Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Till Death by Jennifer L.Armentrout - Books, Cocktails, Brews, and Reviews

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date:  28 February 2017
Publisher: William Morrow
Series:  Stand Alone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, suspense
Age Recommendation: 16 and up
Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:

In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it.

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

So to say that I was honored to be asked to participate in this blog tour is like saying I just kind of have a 'Pratt Problem'

and then I was asked if I could pair a cocktail or beer to Till Death and I thought YES, then....

and then I discovered that I was the only one doing an alcohol based post.  I kinda did a weird cringe/laugh thing but then said nope you know what I am the girl for the job! 

So I sat down with Till Death in hand and began to read and plot.  At first my thought was "Hey, I can pair this with a beer, that shouldn't be too hard" and then I thought, "Wait, what if the reader is a wine drinker, then wait...what if they go for the hard stuff?" and I said to myself "WWCPD?" which we all knows means "What Would Chris Pratt Do" and well

He'd do it all and so that's what I did.  

What I came up with after reading through Till Death, is that this book needs a drink as deep and dark as it is.  You need to have a drink that makes you want to take your time, a drink that you sip as you read.  It's got to be heavy in taste with a little sweetness on the side.  It needs to be a drink that has roots and history and that lead me to these three:

Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Imperial Stout:

Starting off with the deepest and the darkest much like The Groom, the complexities of Blue Mountain's Dark Hollow are found in it's roots of whiskey and American bourbon. This is a heavy beer with a bit of bite and it will bring out the depth in your taste buds keeping you on edge with each drink and enhancing the darkness that only The Groom can provide.

Dark and Stormy:

Moving to the left, let's talk about the guy that makes me want to sit back and sip on a glass of 'Dark and Stormy'. Cole Landis, this is a man who stands like the eye of the storm in the middle of the darkest nights. He's steady, he's patient, but at the same time he is all storm himself. He's going to walk straight into the dark and fight it back because the one thing he can never do again is walk away. A 'Dark and Stormy' is a perfect 'it's almost spring, the light is almost back in our lives' kind of drink. Made with your favorite rum and ginger beer it's crisp, a bit sweet, and a whole lot complex. You aren't going to want to guzzle these down but like Cole Landis while you see exactly who he is and you know what you are getting these 'Dark and Stormies' will sneak up on you quick!

(2 parts you favorite rum to 3 parts your favorite ginger beer.  I use Kraken Rum and Crabbie's Ginger Beer.  Pour rum over ice then top with the ginger beer.  If you use a spoon to pour your beer over as you pour it into the glass it won't stir into the rum creating a layered effect.)

Blackberry Wine:

Finally, I'm going to end with the all important sweet and that's our blackberry wine. Now I chose this particular one because it is a 'native' of Virginia...not quite West Virginia but close, ha. I also chose a blackberry wine in particular because blackberries are notorious for binding themselves to each other. Their brambles intertwining, protecting their fruit in a thicket of vines and thorns. Our heroine Sasha, well what can I truly say about her. She has come out of the darkness, a dark that would mentally cripple most, but she fought and she survived. In doing so she wrapped herself in thorny brambles and while she lived she wasn't truly living until she began to let the ones she left behind start to twine their vines with her own. You may look at a bottle of blackberry wine and immediately think 'Oh it's going to be sweet' and it is, but at the same time there is a depth that you won't find in any other sweet wines. A good blackberry wine will bite at your tastebuds and then immediately soothe them with their sweetness as a finish. Sasha is a sweet girl who deserves to be loved but she's had a long fight to survive on her hands and because of that she's built up her brambles, but as anyone knows a good 'storm' can knock them back and let in the light! 

So, if you like me (waves hello to my people) enjoy a good drink along with a good read, I hope that maybe you'll give one of these a chance or something else...mostly I just hope you'll take yourself a little break and pick up a great read! Check out the trailer for Till Death below and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Till Death Trailer:


About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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1 comment:

  1. I'm not very adventurous when it comes to my alcoholic beverages, so I'd have been a terrible one to do this. Haha. New cover is far more up my alley. ;) Love the pic and your picks!