Thursday, July 23, 2015

Just a Kiss by Kate Kisset

Three friends,

One Wine Country Villa

Six Santino Brothers

And lots of wine…

Reeling from the loss of her mother, Sarah Dupont catches her fiancé doing the nasty on top of her pastry table at their San Francisco Bakery.

Devastated, she calls her best friend, lifestyle reporter, Danica Vargas. Danica convinces Sarah to start fresh, and rent a room with her at an historic mansion in Sonoma Valley.

With two roommates who act like the sisters she never had and a feisty landlord to stand in as the grandmother she always wanted, Sarah’s opens a café on the Sonoma Plaza. Her life changes the moment the little bell on the door rings and the notoriously sexy actor Jamie Santino, swaggers in.

Jamie, one of the six Santino Brothers, of Napa Valley Winery fame, needs baking lessons for his new movie and Sarah is just the woman to teach him. Wine flows, their love affair heats up and a tempestuous femme fatale enters the scene.  

How can Sarah trust that Jamie isn’t acting when everything he says seems too good to be true?

A great start to a new series that I will definitely be coming back for more. This book was fun and witty with the added amusement of the women in the Single Girls Wine Club.

Sarah has moved to Sonoma to start a new. After the death of her mother and finding her fiance with a friend in a very compromising position, she's moved close to friends and opened the Vine Cafe. So when movie star and local Jamie Santino asks to follow Sarah around her cafe in order to learn about being a patisserie for an upcoming movie role, Sarah was not so sure it was a great idea. The girls of the wine club convince her it will be good publicity for her little cafe, she gives in.

Jamie Santino is coming off a burned relationship. But when he meets Sarah, she's all he can think about. He doesn't really start off on the right foot and so he has some ground to make up.

I really enjoyed Just A Kiss and found it a quick, light read - which was just what I needed in this book world of angsty, dark releases. I loved the friendship of the girls, the humor throughout and a storyline that was believable and not so far out there. I am really looking forward to more in this series. The only downfall for me was the wine references. I felt like I was country bumpkin in a 5 star Michilan restaurant at times because I know NOTHING about wine, but those that do know about wine will probably enjoy the story even more.

4 Stars

Former San Francisco Radio Disc Jockey Kate Kisset has a passion for telling great stories. After playing thousands of  Hot AC, Country, Rock and Oldies tunes, for her primarily female fan base, she changed her tune and became an author. 

Just a Kiss is the first book in her wine country romance series, The Single Girls Wine Club.

She lives in Northern California and Santa Barbara with her family and rescue pup “editor” Luciana Parmigiana, where she hikes, reads, listens to music, and drinks wine. 

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