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Summer in Napa (A St. Helena Vineyard Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Marina Adair
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Book Description

When Alexis “Lexi” Moreau caught her husband, Jeff, sampling the sous-chef’s more intimate wares in their New York restaurant, she ran—all the way back to her hometown of St. Helena, California. Six months later, Lexi has no husband and no restaurant. But she does have a three-step plan: First, convert her grandmother’s bakery into her dream bistro. Second, ignore Grandma’s matchmaking attempts. And third, avoid Marco DeLuca, her ex’s commitment-phobic, distractingly sexy best friend.

In school Lexi was off-limits for Marco. After all, she was his buddy’s girl. But she’s still as smart and as gorgeous—and apparently as immune to his charms—as she used to be. Yet the simple fake romance they agree upon to dodge Lexi’s grandmother’s matchmaking plans soon turns deliciously complicated. And the sultry summer might bring together all the right ingredients for Marco to win the only woman he’s ever wanted.

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Blindsided when she catches her husband cheating with their restaurant's sous chef, restaurateur Alexis Moreau leaves the Big Apple, worms and all, and heads home to St. Helena in California's Napa Valley to heal and to begin again. Her new dream is to turn her grandmother's floundering bakery into a classy bistro. The challenge? To make it happen while avoiding her grandmother's matchmaking ploys. What Lexi needs is time to get things on track, and dating losers (e.g., Mr. Monday lunch, Mr. Tuesday dinner) is soaking up way too much of it. So when her high school buddy (and her ex's best friend) Marco DeLuca needs to get ready for a major wine-tasting event and suggests a fake relationship—also announcing it on Facebook—Lexi agrees, never thinking that Marco would actually turn out to be her Mr. Every Day. VERDICT: Major sexual electricity, zingy humor, some meddlesome but well-meaning grandmothers, and a pair of protagonists who spar beautifully add up to another lively addition in an engaging series. Adair (Kissing Under the Mistletoe) lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.

About the Author

Marina Adair is a national bestselling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is the author of Tucker’s Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She lives with her husband and daughter in Northern California.

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  • File Size: 1532 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099730
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marina Adair Has A Formula - And It works! May 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
On February 2 of this year, I wrote a review of Marina Adair's Kissing Under The Mistletoe. I gave it a 3.0, thought it was solid entertainment. Now she's back with her 2nd book in the St. Helena Vineyards Series (also a 3.0, also solid). Marina has a formula that works. The DeLuca's are a big wine-growing family in St. Helena. In book 1, a woman leaves a bad relationship and comes to St. Helena. She ends up with the oldest of the DeLuca boys. In book 2, Summer in Napa, guess what happens? Give up? That's right. A woman leaves a bad relationship, comes to St. Helena, and...yeah, I'm not going to tell you. Suffice it to say that there are similarities in the 2 books.

Lexi Moreau and her husband own a restaurant in New York. They're struggling to make a go of it, but this is Lexi's dream, and she intends to make it work. Then, Lexi walks in on her husband and the sous chef (she's a she) discussing more than the next day's menu. Lexi, heartbroken, comes back to St. Helena, her hometown. Her grandmother has a bakery, and Lexi is going to convert it into a bistro.

What she doesn't count on is her grandmother fixing her up with countless (not really, but a lot of) dates. To stop the onslaught, Marco DeLuca, who is her husband's best friend and who Lexi knows very well (platonically) from their high school days, offers to act as her boyfriend (platonically). Need I go on?

Here's the deal. It doesn't matter that you know what's going to happen. And I've said this before. It's a romance. They're supposed to get together for crying out loud. What matters is that you care about Lexi and Marco. You boo Lexi's husband. You cringe when the woman obsessed with Marco is scorned and seeks revenge. These things are okay.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet ending May 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
So we have Lexi, a divorcée to Marco's best friend, Jeffrey. She plays it safe and never listens to her wants and needs, rather she focuses on others. This was proved time and time again when she would go on blind dates set up by her grandmother, even though she doesn't want to.

And then we have Marco, a DeLuca and the "screw-up" of the family. I really, really liked Marco here. He was always trying to get Lexi to listen to her instincts and not to others, and unleash her wild side.

The first half of the book I didn't like so much. It was very annoying seeing Lexi constantly be pushed over by her grandmother and everyone else, never doing what she wanted to do. And Abigail--Marco's sister--was still annoying. When she found out that her best friend Lexi and her brother were dating, she flew off the handle. That part's understandable, I mean it's her best friend and her brother. But what really pissed me off was that, like the rest of the DeLuca family, she didn't think of Marco in the best light and said things about him that just made me want to throw something at her.

In fact, the whole DeLuca family didn't think much of Marco. They didn't think he would be good at his job and were constantly doubting his abilities. I just wanted to hit all of them upside the head.

But once Lexi let go a little bit and they started to hang out more and more, it got better. Much better. I loved how Lexi and Marco's relationship was so perfect and that they fit together so well. The happy moments between them were heart-melt worthy.

The conflicts that poor Lexi had to go through--including the no-good, cheating ex of hers--made me feel like the poor woman deserved a medal. And the way Marco made up for his mistakes and put Lexi first, that made me melt.

I loved the sweet ending that these two got and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happily Entranced and Happily Surprised! May 24, 2013
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It has heart, and I don't mean romance heart, which of course it does contain...I mean you can feel the writer's heart in her creation.

She effortlessly captures your interest by taking the traditional ingredients of a romance novel and blending in copious amounts of humor, truly interesting characters, amazingly strong secondary characters, fabulous descriptions, and wonderful dialogue and dashes of story lines which not only flow well but could be great stories by themselves. She does this last part without detracting from the story line you are reading. I think it is high praise when you finish reading a book and you start to wonder well what happened with so and so...I wonder what will or could happen to this person etc., but not in the, "menacing it feels incomplete way." But rather in the, "this was a book that peaked my interest enough to be thought provoking and my imagination has been ignited because of it."

Her secondary characters are genius. They lend so much to the story. Many of them you really find yourself wanting to know as much about as you do about your main characters. There are so many essential secondary characters in this book that are entertaining and valuable and really help to make this a truly endearing and successful book. Despite the amount of secondary characters, I had no trouble keeping track of who was who and what was what, that can happen when you have that many players/plots on stage. Well done.

The humor ranges from laugh out loud, making you smile, understated and even clever and witty. Of course since it's a romance there is also plenty of sassy humor as well.

I enjoyed the fact that the author didn't fall back on or heavily rely on overly descriptive sex acts to be the foundation of her writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read, five stars
This book is another in the series. The characters were similar to those in other books but the main characters were unique to this book. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Sbjulie
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer in napa
What a great read!!! Lots of romance, steamy sex & chemistry scenes! What a creative writer Ms Marina Adair is! A must read definitely! Read more
Published 10 days ago by darlene
1.0 out of 5 stars To smutty
Romance does not have to be smut. To many author's are writing it now. Again I think a book should be enjoyable, fun to read, and will teach something.
Published 13 days ago by Frankie Oberlechner
4.0 out of 5 stars fluff reading
Predictable. I like to read 'predictable' sometimes. Cute story. No one could eat as many eclairs as main character did without changing to a chubby theme. Read more
Published 15 days ago by J. Ben Mather
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd great experience with Marina
Another bat out of the ball park for me..I loved this book. thanks again Marina
Published 21 days ago by E. Mccurry
5.0 out of 5 stars love this family!
Loved Lexi and Marc's story! I couldn't put it down! I love the family dynamics and all of the characters in this book!
Published 25 days ago by Jenny Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
love them!
Published 29 days ago by brenda jeter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fun quick read
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Golson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast moving and enjoyable book!
Published 1 month ago by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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#1 National Bestselling Author

Marina Adair is a #1 National best-selling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Sugar, Georgia series, she is also the author the St. Helena Vineyard series, and her upcoming Heroes of St Helena 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 Keep up with Marina by signing up for her newsletter at

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