Thursday, 31 August 2017

Review: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine by Heather Heyford

When the town of Clarkston, Oregon, welcomes Captain Sam Owens home from the service, Sophia “Red” McDonald is first in line. The sassy psychotherapist has known Sam since they were kids, and the grown-up Sam is darned near irresistible. With his abs of steel and those gorgeous hazel eyes, he could have any woman he wanted. Naturally, Red is thrilled when he takes her hand . . .

She’s a modern woman, happy to canoodle with the sexy soldier, no strings attached—until her heart changes the rules. Suddenly, after months of casual hookups, Red finds she wants more. She longs to possess Sam body and soul. But his warrior's heart was wounded long before he joined the service. As a therapist, Red has ways of making him talk. Only if Sam opens up and spills his secrets can they finally have everything their hearts desire . . .

Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

This story is part of a series however I feel that it could be read as a stand alone (even though I have read the previous stories).  The other characters play a pretty minor role so there would be no confusing the backstories.

What I found refreshing in this story was that there was not the usual angst of will they or won't they succumb to their physical attraction.  As the synopsis indicates, the physical part is already happening so that is out of the way right away.  Don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of angst to be had however it is the emotional kind and not physical.

Both characters have some pretty heavy baggage in this story, however Sam for sure has the most.  While as is common in these books, the story doesn't spend too much time on said baggage as it could have made for a very heavy read.  Instead it had just enough to make Sam complex and add to the Sam/Red dynamic.

A good solid read.

About the Author

Heather Heyford writes contemporary romance novels set in the wine country, where she visits frequently to drink pinot noir—er, research books.

Heather sold her first romance series in 2014 to Kensington Publishing’s then-new digital imprint, Lyrical Press. After gaining a following in digital, her first mass market paperback series will launch in early 2018 with The Sweet Spot, a contemporary love story set in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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