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Series: Love in Wine Country #1
Title: A Kiss of Cabernet
Author: Pamela Gibson
Publisher: Entangled Bliss, Entangled Publishing
Published: October 20th, 2014
What an enjoyable romance this proved to be, one where life definitely gets in the way and the best laid plans don’t always work out as you assume (though there is still the HEA you expect)!
Jake Madison is having problems with his business ventures and is also terrified of his own deteriorating health. He’s owned the vineyard for six years but this is the first time he’s come to visit. He’s visiting with a specific purpose – to value the property before selling it to generate finances to keep his business ventures running. His arch rival is out to ruin him and he has to fight back . . .
Paige Reynoso is the vineyard manager. She’s devastated to realise his only purpose in visiting is to value and sell the place she loves and has dreamed of owning. She’s determined to show him the vineyard is a brilliant long term investment . . .
The connection between the two is instant but both resist for very different reasons. Her past is stopping her and his fears for the future are preventing him from giving their attraction the chance to develop any further. With family secrets on both their parts as well as that dreaded rival, things aren’t going to go smoothly for these two and some things won’t work out at all. However, this is a well written romance with great characters and there’s no magic wand to overcome difficulties that life throws in their path, so it feels more realistic than many such stories. The characters are easy to empathise with and the story has plenty of angst and turmoil amongst the romance and wine tips to keep the reader engaged and turning pages. Definitely a great summer read . . . . now I need to try out some of the Napa Valley wines for myself!
I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
I actually read the second book in this series back in 2015 and enjoyed that one, too. Read my review of ‘A Touch of Chardonnay‘ here!
“The sweetest vintage of all is the one you can’t have…
Napa Valley vineyard manager Paige Reynoso is furious. After a six-year absence, her boss―big-city entrepreneur Jake Madison―has returned, only to announce he’s selling the vineyard. Paige has always dreamed of buying Garnet Hill, which sits on land where her ancestors first settled, but without the cash, she’s out of luck. And then there’s an even bigger problem…she has a serious thing for the surprisingly tempting man who’s just destroyed her dream.
Jake’s in a tight spot. With his other business ventures struggling, he needs cash—fast. The last thing he needs is the too-lovely Paige convincing him the grapes are an effective long-term investment. Or needing Paige herself, whose spirit and heart bring his to life. But as their attraction grows, Jake knows he’s not in a position to offer her anything beyond this moment. Because Jake has a big secret…and it has nothing to do with sour grapes.