Guest Post: Whiskey Sweet by Kelsey Elise Sparrow

Mixing a goody-two-shoes baker with a detective who has questionable morals is a recipe for disaster by @kelseyesparrow

Whiskey Sweet: 

Whiskey Sweet has come to be one of my favorite places, even if it is totally set in my mind. I’m in love with the characters and the location. Set in Connecticut, just outside of real life New Haven, it’s a beautiful space. The cherry blossoms that grow there are so magnificent and grace the spines of the series’ covers. Initially, I didn’t know this was going to become a series. I was writing the introduction to the series, Whiskey’s One True Wish, I didn’t think Taryn and Wesley’s story would lead me to her friend. (I had no clue this was going to be the intro.) Savannah and Cross revealed their story as slowly as humanly possible all while revealing how it would connect some of the other books in other series. I didn’t know Dylan and Kincaid’s story was going to be told before Savannah and Cross let me know the details of their connection. I also had no clue how all of those worlds would connect.

A Whiskey Sweet Treat tells Savannah and Cross’ story, but the story doesn’t end there. A nugget of their story is told in Stick, Sweet Caramel which releases on Aug. 10. The first connection is discovered. One that threw me for a loop. As it came to be, I did a happy dance. It might shock those who have read any of my previous works.

From Whiskey Sweet, Connecticut to Atlanta, Georgia to Tempa, Florida, the links between the characters have blown my mind. I can’t wait to show how everything ties together. The families and the cases bring these individuals together in ways I never would’ve imagined. I hope the readers love it just as much as I have. What the characters have shared with me is beautiful. As each piece is developed, each story shows just how connected the characters are in the KES world. Happy Reading!!  

A Whiskey Sweet Treat
A Whiskey Sweet Novel Book 2
by Kelsey Elise Sparrow
Genre: Contemporary Romance

My best recipes come out of moments of spontaneity.– Savannah Flowers
Mixing a goody-two-shoes baker with a detective who has questionable morals is a recipe for disaster.– Holden Cross

Savvy

A random order for a loyal customer introduced me to the man of my dreams. It also led me to a moment of great devastation. I can’t believe both are the result of knowing the same man. I don’t know if we’ll be able to come back from this.

I’m seriously screwed.

Cross

Lies. Confusion. Secrets. All have become second nature in my world. I live this life and think nothing of the effect it has on others. Until her. She enters and demanded more. More than any other has asked of me.

More lies, a rumor, then the truth. F*cked that up royally.

*Formerly titled Hot Cross Buns

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Excerpt One:

I recognize her from somewhere. I just can’t place it. Whenever it was, she looked different. I believe her hair was a different color the last time I saw her.

“Sav, what are you … what are you doing here? I thought you left for your …” Looking in my direction, she takes a breath before continuing. “Date. Wait, did you bring your date to your work?”

The two women stand staring at one another for a moment. Some silent exchange happens using their facial expressions before Savannah releases an exasperated sigh. All of this happens while I fight the urge to laugh at what I’ve just witnessed.

“Li Li … um … hey. We were just …” Savannah begins but I don’t give her a chance to spin this and make it something it isn’t.

“Standing here waiting for her to decide whether she is going to go with me on our date or if she is going to return inside to work. It seems like a waste of a hella sexy outfit if she just ends up back in there, don’t you think?”

“Don’t do that. She’s not part of this,” Savannah argues in an attempt to keep her friend from weighing in on the subject.

It makes me think the friend is going to agree with me when she does give her opinion. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. I don’t peg the friend as the type to keep things to herself. I’m guessing this is something Savannah is well aware of or she wouldn’t be trying to keep her friend from speaking.

The young woman smiles as her gaze flits between Savannah and me. I have to smirk because she seems to be enjoying Savannah’s unease as well as the predicament we find ourselves in.

“Is she being difficult?” the young woman—this Li Li person—asks.

I snicker as I nod my head.

“Not the word I’d use, but that just about sums it up,” I advise her as I adjust my stance against the wall.

“She tends to be bitchy if she feels like she’s not getting her way. Is that what’s happening here?” Li Li asks me.

Savannah’s expression is hilarious as she gapes at her friend.

“Are you kidding me right now? I’m standing right here,” Savannah tells us.

“Yes, you are. Though, you shouldn’t be. You should be on a date with this …” Li Li looks over at me then shakes out her hand as if she’s trying to shake something off it. She hooks a thumb towards me before she speaks again. “Do you see him? Why in the hell are you wasting time when you’ve got all of this magnificence literally waiting for you?”

Savannah groans then rolls her eyes as I smile at Li Li. It’s decided. I like her. I like her a lot. I think she’s the kind of woman I’d have around to keep things real.

***

Excerpt Two

“Are you kidding me? He did not choose this,” I exclaim as I look at the card to see what the man chose as his winning treat.

That doesn’t sound dirty. Remember him calling you his treat.

Nope. Not doing that. That’s part of the problem. Business only. Get in. Get out. Get her done.

That’s what he said. Or will say.

I hate my life and my runaway thoughts. This is insane! Shaking myself, I focus on the matter at hand.

“He did. Apparently, he’s just as much a fan of it as you are.”

I think I hate my friend too. I don’t, but I would really like to punch her in the titty bags right about now.

“Shut your face, Chas!” I growl as I finish the email then send it.

Within seconds, my computer chimes indicating I have a response which causes Chastity and Aaliyah to laugh.

“Guess he knows you better than you think he does.”

Huffing, I roll my eyes then stalk away from the computer screen where his response is still pulled up.

“I’m going to my office. I have things to do.”

They all laugh as soon as the kitchen door closes behind me.

I need my friend. She’d make me feel better about all of this or at least be on my side of things. I need to speak to her as soon as possible. This man is going to make me lose my mind if I let him get the better of me. I’m dialing the number well before I even enter my office. Her glee-filled greeting makes me smile despite the feelings I’m feeling inside.

“Slutty Savvy! Good gravy, I’ve missed the hell out of you! How are things?” Taryn looks up from whatever she was just doing to make a face at me. “Oh no, what’s wrong? You’ve got that weird ‘w’ in the middle of your forehead. What’s on your mind? Don’t tell me you’re worried about something.”

“I both love and hate the fact that you know me well enough to know that about me, Terrifying Taryn.”

If it didn’t make me feel weird, I swear I’d hug the damn phone.

“That seals it. There’s something wrong if that’s the best name you could come up with,” Taryn says, she lifts one of the twins and puts him on her hip.

“That damn … dang Cross has me losing all parts of my mind. Now, I have to go and face the … butternut squash. I told myself I’d steer clear of him so I can get over him. Now, I have a feeling my team is working with him to give him an opportunity he wouldn’t otherwise have.”

She nods then smiles.

“Sounds like the Rainbow Crew cares more about the heart and mind of their boss, not just how well she treats them. Given how you behaved with them before, I’m surprised any of them are talking to you.”

I glare at my phone and wish I was standing in front of her so I can show her just how irritated I am with her words.

“Yes. Oh. Right. BTW, thanks for your part in getting me back to myself,” I state sincerely. “Now, when I’m finally resembling my old self, my supposed friends want to send me into the lion’s den where there is possibility for a relapse.”

Taryn nods her head then bites her lip. I can tell she’s fighting a laugh.

“Do you really believe they would do the whole ‘lion’s den’ thing? Or is it you’re not ready to face the truth?”

I gasp then lean back. I’m not appreciating this line of questioning. She’s supposed to support me here.

“What truth is that?”

“You’re in love with the man and scared shitless to open yourself up to him again.” Her words have the desired effect. I am speechless. “Judging by that pause, I’m right. Just so you know, I think he’s a great guy. He’s also kind of perfect for you. That’s in spite of everything the two of you have already been through. This one might just be worth it, Sweets.”

There I had it. Whiskey Taryn had just given her stamp of approval and was ready to hand me over to the man who practically broke me.

***

Excerpt from A Whiskey Sweet Treat by Kelsey Elise Sparrow. Copyright 2021. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved.

 

Kelsey Elise Sparrow is an author and lover of romance novels. She writes in various genres: rom-com, MC, PNR, and historical to name a few. As a lover of great movies, music, and books, her characters express interests in each as well as so much more. The worlds she creates are based upon dreams and imaginings that will take the reader on a journey unlike any other.
Kelsey calls Georgia her home. She is mother to a wonderful son, loves playing games, Marvel, and exploring. Her most notable series is The Norton Sisters. Watch for what’s to come with The Whiskey Sweet and Inked to the Max novel series.

Stories with Heart. Sass. Shock.

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