WINE, TARTS & SEX
The Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014
Rating: 5 cups
Liv Bell is a former high fashion model turned vintner. She loves living in the wilds of Minnesota and her vineyard. She has no steady boyfriend and is not really looking for one when by chance she runs into Eurasian bad boy Jake Chambers. From the very first words he says her libido seriously sits up and begs her to do something naughty.
Jake Chambers is a world-renowned chef and owner of restaurants on the west coast. Tired of the fast pace and just the daily grind of life in LA he heads to Minneapolis and buys a new restaurant looking for some peace and quiet. He figures the remodeling and the slower pace of life in Minnesota will give him a chance to unwind. However, his plans change when he meets the lovely Liv, and just like hers, his libido perks up and takes serious notice.
Liv tells herself she will behave and not just jump into bed with Jake, even if he is extremely charming. However, it is not long before the inevitable happens and Jake is able to convince her to spend many satisfying hours in bed with him. Neither can get enough of the other, and even when Janie one of Liv’s close friends and Jake’s ex-lover shows up towing her three-year-old son and looking for a place to hide, does the flame go out between them. In fact neither Janie’s flirtatious attitude towards Jake in spite of his not encouraging her, nor the thugs Janie’s nasty ex-husband send to threaten her can discourage the feelings blooming between Jake and Liv. That is until Liv overhears a phone conversation that is less than flattering with regards to herself, at that point all bets are off. Will these two make a go of it, or will they separate for good?
I have been a huge fan of Susan Johnson for a number of years, and it was a real pleasure to actually get to review one of her books. Wine, Tarts, and Sex is Ms. Johnson at her very best. This book has everything, spine tingling suspense, hotter than firecrackers sex, and true bonding between people, and not just between Jake and Liv, but between a few of the secondary characters as well. One of the things I have always loved about Ms. Johnson’s books are how true-to-life the characters are. While the book may have a fairytale ending, the characters get upset about things ordinary people get upset about, and their reactions to things are the kinds of reactions real people would really have. Oh, and did I forget to mention the divine sex scenes? I didn’t, okay, well they also as the other points mentioned make this book a great read. We’re talking real emotions here folks. Ms. Johnson never fails to disappoint, and I highly recommend this book!
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