Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
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.
Autumn In The Vineyard is yet another winning contemporary romance filled with emotion from Marina Adair, an author is quickly becoming an auto read for me!
Frankie Baudouin and Nate DeLuca are very much like star crossed lovers. Each from a family bent on being the best wine maker in the valley and with a feud dating back for years. With the ousting of Frankie from the family wine business she’s determined to make it on her own, with her own grapes, land and wine label. Unfortunately the land she bought is now co-owned by none other than Nate DeLuca, the one man who has always had her heart and managed to break it repeatedly. All he wants to do is buy the land from her but it’s her only chance of showing her family she has what it takes to go it alone. Without the backing of her family name and without the families patriarch, her grandfather.
Though Nate knows he screwed up big time when he bought the land now half owned by Frankie, he can’t bring himself to completely screw her over and take everything out from under her. He tries many times to get her to believe that he’s not out to get her, even in the face of what looks like his guilt. When you’re dealing in such a small group of elite wine makers it only makes sense that contacts and contracts might overlap…a reality that Frankie didn’t seem to understand at times. She’s always quick to jump down his throat without first thinking things through first. There were a few times I actually felt bad for Nate…you know, while laughing at Frankie’s emotional antics. Then Adair would do a 180 on me and I’d find myself sobbing over something Nate did to Frankie that left me just as emotional as her.
I found myself completely drawn into this story. I often enjoy small town, family oriented romances and Marina Adair has cornered the market in that area. The characters are all lovable, well thought out people who find themselves falling in love with the most unlikely counterpart. I love the DeLuca’s tight knit familial unit and how they may bust each others balls often, they are always there for each other and supportive when they need to be. I’m eager to see what happens when their only sister, who we’ve only seen in small doses, gets her own book at some point. She’s an interesting character, jaded by love and unable to reconcile a past with a new future and what she really wants. Or who. 😉
Marina Adair is a wildly vivid author sure to dazzle everyone who picks up her books! Heartfelt, emotional and real, Autumn In The Vineyard is a stunning addition to the contemporary romance world. I can’t wait for more!
I give Autumn In The Vineyard by Marina Adair 4.50 stars!