Autumn in the Vineyard by Marina Adair

November 4th, 2013 Kimberly Review 54 Comments

4th Nov
Autumn in the Vineyard by Marina Adair
Autumn in the Vineyard
by Marina Adair
Series: St. Helena Vineyard #3
Published by: Montlake Romance
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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.

I have been enjoying author Marina Adair’s St. Helena Vineyard series, with it’s fleshed out characters and small-town charm. I was delighted to finally read Autumn in the Vineyard which shares Frankie and Nate’s story. From an adorable alpaca to smexy rough and tumble Nate DeLuca, I  enjoyed my time spent at the Sorrento Ranch. Mini review: romantic, humorous and touching.

The Baudouin family and the DeLuca family have long been winemaker rivals in this small California town. Sorrento Ranch with its rich soil and delectable grapes has been a prize both families would like to possess. When the property goes up for sale tensions get hot, and back door deals are made. Frankie and Nate both think they own the property. After a court hearing they discover they both own it. Well sort of! When they are forced to live together or lose the house the tale that unfolds had me laughing, sighing and completely caught up in the lives of Frankie and Nate.

We meet both Frankie and Nate in previous novels, and so I was able to slip into the tale. Frankie is complicated. She is harder on herself than anyone else and has a Grand Daddy that demands gold. She is all biker chick and hard-ass on the outside and soft on the inside; a fact she keeps carefully hidden. Trouble is Nate DeLuca can see right through Frankie’s tough exterior. He is also wondering what is under those t-shirt and torn jeans she wears. I adored the banter between them, and Nate’s subtle way of showing he cared. Frankie undergoes tremendous growth throughout the novel, and I felt for her on many levels. The DeLuca family and the Baudouin’s stick their noses in everything, as does the small town making for some hilarious, horrible and tense moments. We get a hint of the next romance, and I am already looking forward to watching another DeLuca fall.

Autumn in the Vineyard was such a wonderful tale, with characters and a small town I have come to love. Adair paints the town and breathes life into the characters making you feel right at home. She provides just enough angst to make the journey to my HEA exciting all while weaving smaller threads regarding the families, town and wineries into the mix. I am a huge fan of small-town romances, and have enjoyed visiting St. Helena and seeing wine country through the author’s eyes. I love the friendship to lover’s trope, and Nate and Frankie’s romance felt genuine. I giggled at their banter, cried when things went wrong and sighed at the sexual tension that sizzled in the air whenever they were around each other. We get some heat, with just enough detail to curl the pages, and Adair knows how to make a kiss melt your heart. Wait until you meet Mittens the alpaca. I never laughed so much in my life, and now secretly dream of adding one to my herd.

Fans of small-town romances will adore Autumn in the Vineyard and the St. Helena Vineyard series. Be Mine Forever the next book in the series is expected to release January 21, 2014.

Four cups of coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

About Marina Adair

Marina Adair is a National bestselling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is also the author of Tucker’s Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She currently lives in a hundred-year-old log cabin, nestled in the majestic redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, with her husband and daughter. As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.

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54 Responses to “Autumn in the Vineyard by Marina Adair”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I agree Melanie, especially in a series. I like cracking them open and seeing familiar characters, and places.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was fun, the characters complex and I had such a good time reading it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      OMG..that is so true Mary. I wanted and still want to move to Virgin River, even if there isn’t a coffee house..LOL

  1. Nick

    Aww! This looks like an adorable read, Kim. I do enjoy a good small-town romance with all those meddling families.
    Frankie sounds like my kind of character what with how much she grows throughout the book and Nate sounds super sexy. I’m glad that you enjoyed this, Kim!
    Lovely review.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Nick this was a fun, fast, read and I quite enjoyed myself 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      they will work as standalone, but I love small-town series and prefer to read them in order.

  2. Jenny

    Friends to lovers for the win Kim! Definitely one of my favorite tropes along with enemies to lovers so I will for sure be checking this out. And I haven’t read nearly enough small-town romances, so that makes this one even more appealing. Thanks for introducing me to these books!!!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are wonderful, feel good reads that make you giggle and sigh.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Frankie was great Ali, I really connected and felt for her.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, they are wine makers ..ha and yes you should totally being reading this series!! LOL 🙂

  3. Andrea

    I really enjoyed this, too. Frankie was so passionate, and I loved the intensity between her and Nate.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the setting and small-town. Hope you give it a try.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Brandi, this series makes me feel warm and fuzzy 🙂

  4. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Loving the romance and connection you described of this one and then you had to mention laughing at Mittens. Gots to find out about that alpaca! 😀 Yep, adding this one to the huge wishlist.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      You would love this series Melissa, and they can be read as standalone if ya want..and yes Mittens was wonderful!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Michelle , this series is lovely and I enjoy going back each time!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have really enjoyed all the books in the series and hope the audios are good too 🙂

  5. Giselle

    This sounds like a fun read I love small town settings! I find they can be so full of personality and atmospheric. Plus I come from a town of 2000 or so population so I can relate 🙂 Great review, doll!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Giselle, I love that it is wine country, and the characters just grab you 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Melissa, I adore this series and hope you get to try them 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Me too Dani, small-towns, engaging characters and I am lost!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I just love this feel good, witty and romantic series..I hope you get to read them. The first is a holiday romance and it was delightful 🙂

  6. Lark

    Sold! (Well, figuratively speaking. I haven’t actually bought it yet.) Actually, you had me at ‘adorable alpaca.’ This sounds like the sort of contemporary romance I enjoy. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the series!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am really enjoying this series, and the first book is a holiday read. Kissing Under the Mistletoe 🙂

  7. Berls

    I love small-town books – I grew up in a small town so I think they evoke something nostalgic and romantic for me. I love the sounds of these characters too – a definite for my TBR. Great review Kimba 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series has been such fun, and the first book is holiday themed.