Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Review: Once Tasted by Laura Moore

Three siblings, an extraordinary family, a lasting heritage—in the irresistible Silver Creek Ranch trilogy, they’ll fight for the land and the people they love.

Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his good friend and neighbor asks him to help run the winery next door. His neighbor’s niece, Mia Bodell, is in charge—and she has made it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reid vows to win her trust.

Her life marked by loss, Mia knows that nothing comes easily—love included. In high school, her heart was crushed by Reid, and even though years have passed, the hurt lingers. Mia is achingly aware that the teen heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome playboy, and the budding winemaker refuses to let down her guard. But one taste of unbridled passion changes things. From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could tear her heart to pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.

ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 27th 2014 by Ballantine Books 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

I received an advanced readers copy from Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is May 27, 2014. Thank You!

This is the second book in the Silver Creek trilogy. I did not read the first book in advance of this one and it did not impact my enjoyment or understanding of what was going on.

As far as contemporary romances go this one is one of the better ones I have read in a long time. With a smoking hot cowboy and a whole lot of wine what more could a woman want? Fortunately there is an extremely likeable main character in Mia and a strong story line for those that require more than wine and a cowboy.

This story follows the typical formula of most contemporary romances but there was something that set it apart from others for me. I think perhaps it was because of Mia. I found her character so relatable and saw a lot of myself in her with her insecurities and lack of self confidence. The fact that she was passionate about her grapes and wine was appealing as well. I know very little about wine besides the fact that I like it and found it interesting to learn about the making of it. Moore does an amazing job at describing the landscape and I felt like I was there.

I loved the Reid and Mia story line! Let me just say that the pages were smoking hot in some parts and the chemistry was through the roof. I was routing for them the whole way. Their attraction felt believable because of their history and it wasn't far fetched like some I have read.

I am going to make a point of going back and reading the first book and will be watching for the third one.

About the Author
I was born in New York City and grew up there and in Western Massachusetts. I began writing my first romance while pursuing my master's degree. My first novel, Ride a Dark Horse, filled most of a spiral bound notebook. It didn't take long for me to realize I far preferred writing love stories to cranking out term papers!

I now live in Rhode Island with my husband, two children, and our black lab. Our cat Zevon keeps us all in line.  

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds like a lot of fun, I'll have to check out the series :)