Author: Sarah J Maas
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Cheers Factor: 5/5
Pairing: Fire in My Veins
If you’re heard anything about this book you know it sets something aflame. So this fun little drink is truly perfect not just in its coloring, but in the kick it brings.
2oz silver tequila (I used Jose Cuervo)
¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz grenadine
4-5 dashes bitters
“She had the courage to tell me the truth.”
-Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice
-Strain in glass with fresh ice
-Garnish with lime wedge
“And I have never hated you, Cassian.”
Take a Shot: (18+ for sexual content and discussion around mental health) It’s been 18 months since the war and Nesta is on a downward spiral. Her sister doesn’t know what to do with her and no one, not even Cassian or Amren, can get through to her. So as a form of rehab she’s forced to start training and working in the library. Go along with Nesta as she heals wounds she never thought she could heal and starts to love those in her life and more importantly herself.
Author: Emma Straub
Plot and Themes: 2/5
Cheers Factor: 2/5
Pairing: Dirty Martini
Because there isn’t something that seems more adult than basically drinking vodka straight with olive juice.
-2 ounces Grey Goose Vodka (any good quality works but I personally like Grey Goose the best)
-1 ounce dry vermouth
-½ ounce olive brine
-In a shaker combine the vodka, vermouth and olive brine together with ice
-Stir together with a stirring spoon
-Strain into chilled martini glass
-skewer olives on toothpick and use for garnish
Take a Shot: Astrid is a mother to her three grown children with budding families of their own experiences, a life changing event that has her questioning everything about the way she is living her life. In a weird series of events all of her children end up back in their hometown and confront the demons of growing up and the imperfections that life brings about and parenting.
“For my parent’s who did their best and for my children, for whom I am doing mine.”
Author: Helen Hoang
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Cheers Factor: 4/5
Pairing: Panty Dropper
This has no pun intended; it's a pomegranate margarita. It’s a panty dropper because any gal who knows tequila knows. IYKYK. This drink makes you want to read this little book.
1 ½ ounces tequila
¾ ounce lime juice
¼ ounce pomegranate juice
½ ounce triple sec
Agave to taste
-dip the rim of a margarita glass in a plate with water
-salt the rim
-combine all remaining ingredients in a shaker
-shake, strain and enjoy
Take a Shot: (18+ for sexual content) Stella Lane is so incredibly smart and loves her work as an econometrician, but she is also very clearly aware of how her autism affects her life and is dearly wanting to make her family happy and fulfill her life by finding a boyfriend and later a husband. However, she believes she needs more help so she hires Michael, a male escort, to teach her how to be a better lover and to overcome some of her impediments when it comes to men and the bedroom.
I want to give this a preface though that Hoang does a magnificent job of ensuring that Stella’s autism is not the defining characteristic of her essence and that her disability is not seen as a disability, but more a facet of who she truly is.
Each book here at Cheers&Chapters is rated based off of certain categories that are genre specific, however every book will get a Cheers Factor. The Cheers Factor is how much we wanted to raise our glass while reading it. So get your glasses ready and cheers!