St. Helena Vineyard Series: Destiny Plays (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Santini Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Destiny Plays, book two in the Santini bothers' series, is a sweet and sexy story. Christos and Kate meet by chance one rainy Halloween night and find there's an immediate and inexplicable connection. But they live such opposite lives- he's an established lawyer in his home state of California and she's a veteran actress with a well respected career of her own that takes her from coast to coast. Is there any way these two such different people can possibly make things work?
It was really nice to read a story about 2 more "mature" characters. For a minute there I thought this was going the way of so many storylines lately, with the older man swept up by the younger woman. I was glad to see it didn't!
I appreciated the conflicts Christos and Kate both faced- how just like in real life you can still question what you're doing with your life, no matter what your age. I liked how much they were drawn to each other, and the romance and sweetness of their story. I liked that that they didn't waste time and play games. I enjoyed watching them both fall, and dealing with those feelings.
And it was great to see the Santini gang again, what a wonderful family!
Now I just need to transport myself to St. Helena, CA quick, before all the Santini brothers are snatched up! Sadly, with Christos and Nash both taken, the pickings are starting getting slim, but I'm not giving up yet!
Christos and Kate , they are so beatiful, I love they are no so young , in a bad and sad moments in their lives, feeling alone without this passion on life only living , existing, but no really living.
This family is amaizin I lo ove them so much , they are so warm, made the life of everyone's happy.
Thanks for give us this beatiful novella, I'm your fan forever and ever!! And Oh!!the little thanks , awesome!!
Thank you and I can't wait for your next book!!
A rainy Halloween night brings attorney, Christos Santini, and actress, Kate Cornell, together and the sparks (and claws) fly! I love that our hero and heroine are both a bit older and more mature than the typical couples seen in romance books. They may not have known exactly how to deal with all the new emotions and feelings as their relationship began, but they both recognized that what they shared was special and extraordinary. I really liked both Christos and Kate, individually and together, and was rooting for them to find their happily ever after. Leslie Pike knows how to pull on those heartstrings and she packs quite the emotional punch in this novella.
Though the story focuses on Christos, don't worry, the rest of the Santini family make appearances too. I especially enjoyed catching up with Nash and Farrah, who appeared in book 1 of this series, Destiny Laughs. The epilogue left me with a huge smile on my face and I'm excited to see what the author has in store for the Santini family next!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Even though this is the second Santini book and part of the St. Helena “world”, you do not have to have read the original series nor Destiny Laughs to enjoy this one. You really should read Destiny Laughs because it is fabulous and it makes the Nash/Max/Farrah stuff really special, but it is not required – this story absolutely stands alone.
I adored the meet-cute between Kate and Christos – it was sweet, funny (Christos might not agree with me on that), and very original. But the best part of this book was the way that their relationship grew organically and wasn't rushed just because this is a novella. Don't get me wrong, I love sexy times in books, but they mean so much more when a couple connects outside of the bedroom before they fall into bed and into insta-love and Ms. Pike nailed that here.
To see the main couple in a romance novel be in their 40's was so incredibly refreshing (especially the female lead – that so rarely happens!). I really loved that they were both mature, stable people instead of a couple of twenty somethings. Thank you for that, Ms. Pike.
The Santini family is fabulous for the most part. I loved getting to know the family a little better and getting a look into Nash and Farrah's life (no spoilers but I LOVED where they went in life) and meeting most of the other siblings. I would absolutely love to read Dion's story should that be in the works, but will skip Nikos' if that comes to pass. I'm not sure if he was supposed to be charming, but I was really surprised by how disgusting and offensive he was. I thought his schtick was going to turn out to be an act, but the conversation with Max about “horny drunk women” was strike one, the comments about his underage cousins was strike two, and then the at the scene at the dinner table with Alexander just killed it for me. The guy's not charming, he's a creep. He was literally the only thing about this book I didn't enjoy.
Even if you haven't read the St. Helena series, if you enjoy a book that is a beautiful mix of serious, funny, sexy, and sweet, you should give this story a read. It's really great!