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    Packed with wonderful characters!

    I had a fantastic time reading this book! I just didn't want to put it down once I started reading. I fell in love with this wonderful group of characters and couldn't wait to see how things would work out for them. This is the second full length book in the Wildstone series but it really reads as a stand alone with little connection to the previous installments beyond being set in the same town. I expected great things when I picked up this book and I am happy to report that it lived up to all of them. Lanie hasn't had an easy time of things lately. Her husband died only six months ago. That is bad enough but after her husband's passing, she discovered that she wasn't the only wife. She takes a temporary position at the winery in Wildstone as a way to get away and regroup for a bit. She does not expect to be surrounded by a family like the Capriotti clan. I loved the characters in this book. The Capriotti family were all wonderful. They were all genuinely caring people that never hesitated to take those in need under their wing. They were all just a lot of fun. I thought that the banter between the family members added a level of authenticity to their characters. Usually when there is a large cast of characters, I have a bit of difficulty keeping everyone straight but these characters were all so unique and had very distinct personalities from the start of the story. I think that Shalvis did a fantastic job with the character development in this book. I loved Mark and Lanie together. They were just perfect together and complimented each other wonderfully. I like that they were both coming from a place where they didn't want a relationship but couldn't resist the draw towards each other. They had so much chemistry but the parts of the book that really made their relationship feel real were the more touching ones, such as Mark being there for Lanie when she needed him, or Lanie's interactions with Mark's girls. This book had no shortage of excitement. I liked River's character but I had a feeling that she would make things interesting as soon as she entered the story. River and Lanie have so much in common and I loved how all kinds of relationships were explored in this story. I felt like we really had the chance to see these characters grow and learn how to deal with some of the hardships that have been a part of their lives. I would highly recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a wonderfully written story filled with swoony and heartwarming moments. I can't wait to read more from Shalvis and I hope that we get to see some of these characters again in future installments in the series. I received a digital review copy of this book from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss.
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    Contemporary Romance

    Looking for a family to take you in? May I suggest the Capriottis? What a loving, accepting, wonderful, warm-hearted group of people spanning four generations live and work together at their vineyard and winery! And, how marvelous it was for Lainie, River and Holden to have met them when they did! Lainie has taken a job as a graphic artist and will live and work on the vineyard for two months. She has recently been widowed and found out that her husband was not the man she thought he was. If he weren’t dead she might have been tempted to kill him herself after learning all that she did about him. She is talented, a bit snarky, definitely guarded and uninterested in forever with a man when she arrives at the winery. That begins to change as one by one the Capriotti family begins to worm their way into her life and into her heart. Mark Capriotti left the family business for the Air Force only to return home to raise his twin six year old daughters with the help of his family when his wife scarpered off to Australia. He is a wonderful father and relative and oh so alpha male hot BUT he is not on the market for a woman to be part of his future. He works long hours on the local police force and has dreams of building a home for his family one day. When Lainie and Mark meet on her first day at work I felt like a fly on the wall…or picnic table…and enjoyed their interaction and the sizzle between them. That sizzle sputters for a bit but then the embers spark to life again…eventually. I enjoyed the way they became closer and also how they worked through their issues eventually ending up thoroughly happy together. Mark’s daughters are a delight and add so much to the lives of the characters in the book. I found them precocious and precious and wanted to scoop them up and play with them. River’s arrival and secrets that are eventually exposed rock Lainie’s world making her question more than she has before. There is so MUCH in this book that made me feel and care and wish I could be there. I wanted to give hugs as well as shake sense into some of the characters but in the end I didn’t want the story to end because it was just that good! Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review.
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    Lanie and the Hot Deputy Sheriff, Mark!!

    Lanie Jacobs needs to get away from “it all” for awhile so she takes a temporary job at a family vineyard updating their marketing campaigns. Lanie can’t help falling for this very loving, inviting family in Wildstone, California. What is Lanie getting away from, well, the memories of her dead husband and all the wives that he had that none of the others knew about. Lanie was the only legal marriage though and the only one who received his life insurance policy. In walks Mark Capriotti, hot, single, father of 2, deputy sheriff. Mark is the son of Cora. Cora, a very wise matriarch and the owner of the vineyard. Cora who plays matchmaker of sorts in a very sneaky way. Mark vowed not to fall in love again since his wife left him and their twins Sierra and Samantha. Sierra has not spoken a word since their mom left. Though with a sister like Samantha, she really does not need to talk. Samantha knows exactly what Sierra needs and wants. Mark can’t resist Lanie!! Lanie’s walls come tumbling down little by little. She adores the twins. Lanie and Mark have the hots for one another but agree, sex only leave hearts out of it. We all know how that always works. Eventually, those walls come tumbling down and they are both madly in love with one another. Of course there are twists and turns at every point. In walks River, who is pregnant, homeless and thought she the only wife of Lanie’s husband. She wants what she feels is hers, the wedding band that she purchased for her husband. She needs the money since living out of her beat up car is not idea for her or her baby. Lanie and River hit it off and become fast friends. Lanie has no idea what River is really after until she comes back to her cabin and finds River going through Lanie’s personal items. What happens next?? You will need to read the book and find out :) Can’t give away all the secrets. I can tell you, you will not be disappointed and you will look forward to the next book. I hope that is Lanie and Holden.
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    Couldn't Put It Down!!

    Lanie Jacobs life is a mess. Losing her husband 6 months ago and finding out that he had cheated on her having married other women Lanie was ready for a fresh start. Little did Lanie know the graphic artist job she took at Capriotti Winery would chance her life for the better. Mark Capriotti’s world revolves around his daughters. Having his wife leave him and his daughter he is determined to avoid love at all costs. Mark and Lanie can’t help but let down their walls for each other. Now Lanie needs to trust that Mark is exactly what she needs. Another beautiful story that I couldn’t put down.
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    Shalvis at her best.

    To find strength, fears have to be faced, life has to be lived and pain has to be felt. For in our weakest moments is when we are at our most powerful. Rainy Day Friends gives one woman the courage to take on heartbreaking betrayal and reach for the stars. Shalvis is at her best when she takes on reality. Lanie Jacobs is a manifestation of women everywhere. She gave her heart with the best of intentions and came away with more heartache than she every thought possible. Along the way she found her voice and sets about mending her heart, with a few more surprises thrown her way. Jill Shalvis, creates characters that are inspirational works of art.
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