Monday, July 27, 2015

ARC REVIEW: A Touch of Chardonnay (Love in Wine Country #2) by Pamela Gibson

Title: A Touch of Chardonnay
Series: Love in Wine Country #2
Author: Pamela Gibson
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Published: July 28th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 165
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
★★★★ (4/5) Star!

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Cultural archaeologist 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…

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! 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!

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