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    This is a fantastic story of a woman, Juniper "Juni" Hart, striving to fulfill not only her lifelong dream but also her father's. She has turned the struggling vineyard around and with a little publicity she feels they will be on the right path to success. Juni has little time for a personal life so when Manolo Santos arrives in town she immediately puts up her walls and fights any kind of attraction. Manolo isn't a man that takes no as an answer immediately though. He knows Juni is completely focused on her winery but he also knows he has some ideas that can get her the notice she's looking for. If she will just give him an inch and let him help. The story is set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and the excellent descriptive writing of the author takes you there experiencing all the beauty the land has to offer. The romance that builds between Juni and Manolo is wonderful. It's slow and deep and let's you enjoy the changes in each of the characters. The entire story is wonderfully crafted with well developed characters and storyline. This is definitely a book I will be recommending to everyone.
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    Contemporary Romance

    Juniper “Junie” Hart has a dream. Not many understand that she is willing to work hard and do just about anything to make her dream a reality. She has a staunch group of friends in the community but with finances short, a mother who wants money, a flake for a brother and a bad guy hot on the heels of her winery life is not easy but it is rewarding. When Manolo Santos strolls into Junie’s wine tasting room sparks fly – angry ones – at least at first. Santos is a player but also a close friend of one of Junie’s friends. He is there for a short time working on a project and he always moves on. Manolo has issues of his own related to family on the East coast and though he is not a man who puts down roots he is definitely drawn to Junie. This book talks about making wine – about many aspects of the process from grape growing to harvest then the crush filtering then bottling and finding means of marketing and selling this wonderful beverage. It is an educational but also fun novel to read. I loved Junie’s strength. I loved Manolo’s giving nature. I loved the fact that good triumphed over evil. I loved the fact that Junie and Manolo did not fall into bed immediately and that they had to struggle with feelings and fears and more while dealing with “what ifs” – Great story – highly recommend it! AND I really want to find out what happens in book 2! Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC. This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars
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    ...reminds me of a watercolor.

    The Crush reminds me of a watercolor. The vibrant colors, the vivid energy and the emotional connection are a work of art that speaks to the reader. There is a sexiness and flavor that is abundantly clear from the word go. Junie is a woman that has an emotional bond to wine. Her late father owned a winery and she wants to honor his memory and prove to herself that she can keep his dream alive, despite the odds. Her pride won't settle for less than success. Manelo, knows a thing or two about flavor. His background makes him an asset, but his arrogance makes him an aggravation in Junie's eyes. Opposites attract but can these two work together without combusting? A robust story that blends spice, sass and lots of pizzazz.
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    The Crush

    I like reading stories from Heather. I have read her previous alcohol stories. I was sure this would be just as good. I wasn't let down. This one is about wine that I know very little about. This sort of made me feel like the heroine tied to the railroad track. Junie lost her Dad literally in their vineyard. She misses him. Her mom is a surgeon and wants to sell all of it. She refuses to sell. She meets Manolo with her friend Sam to push her wine to sell. Manolo isn't a grower but he loves to build and does for Junie. She is her only help. I was surprised how much work comes to work before you can sell it. I would say for you to grab tissues close to you. I liked this book and would recommend it to anyone to read. I hope you will be interested in this wine story. Please choose to read this story! I have volunteered to read and review this book.

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