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Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: A Taste of Sauvignon by HeatherHeyford / @pumpupyourbook @KensingtonBooks @lyricalpress @HeatherHeyford

Title: The Napa Wine Heiresses, Book 3: A Taste of Sauvignon
Author: Heather Heyford
Publisher: Kensington Lyrical Press
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Pump Up Your Book

Join Heather Heyford as she returns to Napa for a third taste in her series following three wine heiresses, each as vibrant and unique as the grapes for which they were named…

Sauvignon St. Pierre has always been fiercely ambitious. She easily could’ve cashed in on her family’s fortune, but instead, she struck out on her own, breezed through law school, and landed a job at a small firm in Napa. Savvy’s life is as tidy and straightforward as her sizable collection of little black dresses, and she likes it that way—but every now and then, she can’t help but long for her first sip of love…

After a chance encounter with Esteban Morales, the caliente son of Papa St. Pierre’s long-time rival, something inside Savvy wakes up. It could be that Esteban’s interest in cultivating lavender appeals to her passion for perfumery. But there’s something else about the charming but down-to-earth farmer that she simply can’t resist. They both know their families are an unlikely pairing, but together, Savvy and Esteban just may be the ideal varietals for a perfect blend…

Ensuring other people's happiness can sometimes keep you from being happy.

Esteban and Savvy were products of that mentality, carrying on in life so their families were happy. Esteban's dream of being a lavender farmer didn't really coincide with what he was currently doing. Oh, he was a farmer but he was a vegetable farmer. Nothing wrong with that. It was a way of life that he sustained his family for years. It just wasn't the life he wanted. Savvy didn't really know what she wanted to be. She was a lawyer out of necessity, needing to make sure her sisters would always have someone looking out for them. But they grew up, were in relationships where their partners looked out for them. Still, Savvy stayed the course of making partner in a local firm, thinking it was what she wanted until she met Esteban.

They didn't meet in the most traditional way--her firm represented an entity wanting to buy his family's land and she was the lawyer sent to negotiate the deal--but that didn't mean anything. Their attraction was real and the passion they shared for lavender and scents mattered more. But there was still the deal to take care of, and what it might cost them both in the end.

Honor and duty. Both were heavily noted throughout this story. Yet there was an underlying note of untapped passion in both Esteban and Savvy that was waiting to burst through. It did and it was heartwarming to see. I loved the characters, the setting, even the difficulties met on the road to forever, but I loved even more the realization that one's happiness doesn't need to be sacrificed to show your family how much you care for them.

Born in the Northeast, Heather Heyford learned to walk and talk in Texas, and then moved to England. (“Ya’ll want some scones?”) While in Europe, Heather was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in the leopard vinyl back seat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of ‘learning something.’ What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat. Now a recovering teacher, Heather writes love stories, feeds hardboiled eggs to suburban foxes, and makes art in the Mid-Atlantic. She is represented by the Nancy Yost Literary Agency (NYLA, @nyliterary) in New York City. The first book in her Napa Wine Heiresses Series from Kensington Publishing, A Taste of Chardonnay, is now available in print and ebook on Amazon and B&N!

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