REVIEW : On The Rocks by Kandi Steiner

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.

He’s trouble. 
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 says Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.

If only I had listened.

The first time I’d laid eyes on him, I was only nine years old, and he was the cute boy who sat in the pew in front of me in church. The last time I’d seen him, he was a drunken mess, yelling at his older brother at a farm house party about who was the man of the house now that their dad had passed away.


On the Rocks completely shattered my heart and then slowly put it back together. I completely devoured this story.

Noah works in the town’s whiskey distillery and when Ruby Grace comes in to buy a barrel of whiskey as a wedding gift for her soon to be husband, he is instantly drawn to her. Despite the 10-year age gap, there is something about her that is different. He see’s the real her, but she is marrying another man.

I love small town romances and this has quickly become one of my favorites. It is so easy to feel a connection with every single member of the town and instantly fall in love with the town itself. I could picture the town of Stratford, Tennessee perfectly in my head while reading.

Ruby Grace has had to give up all her hopes and dreams to be the perfect politicians wife she was always groomed to be, but does she really want that for herself? Is that really going to make her happy? Noah wants to show Ruby Grace that there is such more to life than the path she is currently on, that what she has isn’t how a relationship would be. I loved their friendship and watching them tip toe on the fine line between friendship and something more.

Noah Becker. That man absolutely stole my heart. He is hardworking, he is caring, loving, sweet and such a family man. I love the bond he has with his mother and his brothers, especially with Logan. I love how he just wants Ruby Grace to be happy, he wants her to be able to experience all her hopes and dreams. That he will do everything in his power to help her realize that.

Then there is Betty. I LOVED her! I loved how much of a role she had when it came to Ruby Grace and Noah’s friendship and relationship with each other. I love that anyone she meets is drawn to her and instantly feels a connection. I hope there is more of her in the future books of this series.

This story is perfect, it is fantastic and it’s everything. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that is addicting from the very start. I’m so glad that this will be a series and we will get to return to Stratford again.


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