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“As soon as he moved in next door, I started drinking more. Things went from lousy to terrible, then they got worse.”
It’s official. I am in love with Mickey J. Corrigan. Her writing style is all her own and I cannot get enough of it. I love when she pulls me away from my life and shows me a dirty and different world like the towns she has created in South Florida. She gives me characters I shouldn’t like with personalities no one would find endearing and makes me want to sit down and have a drink with them… and some times a lot more than that.
“And my dismal record didn’t win me any favors. Neither did the flask of vodka I carried around back then.”
Vodka Warrior was a fabulous example of a pair of un-heroes that I now associate with Mickey. Theresa and Vario clash from the beginning in a sophomoric and narcissistic attempt to best one another that if presented by any other author, would have had me shaking my head and throwing my Kindle. Reading this story, I could not stop laughing! But there is a hard truth that streams through The Hard Stuff Series. Theresa was an imperfect woman and needed to hit rock bottom to find her happily ever after. When you are already living at the bottom of the barrel (or bottle,) rock bottom can be an ugly site.
“I couldn’t afford the recommended treatments, so I would have to live with the pain.
A metaphor for my freaking life.”
I love the way the story is written and tells a tale of hard truths wrapped in funny scenarios. The story ends well, but realistically and that is always appreciated. There is no sugarcoating in a MJC book. Life is tough, but life is still good.
And one last quote that the Irish girls running the Books & Alcohol site couldn’t quite ignore:
“I had thousands of years of Irish tradition to thank for my tendency to indulge in fermented hops. Was I supposed to abandon the National drink of my proud Celtic ancestors? No, I thought not.”
I give this novella 4 solid stars and of course, serve it up with some cheap vodka from a plastic bottle.
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