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Summer in Napa by Marina Adair

April 28th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Summer in Napa by Marina Adair

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 14, 2013

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Series: St. Helena’s Vineyard #2

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from 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.

I fell in love with Marina Adair’s previous book, Kissing Under the Mistletoe, so I jumped at the chance when she asked if I would review Summer in Napa.  I have to start off talking about the cover.  Many of you know I fully admit my first impressions of a book are set by the cover and I am not a huge fan of this cover.  However, I did really enjoy the book!  So please don’t judge this one by its cover.

The DeLuca brothers made my heart swoon in Kissing Under the Mistletoe and I was eager to dig into Marco’s story.  Knowing he was best friends with the douche bag who cheated on Lexi I was interested to see how that was going to be spun.  It is hard to recover from being the wingman of a douche without being considered one yourself.  Never fear! Marco won my heart over just as much as his older brother, Gabe, did and I fell in love.  Lexi was just as likeable as the woman trying to recover and keep her held high after being betrayed by the one who promised to love and protect her.

What makes Marina Adair’s books so good are that the supporting characters are just as fun to read as the main characters.  Of course, the other DeLuca brothers are present and the interaction between each other will make you burst out laughing at times.  And then there are the meddling but well-meaning grannies who are hilarious.   The stories just wouldn’t be as good as they are without the full cast.

If you haven’t read Adair’s books yet you are missing out.  Summer in Napa is a sweet and fun read that is the perfect book to add to your summer reading pile.

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