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Summary

An Amazon Top 10 and International Best-Selling Phenomenon....

Celebrate five years of sweet, angsty pain with this special edition of A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner.

This Edition Features:

  • A forward from the author
  • A Love Letter to Whiskey
  • Love, Whiskey (a brand new novella from Jamie's point of view - 50,000 words of new content, including an extended epilogue)
  • Bonus content including letters from the author, fun facts and behind the scenes, as well as a note from the audiobook narrator
  • Brand new special edition cover

I saw him first.
But it didn’t matter.
Because he saw her.

He was my best friend, and I was his.
We couldn't be together, but we couldn't stand to be apart.

And if you're not truly lovers...but you're so much more than friends...what exactly are you?

©2016, 2021 Kandi Steiner (P)2021 Kandi Steiner
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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one for the angst lovers

I have been meaning to read this book for a long time and when the audio for the 5th anniversary edition came out with the extra content I had to finally get this book ticked off my TBR.

It's an emotional rollercoaster and one most angst lovers will enjoy reading or listening to! This was my first listen to the narrators used for the book and I really enjoyed their performances portraying B and Jamie.

I think the new epilogue really rounds out the story well and is a worthy addition to the novel. I will be relistening to this one again in the future.

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This read just wasn’t for me!

I didn’t like this story, at all! The only reason it was a DNF for me was because I agreed to listen and review the audio. Steiner is one of my favorite authors but this book killed me and not in a pleasant way.

One of my biggest dislikes within romance books is cheating and that’s basically all this story was. Two selfish people who kept making the exact same mistake over and over again, deceiving and ruining things for everyone in their path. Jamie and Brecks deserved each other because they were both as toxic as they come. I certainly felt bad for B’s back story but other than that, I couldn’t stand either main character.

I wanted the story to redeem itself as the characters grew older... for them to stop self sabotaging. But it never happened. Despite getting older and and hopefully more mature, they stayed immature and selfish. Then the book just ended weirdly with a book written by the heroine. No HEA or even a HFN. The epilogue helped clear up some of the ending but if you don’t read epilogues, you were left hanging!

I didn’t find that I needed Jamie’s POV which was added to this 5th anniversary edition. However, it was insightful.

The narration was okay. I liked the male narrator more than either female.

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Incredible

‘ 𝐈𝐟 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐤𝐞𝐲, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐦𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐦𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫.’

I read the original A Love Letter to Whiskey years ago, and when I tell you it seared me down to my soul, that’s no joke. That burn that B tells you about? I felt it. Steiner’s writing is evocative, and ALLTW is the masterpiece that gave her this forever fan.
But, as with all addictions, I wanted more. I wanted to know Jamie’s side of the story. It felt as though it were crucial.
With this anniversary edition, my need was dated, and Jamie’s perspective was as incredible and heartfelt as the original.
I adored this, in every single possible way.

The narrators brought these well-loved characters to life, and I forgot that I was listening to a book at all. The emotion that they gave in their performance made me feel as though I was a bystander, listening to someone’s great love story.

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Toxic love might be my favourite

When I first read this way back in March 2018, I didn't know how it would stick with me. 4 years and some change later, after listening to the 5th anniversary edition and hearing/reading segments of Jamie's POV, I've increased the rating for this epic, slow burn angst filled masterpiece. If heartbreak and drama, mixed with the signature Steiner magic is your thing, I implore you to read this famous work. You won't regret it. I never did. I volunteered to listen to a complimentary copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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Angsty and well written

This is an angsty coming of age novel showcasing the romantic struggles between B and Jamie. While they were absolutely in love with each other, the realization of the depth of their feelings came during the times with the other was involved with others. Fair warning...If you're like me and cheating is a problem, cheating is involved. But the angst, the love, the need for each other rises to the top.

A lot of their behavior is pretty immature but given the age when these two started their journey together, from high school to college and on, this is kind of expected. If you want a great love story where they stay faithful with each other through the years, this isn't it. This is real, authentic, painful and yet, the love does shine through. I have to admit that the angst got overwhelming after what felt like the thousandth crises that tore them apart. However, it was beautifully written and I recognize that just because it isn't my usual jam, it totally drew out all the emotion.

I lived through this story through the audiobook and I did not read the initial story but rather, the 5th anniversary edition was my first foray into this book. First off, I thought the narration was good. Featuring Hannah Chiclana, Lauren Sweet (the original narrator for the story), Edward Black (The additional parts from Jamie's POV), the narration drew me into the story. Also, the addition of Jamie's POV was excellent- it was a bit repetitive but I prefer knowing what each side is thinking so I was happy that the author updated the story to include this perspective. Overall, I was happy to have experienced this book through this great narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-22

I love Whiskey

Wow, this is my 2nd Kandi Steiner book I have read. The first book I read by her I really enjoyed but this book just gives you the feels down the the bones. It rivals one of my other all time favorites book(s), The Lost Fishman by Jewel E Ann. Both books have this crushing love story that strongly rivals Noah and Ali from The Notebook. I love the characters and I love their growth. I can already see this book becoming a movie in mind and I hope one day it does. Kandi you kill it, thank you so much for bringing your readers this little piece of magic.

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  • ChristiReadsALot
  • 29-09-22

The angsttttttt!

“If I was whiskey, then she was the barrel that held me, that helped me age, that made me better.”

When I saw Kandi released this special 5th anniversary edition of A Love Letter to Whiskey and it included, not only more to B & Jamie’s story, but also Jamie’s POV…I could not wait to get to this. Kandi is known as the angst queen for a reason, and ALLTW is the angstiest book I’ve ever read…like you have to realllllly be there for the angst to get through this read. 😅 I read it a couple years ago and alllll the emotions I felt while reading it the first time came flooding back as I read Jamie’s POV. I felt all the emotions again while reading this and cried a couple times for sure. The new content, Jamie’s POV throughout the years and the extended epilogue were EVERYTHING! This was such a beautiful addition that Kandi wrote for ALLTW and makes it so much more (and it was already tops).

This edition does include ALLTW first and then all the bonus content, new epilogue, Jamie’s POV after. The first time I read ALLTW, I pulled an all-nighter and was so invested in B & Jamie. Their angst and heartbreaks were so visceral, it was a struggle of emotions to read through, but done in such a beautiful poetic way. Their friendship and relationship changes so much over the years of their lives and damn does it put your heart through it. Their story is the perfect example of something/someone always getting in the way, it “never being the right time” for them to be together. But wow do I love them and their journey.

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  • Tracy
  • 25-08-22

Wow, why the hype?

The most enjoyable part of this book was the chapter names and intros. Not enjoyable enough to listen to the book again. Perhaps I’m too mature (old) to connect with the immaturity of the characters in a meaningful way, They, what they did, their back stories even their interactions came off as contrived, false. This work of fiction was simply too much fiction.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 01-08-22

Love this story

I haven’t read the book so to get the chance to listen to the audio and it being with the added bonus is great.
I loved the narration and how the story unfolds. It’s so easy to get so wrapped up in this audio as the story moves along. I highly recommend you listen to this audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-07-22

oh my gerd

could not stop listening. loved the narration. loved the story. I was just in love

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  • bluesbooks09
  • 28-06-22

5 Angsty, Beautiful Stars

this has just become one of my favorite audios EVER!

all of those heart wrenching, angsty feelings I had when I read this book 5 years ago came rushing back tenfold with these incredible narrators.

They really and truly brought Jamie and B’s story to life and I loved every moment!!!

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  • Azuris Chiocca
  • 25-06-22

Loved this! Full of angst, spice, and love!

This book had been on my TBR list for a while, and I hadn’t read it because someone had told me that it was about substance abuse—how wrong they were! A Love Letter to Whiskey is a tumultuous and passionate love story filled with angst, spice, and love. The FMC compares the MMC to whiskey in a wonderful and clever way throughout the book, and that’s the only reason for the title.

This story was in a very small way reminiscent of After by Anna Todd because the characters keep going back and forth throughout a twelve year period, and their story is a roller coaster of emotions throughout that time. I personally loved all that angst.

I’m so glad that I read it after the Anniversary edition was available, because I couldn’t have dealt with the original short ending lacking any details about how it all ended, or any insight into the couple’s future. Even so, I still wanted more, and I didn’t want it to end! I highly recommend reading this, just make sure you read the Anniversary edition, instead of the original!

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  • 12345678
  • 10-06-22

Awesome!!!

This is now one of my favorite listens that I will come back to in the future! Such a great love story!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-22

LOVE!!!

All I can say is WOW what an emotional ride! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this story!

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  • Alli J.
  • 26-05-22

Gut Wrenching Moments

This books has been the best book I have ever read/heard. The connection I felt with B and Jamie was unexpected. I never connected like that to any other character. The middle of this book when they were mid to late 20’s, and their battles with each other about being together stirred up this emotion in my stomach that made me feel so many things. From true heart breaking pain, to wanting to throw up. So many tears we’re shed during this one.

Thank you Kandi for such a beautiful story.