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Wine, Tarts, & Sex (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – June 3, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425222012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425222010
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,933,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Johnson is the award-winning, national bestselling author of the novels Hot Spot, Hot Legs, and Hot Pink, among others.

 

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Long ago, as they say, in another time, when fast food hadn't reached our area and the only shopping was what the feed mill offered, I was reading a book that annoyed me .

My husband was lying beside me in bed, watching TV. Turning to him, I petulantly said, "How the hell did this book get published?"

"If you think you're so smart," he replied, with one eye still on the TV, "why don't you write a book?"

So I did.

Customer Reviews

Think I've got four of her books and they are keepers.
Carol Hollyfield
If you only want romances to have a plot as a means of moving from one sex scene to the next, you might like this book.
Sandy Kay
I thought both of the characters were very believable and likeable as well.
K. Tibble

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denise Bolds VINE VOICE on July 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Ms. Johnson does it again! This story involves both food and sex - Jake is a world-renowned chef (my perfect aphrodisiac - a man in the kitchen!) Liv is smart, sexy and beautiful - not to mention financially secure and very cognizant of her sexuality. I enjoyed this story because the focus was not just on the two main characters - but the drama from the friends kept the story moving along. Sizzling hot story of sex with a menu to make you drool. This is very good summer reading - and plan a trip to the Culinary Institute for a dinner - there is definitely eye candy to be found along with excellent food! Oh! Don't forget the wine!:)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TLC on August 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
and quite frankly, I am having trouble finishing.
I LOVE Susan Johnson's historical romances. They are always well developed, hot and steamy. I love her historic novels so much that I purchase her books whenever I see one I don't currently own without knowing anything about the story.
There are three solid things I know and have come to expect from her books.
1) The guy will always be hot
2) It will be well written, character development, plot, etc.
3) So steamy you'll need your man or device.

So far, this book only has one of the two. The guy is hot (looking), but his character is so flat that I can't feel him.
Other issues? I feel like I'm reading an amateur novelist's first time in print. There is absolutely no feeling between the main characters. No indication that they feel anything other than the need to get laid by a beautiful face.
The verse is so choppy and feels so forced that its not even entertaining. I'm hoping it will get better, but it has that Gilmore Girls, choppy dialect feel going on and that is so not sexy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Kay VINE VOICE on January 1, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you only want romances to have a plot as a means of moving from one sex scene to the next, you might like this book. There is a plot and it could have been an interesting one if the author had paid as much attention to it as to the sex scenes. I actually want my romances to be romantic and this book missed the mark there by a mile.

I ordered it because I like to read books set in Minnesota and want to support Minnesota writers. After this book, I won't be looking for any more by Susan Johnson.

Jake and Liv have sex on their second meeting. Neither of them is looking for a relationship; it's just mutual lust. After that, they have more sex every few pages, including in the back seat of the car in the grocery parking lot because they can't wait to get home and a finger job on the freeway at 80 mph (ditto for the can't wait to get home). Some of the action isn't particularly sexy to me because Jake is a sexual bully. In one passage Liv tells him "Stop!" twice -- she doesn't want to do it there (in the pantry) and not without a condom. But Jake ignores her and keeps going until she gives in. Rather than being angry, Liv is all turned on and then Jake mocks her saying he thought she didn't want to do it there. That's closer to my idea of a rapist than a romantic hero.

What they don't do is have any feelings for each other deeper than horniness. Even at the end of the book, there is no mention of love or commitment beyond Jake saying "I'm not going away."

There is more romance in the secondary plot line involving Janie (who is coincidentally a friend of both Jake and Liv) and Roman, the private investigator her soon-to-be-ex-husband sends to get their son away from her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Tibble on August 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have read many of Susan Johnson's books. I enjoy both her historicals and her contemporary novels. This was a very enjoyable and hot read. I really liked both of the characters. Jake is a gorgeous chef with lots of stamina ( How can you go wrong with that ). Liv is a former model who moves back to Minnesota to run her own winery. I thought both of the characters were very believable and likeable as well. It's not always easy to write good characters who are not only drop dead gorgeous but have depth as well. My only complaint about the story is that the secondary plot-line with Liv's friend Janie who is a spoiled former soap opera actress didn't really move the story along. I would rather have seen more of her friend Shelley or some of the people from her vineyard in the story. I found janie to be a bit annoying. But don't let that keep you from reading this book. Curl up with a nice glass of red wine and enjoy!!
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By LBJ on August 26, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Johnson has returned to what works for her in this contemporary title that features the best and worst of her writing. True to form, Johnson has created two characters who don't want a relationship with their sex but end up liking their chemistry so much they don't want to walk off in the morning. Liv and Jake hate their mutual obsession so much they spend too much time taking it out on each other. There's no real love story involved, just two lustful people who like sleeping together.

In an attempt to insert a storyline Johnson has brought in Janie, a mutual friend of Liv and Jake and a trophy wife who is being replaced. This plotline is actually pretty interesting and I would have liked to have seen it as it's own story without the irrelelvant sex. When the character was introduced I thought I would hate her, but she ended up be smart and spunky. I loved watching her outwit her almost-ex.

If Johnson had been able to give Liv and Jake a storyline as interesting as Janie's this would have been an excellent book. Unfortuately she didn't and their story is mostly made up of them trying to convince themselves to walk away. Janie's story, while interesting, feels out of place as the driving plot bcause she is a secondary character.

Overall WT&S is an entertaining book but not likely to hit my keeper shelf or my list of recommended reads.
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