Crush

By: Mae Wood
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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The only thing headier than wine is lust. 

Ryan Royer thought his business trip to California's Napa Valley would be easy. Land a new client. Taste wine. But when the client is a free-spirited bombshell who presses all of his buttons, Ryan's world goes sideways. 

Kenzie Balfour is entirely irresistible. She's the fourth generation to run the von Eck Estate Winery, and she's more intoxicating than any award-winning cabernet. 

Ryan has been working hard for a promotion at one of the world's top investment banks. If he can close this deal for her legendary winery, he gets the job. He can't let a gorgeous woman with a great laugh get in the way of his goals. Even if she leaves him love drunk. 

From a trouser-tightening almost-kiss at a restaurant to a seductive walk through a vineyard at sunset, can Ryan keep his crush on his client under control, or will a taste of Kenzie be his downfall? 

Escape to California's wine country in Crush.

©2020 Mae Wood (P)2020 Mae Wood

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Enjoyed

This was my third story by Mae Wood. I enjoyed all of them. I liked the comfortable easy flow to the friendship between Ryan and Kenzie. Bonus to have Zachary and Savannah as the co-narrator's. This is my 87th audiobook from Zachary. Nice to add this one to my collection.

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Great Love story with all the feels! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

💥💥💥💥💥Crush was my first book by author Mae Wood and I was thrilled to discover that not only is she is an Alabama girl but she is an excellent writer as well - this book was so amazing and had great character development, a unique story line, and fabulous narration from Savannah and Zachary! Give this one a try- you will thank me later. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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Great story, narrated beautifully

Ryan is part of the banking team working on purchasing additional land for the von Eck Estate winery. Kenzie is the next generation of the family who will grow the grapes and make the wine. Insta lust has them crazy for each other. Great characters in this story. The emotional tug-of-war between love and duty is prominent in this story.

Mae Wood wrote a very emotion filled story that was really brought to life by the voice talents of Zachary Webber and Savannah Peachwood.

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Intoxicating, Steamy Romance!

Crush is the most exciting time of both wine harvest and new love. It also explains how I felt about this intoxicating, steamy romance. Ryan has worked hard to be a successful investment banker and landing The Von Eck Estate Winery as a client will ensure the big promotion he's up for. But nailing the client does not include the clients daughter. The sparks fly instantaneously the moment Kenzie and Ryan's eyes meet. They are so connected that they feel they already know each other. Kenzie loves her family vineyard and has big plans for it's growth and expansion. She is brave, bold, and beautiful, and more than Ryan can resist. Neither can resist the sizzling chemistry that the romantic vineyard helps to make even more explosive. They start a covert affair and it is fun and fiery at first. But all too soon the complications of their forbidden affair become too much and threaten not only what they've worked so hard for, but their love as well. The chemistry between Zachary Webber, and Savannah Peachwood is breathtaking as they bring these smart, strong, sexy characters to life. They easily illuminate their wit, passion, and vulnerability, making Ryan, Kenzie, and their world completely real. Ms Wood is fast becoming a favorite author for me and this collaboration is completely intoxicating and wonderful!

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A lovely, sweet and soft romance.

I really enjoyed this except for a few small details involving the hang up with the age difference. It was only about 8 years. Kenzie was very much a 22 year old, but she knew her path. There’s something to be said when you find your passion. The conflict Ryan has with her age ignored her passion. Now, I know this was what makes a story a story, but I just wish he wasn’t so childish about it.

Wait, it all makes sense now.

In any case, I love how Mae Wood writes. This was still a couple you cheer for. Kenzie was wonderful with her sexual confidence. I just love that in a heroine. Ryan was sweet and slick with his attraction to her.

Zachary Webber and Savannah Peachwood were top notch as always. Zachary has a very good frustrated voice and Savannah’s inflections of a young woman are great.

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Loved it!

I am a sucker for an author who can blend sexy hot times with intelligent, realistic, well written stories and Mae Wood has got me hook, line and sinker!

Crush is her latest book, set in Napa Valley and the Von Eck Winery. The instant chemistry between Ryan and Kenzie is off the charts but Mae makes it more relatable and realistic than simply being an insta-love story

The narrators Zachary Webber and Savannah Peachwood were perfect and absolutely bought the characters to live. This is what happens when you get the right narrators for the story

Overall Crush is a smart, intelligent sexy romance, filled with great banter and relatable characters and the narrators are on point. Definitely worth a credit and I hope Mae makes more audiobooks in the future

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Insta-Attraction!

The insta-love trope is alive and well in the wine country of California and I love it! Ryan and McKenzie “Kenzie” both experience a sense of home or familiarity in their first encounter. Both believe they have met before, although neither can recall the event. Both have an immediate and visceral attraction to each other and both have no idea what to do about it. Some might call it souls reconnecting or hearts acknowledging their other halves; I would call it kismet.

The two do not fight the pull toward each other. Rather, they both jump into the water and trust the current will connect them, bind them and keep them both safe, with each other. Ryan Royer cannot fight his feelings and as an investment banker, he continually uses his logical side to talk himself out of the relationship. McKenzie Balfour is an old soul who loves her vineyard and only wants to make wine. As a student at UC Davis, she doesn’t define herself by her grades, but it does make her unsettled. In the end, Kenzie wants what she wants —damn the consequences or obstacles — and that tenacity is what had me rooting for this couple. While there is an 8-year age difference between these two characters, love doesn’t care and it doesn’t hold water with these characters.

Ryan and Kenzie fight for love, for the vineyards and for their forever. The story will make you believe that perseverance is a value worth exploring. The author writes really good stories, making the reader invest their own emotions into it and rooting for them in the end! Definitely worth your consideration. The fact that this is in audio format is even better because the voice of Zachary Webber in anything is worth it!

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this is the second book I've done from Mae Wood and it will not be my last, this was a great story it kept you involved was sexy I loved Ryan he was anxious to commit but yet scared, and Zachary and Savannah did an excellent job narrating the story bringing the characters to life I recommend highly.

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Wine is more than just grape juice!

Need a trip to Napa? This is your ticket! Kenzie and Ryan are kind of an instant couple, jumping in first and experiencing the consequences along the way! Great listen! Sparks! Laughter! Heat! Heart! Performed fantastically as well, I enjoyed every minute in the wine country!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 02-21-20

Raise your glass!

Raise your glass to this low angst, high romance novel! Mae Wood pulls us into the world of wine making with Kenzie Balfour. She is destined to take over her family winery. When she meets Ryan Royer on a business trip their lives are about to change. Their is instant attraction, but can it be acted on? Ryan is older than her by 8 years and she is his client so their relationship has to remain quiet. But will it? Can they keep their love a secret? Wood polishes this story with amazing characters, sizzling scenes and a relationship you just keep rooting for! Ryan and Kenzie are so easy to relate to, with their ambition and their need for each other, I was completely captivated by them. It's a wonderfully written, easy listen and I can't wait for more by Mae Wood.

The easy chemistry between narrators Zachary Webber and Savannah Peachwood make this listen that much better! They fall into character and let us be with Ryan and Kenzie as their relationship moves. Each has that style of letting us feel and be in the story. I loved it!

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  • Rebecca
  • 01-25-20

Crushing hard

Great characterisation from the narrators. All the heady feelings of this super Mae Wood romance brought to life perfectly.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 01-17-20

So sweet

A wonderfully sweet, angst free read, a little bit forbidden love, maybe. Ryan Royer and Kenzie Balfour definitely keep their affair a secret. Is it because she’s 8 years his junior? Is it because she’s his client? Is it because her mum wouldn’t like it? Or is it because Ryan could lose his credibility? Maybe one, maybe all those reasons. It all starts getting a little too much to hide, and throughout the story both Ryan and Kenzie question their ability to continue their relationship. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and I was routing for their happy ever after throughout. Wonderful narration from Zachery Webber and Savannah Peachwood.

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  • Bette
  • 01-17-20

Wonderful Story & Listen🎧Sweet Romance~Ryan💘Kenzie

This sweet romance is well written and well told with interesting storylines that were captivating from start to end. I enjoyed Mae Wood’s writing style, she is descriptive and brings you right into the story as if you were right along side the characters. The characters are nicely developed, they are realistic and easy to relate to. I adored both leads, Kenzie Balfour is set to help run her family’s winery, her favorite place to be is in the Vineyards, getting the perfect growing conditions for the perfect grapes. Her family wants her to learn the ropes on the business end. Ryan Royer, gets to work on the deal that will earn his promotion in the top investment bank. He needs to land the deal but lands something else instead, a crush on the client, Kenzie. I loved the chemistry between the two, they were great together and for each other. The only downfall is Ryan’s issues with their age gap and a relationship may cost him the promotion he wanted. I loved how well plotted this book is and how everything plays out, there is never a dull moment with plenty of drama, a bit of angst, some heartfelt moments, some sweet ones and the beginning of a great romance. Mae Wood, thank you for the wonderful story.

Zachary Webber and Savannah Peachwood are fantastic narrators and voice artists. They are amazing at portraying the characters, bringing them to life, giving each their own voice and personality. You could hear how much heart they put into their work as they project the character’s emotions into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another great listen🎧

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  • Sara B
  • 01-14-20

Wine & Romance

Crush is a surprisingly well-composed contemporary romance. Wine, passion, and Mae Wood's descriptive world will captivate you from the start to end. The storyline and the characters are utterly engaging, and the emotions are deep and real. Kenzie and Ryan's connection is instant, like a magnet, they were pulled toward each other. Kenzie is more confident than Ryan about pursuing the possibility of love and a relationship. There was some angst, it was kept to the minimum and nowhere near the point of frustration. Overall, I very much enjoyed this story.

As for the narration, Zachary Webber and Savannah Peachwood's performances were brilliant. They're both true voice actors, bringing the characters and the entire story to life.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 01-12-20

Loved this love at first sight story

This was such a sweet story about insta love. Kenzie is a daughter of a family of vintners who meets with a banker, Ryan, when he's part of a team to try to help her and her family buy new land for their vineyard. This story revolves around love at first sight and there's cute banter between the main characters. I also loved how the author described the anticipation between the characters so well and she did such a great job really portraying the beauty of wine country. There were a few obstacles to the HEA, also done well so that I really didn't want to put the book down.

I borrowed the book from KU but also had the opportunity to request and receive the audiobook. Savannah Peachwood and Zachary Webber were amazing, but that's expected. I loved the way they played the main characters but also seamlessly transitioned to the multiple other supporting characters of the book. The narration is so well done that the story was elevated even more through the reading.