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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Makaela Patterson

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Makaela Patterson

Hennessey on the Rocks will take you on and emotional ride. Who ever said you can’t fall in love twice? Who really knows how they will choose to fight for their love? Although this book was emotionally gripping, It was also very suspenseful. It seemed as Charlie could never really catch a break. You never knew what problems were going to pop up and shock you! This was definitely a drama filled book with airy parts of light humor. I think a lot of people will enjoy this book. I very much so could see this turned into a movie or series has all the perfect ingredients . No pun intended. Check out the end of the book! The name of the books really describes the book perfectly smooth but rocking! I really couldn’t stop reading this book, I connected with the fact that she was a mother and wanted nothing but the best for her kids and to be happy herself. This was a great read!
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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Jana Teppih

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone is masterfully written story of second chances. There was something about the synopsis that made me to pick up a copy and also as I had read Monica’s other books then I sort of thought I knew what to expect but it was something much more … it was powerful, mature, gripping … AND it took place in New England (there is something about New England and I can never pass over a story that takes place in Maine or somewhere else in the region).
Hennessey on the Rocks gives us Charlie and Johnnie and Jace and Abie. These four steal your heart and I tell you the three year old Abie is a kid that any parent would love to have … she simply stole my heart AND let’s not forget the laughter that we got out of her “pearls”, oh my! I absolutely love the story line, the pain, the secrets, the love … I hope that it is opening to a series as I am telling you, Monica had some supporting characters here that deserve their own stories!

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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Megan Moubarak

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mom and renowned professional Chef Charlie picks up her family and moves back home to Camden, Maine. Once home her ex-husband Jonathan finds himself on her doorstep. The only women he has ever loved. Trying to be a part of his family he moves into the guest apartment above the garage. Will Jonathan’s demons and Charlie’s secret keep them from a happily ever after? Hennessey on the Rocks By Monica DeSimone has so many ups and downs it’s a roller coaster. Both Charlie and Jonathan are stubborn and a little selfish and sometimes even a little childish but it makes for a heck of a story.

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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hennessey on the Rocks is the first book I have read by Monica DeSimone, but it won’t be the last. I was hooked from the first chapter, to the last page. I loved the writing style, and the realness of it. The characters are relate-able and very personable. She didn’t make either main character the bad guy, but showed both of their feelings and weaknesses. The children were written with strong personalities as well, and I felt like I could envision them and their attitudes. There were times I was chucking at the dialog of the children. This story brings home how strong a first love can be, but also how hard marriage and co-parenting is at times. The secret of the story, I guessed from the beginning. However, there are ups and downs and I was not sure how things would end for Charlie and Jonathan.
The book’s main characters is Charlie Hennessey. A big name chef, with restaurants, cooking show and cooking school. She just moved back home to the house she grew up in, in Maine, after living in Manhattan for years. She was looking for a new start, but that’s hard to do in a house with so many memories. To make matters worse, her ex husband Jonathan follows her, and asks to stay for a while. Jonathan Hennessey is a popular author, coming off his latest book tour. He is wanting to reconnect with his son, and if hes being honest, his ex-wife. He messed up big time, and is finally at a point where he is able to admit his faults and try to win back his family. But when secrets are uncovered, will love be enough? They have been best friends since they were 5 years old, but some secrets are unforgivable.

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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Shani kenny

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charlie has loved Johnnie since she was 5 years old. He became her best friend quickly, someone she could count on and love. Through their life together they faced many ups and downs. Too many downs were the catalyst for destroying their marriage. Charlie is an overachiever in many ways and has strived to do good for herself for so long. All she has wanted to do was to cook, feed those she loves, be the best at what she does and take care of her kids the best she can. What she wants, and what she gets are two different things.

Johnnie has loved Charlie his whole life. He’s not loved her, and he’s never lived without her in his life in some capacity. When she makes her move with the kids back to their home town, he knows he has no choice but to follow. Charlie has been his best friend for too long to not go after her, even if its a door in the face again. He’s faced his demons and the darkness helped to ruin his marriage. Because of his own issues, those who have loved him have suffered. He wants a life back that includes them, his career, the chance to be a better person and to have a solid foundation. What he wants, he’ll fight for.

Through their move apart, together and beyond, they go through so many more ups and downs, tragedies, confusion, increasing emotions and just plain grief. In all of that though are Jace and Abie, the lights of both their lives and the reason for their beating hearts. The two of them make for some pretty entertaining dialogue. But also, some very spot on and witty advice that had me go “awwwww” quite a few times.

This is a fun second chance love story that will have you feeling all the emotions with them. As a parent, I understood both sides on so many levels. It’s a beautiful story that I enjoyed immensely. I would have liked to learn more about their history though, as it fascinates me to know where they began and all the in-between. I’d also love to see another book or two done with the supporting characters!

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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Karyn Taylor

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hennessey On The Rocks is a fantastic second chance romance novel by Monica DeSimone. It was the first time I had read any of this author’s work but I was attracted by the blurb and decided it was worth giving it a go. I’m so glad that I took a chance on this book as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Charlotte (Charlie) Hennessey is a famous cook with a couple of restaurants and a successful TV show. Sick of life in the rat race, she moves herself and her 2 children Jace and Abie back home to the house she grew up in.
Her ex-husband Jonathan (Johnnie) Hennessey is a famous author who is still battling with alcohol and depression (and his love for Charlie). He also decided to move back home to be near Charlie and the children. He desperately wants to be part of a family unit again.
The chemistry between Johnnie and Charlie is still off the charts hot and both are still deeply in love with each other but the issues that caused their marriage to break down are still there and also Charlie is hiding a huge secret that could totally devastate Johnnie.
This is an amazing story. I loved the interactions between Johnnie And Charlie. These characters are so well written. They have many flaws and are broken. In addition the 2 children are just amazing. Jace is the typical moody tween and 3 year old Abie is such a scene stealer. She is just the most adorable little girl ever.
I’m a total sucker for a second chance romance and this is one of the best that I have read. 100% recommend this book to others.

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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Jenni Bishop

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone is a wonderful story and I read in one sitting. It is a story that will tug on your heart strings but will also make you laugh out loud as it is a very emotive tale. The characters are so easy to love and through Monica’s writing you can easily imagine who they are and get carried away with them on their journey. It is a second chance love story but it is a refreshing and originals storyline. It seemed to be professionally edited. I really enjoyed how this story carried me away into its world.

Charlie and Johnnie have always loved each other ever since they met as children but sometimes love is not enough, not when demons of one’s past get in the way. Johnnie has always been the darker person fighting his demons and always the one to take but when Charlie is down for the count he is the one that needs to pick up the pieces. However there is one secret that could keep them apart.

Abbie is a precocious 3 year old that will knock your socks off. She is a force of nature and had me laughing out loud.

You don’t want to miss this one.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Rachel Moss

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story! Hennessey on the Rocks is a modern, timeless romance! This book will make you laugh, cry, and gasp with every turn of the page. Great character development, you will wish these characters were your family! I couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait to read more from Monica DeSimone!

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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Angelina Frazzini

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone is a contemporary romance you won’t be able to put down. I was sucked in from the beginning and couldn’t read it fast enough.

Charlie is a successful chef. She’s smart and independent but she’s afraid the city is making her jaded. Charlie decides what she needs is to return to her roots in Maine so, she makes the move back to the quiet coastal town she calls home. While Charlie planned returning to Camden, Jonathan never expected he would return. He really didn’t expect to show up at Charlie’s door either. It’s been a long time for the two of them and there are many secrets between them. Will they be able to keep the secrets or will it ruin everything?

This book was so enjoyable to read. I couldn’t put it down without find out what happened next. This is the first book I’ve read by this author but it won’t be the last!

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Hennessey on the Rocks by Monica DeSimone – Review by Debi Kircher

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5 Stars

I loved this book. It was completely unique and different than anything else ive read in a long time.

I stayed kind of confused the first bit trying to figure out some things but as it went on I knew why, one conversation between Charlie and her friend put it all in perspective for me. I read this in one sitting because I enjoyed every word and couldn’t put it down. I think the children in this story were my favorite part, their characters were written perfectly..Another favorite was that I felt like I could visualize every part of Charlie’s home and wanted to transport myself there and never return.

I loved the relationship that was shared by all..Family, even if it was strained in many ways and actually got worse..family was still the feeling I got while reading.

I think it was awesome how I went into this book thinking the title meant one thing and it turned out I was so off base and had so much of a deeper meaning and that ending… I had the biggest smile.

Highly recommend this book and this author.

Awesome!!

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