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Kissing Under the Mistletoe (A St. Helena Vineyard Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Marina Adair
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Book Description

Regan Martin stopped believing in Christmas miracles six years ago when she lost everything—her house, her job, and her impeccable reputation in the wine industry—after she fell in love with a man she had no idea was married. Then Regan gets a chance for a fresh start in the Napa Valley. With her dream job, dream home, and her daughter enrolled in a wonderful new school, she starts wondering if holiday wishes really do come true.

But she soon tumbles back down to earth when she learns that her new boss is none other than Gabe DeLuca, the scorned wife’s brother. Gabe wants nothing more than home-wrecking Regan Martin out of his life, his sister’s world, and his family’s business. Mostly, he wants the lush beauty out of his head. Yet his attempts to run her out of town have him thinking twice, especially when he sees that Regan may hold the key to tracking down his sister’s stolen start-up capital. Even worse for Gabe, Regan might just be his Christmas wish and hold the key to his heart.



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After having job after job snatched away by the vengeful interference of the powerful DeLuca family, wine marketer and single mom Regan Martin has finally landed the perfect position in St. Helena, also the perfect place to raise her six-year-old daughter, Holly. Her joy is short lived, though, when she learns that not only is St. Helena home base for the DeLuca clan, but the winery that hired her belongs to them. Also, sexy Gabe DeLuca will stop at nothing to get Regan out of his family’s life and away from the sister whose marriage he blames Regan for wrecking. But Regan is determined to stay, and she receives help from surprising places, including a reluctant Gabe, who is drawn to the gorgeous Regan and charmed by her daughter as well. VERDICT: Well-handled sexual tension, sympathetic protagonists, and engaging supporting characters add to this sassy, tender and funny romp that has plenty of holiday ambiance, lays the foundation for an ongoing series, and leaves fans hoping the next installment isn’t too far away. Adair (Tucker’s Crossing) lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA.

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"This book, sentimental in a way that only Christmas romances can be, is a great holiday read. The story features a strong, single mom who only wants the best for her child, and a sexy man who needs to be reminded what is really important in life. With a lot of teasing and a quirky set of characters, readers will thoroughly enjoy this book and eagerly await more in the series to find out what is in store for the rest of the DeLuca clan." --RT Book Reviews, 4 stars (HOT)

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  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085MNVRO
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kissing Under the Mistletoe October 17, 2012
By Vanessa
Format:Paperback
What a great holiday read! I am now officially in the Christmas mood. I love holiday books whether they are Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day or even Halloween but Christmas is my favorite. Adair did not disappoint me in this Christmas read.

Gabe De Luca is the oldest of 5 siblings and has been the head of the family since his parents died when he was twenty-four. He has spent most of his adult life taking care of his siblings and fixing their problems so when he meets Regan Martin he knows he needs to stay away from her.

Regan had the misfortune of falling in love with Gabe's brother in law and ever since then, Gabe has made her life miserable; preventing her from getting jobs, getting her fired, ect. When she finally lands her dream job in Napa Valley she thinks that her life is finally starting to go her way. Little does she know that she has moved into Gabe's hometown.

I really enjoyed this book. From the start we see the clash of Regan and Gabe as they strike sparks off one another. Gabe tries and fails to see her as the home wrecker of his sisters marriage. While Regan tries and fails to ignore Gabe . Regan was great. She is funny, clumsy and has a string of bad luck that is hilarious and sad all at the same time. I loved her interactions with Gabe while they are both fighting their attractions for each other and she is trying every way in the world to find and keep a job and a home for her and her daughter. Gabe, once you got to his reasons for making Regan's life a misery, is a wonderful sweet man that would do anything for his family and has a protective streak a mile wide. The situations that pop up are so funny. I found myself mentally yelling at the pages of the book taking up for Regan or yelling at her, depending on what she was doing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Holiday Romance Novel November 26, 2012
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I was looking forward to getting Kissing Under the Mistletoe (A St. Helena Vineyard Novel) since tis the season and I like to read holiday romance novels around Christmas.

This appears to be a new series of novels taking place in St. Helena starring the members of the DeLuca family.

We quickly find out that a single mom, Regan Martin, and her daughter Holly, move to St. Helena so that Regan can work as a wine marketer for an up and coming winery consisting of women.

Regan has been blackballed from the wine industry for six years after having an affair with her boss not realizing that he was married to the only female member of the DeLuca family, Abigail.

Regan knowing this is her last chance for her and her daughter hopes that she can start over again and never sees another DeLuca again. Unfortunately that is not meant to be and we quickly find Regan jobless again due to the machinations of Gabe DeLuca.

Gabe is the oldest son of the DeLuca family and the head after the death of his parents when he was 24. He and his four brothers are protective of the youngest of the DeLuca family, Abigail the youngest and only girl. We find out that after Abigail found out about her husband's infidelity he fled the country with millions of dollars and made it seem as if Abigail was part of his theft.

Gabe wants to do what he can to prevent Regan from humiliating and hurting his sister more but finds himself becoming more attracted to her. I ultimately didn't understand why the two characters were attracted to each other at all.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read but wasn't really a winner for me October 15, 2012
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This book had me scratching my head.

Regan Martin had the bad misfortune at the age of 19 to fall in love with a smooth talking man who was already married. She did not know this and was as much a victim of his perfidy as his wife. Except the wife has a large and loving family who will do anything to protect her. Since the cheating husband has taken a powder and disappeared to parts unknown, all the considerable ire of the vengeance seeking clan falls on the head of the hapless Regan.

The book picks up six years later. Regan, who happens to work in the same industry as the DeLuca family (the family of the wronged wife) has found herself blackballed and unable to find a job. Every time she gets an interview, the oldest DeLuca brother Gabe somehow manages to get to the prospective employer and poor Regan finds herself without prospects again.

However Regan finally gets a break. She gets a job at a small start-up winery in Napa valley and it includes a place to live. This couldn't have come at a better time because Regan is down to the fumes of her savings account and it is Christmas season. She has a young daughter (she was pregnant with married-cheater's child when he took off) who she wants to make this the best Christmas ever. Except, Gabe DeLuca has caught up with her again.

The reason this book has me scratching my head was because I was not sure what tone this author intended to take. On the one hand it sometimes plays out like a sexy comedy. Regan and Gabe spar and twinkle and flirt throughout. They sometimes seem like they are simply playing a fun game of sexy one-upmanship. There are also wacky hijinks involving a reindeer and three busybody old ladies.

Yet at other times, Regan is in the pits of despair.
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#1 National Bestselling Author

Marina Adair is an International and #1 National best-selling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is also the author of Sugar's Twice as Sweet, part of the Sugar, Georgia series and Tucker's Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair or visit her at www.MarinaAdair.com.

"Marina Adair writes with heart and sizzling heat. SUGAR'S TWICE AS SWEET will charm you!" ~Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

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