Friday, January 4, 2013

Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair

Regan Martin stopped believing in Christmas miracles six years ago when she lost everything--her house, her job, and her impeccable reputation in the wine industry--after she fell in love with a man she had no idea was married. Then Regan gets a chance for a fresh start in Napa Valley. With her dream job, dream home, and her daughter enrolled in a wonderful new school, she starts wondering if holiday wishes really do come true.

But she soon tumbles back down to earth when she learns that her new boss is none other than Gabe DeLuca, the scorned wife's brother. Gabe wants nothing more than home-wrecking Regan Martin out of his life, his sister's world, and his family's business. Mostly, he wants the lush beauty out of his head. Yet his attempts to run her out of town have him thinking twice, especially when he sees that Regan may hold the key to tracking down his sister's stolen start-up capital. Even worse for Gabe, Regan might just be his Christmas wish and hold the key to his heart.


What do you get when you have adultery, missing millions, a single-mother trying to take care of herself and her child, and a big brother who has made it his life’s mission to protect his “little” sister from the woman he feels wrecked and destroyed her marriage? You get a family full of angry Italian men just looking for someone to blame. Anyone, except for the two people who are truly at fault. You also get the backdrop for Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair.
This is the first book by Marina Adair I’ve read. It will definitely NOT be the last. In fact, I must admit I dreamed about this book. I kept thinking that it was familiar and comforting. I woke up realizing that Marina reminded me of Jill Shalvis. That’s a TOTAL and COMPLETE compliment to Marina, to be a new author and have the ability to connect with readers like she does.

I LOVED the characters of Regan and Gabe. I have to admit there really wasn’t much about this book I didn’t like.
Regan Martin is a twenty-seven- year-old single mother to an adorable six-year-old little girl named Holly. She made the mistake of trusting and falling in love with a guy named Richard, who happened to be married to Abby DeLuca, of the successful and powerful DeLuca wine family. 

Gabe DeLuca is thirty-five and is the oldest of the five DeLuca siblings. Being Italian, family means everything to him. And since the death of his parents twelve years ago, he has made it his mission to look after and protect his four younger siblings, no matter how old they are or what he has to do.

Gabe and his three brothers, Nathaniel, Marco, and Trey feel that it is their job to protect their “little” sister, Abby because they caught her husband Richard cheating on her with another woman. Regan wasn’t the first woman Richard ever had an affair with. She was just the one who lasted longer than a few weeks and was the last mistress Richard had before he disappeared.
Gabe has spent the last six years making sure Regan NEVER gets a chance to work in the wine industry again. She ends up in his hometown and his first thought is that she needs to be ran out of town. Gabe’s brothers come up with the idea that Gabe needs to get close to Regan, to determine what she knows about Richard and if she has any contact with him.

As always with romance stories, things get a little out of hand and before you know it, you’re in love. It’s no different for Gabe and Regan. The only part of the book that I didn’t get or maybe just didn’t understand was the end with all of the DeLuca siblings. I don’t want to spoil anything, I just found it hard to believe that an entire family is going to hate someone and then welcome them into the family.

The second book in the St. Helena Vineyard Series, Summer in Napa comes out in May 2013. Summer in Napa features Marco, the DeLuca brother who runs the Napa Grand Hotel, and Lexi Moreau. Marco and Lexi appear to have a little bit of a past with each other. I am definitely looking forward to reading it.

Rating: 4 (This book can be read anytime of the year.)

Release Date: Available Now
Book Length: 309 pages
Source: Personal Purchase
Reading Format: Available in eBook and paperback
Author’s Website: Marina Adair

Purchase through: Amazon

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