Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: New Year's in Napa by Elisabeth Barrett

Title: New Year's in Napa
Series: West Coast Holiday
Author: Elisabeth Barrett
Read copy: eBook
Published: October 7, 2014
ISBN: 099109431X
ISBN-13: 9780991094318

Driven by guilt, biotechnology researcher Amanda Aligheri spends every waking moment in her Silicon Valley laboratory. Desperate for a change, she makes a New Year’s resolution: go to Napa, relax, and achieve some balance. The problem? There’s no chance to soul-search while tempting-as-sin winemaker Liam Flynn is around. Mandy and Liam have history together, and one glance at his easy smile reminds her exactly why she fell for him the first time.

A software engineer at heart, Liam Flynn left a lucrative position at a San Francisco tech company in order to help his dad manage their third-generation family winery, and he’s done his best to take the business to the next level. Two years ago, sparks flew between Liam and Mandy, but the moment he mentioned commitment, she turned and fled back to the safety of her lab. When Mandy shows up at his winery, she’s just as beautiful, intelligent, and stubborn as he remembers…but this time Liam isn’t giving up without a fight.

Will one romantic, wintery week in Napa be enough for Liam to convince Mandy he’s the one for her, or when the new year comes will she forget about her resolution and return to Silicon Valley—and her research—without him?

My rating:

***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***

If you want a cute, sweet, quick, and sexy read, I'd say go with an Elisabeth Barrett story. You simply can't miss. And she's done it again, with this new West Coast Holiday story, set two years after Christmas in Tahoe.

The hero and heroine of this story actually met in CiT, and created history. He offered, wanted everything in return, and she turned him down. Turns out she had her reasons, which were pretty valid once she shared them with him (and the reader). Maybe she went a bit overboard, but still, she had her reasons.
And she was determined to overcome them, or more specifically, not be all about work, but do something for herself for a change. Be a little selfish, if you will. And Liam, the hero, was more than willing to help her.

I won't give anything more away, so I suggest you read this one as soon as it's available, or request it via NetGalley like I did.

I'll just say this. I loved it from beginning to end. It was emotional, sweet, and sexy. It had two great protagonists, a wonderful supporting cast (I hope Stella gets her HEA in a future story), wonderful scenery of wine country, the requisite little twist toward the end (one that didn't bog the story down, but gave it that touch of realism, because real life isn't perfect as Romancelandia)...

Just read it, you won't be sorry.


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