Frankie Baudouin has a hundred reasons not to trust Nate DeLuca. First, he’s a DeLuca. Second, he kissed her—in front of the entire town—and then never called. Oh, and he’s after her land. Sorrento Ranch is Frankie’s last chance to prove to her family—and to herself—that she has what it takes to be an award-winning winemaker. And she will stop at nothing to ensure her success—even if it means playing nice with the starched, sophisticated, and oh-so-sexy Italian.
For Nate, Sorrento Ranch is more than just soil and grape vines; it was his father’s dream—a dream Nate is determined to make a reality. So when he finds himself forced to cohabitate with a hot-headed, irrational, and incredibly gorgeous Baudouin, Nate is surprised to discover that chaos could be so much fun—especially when she sleeps in nothing but lace.
Nate DeLuca and Frankie (Francesca) Baudouin have had a history since high school and it's no secret they don't get along. Their families have been feuding for decades. When the Sorrento Ranch comes up for sell, Frankie purchases it much to the objection of Nate and his family. To say this doesn’t go over well is an understatement. Frankie and Nate bicker until the dispute lands them both in jail. The fun is just beginning.
The judge gives them 30 days to work things out or he will bulldoze the property. Frankie and Nate must live together in the house, which is right smack in the middle of the Vineyard. The feuding will stop one way or another.
Frankie is out to prove to herself and her family that she can do something important on her own. It's great to see the support she gets. While Frankie and Nate are living together and making some changes that benefit the Vineyard, they start to discover things about each other. Nate really sees the real Frankie. He starts to feel bad for what he did to her so long ago. She has lost so much and it has really been tough on her. Nate is the only person Frankie has ever told. They both have their own agendas. Nate’s loyalty is with his family and Frankie’s is to herself. Things start to change in a good way.
I loved Autumn in the Vineyard. The story was full of heart, fun, laughter, and had me tearing up as well. This is my second time reading a book of Marina Adair and I'm hooked on this series. I’m looking forward to the next one.
My favorite line is: “I won't shoot him,” Frankie said. Jonah spared her a disbelieving glance. “Fine, I might shoot at him, but I wouldn't shoot him.”
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Book Length: 324 pages
Source: Publisher ~ Montlake Romance via NetGalley
Reviewed by: Mona
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback
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Books in the St. Helena Vineyard Series
1. Kissing Under the Mistletoe (review)
2. Summer in Napa (review)
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