Title: Filtered Through Blue
Series: Bourbon Springs #2
Author: Jennifer Bramseth
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 14, 2015
My Rating: 5 star
Hannah Davenport, the blonde bombshell belle of Bourbon Springs, Kentucky, and part owner of Old Garnet Distillery, catches her husband cheating in the marital bed and promptly dumps him. But new hope flows into her life in the form of an old flame, Craig County Sheriff Kyle Sammons. Their last relationship, a college summertime romance, ended in disaster. Kyle has never revealed the reason for the breakup, nor has Hannah, although Bourbon Springs has always been filled with rumors–rumors which both Hannah and Kyle know are wrong.
Hannah and Kyle strive to move beyond a painful past, but it will be difficult if she goes to work for the distillery, as her brother and co-owner, Bo Davenport, begs her to do after two key employees leave. Hannah takes up her brother’s challenge and the mantle of the Davenport name as she becomes a working owner of the legendary distillery, and crucial to growing the brand her late father had worked himself into an early grave to build.
But as her romance with Kyle deepens, so do her conflicts with her brother at work. And caught between her brother and her lover, she fears that the truth will come out about what happened years ago—a secret she’s buried and carried for years, unable to think about it because of the pain it still causes to this day…
FILTERED THROUGH BLUE is the second book the Bourbon Springs Series, a nine-book series of smooth, sensual, sexy, slow-burn contemporary romances set amidst the lush and rolling Land of Bourbon and Bluegrass of central Kentucky.
Read on for my thoughts on Filtered Through Blue. No true spoilers, promise.
Rumors run wild in most small towns, one simple comment or event can change a hundred times before it reaches the next person in line to hear it. What you “heard” usually has little resemblance to what actually happened. Lots of people had their own ideas or had heard the rumors about why Kyle and Hannah had gone their separate ways all those years ago. No one was even close to the truth. And now… even more rumors are likely to start because Hannah’s world just blew up and Kyle is there to pick up the pieces.
Filtered Through Blue is Hannah’s story… and Kyle’s. Hannah is a strong woman, she came off pretty much of a… well, witch in Secret Blend. Oh come on, if you read it you know she was a capital B-witch. But you know what? There is usually a reason for that, often something the rest of the world never sees or even suspects. Kyle has always been there in the background, around town. He’s the sheriff now and his relationship with the Davenport family has never been ideal, but he’ll do a lot, put up with a lot for Hannah’s sake.
When Hannah caught her husband cheating, she was done. Finally walking away from a marriage that never was what she really wanted but what she settled for – Hannah is now free. And Kyle is there, ready to fight for the woman he loves. It’s not going to be easy, but nothing worth it usually is.
Hannah has taken on the family distillery. Her brother, Bo, has asked her to step up and help. While he needs her help at the distillery, he certainly isn’t supportive of her growing relationship with Kyle. The past is always there and if these lovers are going to survive they have to face it together and move on to their future – in spite of family opinion.
I really enjoyed Filtered Through Blue. Kyle and Hannah’s story was rich with history, heavy on hidden pain and stuffed full of the kind of love that lasts. I knew I was going to follow this series from the very first book – and the second one didn’t disappoint one little bit, if anything it raised up a level. Plus I’m learning so much about bourbon – that is a definite additional bit of fun.
The secondary characters are enjoyable, realistic and I’m looking forward to discovering even more secrets and stories among the good folks of Bourbon Springs. I would highly recommend this novel and the series to anyone who enjoys really good stories, full of history, that are believable – when you recognize people you know personally in a story, it gives it a bit of an extra kick – those are the folks who will absolutely adore this novel and continuing on with the rest of the series. That’s you, right? Pick this one up and enjoy.
*I received an e-ARC of Filtered Through Blue from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
Filtered Through Blue is available for the Kindle