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review 2017-08-25 05:48
The Sullivans Boxed Set Books 1-3 (Contemporary Romance) - Bella Andre

This is a boxed set of books 1-3 of The San Francisco Sullivans series.  These books can be read as individual standalone novels.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this amazing series in order intended.


Book 1: The Look Of Love


Chloe is rescued in the dark of night by none other than Chase Sullivan.  He can see she has already been through it.  He invites her to stay and gets to know her better.  


Chase is seriously attracted to Chloe.  She seems to feel the same.  When it all comes down to it, asking her to stay was the best choice of all.


These characters are so much fun to read!  The family is full of charming and witty people who just happened to be hot.  The setting is dreamy, and this story is just the perfect side of sizzling!  



Book 2: From This Moment On


Marcus meets Nicola and falls nearly at her feet.  While he helps and protects her, she cannot help but respond to the serious and caring man inside.  When he finds out who she is will his feelings change?


Nicola is so glad to finally have a chance with someone who knows nothing of her past.  A man could be more than intimidated by the garbage out there about her.  Being in the public eye makes her more than wary of the men she meets.


Such a sweet and almost fairy tale story that touched me deep.  I was so pleased at the end I actually clapped!  I love these characters and I am excited to read more.



Book 3: Can't Help Falling In Love


Gabe has been burned both professionally and personally.  As a firefighter, he is always giving of himself.  He needs a true partner in every sense of the word.


Megan feels she owes the men who helped save her and her daughter.  Meeting Gabe feels like a dream.  Is there a future that can be real?


This was a slow burn in the romance.  I love how it got hotter, and a family was such a treat to read about.  The recurring characters in this series make it all worthwhile.


Every page was easy to turn to the next, and then the next.  I am eager to read more in this amazing series.  The Sullivans are truly character's in every sense of the word.  I give this boxed set a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2015-05-08 18:49
The Best I Never Had (DeVine Winery, #1) - Loni Flowers
Daniel is one of the sweetest heroes I've read. The way he makes Olivia feel is sigh worthy. They have both been burned in the past, but Olivia has a harder time trying to move on from the hurt. Especially when Daniel's past comes back and threatens to end their relationship. Most of the story was a bit predictable, but that did not take away from the romance and emotion of it. This book also sets up Garrett, Daniel's brother, and Hannah's story coming up in the next book of the series. The glimpses into their relationship have me impatiently waiting for its release. Overall a wonderful contemporary romance.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2015-01-14 07:50
5* Book Review of The Maxwell Sisters by Loretta Hill
The Maxwell Sisters - Loretta Hill

courtesy of Loretta Hill's blog
I have found another fantastic Australian author that everybody must read. Loretta Hill's latest drama is such a fun read, with unpredictable surprises, beautiful scenery and amazing food descriptors.

Check out some other review for this wonderful book. Read Shellyrae's review HERE from yesterday and look out for another fantastic Australian author, Jennifer Scoullar's post HERE tomorrow.
the maxwell sisters

The Maxwell Sisters by Loretta Hill

Released: 2nd January 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Random House Australia

From the author of the bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots comes a heartwarming romantic comedy about three extraordinary women on a journey to find love and rediscover family.

All families have their problems. No more so than the Maxwells of Tawny Brooks Winery. Situated in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, this world-renowned winery was the childhood home to three sisters, Natasha, Eve and Phoebe.

Today all three women are enmeshed in their city lives and eager to forget their past - and their fractured sibling relationships. Until Phoebe decides to get married at home . . .

Now the sisters must all return to face a host of family obligations, vintage in full swing and interfering in-laws who just can't take a hint. As one romance blossoms and others fall apart, it seems they are all in need of some sisterly advice.

But old wounds cut deep. Somehow, The Maxwell Sisters must find a way back to one another – or risk losing each other forever.



My Review

Being an Australian book lover of course I had heard of the fabulous Loretta Hill, but hadn’t had a chance to read one of her books. When The Maxwell Sisters came along, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and being one of three daughters myself, I just had to see what the Maxwell sisters got up to. I absolutely loved this book, the real life drama, romance, humour and family loyalty were wonderful and the descriptive scenes of the area, just amazing.

Phoebe Maxwell is the youngest of the sisters, at 25 she’s a primary school teacher and the most positive person you could meet. No matter the circumstance, Phoebe will find a little ray of sunshine in every dark storm. Phoebe is marrying Christopher and after making a promise to her father, is on a mission to fix their broken family.

Eve Maxwell is the middle daughter and at age 27 is a talented sous-chef in Perth. She has been secretly in love with her best friend Spider for the past eight years and has been avoiding him since the fire a year ago.

Natasha Roberts (Maxwell) is the eldest and the daughter that has the most pressure on her. At age 30, her life has always gone to plan, with the successful career in marketing and the big house in the right suburb, until the last year when her life was turned upside down from a tragic event.

Each sister is keeping a secret and when Phoebe calls the family together, her sisters are hesitant because they don’t want their secrets discovered. A month before the wedding they all arrive at Tawny Brooks to help renovate the restaurant that was damaged a year ago. The plan is for the reception to be held there, but Eve is emotionally distraught.

As with all secrets, they cannot be kept for long and it seems that John “Mad” Maxwell knows them all anyway. His words of wisdom always seems to be the push each of his daughters need to find their path to happiness, but when his secret is discovered, will the girls be able to move forward.

We are introduced to Adam the winemaker, Heath the engineer and Natasha’s husband; Eric the gardener and Spider’s parents, Patricia and Graeme. Wedding preparations take a lot of patience and a lot of negotiation between families and this family is no different. Phoebe tries to keep a world war from breaking out between the mothers, while John keeps score on who wins each point.

Follow each sister through their month long stay at Tawny Brooks and discover what happened to the restaurant, what the secrets are and who finds love again. The Maxwell Sisters has something for everybody from love to heartache, tragic loss to new beginnings and mystery to discovering the truth. Ms Hill’s style is extraordinary and she had me rolling on the floor laughing to crying and everything in between. This is definitely a must read for all romance readers.

Other books by Loretta Hill:



About the Author

Loretta Hill

Loretta was born in Perth, Western Australia, the eldest of four girls. She enjoyed writing from a very early age, spinning stories almost as soon as she could read them.

She was first published in the West Australian Newspaper with a short story about a circus horse when she was eleven years old. They paid her ten dollars for it and she knew she’d found her calling.

She put her dream on hold however, to pursue a less risky career in engineering. Blessed with her fathers knack for science, she graduated from the University of Western Australia and began working as a structural engineer. She continued to create stories in her free time.

She now writes contemporary romances for Avalon Books under the name Loretta Brabant and mainstream commerical women’s fiction for Random House Australia under the name Loretta Hill. She is happily married with three young children. When Loretta isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, good food and travelling.



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text 2014-11-26 16:02
Wine and Roses: Romances featuring Wineries
Syrah - Nessa L. Warin
Kissing Under the Mistletoe - Marina Adair
Baby, It's You - Jane Graves
One and Only - Bianca D'Arc
It Was Only a Kiss - Joss Wood
The Good Woman - Jane Porter
Wine, Tarts, & Sex (Berkley Sensation) - Susan Johnson
A Kiss of Cabernet (a Love in Wine Country novel) - Pamela Gibson
In Your Dreams (The Blue Heron Series) - Kristan Higgins
Once Tasted - Laura Moore

Thanksgiving is coming! Need some wine? 


Here you go! 


Wonderful Romances Featuring Wineries (and wine). Drink up! 


1. Syrah (All Corked Up, #1) by Nessa L. Warin 


All Shawn Neale is looking for when he stumbles into All Corked Up on Christmas Eve is some wine recommendations. What he finds is an instant attraction to Royce Wilkinson, the shop’s owner. After a few weeks of flirting during shopping and some semi-dates at Royce’s wine tastings, they decide on a real date. It goes well, but life isn’t that simple.

Shawn wants to buy Delicto, the local pub he manages. He’s been planning his life around this for years, but when the owner, who believes being gay is an illness, discovers Shawn went out with Royce, he gives Shawn an ultimatum: stop dating guys or he won’t get to buy Delicto. It’s a heartbreaking quandary: Can Royce and Shawn be happy with a secret relationship until Shawn buys Delicto or is Shawn going to have to choose between his dream job and his dream guy?


2. Baby, It's You by Jane Graves


With only the wedding dress on her back and her honeymoon luggage in the car, Kari Worthington is running away. Determined to put her controlling father, her rigidly structured life, and the uptight groom she left at the altar in her rearview mirror, she escapes to the Texas Hill country . . . and lands on a tall, dark, and gorgeous winery owner's doorstep. All she needs is a job and a place to live until she can get back on her feet. So why is she fantasizing about losing herself in his powerful arms?

For Marc Cordero, freedom is so close he can taste it. He's devoted his life to managing the family business and being a single dad. Now with his daughter away at college and his brother taking over the winery, Marc is ready to hop on his Harley for parts unknown-until a runaway bride bursts onto the scene. Free-spirited and tantalizingly sexy, Kari excites him like no other woman has before. But when irresistible passion turns into something more, will Marc give up his future to take a chance on love?


3. Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair 


Regan Martin stopped believing in Christmas miracles six years ago when she lost everything—her house, her job, and her impeccable reputation in the wine industry—after she fell in love with a man she had no idea was married. Then Regan gets a chance for a fresh start in the Napa Valley. With her dream job, dream home, and her daughter enrolled in a wonderful new school, she starts wondering if holiday wishes really do come true.


But she soon tumbles back down to earth when she learns that her new boss is none other than Gabe DeLuca, the scorned wife’s brother. Gabe wants nothing more than home-wrecking Regan Martin out of his life, his sister’s world, and his family’s business. Mostly, he wants the lush beauty out of his head. Yet his attempts to run her out of town have him thinking twice, especially when he sees that Regan may hold the key to tracking down his sister’s stolen start-up capital. Even worse for Gabe, Regan might just be his Christmas wish and hold the key to his heart.


4. One and Only by Bianca D'Arc


ampire enforcer Atticus Maxwell stands at the edge of his own oblivion…until the faint heartbeat of a desperately wounded mortal woman calls him back. The terrible crash that almost took both their lives has brought him a charming, intriguing woman who just might give him a reason to live again.

Lissa was headed for a conference at a resort in a last-ditch attempt to find a job. Instead, on a rain-slick mountain road that almost killed her, she finds the love of her life. A love with the most eligible, reclusive vineyard owner in Napa Valley—one that isn’t quite human.

No barrier—not even breaking the news to Lissa’s friends—seems too great to hold back their blossoming love. Until they learn the accident that brought them together wasn’t an accident at all, but a murder attempt by an unknown enemy.

Atticus saved Lissa once. Can he keep her that way in the face of a renewed threat?


5. It was Only a Kiss by Joss Wood


For driven businessman Luke Savage success is the only option. So when gorgeous marketing intern Jess Sherwood waltzes into his office and casually informs him that his newly inherited vineyard has an image problem he's outraged! She's naive, overly ambitious, a know-it-all… And all Luke can do to stop her talking is kiss her senseless.

Eight years later the vineyard needs a boost—and Luke needs a hip new marketing strategy to save it. Jess may drive him crazy but she's the right woman for the job. Their only problem is how to keep their minds on work and off that kiss!


6. The Good Woman  by Jane Porter


The firstborn of a large Irish-American family, Meg Brennan Roberts is a successful publicist, faithful wife, and doting mother who prides herself on always making the right decisions. But years of being “the good woman” have taken a toll and though her winery career thrives, Meg feels burned out and empty, and more disconnected than ever from her increasingly distant husband. Lonely and disheartened, she attends the London Wine Fair with her boss, ruggedly handsome vintner, Chad Hallahan. It’s here, alone together in an exotic city, far from “real” life, that Chad confesses his long-standing desire for Meg.

Overwhelmed, flattered, and desperately confused, Meg returns home, only to suddenly question every choice she’s ever made, especially that of her marriage. For Meg, something’s got to give, and for once in her life she flees her responsibilities—but with consequences as reckless and irreversible as they are liberating. Now she must decide whether being the person everyone needs is worth losing the woman she was meant to be.


7. Wine, Tarts, & Sex by Susan Johnson


World-renowned chef Jake Chambers could have had any ing?nue he wanted in California since the kitchen isn't the only room in the house where the hard-bodied hunk has special talents. Still, when he realized there might be more to life than glitz and silicone, he left for Minneapolis to buy a local joint and try to clear his head.

But even though he's no longer serving the glitterati, that doesn't mean he's about to compromise quality and serve a Minnesota wine. However, local vintner Liv Bell-with curves even more delicious than his tapas-has other plans once she lays eyes on this Adonis. Determined to promote her vineyard's juicy bounty, this sun-kissed goddess might just bring Jake around to at least tasting what she has to offer.


8. A Kiss of Cabernet by Pamela Gibson


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.



9. In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins


Everyone loves Jack Holland, but Emmaline Neal needs him. Her ex-fiancé is getting married in Malibu and, obviously, she can't go to the wedding alone. In Manningsport, New York, tall, blond and gorgeous Jack Holland is practically a cottage industry when it comes to rescuing desperate women. He knows the drill, Em figures, so he won't get the wrong idea. 


What Jack needs is an excuse to leave town. Ever since rescuing four teenagers from a car wreck, he's been hailed as a hero and the attention is making him itchy, especially since his too-pretty ex-wife is back, angling for a reunion. He's always liked Emmaline. She needs a weekend date? No problem. 


So when they wind up in bed together, Em chalks it up to red wine and chocolate cake, just one impulsive night not to be repeated. But Jack's pushing for more, and if she lets down her guard, either she'll get her heart crushed again, or discover that Jack's worth more than just dreaming about.


10. Once Tasted by Laura Moore


Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his good friend and neighbor asks him to help run the winery next door. His neighbor’s niece, Mia Bodell, is in charge—and she has made it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reid vows to win her trust.
Her life marked by loss, Mia knows that nothing comes easily—love included. In high school, her heart was crushed by Reid, and even though years have passed, the hurt lingers. Mia is achingly aware that the teen heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome playboy, and the budding winemaker refuses to let down her guard. But one taste of unbridled passion changes things. From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could tear her heart to pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.


Did I miss your favorite? Let me know! 



To vote for the best, go to the Goodreads list: Wine and Roses: Romances featuring Wineries

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