Happy Wine and Books Wednesday! Hope you're all staying safe and well during this time. I know we're all looking for things to occupy ourselves with amid the whole "stay home and don't get sick quarantine" and so I bring you this beautiful pairing today. Romance Author Eve Kasey's Love in Stone from the Her Hands series is sure to grab your attention from the start and weaves back and forth between high society, big city life and the open air setting of a paleontology dig in Montana. It's a smart, refreshing, new love story that pairs perfectly with a glass of Breathless Winemaker's Penelope Brut which is equally adventurous and high spirited.
I know that I mentioned before, maybe not here but on my social media somewhere, that I had ordered a group of wines from nakedwines.com's Angels series. Essentially, all of the wines in the set are from independent wine makers from all over the world and they're wonderful so I hope you'll give them a try. I'll be pairing lots more indie romance author's books with these Angel series wines because what could go better with and indie book than an indie wine? On that note, be sure to grab up your copy of Love in Stone and pour yourself a glass of sparkling Penelope for a rare treat and enjoy!
Stay safe out there friends. I wish you all a happy Wine / Book Wednesday and, as always, some very happy reading!
Clare Clover is super smart, but she’s not a people person. At 27, she’s never even had a boyfriend. That’s why she works with fossils. She doesn’t have to worry about saying the wrong thing to a bunch of bones. When she gets chosen to lead an exciting excavation, Clare thinks she’ll finally be able to make a name for herself. What else is there to do besides dig in Middle-of-Nowhere, Montana? Then she meets Ben Merano, a handsome geologist who gives her an education her three college degrees couldn’t come close to.
Ben Merano loves his isolated, drama-free existence with no responsibilities. Traveling, hanging out with the guys, being outdoors—what’s not to like? Then Clare, a paleontologist with killer legs and zero social skills, shows up at his camp. Ben feels an instant connection to the reserved girl from the big city. That he had a vision of her a few weeks before they met is only part of her appeal. Ben starts to believe he wouldn’t have seen Clare coming if she wasn’t meant to be his. The problem is he’ll have to convince this student of science there’s such a thing as destiny.
Clare’s brain tells her a relationship with Ben would never work, even if he can sing like Paul McCartney and kiss like Casanova. After all, Ben’s a wanderer and she’s got the job of her dreams back in New York. Will Clare’s logic, and lack of experience with love, get in the way of what they both want—or will she allow herself to find Love in Stone?
From my review:
A fun, well written love story.
A really enjoyable read by this debut author. Clare and Ben were such an adorable couple. It was fun to watch them grow together and learn about each other, life and love. The whole paleontology theme was really cool and, as a Rocky Mountain girl, I loved all the Montana scenes. I thought the psychic element the author threw in added a nice sort of fated love feel as well, which the hopeless romantic in me had to appreciate. Can’t wait to read more books by this fabulous new writer!
Happy Wine and Books Wednesday everybody! How are you faring the holiday season this year? Is life whirling around you like it is me? Well, I hope you get the chance to take a break and relax with a good book and a glass of something festive. Looking for inspiration? Here are a few more bottle / book combos from my 2019 picks from off the blog:
Cassie Faber's contemporary romance, Frozen Memories and Cupcake Chardonnay
Jillian James' paranormal /dragon shifter romance, Song of Smoke and Obsession
Melanie A. Smith's contemporary romantic suspense, All of Me and Michaud Cabernet Sauvignon
Bree M. Lewandowski's sweet NA romance, Under Winter Lights
Happy Wine and Book Wednesday everyone! This week's pairing is brought to you by Author Tori Alvarez's Naive in Love and Benziger Family Winery's Chardonnay. Naive in love is a New Adult, college romance perfect for all the back to school feels going on this time of year. I don't have any going off to college yet, but I know that I am definitely having some of those yearnings. As in, how soon do the kids start back to school again? Mama needs a quiet moment here. Lol. Here's hoping you all find a quiet moment to read Naive in Love with a glass of Benziger. Happy reading, book and wine lovers!
How do you know what love is if you have never experienced it? Love or infatuation? How's one to tell?
Sophia is having trouble navigating these new experiences during her first year in college. Each time someone tells her to follow her heart, she is even more confused and frustrated. Away from home and her friends, she needs to figure out who she is.
From my review:
Naive in Love
by Tori Alvarez
Great debut novel! Many life changes and first experiences were depicted very well in this book and the characters were relatable. It took me a little while to get into, but once the MC settled into her new life as a college freshman the story took off. There were a few times where I wished I could have put a bug in Sophia’s ear about a certain bad news boyfriend. But then, YAY! Ethan stepped in and saved the day! Nice coming of age story. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys NA romances that revolve around college life.
Happy Wine Wednesday everyone! Hope you all are enjoying some lovely spring weather as we head into April. This week's wine / book pairing is brought to you by Author Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple's The Lady of the Glen and Muirwood Winery's Chardonnay. The Lady of the Glen is part of Deerwester-Dalrymple's The Glen Highland Romance series. It's a wonderful historical Highland romance and who doesn't love men in kilts in the springtime... er, or anytime for that matter. For a most pleasurable reading experience, be sure to grab a copy of The Lady of the Glen and poor yourself a glass of Muirwood Chard. Happy mid-week and, as always, happy reading!
Elayne MacNally knew one thing for certain: Her reputation as the willful harpy of the highlands was well earned.
As the spoiled daughter of the successful Laird MacNally, Elayne got whatever she wanted, until the man she thought she would wed rejected her. Dejected and reconsidering her lot in life, her father comes up with an opportunity that could change the course of her life and perhaps her reputation as well.
Declan MacCollough also knew one thing for certain: He did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps as Laird of the reputed “Beast Clan.”
Following his father’s death, Declan had a lot of work ahead of him to reclaim any sense of respect for his people. Families had fled; fathers would not permit their daughters to wed into the clan. Declan wanted, more than anything, to recreate his clan into one deserving of service to the King. The first step Declan must take is to find a wife with enough backbone to help him tame his clan, help it grow, and gain back respect.
Learning of Elayne and her reputation, Declan offers to wed the lass – an arranged marriage of sorts. With no other choices open to her, Elayne decides that the Laird of the Beast Clan is her best, if only, option.
What happens when she arrives is a strange and passionate meeting of the minds between herself and Declan. Playing on each other’s strengths, they maneuver around those who attempt to prevent the marriage as a play for power. However, Declan’s past affiliations with the King are not welcome by all, and the challenges to their marriage become the least of their worries.
Can Declan and Elayne trust each other enough to face the threats to the MacCollough clan and their very lives?
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Happy Wine Wednesday everybody! I know I've been MIA the last couple of weeks but now I'm back with a hot, new pairing for you. This week's wine / book love affair is brought to you by USA Today Bestselling Author, Pamela Clare's Barely Breathing and Mile High Winery's American Zinfandel. I put these two together after finishing the book to show a little love to my home state. Both the wine and the author are home grown Coloradans and Clare's amazing Colorado High Country series is all Colorado mountain life, all the time.
I've been a fan of Clare's books for a long time and really love her historical romances but Barely Breathing brings the small town, mountain setting to life. Throughout the book, I found myself shaking my head and thinking, 'Yup. I know these people.' There's a lot of action in the books to keep you on the edge of your seat, hot, sexy romance and a bunch of hunky, mountain climbing rescue team heroes. Yay, Colorado! Be sure to add this book to your TBR and grab yourself a glass from The Mile High Winery to go with. Again, my F'sWB -friends with books ;), happy Wine Wednesday and happy reading!
A hot contemporary romance from the author of the acclaimed I-Team series…
Lexi Jewell left Scarlet Springs twelve years ago, vowing never to return to the small Colorado mountain town where she grew up. Now, here she is—over thirty, out of a job and with little choice but to move back in with her eccentric father. Lexi knows it’s just a matter of time before she runs into Austin Taylor, her first boyfriend and her first heartbreak. She’s determined to show him she’s over him—until he steps out of a pickup truck and back into her life, looking sexy as hell in his mountain ranger uniform.
As far as Austin is concerned, Lexi can turn her snazzy little convertible around and drive back to Chicago. After all, she ripped his teenage heart to pieces and turned her back on the town he loves. But from the moment he sees her again, he can’t get her out of his mind. Even her smile messes with his head.
When an evening of conversation turns into something else, Lexi and Austin agree to be friends—with benefits. But as Lexi starts making plans to return to the big city, Austin realizes he’ll lose her a second time unless he can show her that what she’s searching for has been right here all along.
Happy Wine Wednesday! Love is in the air this time of year, whether it's for a special someone, a glass of red wine or a steamy romance novel. This Valentine's Day Reads & Wine post is brought to you by Author Macrella Swann's When I Dream of You and Cara Mia Pinot Noir. This bottle and book look to be a very sexy couple. So settle in with a glass of Cara Mia for a steamy read. Happy Valentine's Day and, as always, happy reading!
P.S. Since this blog is all about books and romance I've included a couple more Valentine's Day themed novels for you to check out at the bottom.
I want him. More than anything. But he’s one bad boy.
The things he wants. They’re carnal, lustful things and I can’t get them—or him—out of my mind.
Devon Prescott knows how to impose his will.
He’s a viper in a Brioni handmade suit.
Ruthless in the board room, he’s even more relentless in the bedroom.
He’s a freakin’ Adonis. It scares me that I want him so much.
When I’m with him I feel safe. I feel love. I feel a yearning.
He knows that he rocks my world. That he is the stuff of my dreams.
So he wants things.
Things I’m afraid to give him.
He tells me I’m his in the most romantic of terms. That he worships my body.
That I must trust him.
I don’t deny it. Some of the things he wants stir me deep inside.
They’re sexy and dirty and forbidden.
Am I willing to be touched? To be shared?
If I give into my dream lover’s deepest desires, will I lose myself in the process?
When I Dream of You is a full-length, 85,000-word standalone steamy romance.
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Happy Wednesday everyone! More importantly, happy Wine Wednesday! Is it just me or does it feel like making it this far into the week this time around has been an epic journey the likes of which only a ring-bearing hobbit could truly appreciate? Never fear though. I have a treat for you on, this, our little mid week holiday. Today's wine / book pairing is brought to you by the mysterious and sultry, Intrinsic Cabernet Savignon, and my very own, Odile, Legend of the Black Swan. Both are sure to cast a spell on you. Together, this bewitching couple make for a very magical, very seductive reading experience. So find a cozy corner away from the world, pour yourself a glass of Intrinsic Cab Sav and "Enter the world of the Black Swan... "
Pale, cold mistress of the serpent’s lair, blood red lips and coal black hair…
Enter the world of the Black Swan, a dark and seductive tale where things are not always as they seem. Odile is the reviled villainess of Aarroughac, a castle inhabited by the evil wizard, Count Rothebart. After a sinister magic sweeps through the land and results in death, Odile is accused of the crime. Von Rothebart vanishes, leaving her to face the wrath of an entire kingdom alone until a mysterious stranger with powers of his own comes along.
With vengeance as his guide, Lord Azarus di Caspari hunts an ancient curse. When he crosses paths with the Black Swan of legend, he immediately makes up his mind to use the temptress’s magic for his own devices. But when Azarus learns that the story of the sorceress might not be true, disappointment gives way to desire. Spells are cast and secrets are revealed, but can love exist in the shadow of two dark hearts such as theirs?
Are the tales of the Black Swan true? Is she a murderess and an evil sorceress to be feared or is she the only thing standing between true evil and the fall of a kingdom? Only time will tell as the magical story of the Black Swan unfolds.
Odile, Legend of the Black Swan is a fantasy, fairy tale romance inspired by the legendary ballet, Swan Lake.
An Enchanted Lands Romance.
18 and up
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ibooks and Kobo
About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.