wasn’t able to find a position similar to what she had in the same career field, and having to admit that to her friends is difficult as it is. It feels like a failure on her end, especially since she can’t get back into the field that she spent a lot of her time and energy in.
While there is some romance involved between two different men in Liv’s life, I would say that my favorite part about this novel was the friendships that Liv seemed to have and how they were able to support her once she was able to finally be real with them. Sometimes it’s hard to find friends like that, and I feel like Liv was very lucky that she didn’t burn all of her bridges from what ended up happening.