Summer in Napa (St. Helena Vineyard Series #2)

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Six months ago, New York restaurant owner Alexis “Lexi” Moreau walked in on her husband, Jeff, and their sous chef mixing business with pleasure. Now, Lexi is back in her hometown of St. Helena, California, rebuilding her life and hoping to turn her grandmother’s patisserie into the bistro of her dreams. All she needs is luck, lots of hard work, and a way to avoid the thirty blind dates her matchmaking grandmother arranged.

Enter Marco DeLuca—Jeff’s handsome, commitment-phobe ...

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Overview

Six months ago, New York restaurant owner Alexis “Lexi” Moreau walked in on her husband, Jeff, and their sous chef mixing business with pleasure. Now, Lexi is back in her hometown of St. Helena, California, rebuilding her life and hoping to turn her grandmother’s patisserie into the bistro of her dreams. All she needs is luck, lots of hard work, and a way to avoid the thirty blind dates her matchmaking grandmother arranged.

Enter Marco DeLuca—Jeff’s handsome, commitment-phobe best friend who has always had his sights set on Lexi. In high school, Marco convinced himself that Lexi was off-limits. And she still is, especially since Marco’s family’s wine business all depends on a deal with Jeff. But a fake summer romance is the perfect way for Lexi to distract the would-be suitors her grandmother has set up for her. A perfect way for Marco to realize she’s the only one that ever mattered. And a perfect way to fall deliciously in love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611099737
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Series: A St. Helena Vineyard Novel Series, #2
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 698,621
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marina Adair is a national bestselling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is the author of Tucker’s Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She lives with her husband and daughter in Northern California.
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  • Posted March 15, 2014

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    Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by the author for review Review

    Reviewed by JoAnne
    Book provided by the author for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    I was lucky enough to read an ARC, uncorrected proof, of this book which is book two in the St. Helena Vineyard’s series. I like that I was able to catch up with many of the characters from book one – especially the DeLuca’s, but that I was also introduced to others that I will meet up with again in other books in the series.

    This story centered on Lexi and Marco and although I saw their romance bloom and tank at various times throughout I also saw their love solidified and it convinced me that they really did love each other – but, would that be enough for their happily ever after? There were so many roadblocks thrown in their way especially from Jeffery, her ex, who I really couldn’t stand and I couldn’t believe Lexi was that insecure that she gave so much of her life to him including being married to him for so many years. I was also surprised that Marco wasn’t a better judge of character concerning Jeffery but it was great to see that he kept trying to find out the truth even when there were no answers forthcoming.

    The antics that Lexi and Marco got in were amusing and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. There were tears, heartache, family, friends, townspeople, food, along with the romance and ultimately love. The characters had many layers to them and the descriptions of the foods made my mouth water. There was closure but I would have liked a little more story at the end – an epilogue would have been well received by me.

    I look forward to reading other books in the series and the sneak peek of her next book Autumn at the Vineyard which is book three in this series was a nice carrot to dangle in front of me. My question though would be what happened to spring? Book one was at Christmas, book two was in summer and book three will be in the fall. These are the type of inconsistencies I have a hard time with.


    Favorite Quote: She strategically avoided her friend’s glare, instead paying particular attention to the arrangement of mouthwatering eclairs, fluffy and custard filled and drizzled with enough chocolate to make her forget that it was only eight in the morning, on a Tuesday, and she had already been up for more than four hours.

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    Summer in Napa - Summer in Napa is the first ¿St Helena Vineya

    Summer in Napa
    - Summer in Napa is the first “St Helena Vineyard” novels I’ve read and I must say I was absolutely delighted. It kept me laughing, while touching my heart – a sweet and sassy charmer perfect for a long summer day. Full review availalbe at BookTrib or RomanticReadsandSuch (dot) wordpress (dot) com

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

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    Marina Adair takes us back to Napa with Alexis Moreau and Marc D

    Marina Adair takes us back to Napa with Alexis Moreau and Marc DeLuca. A story of high school friends that were attracted to each other but never acted on it. She married his best friend and left Napa but now she's back, divorced, and he's still attracted to her. I love the character growth and the story progression in this series. Their relationship is believable with some serious feelings and plenty of witty humor involved. Secondary characters are fantastic in this story. I can't wait for the next St. Helena Vineyard novel. It's like coming home :)

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

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    A perfect pairing just like great food and fine wine! Marina Ad

    A perfect pairing just like great food and fine wine!

    Marina Adair has done it again with book 2 of the St. Helena Vineyard series! Summer in Napa is as charming, witty, and fun as the first book, only this time Adair sets out to create the perfect romantic pairing with two long-time, good friends.

    Marco DeLuca is the DeLuca brother we get to know all about in this story. Marco has always loved women and living the single life. So when his friend, Lexi Moreau, moves back into town things are shaken up a bit. He's always considered her off-limits, and still does, even after her divorce from his best friend. However, the lines of friendship start to blur as Marco and Lexi embark on a little summer “fauxmance”.

    I adored Lexi! She's back in her hometown of St. Helena to move on with her life and build her dream bistro. It's her time to make a name for herself and shine. There's so much intricate details that go on that involve family, friends, and small-town traditions. One thing is for sure, this story is so delicious, not only in the slow build of the intense romance between Marco and Lexi, which I very much appreciated, but also, Lexi is a chef, and the food she creates just makes my mouth water! Really, try not to read this on an empty stomach.

    From the food, beautiful wineries, to the local pride, Marina Adair continues to feature the distinct allure of the Napa Valley region. That is one of my favorite aspects of this series! I have gone on several day trips to Napa to fall in love with its charm. I'm pretty sure that is why I absolutely adore this series so much. I see so much of the Napa charm in this story. Another aspect I love is that Adair has a way of creating secondary characters that are as rich and lively as the main ones and puts them in many engaging situations. If you've read book 1, then you will know exactly what I mean when I say...the grandmothers are back!!!

    If you're a fan of friends-to-lovers stories with slow-burning true romance, then you must check out Summer in Napa. I truly enjoy Adair's writing and her sense of humor. She even teases us with possible future couple pairings. I can't wait for the next DeLuca brother to fall in love in the next book, Autumn in the Vineyard!

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

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    I love this series

    Summer in Napa, the second book in the St. Helena Vineyard series by Marina Adair did not let me down nor disappoint me. Yes, this is the second book in the series but you don’t have to read the first to enjoy this one. I read the first book, Kissing Under the Mistletoe and honestly, I think I like this one better. I know if you read the first one, that’s hard to believe.

    Summer in Napa has a completely different feel than it’s predecessor. It’s hilarious and charming. It’s a book where the humor will smack you in the face from the very beginning. It’s really important that you don’t drink anything while reading this book.

    Awwww.. I FINALLY get Marco “Marc” DeLuca. Excuse me, while I smile at the memory of him. Marc isn’t like the typical heroes you read in other romances. Yes, he’s a playboy. Yes, at one point he lived through a really dark time in his life. But he isn’t the hero who goes kicking and screaming when it comes to love and what he wants.

    Marc is the only member of the DeLuca family who isn’t working for the family’s wine business in some form or fashion. Not that Marc doesn’t like the business, he just wants to strike out on his own to prove himself. Marc is the owner and operator of the Napa Grand Hotel, something he has wanted to do since he was a teenager. Marc’s dream goes against what his family thinks he should do. The DeLuca family is a strong, opinionated group that is all about family sticking together and wine.

    Her whole life, Alexis “Lexi” Moreau has been trying to not be like her mother who kept falling for guy after guy. Thus, for over fifteen years, she has clung to the first guy who gave her any attention at all, Jeffrey Balldinger. No matter how bad Jeff treated her or appeared to only be thinking about himself, Lexi stuck with him.

    Now, Lexi has returned to St. Helena to lick her wounds, regroup, and start a new and better chapter in her life by finally fulfilling a long standing dream of opening a bistro with her grandmother. A little over six months ago, Lexi discovered that her ex-husband who happens to be Marc’s best friend, cheating on her with her sous chef. As if that wasn’t enough, Jeff also stole their restaurant out from under her and it’s recipes (which she created by herself).

    The Granny Brigade, consisting of Marc and Lexi’s grandmothers and another Granny friend, make an attempt to help Lexi get on with her social life. Not that she asked for this or anything. The Grannies manage to set up a profile for Lexi on an online dating site and schedule her to have several daily dates with various men from around town. Marc realizes how much Lexi hates this and comes up with the idea of pretending to be her boyfriend so that the Grannies will leave her alone and she can focus on creating recipes for her new business venture.

    Having to be seen as a couple in public forces the two to remember the old feelings they had for each other as teens. Marc is hesitant because of his friendship with Jeff, but eventually their feelings win out. Marc soon begins to realize that things aren’t adding up with what Jeff has been telling him. Marc is going to have to make a decision that could cost him his best friend, his family’s money and Lexi.

    Summer in Napa has tons of hysterical, heart wrenching and what the hell moments.

    Source: NetGalley
    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

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    So we have Lexi, a divorcée to Marco¿s best friend, Jeffrey. She

    So we have Lexi, a divorcée to Marco’s best friend, Jeffrey. She plays it safe and never listens to her wants and needs, rather she focuses on others. This was proved time and time again when she would go on blind dates set up by her grandmother, even though she doesn’t want to.

    And then we have Marco, a DeLuca and the “screw-up” of the family. I really, really liked Marco here. He was always trying to get Lexi to listen to her instincts and not to others, and unleash her wild side.

    The first half of the book I didn’t like so much. It was very annoying seeing Lexi constantly be pushed over by her grandmother and everyone else, never doing what she wanted to do. And Abigail—Marco’s sister—was still annoying. When she found out that her best friend Lexi and her brother were dating, she flew off the handle. That part’s understandable, I mean it’s her best friend and her brother. But what really pissed me off was that, like the rest of the DeLuca family, she didn’t think of Marco in the best light and said things about him that just made me want to throw something at her.

    In fact, the whole DeLuca family didn’t think much of Marco. They didn’t think he would be good at his job and were constantly doubting his abilities. I just wanted to hit all of them upside the head.

    But once Lexi let go a little bit and they started to hang out more and more, it got better. Much better. I loved how Lexi and Marco’s relationship was so perfect and that they fit together so well. The happy moments between them were heart-melt worthy.

    The conflicts that poor Lexi had to go through—including the no-good, cheating ex of hers—made me feel like the poor woman deserved a medal. And the way Marco made up for his mistakes and put Lexi first, that made me melt.

    I loved the sweet ending that these two got and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    My thoughts... Summer is Napa is the second book in the St. Hel

    My thoughts...

    Summer is Napa is the second book in the St. Helena Vineyard Series. I loved it! Marco aka Marc is the towns player. He sleeps with a woman and then it's on to the next conquest. He's had a thing for Alexis aka Lexi since they were kids, but never let his feelings be known because she was in a relationship with his best friend Jeff. When Lexi returns to St. Helena she's just been through a bad divorce and is looking to find herself again.

    Immediately Marc inserts himself in Lexi's life. He tells himself he's doing it as a favor to Jeffrey but really he still has feelings for her. Lexi is weary of Marc. She knows his reputation and doesn't want to start with romantic relationship with him. Unfortunately as times goes on things don't turn out the way she or he had planned.

    I really liked the chemistry these two shared. Even though they both had no interest in starting up a relationship things slowly progressed into one and I was happy about that. Lexi sort of tamed the player which made for a great storyline.

    The sexual content  is relatively mainstream and not overly explicit. The build up and sexual frustration with two share was hot.

    This book offers a wide range of elements. It's funny, heartwarming, and an overall a great read. I enjoyed every aspect of it. I also got to experience some of the tension between the secondary characters which only made me want to read the next book in this series.

    Next up is Frankie and Nate's story and I can't wait to read it. Even you haven't read this series you should give it a try. It's a great contemporary romance.

    Rating: 4 Stars

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