Whiskey Business (Love in No Man's Land Series) by Becca Jackson

Whiskey Business is the 3rd book in the Love in No Man's Land Series, with fake fiances and friends to lovers.

From the blurb:


When Marcus suggests we make a bet and if I win I get his ex’s ticket on a four day cruise, I’m not sure he’s for real. He doesn’t like to gamble and he hates to lose even more than I do. Yet, the allure of sharing a room with him for four glorious days is too tempting to resist.

To my surprise, I win, and Marcus doesn't resist the outcome. It's almost like he actually wanted to lose. But that would be crazy, right?

Things take an even wilder turn when Marcus's mom mistakes me for his fiancé, and neither of us corrects her. Now, his whole family believes we're engaged, and we're caught in a tangled mess of lies, with even his brother and our friends joining the charade.

Amidst the chaos, I have to admit that this plan might just be the best idea I've ever had. Well, except for our little rehearsal of a staged kiss, just in case we need to perform it in front of his family. That was the best idea ever, because with his hands on my waist and his mouth on mine I’m starting to think this fake relationship might be more real than either of us thought.
But when a past hookup threatens to expose everything, it forces Marcus to choose between revealing the truth or pretending I'm just like his former flame.

Can our fake relationship survive reality, or will it crumble under the weight of secrets and revelations?

Sheena's Review:

Whiskey Business is the third in a series, it can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend the others first as there's a lot of characters mentioned - and appearing in this book - that appear in the others. This is a big and diverse group of friends, so some knowledge of the others would help.

Marcus and Ari have been friends for a long time. When they first met, Ari was immediately drawn to Marcus, who was with his boyfriend at the time (who we thankfully didn't meet as he seemed terrible). Marcus has booked to go on a romantic cruise with said boyfriend, with the intention of spending time with his family. Since they broke up, he doesn't want to cancel the cruise so manages to lose a bet so Ari will come with him. What follows is a tale of fake fiancés, hidden ducks, lots of flirting and teasing and some hot scenes. Ari isn't having an easy time of it himself with his father pressuring him to come back to the family law firm, while that's the last thing he wants to do.

I liked Ari and Marcus together for the most part. I liked that they were friends first, but there was obvious chemistry there and they're so supportive of each other. There was one spicy scene that kind of threw me out of the story, though, but that's pretty minor and I really enjoyed this. It's a satisfying ending too.

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

Whiskey Business is a fake dating/engaged, friends to lovers story that brings together two sweet men and gives them permission to finally explore a simmering attraction between them and gives us a great cruise/family reunion setting for their awakening.  

Ari is sweet and takes to Marcus' family right away and the third act crisis is minor and fits the story.  Whiskey Business was a quick and easy read that made me smile.

Rating: 4 Stars

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