I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from Netgalley and Berkley Books. This has not impacted my rating and this review is voluntary.
- Genre: Romance
- Published by: Berkley Books
- Publish date: September 20, 2022
- Number of pages: 400 pages
- Author’s website: https://www.jasmineguillory.com/
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Margot Noble needs some relief from the stress of running the family winery with her brother. Enter Luke: sexy, charming, and best of all in the too-small world of Napa, a stranger. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and Margot is delighted that she lucked into the perfect one-night stand she’ll never have to see again. That is, until the winery’s newest hire, Luke, walks in the next morning. Margot is determined to keep things purely professional, but when their every interaction reminds her of the attraction still bubbling between them, it proves to be much more challenging than she expects.
Luke Williams had it all, but when he quits his high-salary tech job in Silicon Valley in a blaze of burnout and moves back to Napa to help a friend, he realizes he doesn’t want to tell the world–or his mom–why he’s now working at a winery. His mom loves bragging about her successful son–how can he admit that the job she’s so proud of broke him? Luke has no idea what is next for him, but one thing is certain: he wants more from the incredibly smart and sexy woman he hooked up with–even after he learns she’s his new boss. But even if they can find a way to be together that wouldn’t be an ethical nightmare, would such a successful woman really want a tech-world dropout?
Set against a lush backdrop of Napa Valley wine country, nothing goes to your head as fast as a taste of love–even if it means changing all your plans.
The newest Jasmine Guillory did not disappoint! Set in Napa Valley, we fall in love with the two main characters Margot, a co-owner of a winery; and Luke, a former programmer who has recently moved back to wine country.
The romance in this book was a slow burn and the conflicts between the two love interests seemed realistic. Yes, there was a lack of communication (which is a trope I tend to hate in romance novels!) but the reasoning behind why a character lacked communication or rationalized their actions was less frustrating than in some other novels with this trope. Compared to Guillory’s other novels in The Wedding Party universe this one was pretty spicy! Of course, like the other novels, a few characters from the previous ones make a guest appearance!
My favorite part of this novel was the setting. Not only does the majority of the novel take place at Noble Vineyards, the winery Margot go-owns with her brother, but there are also a lot of mentions of the local eateries. I love when novels describe drinks and food and this book does that in yummy detail! I think this might be my favorite from this author and if you felt disappointed in the last one (While We Were Dating), definitely give this one a try.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know!