Review: Summer in Napa by Marina Adair, Interview

May 8, 2013 Review 28

Review: Summer in Napa by Marina Adair, Interview

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.

Title: Summer in Napa
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
Pages: 317
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

Review

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!

Marina Adair

                    
Marina Adair

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? 

Persistent.

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!!!

28 Responses to “Review: Summer in Napa by Marina Adair, Interview”

  1. Lori H

    Great review! And I always enjoy the interviews. This is another new author for me. So can’t wait to start on this book.
    Thanks again,
    lorib824 at yahoo dot com

  2. Donna Murphy

    Love the review, can’t wait to read this!!! Sounds so interesting!! Thanks!!

  3. Lori Meehan

    Marina is a new author to me. Thanks for the into. The book sounds really good.
    Thank you Marina for the giveaway.
    Lorimeehan 1 @ aol.com (no spaces)

  4. BookLady

    What an interesting book! Great review and interview. I have been to Napa Valley and would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Joanne B

    Congrats on the new release. Summer In Napa sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it to see more of Lexi and Marco. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway.
    I also pace ususally for no good reason except it helps me think and figure things out.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

    • Marina Adair (

      A friend jokes that I pace because I am a “flight” as opposed to a “fight” person, so when the writing gets hard I pace! LOL! So, t makes me feel good to know that I am not alone….Thanks for stopping by, Joanne

  6. Ellen Thompson

    The book sounds great! I can’t wait to read it.

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

  7. slinkydennis

    Marina is a new-to-me author and this series sounds amazing. I will definitely be starting from the beginning. I love when the characters (secondary included) feel like real people and family. The grandmothers sound like a hoot! I can’t wait to read this book and series! Thanks for sharing
    Rhonda D
    slinkydennis@yahoo.com

  8. heather

    Love the review, Sounds like a great read. Thanks for doing the giveaway. bluwpooh1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. Cris

    Great review, and a fun interview! Loved KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE, so I can’t wait for this one!

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. DebraG

    The book sounds so romantic, I would love to read it.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  11. erinf1

    Congrats on the new release! Sounds awesome 🙂 Thanks for the fun post and giveaway!

  12. Meghan Stith

    Wow! I can’t WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
    I wonder what kind of events or people inspired the author while writing this book!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

    • Marina Adair (

      The people are my in-laws, I swear. My father-in-law’s family is big, loud, and 100% Italian.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Natasha

    Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com