Forbidden fruit can be downright intoxicating.
Vineyard manager Reese Clark is determined to bring her family's Oregon winery into the big leagues, and she knows building a new tasting room and event pavilion is her ticket there. Having her ex-husband's best friend - and her secret college crush - turn up to head the construction project, however, doesn't pair well with her plans. Between her nauseating lovebird parents; her motorcycle-riding, pot-growing grandfather; and her pet alpaca, fond of head-butting groins, Reese has more than enough chaotic characters in her life.
Back in college, Clay Henderson was more likely to be sprawled over a bar than building one. But even if the new clean-living Clay has matured as deliciously as an oak-aged chardonnay, he's still off-limits. As Reese's well-laid plans for the winery crumble like bad cork, Clay, the newly sober gentleman, is sweet enough to rescue Reese from a wardrobe malfunction and still spicy enough to play "I Never" with her. Can he overcome his bad-boy reputation to offer her a love too heady to ignore?
©2016 Tawna Fenske (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
My first experience with Tawna Fenske, I enjoyed the fast-moving story and the well-done narration. There was humor, a touch of suspense, and a nice romance. My only complaint was the similarity to Kristan Higgins' The Best Man (the heroine DOES name Higgins as one of her favorite authors) and the just slightly overdone caricaturization of the grandfather- also a little too close to Higgins' story. But overall, a very pleasant book, well-done in audio.
I've loved every one of Tawna's books that I've read and this one is no exception. The only thing I struggled with(and this is my own neurosis, was the mention of motorcycles and the main male character's name being Clay, I kept imagining him as Clay Morrow(Ron Pearlman) from Son's of Anarchy and it messed with some of my mental imaging.
I finished the book within less than 2 days, anytime I pick one of her novels up, I can't put it down, audiobooks are the same!
Pretty good story all in all. I agree with another reviewer there were some pretty funny dialogue spots where I literally chuckled out loud while I was listening. Although I have to say I was getting pretty annoyed with grandpa toward the end!
I loved this book! Laughed out loud with these totally believable characters. It had a little bit of everything in it- love, lust, comedy, suspense. I will be recommending it to friends and would read a sequel, not that it needs one.
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