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Series: Love & Wine #1
on October 10, 2019
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
Format: Digital, Paperback
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Adult, Enemies-to-Lovers
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What do Tim Tams and Jack Wilson have in common? Other than both being Australian…nothing! One is an amazingly delicious chocolate-covered cookie, and the other is a total nightmare.
At least that’s how Lauren Somerville feels when Jack and the cookies walk back into her life fourteen years later.
As much as Lauren isn’t thrilled to see him, Jack is ready to prove that Tim Tams aren’t the only good thing to come from the Land Down Under.
He may have been an arrogant kid when they met, but time has been good to him, because now he has the looks to back it up.
But Lauren has the upper hand. As the owner of the world famous Somerville Winery & Vineyard, he works for her now.
And you know what they say about sour grapes…
Adult Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Enemies-to-Lovers
First Person, dual-POV
Book #1 of the Love & Wine series, there is a prequel novella that is not needed, but helps to understand their past
Addictiveness: 4/5 This book was a one-sitting read for me. It kept me going until the end. As addictive as ice cream!!!
Character: hero 4/5, heroine 3.5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 4/5, real 4/5 Characters were multidimensional with good background to them. They were easy to understand.
Jack was a good hero. They had history together, in which he was foolish like most teenage boys are. 14 years later, he is ready to make a better impression. He still shows his teasing habits but in a smaller scale. I love the interactions with Lauren’s family, specially her nephew.
Lauren still felt a bit immature for me. She had a tendency of creating major storms out of a glass of water. The fact that she was still acting like a child for the pranks of a teenager 14 years later, makes no sense at all. Really too much drama for me. I love her niece and nephew and how she related to her entire family.
I have read the prequel and I have to say that I loved Will and Ellen more than Lauren and Jack. If it weren’t for Ellen, Jack and Lauren may never had their second chance. In fact, I love the entire family. I love Lauren’s parents, her sister and brother-in-law, and her nephew and niece are the stars of it all.
Villains… or antagonists… really I believe they had no major roles here. Closer to the end, some people from the past showed up, but I still believe their major problems were keeping secrets that had not reason to be kept.
All characters were easy to connect and understand, I had a tougher time trying to love Lauren. She annoyed me too much.
Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I love how this cover has being made for this particular story. I love how it feels like a bunch of pictures. I love the sort of blurry feel. I like how the couple is looking loving and chilled. I love the winery at the back cover. The title is catching and the subtitle add to the overall feel of the book. I would easily buy this book by its cover, without needing to read the blurb!
Freshness: 4/5 This was a good contemporary romance with a good plot concept. I like how the meeting happened in the past and how it has to cross oceans to turn in a reality. It felt fresh, original! As fresh as ice cream!
Plot: believable 3/5, conflict 2.5/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 53/5, enjoyment 4/5, opening 4/5, pace 4/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 3/5 Good opening and great ending. Amazing setting and enjoyable pace. Interesting subplot. The twist didn’t really worked for me and the conflict felt forced. High level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 4/5, chemistry 5/5, description 3.5/5, development 4/5, steam 4/5 I’ve believed in their chemistry since the prequel. The couple did like each other and I kind of enjoy the love/hate game. The smut was good, even though sometimes only one note. Passionate love!
Writing Style: 3.5/5 I love the concept of the story and the fresh vibe of the plot. I’ve enjoyed the family feel and loved the secondary characters. The story kept me going and made me very curious to what comes next. Good writing!
Plot: I didn’t like the conflict. I didn’t understand why both main characters kept their past as a secret since it had nothing to do with each other. Also, their past knocking on their door by the end of the book felt like unnecessary. I believe, their major struggles were themselves and the story really didn’t need the extra baggage.
This is a series, that has a standalone vibe, but I would recommend everybody to read the prequel. It not only give you an overall view of the amazing family Lauren has, but also gives a lot of insight into Jack and Lauren’s past.
If I were to guess, I would say Tommy will get a book next!
27.5/35 STARS – 3.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 4 Character: 3.5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 4 Plot: 3.5 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 3.5
Action 1/5Angst 0/5Darkness 0/5Humor 4/5Romance 5/5Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? Sure. If you like cute, sweet romance.
Would I re-read this book/series? I will follow the series, I don’t think I would reread it though.
Would I read more from the author? I will try to follow the series and see what comes next.