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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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Great story

Loved this story … one of my fav audio books so far, it is like a roller
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A must-listen

A Love Letter to Whiskey has been on my radar since its release, but with crazy schedules, life in general, and times when angsty wasn't the best idea for me, I hadn't had the pleasure of sitting down and reading it. And after listening to the Fifth Anniversary Edition, pleasure is no exaggeration. Don't get me wrong, this story is emotional, heartbreaking, and even frustrating at times with B and Jamie missing the mark so many times. It's truly a case of right love, wrong time. But as much as this story twisted me up inside, it was impossible to put down - or pause as the case may be. The book is wonderfully written and thoroughly compelling. Jamie and B certainly don't always make the best decisions - certainly not the most moral decisions - but even when I was irritated with their actions, I still wanted them together. It's like a magnetic pull between them that can't be ignored. We get 3 narrators for this anniversary edition, and they all do a top-notch job with B and Jamie's journey, and it is a journey. Once again, I didn't have the pleasure of reading the original book, but now that I've met these characters, I'm kind of glad I waited because Jamie's story was something I would've wanted. With that in mind, I'd say this book is a must-read for any romance reader or listener, and that includes those who've already read the book as it was on release day.

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Love! <3

A Love Letter To Whiskey is one of my favorite books from Ms.Steiner so i could not contain my excitement when i found out about this fifth anniversary edition! I started listening to it right away and once i did i didn't want to stop. It made my book loving heart so very happy to be able to experience every single emotion once more with this story and it's characters! I absolutely loved this listen!

Being new to Hannah Chiclana, Lauren Sweet, and Edward Black, i couldn't wait to listen to their narration! All three were so great and i couldn't get enough of what they brought to the story with their narration.

B and Jamie's journey is unforgettable! Getting to reunite with these characters and feeling so much with them once more is something so special. Getting the novella in Jamie's POV made me ecstatic!

With A Love Letter To Whiskey, Ms.Steiner takes the saying ALL The Feels to a whole other level in the most amazing of ways! Her writing is addictive and will leave it's mark on your heart. Definitely don't miss out this audiobook!

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AMAZING!!!

This book was amazing! I loved the bonus content at the end and I also loved hearing the story from both sides. Narration was perfect!!

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An emotional yet realistic experience

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A Love Letter to Whiskey: 5th Anniversary Edition was an angst-filled journey of two best friends who passionately loved each other but struggled to make it work. The author took Jamie and B.’s toxic relationship and compared it to being addicted to whiskey. Jamie reminded B. of the liquid due to the color of his eyes and auburn hair. He was just as full-embodied and just as destructive to B.’s heart.
Five years ago, Kandi Steiner, wrote this angsty romance that touched so many readers. This anniversary edition contains letters from the author and the narrator of the audiobook. You’ll also find a new novella from Jamie’s POV as well as bonus content. I never read the original book but I did listen to the anniversary edition in audiobook. This is a journey of many ups and downs. When they first meet, B. is immediately attracted to Jamie but all he seems to see is her best friend, Jenna. Then comes college, where he wants her but she’s dating his best friend. And on the pattern goes.
Overall, I enjoyed their story but I wanted to slap B. several times and knock sense into Jamie too. I did get really confused over the constant references to alcoholism, at first. But then, I understood why the author did it. The best comparison to Jamie and B.’s toxicity was alcoholism. I found myself rooting for them. Once they finally started acting like adults, I had hope. The whole book was realistic in a way that meant it needed to be experienced. I definitely recommend all readers give it a try. This is my honest opinion, freely given.

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An epic love story

I had the ultimate pleasure of listening to the audiobook version of this epic love story. Jamie Shaw and Brecks Kennedy. From the very first chapter to the last, I was on pins and needles listening to the lovingly crafted words that gave us the insights into these two characters. It seemed that Jamie and B were always in the wrong place at the wrong time to forge a relationship. They do get their HEA but you find out when you least expect it. I loved the novella from
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I received an advance copy of this book at my request and voluntarily left this review.

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Still amazing, maybe even more

First things first, when I picked up the 5th anniversary edition, I was only going to read the Jamie add on. I've read this book twice before and didn't want to ruin it for myself in case it didn't hold up to what I had in my mind. But, I felt like I wouldn't do the Jamie chapters justice if I only read that since it's been a few years since I last read the book. All this to say, I started from the beginning and oh my gosh am I glad I did.

Not only did the story hold up, but it just brought back all those feelings. All the angst and the pain and the heartache and the longing, it's all still there. The Jamie chapters enhance the story in such a lovely way. He brings us things that only having B's POV never could have. He tells us about the first time HE saw her, about everything he's ever felt for her and he brings us beyond what we know about them. I also love that he does it in a playful way. ALLTW is the story B writes for Jamie and Love, Whiskey feels like Jamie's love letter to the reader. He wants us to know more, he wants to let us in, he wants to fill in the gaps and I loved going on that journey with him.

I listened to the audiobook and I loved the switch off in narrators. As if Jamie himself was like, "ok, ok, pass the mic, it's time for me to tell my side." The narration brought me into the story a ton more and I always love that about a good narration. There was also a couple of short letters, and a note from the author and a note from the original narrator of the book which I thought were super fun additions to this fifth anniversary edition.

The original book left me with pain in my heart, but this addition left me with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. It makes Jamie and B's story feel fuller and leaves us in a happier place and I loved every second of it.
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Below is my original review from 2016:

I don’t think words can do my feelings for this book justice. I loved it; I hated it; I felt everything so strongly with this book. In the end, love obviously won out, cause even when I hated Jamie and B and wanted to throw my phone (aka kindle) across the room, I still loved them and wanted things to work out for them.

Jamie and B together are toxic. That’s a word that came to my mind often as I read this book. They are a natural disaster, destroying everything in their path. They see the mess they’re making but can’t help but do it anyway. From the beginning they have this pull towards each other and just can never find the right time to be together.

Time. Time is the big enemy in this book. Time and circumstance rule all their encounters. They find themselves in each other’s orbits at the most inopportune times and I’m just sitting there reading like, “Why? Why can’t this work out? Why can’t it work out just a little bit?”

I think it could be very easy to hate Jamie and B. They really do leave a lot of damage behind. On others and on themselves, but I think that’s ultimately why I loved them so much. They are so real, they are so flawed. They see what the right actions are in any given situation, but they are addicts, and don’t always end up making the right choices. Even though they know they’re wrong, and you know they’re wrong, I could never really find myself hating them. Because I’ve found myself in that corner, between the right thing and the thing that pulls at you, and it’s definitely easier said than done to pick the right thing. So I felt for them, and I felt right along with them.

This book hits you with the strong and heavy from the beginning and it never stops. It often feels like a tug-of-war, you pull just enough to think you might make it, and then comes the pull from the other side throwing you right into that mud pit. Every “Oh, yay!” moment is followed by a “Gah! No! Why?” moment. The happy moments when you think they’re finally out of the woods are here one second and gone the next, whereas the terrible sad moments seem to go on forever. But you stick around, you stick around through the pain and the heartbreak because you’re so invested in these characters. You’re so invested in their happiness. There were several moments in the book where I genuinely though, “I don’t even care if they end up together anymore, but please let them be happy.” I was ready to throw in the towel on their relationship as long as they could find true happiness.

I loved and ached with these characters and this book left me 100% wrecked. I still have that pain, that deep throbbing pain that I felt every time Jamie and B’s paths crossed, and every time their paths didn’t cross. So, even though the pain is still there, thank you Kandi. Thank you for this book, because it was everything and more. Thank you for leaving me hung over in the absolute best way.

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BEWARE if you didn’t read the previous edition

I had very high hopes for this book and bought the audiobook and ebook separately (they weren’t available as an add-on where you could switch from listening to reading, so not only was it really expensive, it was also difficult to change modes and I had to pay full price for each). From the blurbs, it sounded like a new release of a book I missed 5 years ago, with added material from the male POV and an expanded ending.

While the first couple of chapters were quite good, after B and Jamie decide to hang out as friends ( he’s dating her best friend), the very next scene is from his POV TWO YEARS LATER. No explanation. No clue about what happened. I thought maybe it was a style choice and the author would go back, but nope. She just cut out all that material, I guess assuming that everyone who’d bought this had already read her first edition and remembered it. Not even a summarized review. And nothing to warn you before you buy it! I definitely WOULD NOT have wasted my money on both electronic and audiobook versions if I’d known original material that is crucial to the plot was cut to make space for new stuff. And I did check the page counts … the “new” book is longer, so I guessed everything was still there. I’m here to tell you it isn’t. I got ahold of a friends old, original version just to look (and make sure I wasn’t crazy), and sure enough right after she decides to accept rides from him, there’s a huge split.

While this book looks amazing and I really want to read and listen to it, I can’t afford to shell out the money for both versions right before Christmas. I strongly suggest that the author makes the anniversary edition all inclusive for new readers. This is the first book I’ve tried to read by her, and I wish I could finish it, but with either version right now I know I’d be missing out.

Otherwise, the writing and performance that I did read/hear are wonderful. But I’ll be asking for a refund, so am not going to finish and won’t know what happens :(

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Amazing performance for an angsty read.

Dang it, Kandi. I’m so glad you gave us the 5 year anniversary edition with the extras. That’s all I’m saying. I NEEDED Jamie's POV and it was satisfying to get his feelings and his take on what went down. And the audio? Fan-frickin-tastic!! The narrators truly brought the story alive and made you feel along with the characters and all their pain they went through. I'm so glad I had the chancer to listen to it! Wonderfully performed.

My original review of ALLTW....
Relationships are all about timing. That is pretty much the premise of this story. I won't give much away, but more than anything, you learn this through many heartbreaking years for 2 characters. B (Brecks) and Jamie almost seemed destined right from the get go. As soon as they run in to each other during high school. But that is not to be, because Jamie and B's best friend, Jenna happen. And that's just the start.

"I saw him first, but it didn't matter. Because he saw her."

Friendships, relationships, growth, love, cheating, death. It all plays a part in this story that is pretty darn angsty.
Told over 11 years In B's POV and comparing a longing for something to alcohol (whiskey to be exact) made total and complete sense. I liked when Whiskey was brought in to understand how one could or could not be a part of something.

"But the thing about whiskey is that it's a stubborn drink that refuses to be ignored. It doesn't just sit on a shelf in a pretty bottle and wait patiently. No, it clamors for attention, and that was just s..... news for thirsty fools like me."

Overall, this was a read that kept me entertained, and had my heart in my throat through the majority of it, but felt it could've dug deeper by having a dual POV. Still enjoyed it and recommend it to people that want to torture themselves a little over a relationship. 4+ stars

Adding in to the 5 year anniversary edition review......Kandi is a masochist and told us there's an epilogue to ALLTW but it's just enough to whet your appetite. I still needed more. Thankfully, Kandi gave us Jamie's POV and his part added more to their story. It gave me a feeling of completion. While my heart was still in my throat throughout their journey, I knew where it was going to go. And Jamie gave us more to the "epilogue" which I am so very thankful for.

Get this one on audio. Get it in print. I don't care how you get it, just get it! If you like the ultimate angst fest and you want to do a number on your emotions and your heart, this is the book for you. Kandi holds no punches. She delivers it full force and doesn't let up. Just when you think their battles and their longing is over, there's more. It's the timing and it's their lives. But it's one that I am so glad I got to experience and am so very thankful that Kandi revisited this story and gave us more. I originally gave it 4+stars, but with the addition of Jamie's POV, it's a solid 5!!
Prepare your hearts for this one!

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One voice becomes a soulful chorus ...

For every happy ending there is a moment of pain. Steiner takes the heart through the rawness of love in all it's colors. From burning red to heartachingly blue, A Love Letter to Whiskey guides emotions down a familiar road that is as relatable as it is eye opening. Five years later the echo of truth still runs deep. Steiner turns a whisper of heartbreak into a bellow of hope. One voice becomes a chorus that continues to resonate in the most soulful of ways.

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  • 12-28-21

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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  • 12-26-21

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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  • @bookish_kayy
  • 12-13-21

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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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 12-12-21

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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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 12-10-21

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.