Book Review: Whiskey River Rescue by Justine Davis

When I picked up “Whiskey River Rescue,” I was expecting a romance. And it was… The pages were filled with the love story of Kelsey Blaine and Joe Kilcoyne. I expected a quiet and enjoyable read; and I got it. What I did not expect was for the story to hit me in the gut and weep with unshed tears.

The title of the book is the name of the fictional horse rescue foundation that Kelsey Blaine runs. Reading about the abused animals in the story was already heartbreaking because I know that those happen in real life.

But what really broke my heart was the background story of Joe Kilcoyne. Though I knew that he was a fictional character, it was not hard for me to imagine that there are boys like him in the real world. The author Justine Davis did a very good job in making him three-dimensional and also finishing the story without any loose ends.

Still, I wish that the book was longer; that it was not classified as romance but as women’s literature where books were tend to be longer so that I can learn more about Joe Kilcoyne.

A great read! Whiskey River Rescue is Rated M for Mature due to sexual content and abuse.

Description

Still reeling from the unexpected sale of the land she and her horses live on, horse rescuer Kelsey Blaine is frantic when she comes home to find her possessions already boxed up and her house being bulldozed without any notice. Normally calm and kind, Kelsey becomes furious and impulsively cuts a privacy fence to confront the culprit–her mysterious neighbor, Joe.

Joe Kilcoyne is in a desperate place. He guards his secrets and hides from the world for a reason. He’s the hottest topic of speculation around Whiskey River, but no one has ever dared to get close to him. That is, until fiery Kelsey comes barging straight into his life.

The last thing Joe needs is for Kelsey to breach his defenses and make him confront his past. But when her sunny, open, and determined personality collide with a haunted man with no idea how to reconnect with the world, the sparks that ignite shock them both.