A Touch of Chardonnay

A Touch of Chardonnay

by Pamela Gibson

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Overview

This bad boy just got an eight-year-old surprise...
Cultural archeologist Lindsay Reynoso is in a small seaside town in California to evaluate an old mansion. When the home's owner shows up to "help" the evaluation along, Lindsay is furious. Especially as the owner is former bad-boy tennis star Christopher Brandt...her one-time fling and the father of Lindsay's son. Only he doesn't know it.
As far as Chris is concerned, the old mansion is tied to a past he's better off leaving behind. He'd rather bulldoze the thing and move on. If only his gorgeous consultant would let him. Even while fighting over the demolition, the chemistry that once brought them together is smoldering stronger than ever.
But honesty is very important to Chris, and Lindsay has an eight-year-old secret...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161267912
Publisher: Pamela Gibson
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Series: Love in Wine Country Novel , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 808 KB

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A Touch of Chardonnay (Entangled Bliss) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #2, in the Love In The Wine Country series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For enjoying the series, I recommend reading them in order. Lindsay & Chris have a bit of a past. When it catches up to them, Chris finds out he has a surprise waiting. Who knew if it would be a good surprise? Chris has a past that comes back to haunt him. He also has secrets that may cause more trouble. Lindsay is shocked he does not remember. This book is full of surprises. Written well, and goes at a normal pace. The characters have made me laugh and cry. I really enjoy this series. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review only.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
Didn't work for me I love secret baby stories; I’d even say it’s one of my favorite plot lines. Unfortunately in this instance it didn’t work for me. At all. To me there was no chemistry between the H and h. Lindsay had a crush on hot guy Christian during high school, and then followed his career when he turned pro playing tennis. When she met him at a college party she took the chance to make her dream come true… though a one-night stand that turned into unexpected pregnancy was certainly not her fantasy. When Christian never called after their night together and she tried to get in touch with him to be turned down by other people, she decided to raise her child on her own. Now she is doing a job for his construction company and against all her hopes, she gets to work with him. Chris at first finds her familiar, but doesn’t really remember her (ouch), then he does but seems as he is unaware of them sharing a child. By the time Lindsay comes to the conclusion that he never knew about her Nicky, some time has passed and now she needs to figure out if Chris is a person she wants in her son’s life. Now there seems to be a rekindling of feelings on both their parts but I didn’t get it. I also didn’t agree with the way she handled the whole “I have something to tell you but it can wait” situation. Then Chris went from hot to cold faster than me during PMS. While A Touch of Chardonnay didn’t work for me personally, it doesn’t mean it won’t work for everybody else. *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Lindsay Reynoso is the single mom of a darling eight-year-old boy, Nicky, whom she loves very dearly. Her work as a cultural archaeologist requires a lot of travel, and it's on one of those trips where she's working to evaluate a beautiful old mansion in California that she runs into a man from her past she hoped never to see again ... Christopher Brandt, formerly a tennis star and now a land developer, who also happens to be Nicky's father. Trouble is, Chris doesn't know that last part. Chris wants the mansion Lindsay is evaluating torn down. Even the sight of the place, which had been in his family for decades, is enough to drive him to anger over the memories of his nightmarish past. She's standing firm, though, and he finds his work convincing her to just sign for the demolition cut out for him. Who knew that such a beautiful woman --- for their attraction is still very real --- could harbor so many life-changing secrets? Entangled Publishing's Bliss imprint presents the sweet small-town romance A TOUCH OF CHARDONNAY, part of the A Love in Wine Country collection, by Pamela Gibson. Small-town romances are some of my favorites in the romance genre, simply because of the brilliant use of atmosphere and setting as not only a backdrop to the story but also, often, even a very real character of sorts in the plot's progression. In this story, though the small town could have been a much more active and central part of the work, Lindsay (as a character) works to make up for the difference. She's part of a huge, loving family, which does feature relatively prominently in the story. The family traditions and expectations of which she's a constant part (and has been as long as she can remember) work to underscore what Chris does not have in his own life. The juxtaposition makes Chris a sympathetic character and Lindsay an enviable one, especially for those who might not have come from such a close family as hers. Beyond that, though I appreciate the premise and was fascinated by Lindsay's work as a cultural archaeologist, the novel fell flat for me. Very little seemed to happen --- not that a small-town romance requires thriller-type elements like car chases or explosions or what-have-you, but there just didn't seem to be enough at stake for the characters, or perhaps they didn't want things badly enough. Further, a lot of what did happen was thinking ... Lindsay thinking about her son and her past and the impact of Chris's presence on her and her son's future; Chris thinking about his past and the mansion that represents everything he hates about it. The long, involved inner monologues didn't do enough to move the story forward for me. While relatively well-written and peopled with characters for whom it was easy enough to cheer, A TOUCH OF CHARDONNAY simply didn't keep my interest the way other small-town romances have. # # # Author: Pamela Gibson Title: A TOUCH OF CHARDONNAY Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Bliss) ISBN: 978-1-63375-365-5 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Lindsay Reynoso is a single mother who loves both her work and her son. She's a cultural archeologist and her latest job is to evaluate a California mansion. Unfortunately she has to work with its owner, Chris Brandt. The former tennis star had been her lover as well as the father of her child. The problem is that he doesn't know that he has a son. How can she work with him? Lindsay is a strong, caring woman. Her son's happiness and security are the most important thing in her life. Can she fight her attraction to Chris? What will happen when he knows the truth? Chris was known as a bad boy for his wild and reckless ways. Now he's reformed and has become a successful business man, but he has a lot of baggage. His parents were not supportive. He never gotten over their rejection. The setting of this story was interesting. Sea Cliff House and Lindsay's work to find it's treasures was fascinating. It added history and heartbreak as a background. This second chance at love was touching and romantic. The battle of wills between Lindsay and Chris pulled me into their romance. This is the next book in the Love In Wine Country series, but the novel can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed Pamela Gibson's writing. The characters are captivating and the story is skillfully crafted.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
When it comes to A Touch of Chardonnay, I must admit I'm a little conflicted. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Lindsay Reynoso has been crushing on Chris Brandt since they were in high school. In college, they got the chance to share one magical night together, with Chris saying he would call her. That night resulted in Lindsay becoming pregnant and never hearing from Chris again. Fast forward nine years and fate has brought these two together again. When it comes to A Touch of Chardonnay, I must admit I'm a little conflicted. On one hand, I can understand where Lindsay is coming from in not telling Chris about their son when she first sees him again. But on the other hand, it drives me crazy that she doesn't tell him because she needs to make sure Chris is worthy of being her child’s father. Lindsay spends most of the book trying to figure out if Chris is a changed man or still the out of control youth he use to be. But as she’s trying to figure Chris out, she’s spending time with him and sleeping with him. It’s like she’s trying to find any excuse to not tell Chris he has a son. With that said, I actually liked both the characters. Lindsay has raised her son Nicky with the help of her family and is a really hard worker, always feeling bad that her work takes her away from her son. Chris for his part, has made a complete 180 and is a fun, loving, respectable business man who has worked his way from the bottom up in a company started by his father. Lindsay and Chris both have trust issues as a result of the past. I love romance stories with children in them. There’s something about kids pushing the adults towards romance that I find sweet. Unfortunately, you don’t see that in A Touch of Chardonnay. In fact, there isn’t a lot of Nicky in the story. I would have definitely liked to see Chris and Nicky as well as Lindsay, Chris, and Nicky interact more in the story. While this is the second book in the series, it is completely a stand alone read. However, if you have read A Kiss of Cabernet, you’ll be happy to know that Paige makes an appearance. Rating: 3.5 **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
3.5**** This was a very sweet and family oriented story. It was great to read about Chris's maturing over the years and seeing him a little vulnerable. That vulnerability made his character appear more real. It created sympathy for him, wanting to reach through the book to hold him. He just seemed all alone. Lindsay was a great character. She was a single mom doing what she needed (and loved) doing to support her son. Her work was very interesting. And I loved how she took the time to get to know Chris. I enjoyed their reunion. I only wish there was a little more between their getting back together and their HEA. I would've loved a little more interaction between Nicky and Chris. But I did love the acceptance of Lindsay's family. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
A touch is ok ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review******. Lindsay Reynoso had this incredible one night stand with a guy who took a piece of her heart and left her without a backward glance. Besides him leaving, he left behind a special piece of himself-his baby. Fast forward several years- Cultural archeologist Lindsay Reynoso goes to a small California town to look over an old mansion. When she gets there , the owner of the home shows up to “help”her along with the project. But the owner happens to be the one night stands from several years ago- Christopher Brandt, the father of her son. WOW! Poor Lindsay. Thank Goodness her little boy is not anywhere around and Lindsay can focus on just trying to have a working relationship and keep the feelings she has for Chris under lock and key. Only Problem is, should she tell Chris he is a father? Or just get the job done and move on without letting him know, since he left her behind without anything before. Christopher Brandt was a huge jerk in the past- he used women like tissues, and he hasn’t seen Lindsay in years but now that he has seen her, he wants to get reacquainted again. He now works with his hands after an injury cut short his original career choice. He realizes now he hurt Lindsay pretty bad and he hopes to make up to her how he hurt her. But he feels like there is something hidden and he wants to find out what. This is a slow building story and the romance story is a slow mover story. It is an ok story & I think the ending of the story could have been ended a different way. It just seemed to be a fade to black kind of ender and I did not like that. What kind of ending is this?? I also felt the romance was ok and the passion between the MC was good but could have been more. Dunno, just this whole story was so so for me. It is an ok story but could have been more. My rating: 3.0 stars ***
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
A Touch of Chardonnay is a classic second chance romance between a sports star and an geek. Lindsay is an archaeologist who is currently working on the site of a grand old mansion that has fallen into disrepair. The estate is own by Chris, a former tennis star whom she a one night stand that resulted in a son. Lindsay is very thorough in her job, and is costing Chris's development company time and money. He decides to take a more hands on approach and travels to the estate to see what the hold is. He realizes that Lindsay is someone he knew at one time, and eventually they begin to see each other. After Lindsay realizes that Chris never received any of her attempts to contact him about his son. How will Chris react when he learns he is a father? I enjoyed reading this novel and found it entertaining. It was well written, but a little formulaic. I was given a free copy for an honest review from Netgalley.com
TangledUpInBooks More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! Ahh...is there anything better than a second chance at love? Well there is when you throw a surprise child into the mix. When I read that blurb I knew this book was brimming with bittersweet possibilities. While I didn't fall deeply in love with it, I did fall into a pretty deep liking. As I basically said in the opening, I am such a big sucker for second chance romances. Digging into the history and discovering where things went wrong the first time around, compromising their differences, fighting the lingering attractions. There's just so many reasons why they fill my heart so full of emotions. It was easy to like and identify with Lindsay's character, especially since we had the single mom thing in common. I really admired her hard work and determination, the struggles she goes through in trying to figure out if, just because he's the father of her son, if Chris is someone who would be a positive influence in her child's life or not given his past. She was a very positive character, the type I'd like to see more of in books. Chris has come a long way since his days as a bad boy, party all the time, tennis star. I really like the type of guy he's become. Full of heart and passion, even though it's twinged with a painful and difficult past. I almost thought I was going to be singing a different tune about him towards the end there when I saw his reaction to finding out about his son. But when I stepped back and put myself in his shoes, finding out not only that you have a child but missed 8 years of his life...well I think I'd end up lashing out myself. When it comes right down to it, Chris is a great guy/character. I liked how well Chris and Lindsay's differences were played out and how the sides they were on with the dispute about the future of the property really encompassed their personalities. Chris is very bulldoze the past and build something fresh and new. Lindsay is very restoring and appreciating the history. It translates perfectly in all aspects of their lives and not just an old abandoned building. This book had a whole lot of heart and positivity. The storyline was great and the characters even better. I laughed, I grinned like crazy, my heart cracked a little bit, and oh boy did I swoon! I'm really glad I picked this one up, it was a quick and fun read and I'm looking forward to see where else this series leads! Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great second chance romance with well defined characters, a great setting, very well written and is an enjoyable family orientated story. Set in a seaside Californian town, the female lead is single Mum, Lindsay Rynoso, who is an independent, feisty and determined lady. She met Christopher Brandt nine years ago when he was a real playboy, an off the rails pro tennis player with people around him encouraging his misspent life until he realised he needed to change and made a more responsible life for himself. Cultural archeologist Lindsay Reynoso is happy to have the contract to evaluate an old mansion in California until she finds out just who owns it – ex playboy tennis pro, her teenage crush and ex one night stand, Christopher Brandt. That one night stand nine years ago had impacted on her life and will impact on his, too, if he finds out about their son, Nicky, who is now eight years old! Chris has no happy memories of the old mansion which had been in his family for generations but he’d never seen before his father died, leaving it to Chris. Chris wants to bulldoze it, destroy it and build new modern buildings but the cultural archeologist has other plans. Will she tell Chris about their son? How will he react? The chemistry between them is hotter than ever but will the past and their differences in attitude to the mansion prevent them attaining their happy ever after together? Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A sweet reunion romance of Lindsay and Chris. A one night of carelessness fun, resulted in a son. Chris never knew. Now they are together again to evaluate the future of Chris's mansion. Chris has matured quite a bit from their one night, but do secrets destroy them. I really enjoyed their discovery of their renewed love for each other. This is sweet read, that sure will delight you. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars A Touch of Chardonnay was a sweet and entertaining read. I liked the chemistry between Chris and Lindsey, it was heartwarming seeing them come together and fall in love. Overall a lovely afternoon read
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! Slightly predictable but with enough twists to keep you interested. Well written, good pace, and great characters. Overall a very entertaining read that I would highly recommend. Lindsay Reynoso can't believe her bad luck. When the owner of her current project turns out to be none other than Christopher Brandt. Former tennis star and bad boy who also happens to be the father of her son after a one night fling six years ago. Luckily her son is tucked miles away so battling with Chris over his desire to demolish the old house she wants saved shouldn't be a problem. Except that chemistry between them is still alive and strong. How will she resist him?? Or should she?
WildHeartReviews More than 1 year ago
A Touch of Chardonnay was downright interesting and intriguing to me. I’ve never read a book by Pamela Gibson before and this one will likely have me reading more. The characters are well thought out, well planned and can support themselves. The writing itself is extremely well done. I flat out loved Lindsay! Yup, you read that. I loved her strength and determination. I thought for sure going into this book that it’d be typical “I didn’t tell my baby’s daddy that he was a daddy.” trope but no, not even close. Even aside from the synopsis of the story itself, this book was just flat out interesting. Lindsay’s job as a Cultural Archeologist, something I’d never even heard of, was engaging. It made me want to find out more about this mansion that Chris is trying to bulldoze as much as I wanted to find out what was happening next in the story. It was like going on a treasure hunt with the heroine. Chris has a past and he acknowledges it. It’s not pretty but he doesn’t try to make it out to be something it wasn’t. I like seeing characters that know where they’ve been and have risen beyond it. Maturing, I suppose you could say? He was less memorable for me than Lindsay, although, his stubbornness surely wasn’t. He wants that house gone and isn’t afraid to try to say it. What I did enjoy about Chris is that, regardless of how he feels about Lindsay through the whole book, he never tries to hide his motives. He’s very up front with her about the mansion, and when it comes down to it, he does see things from her side. Agreeing to disagree. There are definite sparks between Chris and Lindsay. You know it from both of there inner monologues, and considering they have a past, it’s not a surprise. You won’t find tons of sexy fun time in this book either, so no in depth scenes in that regard, but the attraction is apparent. Overall, this book was a solid three stars for me. I would have probably gone four, but the ending was just extremely rushed. That is my only downside to this book. If I say to much, it’ll be spoilers, but for me, it felt like whiplash at the end. I sat here going, “Wait wait wait!? But what do you mean? What in the world even happened here?”. They do have an HEA, but again, just rushed. I’d have liked to see more at the end and not just the epilogue.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The story started out slow. The first few chapters seemed to drag. However once I got past chapter two the pace seemed to find it's footing. A Touch of Chardonnay is a reunion story full of secrets, misunderstandings and mixed emotions. Chris and Lindsay have a history that lead to pain and heartbreak. Coming face to face for the first time in years neither expects the pull that still exists. Can they overcome the heartbreak, bitterness, anger? Or will an even bigger secret lead them to the point of no return. With beautiful scenery, descriptive dialogue, strong characters and lots of drama, Pamela Gibson has written a story that is touching and wanting the happily ever after. I received an ARC of A Touch of Chardonnay in exchange for an honest review.