Napa Valley vineyard manager Paige Reynoso is furious. After a six-year absence, her boss—big-city entrepreneur Jake Madison—has returned, only to announce he's selling the vineyard. Paige has always dreamed of buying Garnet Hill, which sits on land where her ancestors first settled, but without the cash, she's out of luck. And then there's an even bigger problem…she has a serious thing for the surprisingly tempting man who's just destroyed her dream.
Jake's in a tight spot. With his other business ventures struggling, he needs cash—fast. The last thing he needs is the too-lovely Paige convincing him the grapes are an effective long-term investment. Or needing Paige herself, whose spirit and heart bring his to life. But as their attraction grows, Jake knows he's not in a position to offer her anything beyond this moment. Because Jake has a big secret…and it has nothing to do with sour grapes.
Each book in the Love in Wine Country series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 A Kiss of Cabernet
Book #2 A Touch of Chardonnay
About the Author
Pamela Gibson was raised in a small town in Southern California, just a short distance from the Pacific Ocean. She was fascinated by the old Spanish Mission in the center of town and grew up wandering its ruins and dreaming up stories about the people who once lived there. In college, she majored in history and instead of novels, she wrote regional history books, hoping others would care enough about local historical sites to preserve them.
She began reading romance novels while waiting for the birth of her son, David. By the time her daughter, Shelley, came along, she was thoroughly hooked and wanted to write them. But life sometimes gets in the way and she put off her dream while working, first as a newspaper reporter, and then in public agencies.
Today she lives in Northern California's wine country in another old, historic town, writing books and occasionally contributing to the local newspaper. She still loves to walk on a beach barefoot, but has added vineyards in their fall splendor, fragrant bubble baths, and chocolate to her favorite things. Visit her at Pamelagibsonwrites.com.
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A Kiss of Cabernet
A Love in Wine Country Novel
By Pamela Gibson, Wendy Chen, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Pamela Gibson
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"The first sip of a newly opened wine can sometimes taste bitter. Let it sit out for a while, uncorked, and it will mellow." —from Paige Reynoso's tasting notes
Paige Reynoso didn't believe in premonitions.
But the prickling at the back of her neck was certainly caused by the lights blazing from the house at the top of her hill—a house that had been vacant for the past two years.
She shuddered as a sudden chill reminded her that life didn't always respect one's comfort zones. Her Mexican grandmother would have called it a presagio, a warning, a portent of change. But then Nana Reynoso also believed a drop of blood mixed in a soup made a powerful love potion and three crowing roosters heard in the night spelled death.
Paige wasn't dead yet, but she was uneasy. And she didn't need Nana's musings to tell her something was definitely wrong.
Shaking off her anxiety, Paige punched in the gate code at the bottom of the driveway that led to both the main house and her cottage. She pressed on the gas pedal of her aging pickup as the gate swung open. Her cell phone at her ear, she called the estate's elderly handyman, who lived over the garage. It went to voicemail.
"Sam, this is Paige. Do you know why lights are on in the main house? Call me."
The scent of roses, planted at the head of each row of grapevines, drifted in the night. Breathing in the sweet smell usually comforted her, telling her the vines beyond were healthy.
But not tonight.
The Napa Valley vineyard had been little more than fields of gnarled trunks when she first came to work here, fresh out of college, viticulture degree in hand. She'd struggled to bring it back to life, especially the older vines in the lower fields.
Poring over old documents, she'd discovered her mother's ancestors had been the original grantees of this land during California's Mexican period. She had even found ruins of an adobe house near the winter stream that ran along the back property line.
The ties to her past were like an unseen tether. Although the land had been sold in the 1930s, it still felt like home.
She left the driveway halfway up the hill and followed the dirt road to her cottage. Bay, her yellow Lab, greeted her as she drove into her carport, his body a wriggling gyro.
Clutching a stack of pamphlets on grape production, she hurried into her cottage. Thank God the speech she'd given the Parent-Teachers Association tonight at her nephew's school was over. She'd rather face a firing squad than a roomful of bored parents and kids during career night.
At least I didn't sit home alone, like I do most nights.
Bay followed her into the house where she kicked off her sandals. She was heading for the kitchen when her phone buzzed.
"Miss Paige? Can you come up to the house?" Sam's voice sounded shaky, and his breath came in gasps.
"Has there been a break-in? Did you call the police?"
"Mr. Madison's here."
A cold knot lodged in her stomach. Maybe Nana's premonitions were to be reckoned with after all. "The owner of the estate? He never comes here."
"It's him all right, and ... and ... he's ... had an accident."
"What kind of accident? Does he need an ambulance?"
"He said no."
Paige grabbed her keys and ran out the door, her phone pressed against her ear. A sharp stone reminded her she was barefoot. "What happened?"
"I was sweeping, and I went in the house to turn off lights. Honest, Miss Paige, I didn't know anybody was in there. I thought the cleaning crew left them on. When I came down the hall, this strange man came stumbling through the door right at me. So I whacked him with a broom."
"I'll be there in a second." Paige drove back to the driveway and coaxed the truck up the rest of the hill. Why was Jake Madison here unannounced? She couldn't shake the feeling that whatever the reason, she wasn't going to like it.
She parked at the back of the sprawling, one-story Tuscan villa, then jumped out of the truck and sprinted toward the kitchen door. Sam waited for her at the top of the steps. "He's sitting up, but he's still on the floor."
"Get the first aid kit."
Paige hurried into the house, through the kitchen, and down a long hallway to the master bedroom suite. A man in beige slacks and a light blue dress shirt, open at the neck, sat on the floor just outside the door, rubbing his arm. He glanced up as Paige walked in.
She had seen a picture of him once in People magazine, dressed in a tuxedo, talking to a senator at a party in Washington, D.C., his face in profile. The photo had not done him justice. It hadn't captured the strong chin and the thick chestnut hair that curled behind his ears or the dark brows above golden eyes that reminded her of a tiger. He looked up at her warily as she edged closer.
"Who are you?"
"I'm Paige Reynoso, the vineyard manager. What can I do to help you?" She knelt in front of him, suddenly conscious of her wrinkled skirt and lack of makeup.
"I hope I don't need any help, but I haven't tried to get up yet." His voice was deep, rich, and silky smooth, like an aged cabernet. But his tone warned her he was irritated.
"Please don't blame Sam. He thought you were an intruder." She studied his face, alert for signs of deepening anger.
"I don't blame anyone but myself."
"You're okay? You didn't hit your head?"
"Are you sure you weren't sampling the offerings at the local Napa wineries? Those one-ounce pours can creep up on you." A brief, rueful smile rewarded her attempt to lighten the situation.
"I was so busy trying to dodge slugger I didn't watch where I was stepping when the broom dropped." He glanced briefly at her bare feet. "You can ... go back to whatever you were doing."
He struggled to his knees but faltered when he tried to put weight on his right foot. "Guess I need help after all."
Reaching down, she offered her hand to Jake. He took it but still couldn't stand.
"Let's try it this way." Paige moved a small, sturdy table over so he could use it as leverage. She stood behind him and put her arms around his waist, steadying him as he lifted himself up. Warmth and solid muscle met her fingers under the thin fabric of his cotton shirt. She pressed into his back and wrapped her arms around his chest as he stood, lingering just a fraction longer than necessary. The faint scent of cloves made her want to move even closer. A sudden bolt of heat shot through her body. It had been a long time since she'd held a man. She hoped he wouldn't notice the blush that stained her cheeks.
She moved to his side and helped him hobble to a chair. Dropping to her knees, she examined Jake's ankle. When she carefully removed his leather shoe, he winced.
"Your ankle is badly swollen. You should see a doctor to get an X-ray. I can drive you into town."
"I've seen this kind of injury in the vineyards. You need it."
"It's just a sprain. I don't have time for doctors right now." His voice had that end-of-subject tone.
The uneasy feeling settled on her back. He was obviously not here for a vacation.
"Okay. Sam is bringing the ice pack. The kitchen has ice and a towel, but not much else."
"Thank you, but I think I can handle this on my own."
She studied the brows furrowed in pain and shook her head in disbelief. "Are you always this stubborn, Mr. Madison?"
"I'm afraid I am." A smile hovered near the corners of his mouth, revealing a dimple in his cheek. Gorgeous. Paige swallowed and looked at the floor.
She stood and smoothed her skirt. "You'll need to ice this ankle right away. Sam will help you to bed if you need him."
Jake started to say something, but Paige held up her hand. "I'll come by early tomorrow morning to see how you're doing, and we'll start again, shall we? You know, 'Hi, I'm Paige, and you must be Mr. Madison ...' That sort of thing."
"Can I say something now?"
"Are you always this bossy, Ms. Reynoso?"
She grinned broadly and looked directly into his eyes, more brown now than gold. "I'm afraid I am."
His mouth curved up briefly, but the smile was quickly replaced by a grimace as he tried to put weight on his bad ankle.
Paige glanced down the hall. He really needed to see a doctor, but she'd leave the subject alone. "I'll see how Sam's doing. Are you hungry? I have leftovers."
"Thanks, but I had a late lunch."
"I can't even offer you a glass of wine. Here we are on an estate that grows some of the best cabernet grapes in the Napa Valley and there isn't one bottle in sight. Of course if you'd let someone know you were coming, the cellar would have been stocked. I'll bring you some tomorrow," she said.
"You don't have to do that. I'll be fine."
Jake Madison is not a man who likes to be at the mercy of others.
"I'll have Sam bring aspirin with the ice." She pulled a business card out of her skirt pocket. "Call me if you need anything. Your cell phone is charged?"
"Yes," he whispered.
He looked weary and vulnerable, a side he probably didn't show very often. Paige had read he was a self-made man. It must be demoralizing to find yourself helpless on a cold floor surrounded by strangers.
He waved her away when Sam came in with the ice pack.
She gave additional instructions to Sam and lingered in the room until she was sure Jake wasn't going to talk Sam out of helping. On her way out, she stopped in the kitchen and wrote a note for Sam to give to his sister, Jenny. She might be available to help with temporary housekeeping. Jake might be self-sufficient, but he wasn't going to do much with a sprained ankle.
As she drove back to her cottage, she couldn't stop thinking about the sexy, stubborn man she left behind. He'd never shown any interest in the place during the six years she'd worked there. The house was a high-end vacation rental when she first came. But it hadn't been rented in at least two years, and Jake had certainly never bothered to make an appearance.
And now that he was here, why hadn't his business manager arranged for staff? Kevin Lang was Paige's contact for the property, and she had talked to him a week ago. Other wealthy absentee owners in the valley called ahead to be sure their kitchens were stocked and a housekeeper was in place before they arrived.
If Jake wasn't here to vacation, then what was it? Was he going to fire her? That couldn't be it. She made him money. She had a drawer full of letters from Kevin, praising her efforts. Maybe he wanted to put the house back into the rental market. Or maybe he wanted to become a farmer. She smiled as she pictured Jake without a shirt, the muscles she'd felt earlier glistening in the heat of a summer afternoon. No, he was a boardroom kind of guy.
He's not here to sell, is he?
She clamped her hand over her mouth and steadied her breath. Her dream was to own this land. She'd been saving for years for that eventuality, but her balance wasn't even close to what the property was worth. No. He was here for a vacation. End of subject.
After locking up for the night, she discarded her clothes, put on an old T-shirt, and climbed into bed. Tension seeped from her body as she forced herself to relax. Closing her eyes, she relived the events of the past hour, picturing Jake Madison's face. It was a handsome one, high cheekbones with dreamy full-lashed eyes, a broad forehead, and a sulky mouth that sent little flutters coursing through her stomach.
This man had the ability to take away everything she'd worked for. And here she was mooning over him like a teenager.
Mr. Jake Madison, you are a puzzle. Paige liked puzzles, but this one had lots of missing pieces. Tomorrow she would find them.
* * *
Jake struggled to walk on the old wooden crutches the caretaker had found in a storage shed. He couldn't put weight on the ankle, but the crutches gave him enough stability to limp around the room. He'd hoped for a long, hot shower, but he wouldn't get it tonight.
He leaned against the marble washbasin and lathered a washcloth with soap, scrubbing his face and chest. The soap smelled like almonds, reminding him of his father's aftershave. He frowned and hobbled over to the bed where he shrugged out of his clothes. He did not want to think about his father tonight.
The bed looked inviting. It had plump pillows and a thick coverlet in colors of orange, bronze, and red. He generally didn't notice such details, but pain made him acutely conscious of everything around him.
What had Kevin told him when they were deciding how to downsize? "It's a great house, Jake. It's like a secret bank account. When you need money, you can sell it. It's not going to lose its value." He hoped his business manager was right. With a little research, he could easily price the house, but he didn't know much about the grapes. Clearly, they were an asset, but what was their value? He could hire someone to tell him, but he already had an expert on the property.
Jake dropped the crutches to the floor and carefully climbed into bed. The crisp, white sheets smelled fresh and felt cool against his heated skin. The aspirin took the edge off the pain, but he could still feel his ankle throbbing. Of all times to sprain my ankle.
He'd planned to be alone, taking care of himself. He had looked forward to having time to think, away from the demands of the city. Now he'd have that woman underfoot.
He thought he was looking at the face of an angel when she knelt in front of him. When she helped him get to his feet, her long, cocoa-colored braid tickled his neck and firm breasts had pressed into his back. Despite his pain, he'd been acutely aware of her body. And her smile ... It was warm, but with a hint of mischief. According to Kevin, Paige Reynoso was an unusual woman and extremely competent.
Under normal circumstances, he might like to get to know her better.
But this situation was far from normal. He was founder and primary stockholder of two struggling corporations that were still solvent and a property that was no longer a tax write-off. Wolves were at the door, and he needed to think hard about the future.
One wolf's visage came to mind. Sven Jorgensen, his old business rival, was up to something. He'd seen him at a meeting, and he'd gone out of his way to make sure Jake knew he'd be seeing a lot more of him in the near future.
Not if I can help it.
The cell phone on the bedside table rang. He reached over and answered it.
"Hey, it's Carol. You said you'd let me know when you got there." Jake groaned at the thought of his sweet, but nagging assistant, who checked in far too often.
"Sorry. Got busy settling in and time got away from me. Don't you ever sleep? It must be the wee hours of the morning there."
"You had lots of calls today. I told them you were out," she said, ignoring his comment.
"Thanks, Carol. Only you and Kevin know where I am and why. I'm not ready to deal with buyers yet."
"Okay, but remember ... word gets around fast in small towns. Are you sure you have everything you need? I can increase the cleaning schedule. Do you need a cook?"
"I can take care of myself. I still know how to cook, and I can even use a mop."
"Uh-huh. A man of many talents. If you don't need anything further, tough guy, I'll say good night."
"Tell Kevin I'm happy to leave things in his capable hands—and yours, of course."
"Sure you are, Mr. Control Freak," she said with good-natured skepticism. "We'll see how long before you call here."
"Good night, Carol. Get some sleep."
He ended the call and turned on his side. For a second, a wave of nausea reminded him to move slowly, to support his ankle. Or maybe it was the other problem, the one he had only mentioned to Kevin. The one he didn't want to think about. The one that raised fears so strong he was like a man in a room full of scorpions, waiting for the strike.
The vertigo was occurring more frequently. Hell, he knew what this was—Huntington's, the genetically transmitted disease that killed his father. He'd put off the tests as long as he could, knowing once he was diagnosed it would be life changing. Medications to ease symptoms would make his brain fuzzy. He wouldn't be able to drive or make critical decisions. He'd have to relinquish control of his companies.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Okay. I admit that sometimes I just move blithely through my little world and don’t always pay attention to details. Why do I say this? Because I wanted to review this book thinking that it was a follow-up to the Sauvignon Blanc to Sigh For (Love in Wine Country, #4) that I reviewed back in February when, in actuality, it’s the novel that started the series. I will tell you straight off that while it doesn’t have the finesse of the latter novel, the writing is not as good and the dialogue seems a bit more stilted, it is still an excellent story for the most part. (And, honestly, the writing is far superior to a lot that I’ve recently encountered.) I think it’s just proof that Pamela Gibson’s writing is getting much better, quite a bit like wine. The story here is quite good with a possibly devastating secret keeping Jake and Paige apart. There is a lot of intrigue regarding business dealings and what Jake will ultimately do with the property that Paige feels so fervently about. This is a perfect beach read and I can tell you that because I didn’t have a lot of actual beach reading success this time, but this is one I did finish and not put aside to stare at the waves instead. Reading this series might make a great beach binge. I have an admission here to make. I am giving this the same rating as Sauvignon Blanc to Sigh For (Love in Wine Country, #4), which means I pretty much didn’t give Sauvignon Blanc the rating it deserved, but I can’t conceive of giving A Kiss of Cabernet a lesser rating. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
What an enjoyable romance this proved to be, one where life definitely gets in the way and the best laid plans don’t always work out as you assume (though there is still the HEA you expect)! Jake Madison is having problems with his business ventures and is also terrified of his own deteriorating health. He’s owned the vineyard for six years but this is the first time he’s come to visit. He’s visiting with a specific purpose - to value the property before selling it to generate finances to keep his business ventures running. His arch rival is out to ruin him and he has to fight back . . . Paige Reynoso is the vineyard manager. She’s devastated to realise his only purpose in visiting is to value and sell the place she loves and has dreamed of owning. She’s determined to show him the vineyard is a brilliant long term investment . . . The connection between the two is instant but both resist for very different reasons. Her past is stopping her and his fears for the future are preventing him from giving their attraction the chance to develop any further. With family secrets on both their parts as well as that dreaded rival, things aren’t going to go smoothly for these two and some things won’t work out at all. However, this is a well written romance with great characters and there’s no magic wand to overcome difficulties that life throws in their path, so it feels more realistic than many such stories. The characters are easy to empathise with and the story has plenty of angst and turmoil amongst the romance and wine tips to keep the reader engaged and turning pages. Definitely a great summer read . . . . now I need to try out some of the Napa Valley wines for myself! I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Napa Valley and her vineyards make the perfect setting for this entertaining novel. Paige Reynoso is the manager for Garnet Hill. Her boss, Jake Madison, is here to determine the value of the property. He needs cash in order to save his company. Paige is passionate about this land that once belonged to her ancestors. She's determined to convince him To keep the vineyard. Jake wants to learn from Paige. The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows. Does love stand a chance? The main characters are charming and passionate while the secondary ones add drama and humor to the mix. Pamela Gibson is an excellent author. She has written a well crafted story that has an interesting plot. I was impressed with the considerable research she did on grape growing and the wine making process. Also I enjoyed Paige's Tasting Notes. I'm looking forward to the next Love In Wine Country novel.
Jake who has never visited his vineyard and property, is back at Garnet Hill with an agenda. He's also carrying a secret which is the reason that he will stop at nothing to proceed on. Paige has been managing his vineyard and has been doing very well. Besides her passion for those grapes, she has been wanting to buy the land over since it has her ancestor's touch in them. Paige was horrified when she learnt of Jake's intent and as she works to dissuade Jake on the sale, they began a 'no-strings' relationship where actual feelings developed. I like the beautiful setting of Napa Valley in this book and I enjoyed the tidbits about wines and grapes. I'm not a wine connoisseur and I typically prefer white wines or moscatos but I found those tidbits really interesting and informative. The plot which included details on the grapes harvesting processes completed the story in my opinion. I understood Jake's thoughts and feelings as Jake turned coward when Paige and Jake got deeper into their relationship. It was a little disappointing but I thought that it was a very genuine response and felt that the author captured well. Their journey might not have been smooth and all romance but it did end well and sweet. I look forward to reading more from this author. Many thanks to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
I really loved this story. I drink wine(not all the time) but I found it an interesting concept to weave in information about grape growing and pairing with a love story. Paige and Jake, I think you could say, are not a typical couple. She works for the winery that he owns and has her secrets but so does Jake. Wonderful story and not predictable at all. Cannot wait to read more from this author.
it is an OK read set in Napa Wine Valley For me this was a somewhat boring book. The story is about Napa Valley vineyard manager Paige Reynoso who is mad that her boss Jake Madison has come back to Napa Valley. She is mad for two reasons-1) because he is selling the vineyard and 2) she Is secretly in love with this man. This sounds like a good plot, right? Underling in love with boss? I thought so too but it was too wishy washy and some of the interactions were too harsh. And then by the end of the book- literally last 10 pages did everything get wrapped up with a semi nice bow. I would like/love this story better if the hero Jake treated the heroine better. Just how things were written , it wasn’t until the last 10-15 pages did Jake redeem himself. There is a health issue with Jake BUT that doest EXCUSE how he treated Paige. That I didn’t like, This made reading the book hard to read. Paige is a good heroine, who fights hard for what she wants which is the vineyard and her man but when she looses both, it was heartbreaking. Paige is a fighter til she cant fight any more. Then she decides to retreat to lick her wounds and regroup. Who could blame her? The author does have a great way painting the settings with words and giving such vivid pictures with her words so I give her kudos for this. Otherwise, this was an ok book in my opinion. My rating: 3 stars *** ****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review****
A sweet romance between Paige,manager of the vineyard that Jake owns. Jake now wants to sell and Paige can not afford to buy. An attraction develops between the two, but can their differences part them or will their hearts win. A fast sweet romance, I really enjoyed these characters. I have always wanted to visit the Napa Valley area, now this book makes me want to go even more. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
A Kiss of Cabernet is a sweet, enjoyable romance set in California's Napa Valley - I've never visited but Pamela Gibson brought the scenery alive with her descriptions. To say Paige Reynoso is less that happy upon discovering that her illusive boss, Jake Madison plans to sell the vineyard she manages, would be an understatement. She's worked hard, she's made it a success and she's determined to make our city boy see what a treasure it is. And it's not long before he discovers it's not just the vineyard that is a treasure... "You're a beautiful woman, a woman who makes me feel things I shouldn't feel. Do things I shouldn't do." With a natural chemistry creating fun, touching and frustrating moments, Paige and Jake were both endearing and were great together. He may be the wealthy businessman, but he's unaffected and has a good heart and Paige is perfect for him with her feisty, determined and thoughtful nature. Their journey may not have held any huge surprises, but it was lovely and with Jake keeping a potentially heartbreaking secret, it holds some emotion. I read this in one sitting, it was such a pleasure to read. And aside of the sweet romance, I loved Paige's little wine tips at the start of each chapter. A promising start to the Love in Wine Country series and I look forward to seeing who'll find love next. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Garnet Hill's Vineyard is up for grabs! Who will win the "wine flowing thru her veins" vineyard manager or delicious Mr. Boocoo Bucks vineyard owner? This war will get messy, muddy & soon passions go KABOOM! Paige Reynoso's heritage runs deep in Napa Valley, her great-great granddad planted the oldest grapes on Garnet Hill's back when her family owner the land & was a Mexician territory, but they sold it in 1930. She comes from a very loud & loving family of all females, but she loves the vines & followed or sometimes carried atop his shoulders her around his vineyard job. Her dad wanted all his daughters to be gentle, but Paige was always all about the dirty. Everything changed after she became engaged to the Manuel, her dad successor, then he went to Afghanistan, came back an angry broken man, she broke off the engagement & he die in her arms after he drank, drove & went down a ravine of blood! Jake Madison has built all he has from the ground up, made boocoo bucks in the biotech world because he wants to help sick folks, plus he has his own family illness to cure. His father had a devastating illness, died when Jake was 14 & that molded his son's future. Now his 2 main biotech forms are struggling, so he needs to go to Napa Valley to size up his vineyard, sell it for the needed money & hope to get help from his smart vineyard manager, who made it a profitable again. They meet face to face after the handyman, Sam, introduces Jake to a broom handle against his head, so Paige comes to help & sees this gorgeous man, who has a smile could make a granny's undies burn, tries to control the urge to crawl on his lap, pitch a tent & live there! Jake is in sensual HADES because this really bossing goddess is his manager, but he doesn't need any more swelling problems besides his ankle & reminds himself that is ONLY BUSINESS! Males of our species should learn not to say, NEVER! They meet the next day & he drops a bomb with selling HER vineyard, but he will give her a chance to change his mind, if she helps him with Making Wine 101. The following days she has this yummy dinners meeting from HADES, as she teaches him grapes, he smiles that undies scorching smile & she begins the scent of home to his senses. Soon things heat up in Napa with a kooky Nana Reynoso of noseiness, a wine tasty extravaganza, a meddling bored sister, he makes boring spreadsheets sexy, a evil nemesis stalking for revenge, decadent caresses, daring public kisses, a "come to Jesus talk" from her BFF, a fierce thunderstorm starring a tantalizing kiss, no condom for safe sex, an UNEXPECTED dad with vine workers, a bountiful harvest & night of PGness with condom usage, but with the suns comes up hostility, a flight out of Napa & they are both in their own HADES! Can Jake realized that Paige is worth the risk? Will Paige be able to save their vineyard? Or will she have to choose between it & Jake? Will Jake let Paige decide what path to walk? But most importantly, can I get kooky Nana in a room with the evil Sven? I know she could totally take him! This is my first Ms. Gibson read & again Entangled Publishing has another WINNER with this talented author! She created a loud & proud Reynoso family with "Bad Boy magnet" Mariel, rambunctious nephew Nicky, wise mom Francesca, stubborn dad & the crazy Nana, with endless energy, yelling SPARKLY clothing, her spooky & slightly insane "feelings" & the absent archeological single mom & I hope Ms. Gibson writes each sister her own story, too! Now Paige is a down to earth hard working manager, who lives, breaths, sweats, bleeds & completely nourishes HER family's land, but she HIDES her pain & scarred heart! Now Jake was a tough hero to crack until I figured out he had this gooey heart & will always fighting for his workers, who are his chosen FAMILY, but he was also fighting for himself, too. I absolutely loved how Ms. Gibson has Jake's mom set him straight about her choices & he had no right to take Paige's choices away from her. Now I am a lover of romance & I need some sparks & yumminess. Ms. Gibson had sparks zips between her h/h, but she had a PG rated read & that was my only complaint about this read, more scorching scenes! This romance was a page turning that I could not put down as it showcased Ms. Gibson talents to spin a yarn with hilarious ROFL moments, create dazzling & UNEXPECTED characters that pulled me into their Napa Valley, CRAVE some Chablis or Cabernet, share the moonwalk with kooky Nana & threw in a meddlesome family into the mix! Here is just a little tidbit about the gorgeous cover, it totally happens in this tale! Ms. Gibson earns my score of 4 fingers up & 7 toes for this romance, even thou it was rated PG, because it has a true family feel! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.