Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: St. Helena Vineyard #3
Format: ebook via Netgalley
Length: 324 pages
Publisher: Montlake Romance (October 29, 2013)
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.
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I have been waiting for Frankie and Nate's story since Kissing Under the Mistletoe. The sexual tension between these two could have set fire to a yulelog and now they finally get their happily ever after. Of course, it's going to be a bit bumpy but oh goodness!
At the end of Summer in Napa, Frankie lost everything—her job, her family, her home—after agreeing to sit on the Summer Wine Showdown Tasting Tribunal. Her grandfather had boycotted the hundred year old fundraiser. He had sent the family dog to be one of the tasters. At the last minute, Frankie agreed and this causes her grandfather to stop speaking to her.
Now let's back the story back to the beginning, Kissing Under the Mistletoe...Nate and Frankie's family have been feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys for sixty years. Frankie's grandfather declared his love for Nate's grandmother on her wedding day. She decided to marry Nate's grandfather. Fists flew, secrets were exposed and both families have been feuding since.
Now back to Autumn In the Vineyard...Frankie invested her savings in buying the land that separated the Baudouin and DeLuca properties. Her dreams has always been to open a boutique winery. Nate has bought the same property. Frankie knew what she was getting—10 acres. Nate didn't and thought he was getting all 20 acres. Uh oh.
They go to court over it, the judge tells them they have a month to figure it out or he will have the property bulldozed and turned into commercial housing. Between a stubborn alpaca, a broken water tank, a growing attraction between Nate and Frankie, hilarity ensues.
I enjoyed watching Frankie grow into her own. Even though she acts tough, deep down inside she just wants to fit in somewhere. I absolutely loved Nate and my reason may seem a bit nerdy but, he's a list maker. When things get out of hand, lists bring some sort of order. And I can totally relate.
Marina Adair weaves a delightful story that is sure to become a Fall favorite. Heck, year round. This book had me snorting in the early hours of the morning, ugly crying during the Black Moment, and waiting impatiently for the next book in the series. Oh, have some wine on hand because all the mentions of wine had me craving some. It's five o'clock somewhere, right?
A note: This book can stand alone since Adair gives us enough backstory regarding the fallout between Frankie and her grandfather. But you'll end up wanting the first two books because those DeLuca men are quite irresistible.
Nate DeLuca, starched loafer-lover, was a woman-whisperer of the magical kind.