Title: Summer in Napa
Six months ago, New York restaurant owner Alexis “Lexi” Moreau walked in on her husband, Jeff, and their sous chef mixing business with pleasure. Now, Lexi is back in her hometown of St. Helena, California, rebuilding her life and hoping to turn her grandmother’s patisserie into the bistro of her dreams. All she needs is luck, lots of hard work, and a way to avoid the thirty blind dates her matchmaking grandmother arranged. Enter Marco DeLuca — Jeff’s handsome, commitment-phobe best friend who has always had his sights set on Lexi. In high school, Marco convinced himself that Lexi was off-limits. And she still is, especially since Marco’s family’s wine business all depends on a deal with Jeff. But a fake summer romance is the perfect way for Lexi to distract the would-be suitors her grandmother has set up for her. A perfect way for Marco to realize she’s the only one that ever mattered. And a perfect way to fall deliciously in love.
Author: Marina Adair
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Autumn in the Vineyard , Be Mine Forever, Need You for Keeps
Series: St Helena Vineyard
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Be Mine Forever, Need You for Keeps
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Author
Published: May 14, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Alexis Moreau moves back home to St. Helena, California to lick her wounds after her divorce and help her grandmother with her bakery. But once she is home she finds her grandmother is making it her full time job to find Lexie a new man. One man not on her grandmother’s list is her ex-husbands best friend, Marco De Luca. Marco has had a crush on Lexie since high school but he stepped back to let his friend date her instead. Even after nearly 16 years he still has feelings for her but he won’t act on them because he feels it would interfere with the ‘man code.’ Sparks are constantly flying between Lexie and Marc. While Lexie has no idea that Marco has had feelings for her, she finds herself drawn to him even though she knows it wouldn’t be a good idea.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I really enjoyed this book. I liked how the ‘player’ showed his soft side to Lexie and how she slowly let him in after her divorce. There is a wonderful slow build to their relationship that was lovely to read. Even though Marco had liked Lexie for a while, he never acted on those feelings but once he starts to let her in, the relationship blossoms and was beautiful.
I loved how the characters interact in this story. From Marc and Lexie to the grandmothers, they all fit together so well it is like reading about a real life group of family and friends. They are always in each others business and in general make the environment of the main characters interesting. I also loved how the town is portrayed. It has a small town vibe with all the gossiping old ladies and the use of face book and you tube is pretty entertaining.
Some of the best scenes in this book are when the families are involved. The supporting characters are wonderful. All of the grandmother’s are hilarious. What with carrying food in their purses to shove in people mouths before they lie or having a cat dressed up in a different outfit each time it appears was hilarious. And Wingman, what an awesome dog! There are also some pretty stellar scenes that are also embarrassing. It seemed like Marco always appeared at the most…interesting times.
I love this series. Each book shares characters but they can be read as standalones. I can’t wait till the next book comes out. Frankie and Nate are gonna be awesome!
Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, ladies! Thanks for having me here today. I will give you the ten-second rundown of myself: I am a screenwriter turned romance novelist who has a thing for burgers, beer, and Jane Austin novels—sometimes simultaneously. My relationship with Eggo waffles boarders on unhealthy and I hate mayonnaise. I am also a mother and a wife and I love reading and I am a HUGE Hart of Dixie fan.
Gaele: Best advice you have ever been given about writing?
A professor in grad school told me that writers write. Period. So, I sat my butt down in the same and hammered out novel after novel. Now that I am published, I do the same thing. Butt in seat. Head down. Write.
Gaele: What do you do to relax, when you aren’t writing or thinking about it?
I read, LOL! Although, lately I have become OBSESSED with House of Cards. I don’t know what it is about Kevin Spacey, but he does it for me in that role.
Rachel: If you could visit any time period and location (past or future) when and where would you go?
Hollywood, California, 1959, to the set of Psycho to watch the production of one of the best horror films ever made.
Lori: Do you have a favorite place to write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My husband bought me this amazing, ergonomically correct sit/stand desk that sits in the window and boasts a beautiful view of our back yard. It functions as my crap-pile holder, while I write in bed with my cats. I know, totally pathetic. As for word count, lately I have kept a steady 2500-3000 words a day 5 days a week.
Lori: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I pace. As in, I will get up mid-sentence and find myself in the kitchen. I am not hungry or thirsty, my brain just needed my feet to move so it could process. It drives my family insane.
Liberty Ann: If your friends were asked to describe you in one word what would it be?
Liberty Ann: If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose?
Alfred Hitchcock, Aaron Sorkin, and Jane Austin.
Marie: What books or authors have inspired your writing?
Falling For Mr. Dark & Dangerous by Donna Alward made we want to write romance. I remember finishing her book and looking at my husband and saying, “I want to write books that make other people feel exactly what I’m feeling right now.” The next day I started my first romance novel.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
I will be at RWA Nationals this summer in Atlanta, Georgia. Stop on by!
PS, thanks for having me here today!!!