I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Be Mine Forever by Marina Adair
Series: St. Helena Vineyard #4
Published by Montlake Romance on January
Source: the Publisher
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For Trey DeLuca, the idea of settling down was entirely unsettling. As VP of sales for his family's wine company, he's never in any one city ? or with any one woman ? for long, which is how he likes it. But when family obligations keep him temporarily grounded in his hometown, he finds the perfect distraction. She's sweet, gorgeous, and sexy as hell?only her life screams commitment. Between raising her son and struggling to keep her dance school afloat, Sara Reed has her hands full. Dance students she needs ? a steamy tangled sheets cha-cha with a self-admitted commitment-phobe? Not going to happen. But sparks fly as the town prepares for a big Valentine's Day gala, and Trey strikes a deal with Sara?he?ll ?manny-up? and watch her son in exchange for ballroom lessons. With love quickstepping ever closer, Sara needs to teach this playboy some new steps or risk losing him ? and her heart ? forever.
The St. Helena Vineyard series is one of my favorites series. I’ve read all of the books in this series and love them all. I love the characters, the setting, and the overall feel of these stories. I love slipping into their world and spending time with them.
One of the things I love most of this series though is that it’s funny. The dialogue cracks me up every time I read one of these books. Ms Adair does a really good job of putting a funny spin on things.
Heroine: Sara. She’s a strong, independent, widowed mother of Cooper aka Coop. Her husband went off to war and didn’t return home. Immediately I liked her character. She moved to St. Helena after her husband died so she and Coop could get a fresh start. She owns her own business and is an overall great person.
Hero: Trey DeLuca. First off he’s a DeLuca *swoon* He along with his three brothers are all sexy and strong male leads. I love them all.
Trey is the youngest brother of the DeLuca clan. He’s usual off overseas working for the family business. He’s not home much and he likes it that way.
He’s also sort of a player. He doesn’t stay around long after doing the deed with his one-night stands. With Sara though things are different from the beginning. She’s not really the one-night stand type of person and he finds himself wanting to spend time with her and Coop. Oh he fights it a little at first, but in the end he falls hook, line, and sinker for both of them.
Together: These two were great together. The attraction was strong for both of them and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow.
Smexy Times: The sexual content in this book is relative to adult mainstream. It’s not explicit in nature, but is enjoyable.
Overall: I really enjoyed reading this one. Up next is Abby DeLuca’s story. I’m so excited about this one and can’t wait to read it. It’s due out May of this year. I can’t recommend this series enough. I’m totally in love with it.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Autumn in the Vineyard by Marina Adair
Series: St. Helena Vineyard #3
Published by Montlake Romance on October 29, 2013
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Frankie Baudouin has a hundred reasons not to trust Nate DeLuca. First, he’s a DeLuca. Second, he kissed her—in front of the entire town—and then never called. Oh, and he’s after her land. Sorrento Ranch is Frankie’s last chance to prove to her family—and to herself—that she has what it takes to be an award-winning winemaker. And she will stop at nothing to ensure her success—even if it means playing nice with the starched, sophisticated, and oh-so-sexy Italian.
For Nate, Sorrento Ranch is more than just soil and grape vines; it was his father’s dream—a dream Nate is determined to make a reality. So when he finds himself forced to cohabitate with a hot-headed, irrational, and incredibly gorgeous Baudouin, Nate is surprised to discover that chaos could be so much fun—especially when she sleeps in nothing but lace.
I’ve been waiting for this one to come out for a while now!! I adore this series. It’s on of my favorites. The DeLuca men are hot, hot, hot!!! Autumn in the Vineyard is Nathaniel (Nate) DeLuca & Francesca (Frankie) Baudouin’s book. The story captured my attention from the first page and held it until the very end. I kept turning page after page to see what would happen next. I experienced a lot of different emotions while reading it. I laughed, cried, laughed some more, and squeed!
Frankie. She’s pretty bad ass! She doesn’t take crap from anyone. I enjoyed getting to know her better. She’s always felt as though she wasn’t really a part of her family. She only wanted to be accepted and belong to her family, but unfortunately she never felt she was accepted for who she was. I couldn’t help but feel bad for her.
Nathaniel. He’s a strong alpha Italian that’s HOT! *swoon* He’s liked Frankie since high school, but the feud between the DeLuca and Boudouin families has keep him from acting upon his attraction to her. I think was good for Frankie. He accepted her for who she is.
The sexual scene are comparable to adult mainstream and not overly explicit in nature. Having said that they are still hot. I think Ms Adair did a great job of building the tension between these two. When they finally came together I *squeed*
Up next is Trey’s book. I am so freaking excited about it. He’s the youngest of the bunch and I cannot wait for him to meet his match. He’s teased his brothers incessantly about being whipped by the women in their lives throughout this series. I can’t wait for him to fall hook, line, and sinker. 🙂
I absolutely love the St. Helena Vineyard series. Can you tell us what inspired you to write this series?
First off, thanks for having me here today!
As for the series, several years ago my husband invited his cousin to Thanksgiving dinner, who in turn invited her aunt, who invited another aunt, who invited an uncle and in the end I was responsible for roasting turkey for 13 Italians—let me clarify, I put the turkey in the oven and as soon as his family learned I was A) NOT Italian and B) a vegetarian, I was promptly kicked out of the kitchen and given a glass of wine. The dinner was loud and long and we consumed 25lbs of Turkey, 14 bottles of wine and I knew that someday I would have to capture this kind of crazy love on paper.
But the actual development of the DeLuca family came from a babysitter I had when I was in grammar school. She was the only girl in an Italian family of seven and her brothers were 100% alpha, extremely over protective, and, since they beat the crap out of anyone who looked at her twice, made dating virtually impossible for her. I merged the two experiences and came up with a series about a big, loud Italian family who were always in each other’s business and even though they irritated the hell out of one another, they were fiercely loyal.
Is there any message within Autumn in the Vineyard that you want readers to grasp?
To me, this is a story about unconditional love, finding that one person who accepts you for exactly who you are. Frankie has spent her entire life on the outside of her family, looking in, wondering what that elusive quality is she obviously lacks that makes her loveable; what it is it about her that makes it so hard to fit in with the one group of people who should love her unconditionally.
Can you share a little of your current WIP with us and what inspired you to write it?
I just finished Book #4 in the St. Helena Vineyard series, BE MINE FOREVER, which comes out January 21, 2014 and follows the baby of the family, Trey DeLuca. After watching each of his brothers trade in their man-card for a minivan, Trey develops a severe allergic reaction to commitment, compromise, and kids. So of course I paired him up with the sexy single-mom next door who isn’t in the market for a man—so much as a Manny to watch her son. It was fun to witness the commitment-phobe playboy fall hard, especially when the woman he is falling for comes stock-ready with a kid, white picket fence, and a life that screams commitment.
It is always a country song that inspires a book and this time it was no different. Luke Bryan’s song Crash my Party played on repeat while I wrote this book. It got me thinking about how a guy who avoids anything serious gets to the point where he is willing to drop everything just for a moment with the woman he’s falling for. It’s a great song!
Do you find writing sex scenes challenging?
I find writing fresh scenes challenging. I always have to balance a little humor with the sensual or it doesn’t do it for me. So I try to think up new places and find a new motivation behind each sex scene so it doesn’t feel like the same couple book after book.
What is a normal writing day look like for you?
I wait until everyone is off to school or work and the house is quiet. Then it is butt in chair, head down, and I write. Lately, my goal has been a steady 15,000 words a week, so roughly 3000 words a day. If come Friday, I am under then I make up the words on the weekend.
Which of your characters is your favorite and why?
The old biddies from my books. All of them are inspired by my grandmother and her crazy friends. Actually, some of the phrases and antics are based lightly in reality. Like Luella in Tucker’s Crossing putting dish soap in the pie … my grandmother did that once.
Thanks for having me!
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Summer in Napa by Marina Adair
Series: St. Helena Vineyard #2
Published by Montlake Romance Format: eBook
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When Alexis “Lexi” Moreau caught her husband, Jeff, sampling the sous-chef’s more intimate wares in their New York restaurant, she ran—all the way back to her hometown of St. Helena, California. Six months later, Lexi has no husband and no restaurant. But she does have a three-step plan: First, convert her grandmother’s bakery into her dream bistro. Second, ignore Grandma’s matchmaking attempts. And third, avoid Marco DeLuca, her ex’s commitment-phobic, distractingly sexy best friend.
In school Lexi was off-limits for Marco. After all, she was his buddy’s girl. But she’s still as smart and as gorgeous—and apparently as immune to his charms—as she used to be. Yet the simple fake romance they agree upon to dodge Lexi’s grandmother’s matchmaking plans soon turns deliciously complicated. And the sultry summer might bring together all the right ingredients for Marco to win the only woman he’s ever wanted.
Summer is Napa is the second book in the St. Helena Vineyard Series. I loved it! Marco aka Marc is the towns player. He sleeps with a woman and then it’s on to the next conquest. He’s had a thing for Alexis aka Lexi since they were kids, but never let his feelings be known because she was in a relationship with his best friend Jeff. When Lexi returns to St. Helena she’s just been through a bad divorce and is looking to find herself again.
Immediately Marc inserts himself in Lexi’s life. He tells himself he’s doing it as a favor to Jeffrey but really he still has feelings for her. Lexi is weary of Marc. She knows his reputation and doesn’t want to start with romantic relationship with him. Unfortunately as times goes on things don’t turn out the way she or he had planned.
I really liked the chemistry these two shared. Even though they both had no interest in starting up a relationship things slowly progressed into one and I was happy about that. Lexi sort of tamed the player which made for a great storyline.
The sexual content is relatively mainstream and not overly explicit. The build up and sexual frustration with two share was hot.
This book offers a wide range of elements. It’s funny, heartwarming, and an overall a great read. I enjoyed every aspect of it. I also got to experience some of the tension between the secondary characters which only made me want to read the next book in this series.
Next up is Frankie and Nate’s story and I can’t wait to read it. Even you haven’t read this series you should give it a try. It’s a great contemporary romance.