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Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards

I again had the opportunity of working with Goddess Fish Promotions, for this book tour for Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards, by Joye Emmens. I have never read anything by Joye Emmens, and when I read the synopsis of this book, it immediately jumped out as one I needed to read! And, boy, I am sure glad that I did!!

Synopsis

Meet Olivia. Each summer, since she was little, she has spent at her grandparents vineyard, Clos de Harmonie in central California. Now college age, Olivia is in school and achieving her masters degree in Viticulture and Enology – more specifically winemaking. In her last year of school, Olivia accepts an internship and a vineyard in France.

Meet Luke. Luke’s family own’s the vineyard in France that Olivia will be interning at. The attraction between Luke and Olivia is strong and instant. After Olivia finishes her internship, she and Luke want to continue their romance, however Olivia must return to California due to a family emergency. Once in California, Olivia is thrust into a role of getting her grandparent’s vineyard certified as biodynamic.

Throughout the time Olivia is focusing on her grandparent’s vineyard, Luke is in France working on his own family’s vineyard. Will Olivia and Luke be able to keep their romance alive, while working so far apart? Will Olivia give up working on her grandparent’s vineyard to seek a long term romantic relationship with Luke in France? Make sure to read Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards to find out!

Review

I absolutely LOVED this book. This book was so easy to get into and the writing style kept you turning the pages!! I read almost 1/2 of the book the day I started it!!! I loved Joye Emmens’ writing. Her wonderfully descriptive writing allowed you to know and like each of the characters instantly. In addition, her writing allowed you to feel like you were both in Central California as well as in France. I could picture myself walking the vineyards with Olivia and Luke, and see what they saw. It as so, so easy to see exactly what the characters were experiencing and doing in my head. Joye Emmens’ writing allowed a movie of the whole book to play in my head throughout and it was VERY easy to get lost in this book!!!!

The only thing that I did not like about this book was the ending. I felt that the book ended very abruptly and that the story was not finished as the book ended. The book left me wanting to know the rest of the story of Luke and Olivia and each of the vineyards they worked on. I hope that there is a squeal to this story, so I can find out what happens!!!

Overall though, this book was FANTASTIC!!! I can wait to read other books written by Joye Emmens!!!

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Excerpt from the Book…

Professor Clark, my graduate adviser, walked to the podium. The guest speaker followed. With his lean build, he glided across the stage. He stood tall and relaxed in a white linen long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. While the professor introduced him, he scanned the audience, and his eyes landed on me in the front row. I sat up straight and wished I’d worn something more flattering than jeans and a T-shirt. Mom always told me never leave the house without looking your best. His brown eyes met mine before he took the podium.

So, this was Lucien Laroche. I was to be his ambassador for the weekend. Professor Clark had asked me to take Lucien to consult with two wineries near Santa Barbara. Since I was going to my nana’s vineyard in the valley already, it worked out perfectly.

“Biodynamic agriculture springs from a spiritual worldview called anthroposophy,” Lucien Laroche stated. His French accent had me. “A biodynamic farm is a living system. A self-sustaining ecosystem that is responsible for creating and maintaining its health without any outside or unnatural additions. Each farm has its own unique characteristics.”

I followed his every move. His presence held my attention. My undivided attention.

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

Joye Emmens will be awarding a $20 Amazon/Barnes and Nobel Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour!!! Click HERE to enter into the giveaway!!

Adult Fiction · Book Review · Contemporary Sports Romance · FIction · Romance · Women's Fiction

Cross Crease

This month, I was again a part of a book review tour hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions. They had a number of books this month to choose from to review, and Cross Crease by Elizabeth Hartey sounded great – I mean who doesn’t love a book about hockey that also has a good love story in it. So, I signed up right away and couldn’t wait to dive into this book!!!

Synopsis

Meet Heaven – since the age of 14 she has been in love with hockey goalie Damon Wolfe.

Meet Damon Wolfe – the biggest-off-the-ice player in the NHL and Heaven’s best friend.

But, Heaven has a problem. At the age of 21, all she wants to do is loose her virginity to Damon Wolfe. It seems like the perfect plan to her, only there is one problem…Damon Wolfe doesn’t want to ruin the friendship that he and Heaven have built over the years. All Heaven wants is for Wolfe take her virginity and teach her about sex.

Wolfe, also has a problem. The first time he met Heaven and saw her turquoise eyes, he fell in love with her (when she was 14 and had a mouth full of braces). However, at the time, Heaven was way too young for him and Wolfe was more damaged than he cared to admit to anyone. Now that Heaven is 21, not only is she his best friend, but also Wolfe feels that he needs to protect her…from him!!!

Will Heaven gets what she wants from Wolfe? Will Wolfe give in and allow their friend ship to be ruined? Check out Cross Crease to catch all the action!!!

Review

I love a good romance novel. However, the way this book started out was a bit shocking to me! In the first 3 pages there was talk of Wolfe receiving a blow job in the middle of the living room while Dak (Wolfe’s roommate and Heaven’s older brother) and Heaven were having a conversation on the computer. I defiantly was not expecting this book to be this descriptive in the first 3 pages!!!! Once I got over the shock of how quickly the book incorporated a sexual act, without having much plot line to read and to get to know the characters with, I really began to enjoy the book. Elizabeth Hartey wrote a wonderfully descriptive book of the struggles people can get into with relationships. Throughout the book, you could imagine and feel the anguish that each of the characters were feeling. You felt their sorrow and their joy. And for those wanting to know, yes, there was quite a bit of sexual scenes in the book, however, not so much that it look away from the story line in the book. In fact, the amount that were included, actually mostly added to the story line of the book and the emotions that the character’s were feeling. Overall, this was a good read. I had not read anything by Elizabeth Hartey in the past, and I was glad to have discovered her. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a good romantic story and those that love hockey.

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Excerpt from Cross Crease…

But with Pippa (aka Heaven), everything’s changed. I want to breathe her in, get to know everything about her. I don’t know how to explain it. She brings something to my life I’ve never had, a luminescence wiping away my dark past.

Believe me, I know how this sounds. A few months ago, if I had heard any other guy spewing this schmaltz, I would’ve hurled my most recent meal and called him a little bitch. Hell, I did call my teammate, Dalt, a vagina back when he was getting all moony-eyed about Nik, and she didn’t want anything to do with him.

Now? Let’s just say I understand his predicament. I want Pippa like I’ve never wanted anything or anybody. Problem is, although Pip claims she’s only looking for a quick deflowering, I know she’s girlfriend material with a capital G.

I. Am. Not. Interested in having a girlfriend, in case you misunderstood my previous confession. Never had one. Never want one. By now, you must see where this is going.

But to be clear, let me reiterate. Pip is a girl and she’s a friend but with a big slash between the two words. She is, in fact, the only girl/friend I’ve ever had. I enjoy hanging out with her like I would any guy friend. Except, in Pip’s case, a small problem has developed. Or should I say, a rather big, hard problem? I don’t drool over any guy friends when they’re walking down the beach. I don’t get hard every time I think about one of them, or dream about pounding balls deep into them. Eww. There’s a thought I’ll never be able to erase from my mind. See my dilemma here? To say the friendship lines have been blurred when it comes to Pip is the understatement to end all understatements.

Giveaway!!!

Click HERE to be entered into a drawing to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Nobel gift card from author Elizabeth Hartey!!!

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The Life She Wants

I tend to do a lot of driving in the car and when I am on longer trips (15 minutes or more), I really want something “to do” in the car and generally listening to the radio just does not cut it or I get annoyed as to what is on the radio at that moment. Sometimes listening to music on my phone is enough, but more often than not, I want a book to listen to and get lost in. I recently discovered Robyn Carr as an author, and I found myself lost in this fantastic while in the car (while of course still concentrating on the road and making sure I was driving safe).

Synopsis

Meet Emma Shay. Her husband, Richard, just committed suicide, that is after he stole his client’s money to fund his and Emma’s luxurious life in New York City. The truth of the matter was that Emma had NO idea what her husband was doing; but her name has been dragged through the mud and now has been left with nothing – no money and a horrible reputation where people just assume the worst of her.

Meet Lyle, the only friend that she kept in touch with when she left her hometown of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. After everything that happened to her in New York, Lyle encourages and ultimately talked Emma into coming home.

Meet Riley, Emma’s one time best friend. The two were inseparable – like sisters really, that is until Riley slept with Emma’s boyfriend while Emma was off at college and ended up getting pregnant. The friendship was over and Emma moved as far away as possible (the other side of the country), where she met Richard.

When Emma moves home she has nothing from her former life – all she has is $9,000 in a bank account. Emma returns home and is forced to ask Riley, her one time best friend, for help.

Review

I loved the story of Emma and her life “after Richard.” Robyn Carr did a great job of allowing us to “feel” everything that Emma was going through. When Emma was beat down time and time again, you felt the same way. You were angry and frustrated with her. When she was happy and things were going well for her, you were excited about the good that had happened. Every time I got in the car, no matter how far the drive was, I wanted to turn the book on, so that I could get lost in the world of Emma Shay and the new life she was trying to build. I love that this book was not all sunshine and roses and really made you feel the ups and downs of what Emma was experiencing. This was a great book to get lost in!! This was the first book that I read by Robyn Carr and I immediately downloaded a second one to listen to once I was finished with this one. I can’t wait to read may more of Robyn’s books!!

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California Girls

It is only fitting that my first book review is a book by Susan Mallery. There was a time where books were not the center of my life (shocking! I know). I was reading a book here and there, but I missed reading terribly! Then one day, I was browsing at the Library and I stumbled upon Susan Mallery. I checked out a few of her books and devoured each one of them. I was hooked!

Synopsis

California Girls by Susan Mallery is a book about three sisters that get dumped in the same week. Finola, is told by her husband, just before she goes on air at her L.A. morning show, that he is cheating. Zennie’s breakup is no big deal to her and since she is not attached to anyone at the time, decides to be a surrogate for her best friend. Ali, who is set to be married, is broken up with by her fiance’s brother. This book is about the breakups that each sister goes through, and what happens to them after the break-ups; It is about the sisters starting over and rebuilding each of their lives.

Review

I absolutely LOVED this book. As usual, Susan Mallery’s writing captured me from the first page! This was a book that I could not put down, and even though I am in grad school, and probably should be doing about 100 other things, I kept reading and finished this book in less that 48 hours!!! Susan’s writing makes each of the sisters come to life and you feel like you are right there with them in all the bumps and bruises that life hands them. Susan’s writing captures you making you say one more page until poof you are done. I laughed with the sisters. I was frustrated with what the sisters were going through. I rooted for each one of them as they figured out the next steps in their life. I can’t say enough good things about this book. If you are looking for a book that is light-hearted and fun and will capture you from the beginning, then pick up Susan Mallery’s California Girls!!! You won’t be disappointed!