Title: On the Rocks
Author: Kandi Steiner
Publication Date: June 13, 2019
Source: Social Butterfly PR
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Rating: 5 ⭐️’s
Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.
That’s what Mama told me when I was a kid, kicking his pew in church and giggling at the games we’d play. It’s what the town said when his father died and the Becker brothers went wild.
And it’s on repeat in my mind the day I walk into the whiskey distillery where he works to buy a wedding gift for my fiancé.
Dirty, sweaty, rude trouble.
No matter how many times I repeat it, I can’t escape Noah in our small Tennessee town. And the more I run into him, the more he infuriates me. Because he sees what no one else does.
He sees me—the real me.
The me I’m not sure I’m allowed to be.
I’m Ruby Grace Barnett, the mayor’s daughter. Soon to be a politician’s wife, just like Mama and Daddy always wanted. Soon to fulfill my family’s legacy, just like I always knew I would.
Until the boy everyone warned me about makes me question everything, like whether the wedding I’m planning is one I even want.
Everyone said Noah Becker was nothing but trouble.
If only I had listened.
I really should have read something from Kandi Steiner a long time ago. Her writing is so good and I’ve been missing out. On the Rocks, is a small town romance, set around a whiskey distillery and I loved it. This book was sweet, and never missed out on making me swoon. It was the perfect quick read after some of the heavier stuff I’ve been reading, and I enjoyed every minute I spent with these characters!
Ruby Grace Barnett is the daughter of the town’s mayor and has been groomed for a life as a politician’s wife since she was a young girl. Noah Becker works at the town’s distillery, and he’s known as a bit of a troublemaker. When he sees Ruby Grace for the first time in years, he’s immediately intrigued. Ruby Grace, on the other hand, is grappling with the fact that she’s 19 and due to be married in just six short weeks. While she loves her fiance, she’s struggling with the fact that she’s leaving school and giving up any dreams that she had about how her life would play out.
This was just the perfect, sweet, small town romance. I loved Ruby Grace and Noah together and I loved the fact that this was also a story about Ruby Grace’s self discovery. It lends itself to be so much more than a romance, and that kept me turning the pages as much as seeing what happened with her and Noah. This was the perfect slow burn romance, and should be on everyone’s summer reading list!
Rating: 5 Stars!
I have read a few Kandi Steiner books before this one, and each one brings something different. On the Rocks is a small town romance set in Tennessee, and it was perfect.
I have come to expect more emotional books when it comes to Kandi, but this was a change of pace. Noah and Ruby Grace were a little lighter, but there is still a little mystery surrounding Noah and his brothers’ dad’s death. I am anxious to see how this all plays out through the other Becker brothers books. The writing and the story were brilliantly written, and I absolutely loved the characters in this book, especially the Becker family.
Ruby Grace Barnett has such a giving, kind heart who only wants to find the kind of love her parents have…at least what it appeared to be. She was content to marry the man she met while at school, but when Noah comes into her life questioning why she is putting her dreams aside for his, she starts to question things herself. Then when the truth comes to light, she will have to decide what she is willing to sacrifice. I had a little bit of a hard time connecting with Ruby Grace because she was nineteen planning on marrying this future politician and she was letting that define her own life. I will admit that I got a little frustrated with her, and just wanted to knock some sense into her. Overall, I liked her character though.
Sweet, sweet Noah Becker. This man was my hero in this book because he is a little rough around the edges, loyal to his family, and willing to do anything for Ruby Grace, even at the cost of his own heart. Noah has only ever wanted to continue his family’s legacy in the Scooter Whiskey distillery business, despite the bad blood with Patrick Scooter. He has become the best barrel raiser in the company just like his grandfather before him. He is determined to find out why his grandfather was left out of the will, and how his father died. I just freaking loved Noah! The way he loved Ruby Grace was the way I want my own future husband to love me.
I am so excited to see where Kandi takes us with the next Becker book, Neat, which is about Logan Becker. I know I am going to fall even more in love with these Becker boys.
Rating: 4 Stars!
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I watched from the sidelines as Betty schooled Noah on the final dance scene from the classic movie — and one of her favorites. Noah, bless his heart, took it in stride. He held her hands, spun her gently, even went under water completely to give Betty some sort of “lift” that made her feel like Jennifer Grey.
That was when her smile was the largest — her eyes closed, face cast upward, arms out in the same iconic flight stance that the actress had done.
If I wasn’t laughing so hard, I might have cried at the sentiment.
After a dozen more run throughs, Betty called for a break, and the two of them swam up to the side of the pool where I sat. Betty took the lemonade I offered her, sipping and hollering across the pool at Mr. Buchanan — who was seated under the umbrellas. Noah rested his arms on the concrete edge, crossing them and resting his head on his forearm before he peered up at me through lashes still dripping with water.
His eyes were an endless blue, the light from the pool reflecting off them like a tropical dream.
“Enjoying your entertainment this afternoon, Miss. Barnett?”
I bit my lip against a smile. “Very much so, Mr. Becker. I never knew you were such a great dancer.”
“Oh, you should see me on the actual dance floor. I can two step and waltz and cha cha with the best of them. And don’t even get me started on what happens when ‘Watermelon Crawl’ comes on.”
“I’m sure it’s quite entertaining,” I mused, still dangling my feet in the cool water.
“When do I get to see your dance moves?”
I barked out a laugh at that. “Um, that would be approximately… never.”
“Never?” he asked, popping his head up off his arms with a look of injustice. “But you’ve seen all my moves, now. I show you mine, you show me yours. Isn’t that the deal?”
“I never agreed to that.”
He narrowed his eyes, running his forefinger and thumb over the stubble on his chin before he nodded. “I see…” Then, a wicked gleam came over those blue steel eyes, and before I could so much as scream, his hand wrapped around my wrist, tugging forward until I was off the ledge and under water.
I popped up instantly, not even able to open my eyes against the chlorine yet before I was swinging at him. “Noah!”
He laughed, catching my advances easily and pulling me into him. I blinked several times, shaking the drops from my eyes before I glared up at him.
“You jerk. Mama’s going to kill me for ruining my hair.”
“Mama will live,” he said, and then one arm wrapped around my waist, the other taking my hand in a leading position. “Now, let’s dance, little lady.”
With one pull of my hand and push of my hip, I spun away from him, reeling back in like a yo-yo and falling in line with his steps before I realized what was happening. Surprise ripped through me, brows shooting up to my hairline as he somehow managed to smoothly twirl me around that metaphorical dance floor even with water hitting us waist deep. My feet felt sluggish, the moves slower than if we were in boots on a hardwood floor, but somehow, that made it even more fun.
I laughed and laughed as he danced me around — until he had the bright idea to flip me like a swing dancer. I emerged from the water beating on his chest again, which just made him laugh harder. And when we were breathless, Noah tugged me to the side of the pool again.
“Thank you for the dance,” he said, both of us still breathing heavily as he wrapped his strong, rugged hands around my waist. For a moment, he just held them there, the rough pad of his thumbs smoothing over my exposed hip bones. My smile fell, chest still heaving as my eyes slipped to his lips.
I didn’t know why I looked at them.
I didn’t know why I couldn’t look away.
Noah swallowed, tightening his grip on my hips before he lowered in the water a little and helped push me back up onto the edge of the pool where I’d been seated before. Once I was steady, he released his hold on me, backing away with a distant look in his eyes that I couldn’t decipher before he tore them from me and looked at Betty, instead.
About the Author
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer, and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.
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