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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Just a Kiss by Kate Kisset (Book Review)

Just a Kiss by Kate Kisset
Book 1: The Single Girls Wine Club / A Wine Country Romance Series
Publisher: Castlerock Publishing
Publication Date: July 23, 2015
Format: eBook - 177 pages
               Kindle - 1136 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a book review program hosted by Chick Lit Plus.

Book Description:

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 move in with her at Bella Villa 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?

My Book Review:

Can a cafe owner and a movie star find love or will they only share just a kiss?

In her debut novel, Just a Kiss, author Kate Kisset weaves a sweet romance tale set in the picturesque California Sonoma Valley wine country.

Sarah Dupont is restarting her life in Sonoma Valley after finding her ex-fiance Robert having sex with Samantha, her friend and accountant, on her pastry table in their San Francisco bakery. She is living with friends Dana Vargas, an entertainment and lifestyle reporter with the Napa Sun newspaper, Juliet St. John, a tv morning show host, and their landlady, Lulu Castelli, owner of the historic Bella Vista mansion and Castelli Vineyards. Within six months of living in Sonoma Valley, Sarah opened the Vine Cafe filled delicious baked goods and aromatic coffee. With no interest in finding love, Sarah puts her all into her cafe, doubting that she'll ever be able to love or be loved again.

Jamie Santino is one of six sons from the successful family owned Santino Winery in Napa Valley. He is an actor who had his heart broken and career trashed by movie director Clarissa Thomas. He has had lots of flings, but no serious relationships. He has tried to find a "normal" woman outside of the Hollywood film industry, but none have clicked. He has waited for the right starring role in a movie to come along to restart his acting career, and now he has a chance with a starring role as a famous American baker who moves to France to open a patisserie.

Dana talks Sarah into helping Jamie prepare for his role as a baker, and at first she has little interest in helping him, that is until the sexy movie star walks into her cafe. Who knew that with one little kiss, some baking and some wine, that love could be so amazing?

Just a Kiss is the first book in The Single Girls Wine Club / A Wine Country Romance Series. It is a delightful tale that follows the romance of Sarah and Jamie in the heart of the Sonoma Valley wine country. From the time they met, the chemistry and spark between Sarah and Jamie was undeniable, their sexy flirtation made me smile, and one little spoiler teaser: the rolling dough scene was very sensuous and reminded me of the clay-making scene in the movie Ghost. I loved the mixture of humor, friendship, drama, and romance that was interwoven throughout the storyline. I really enjoyed the friendship between Sarah, Dana, Juliet, and Lulu, they are normal ladies living everyday lives that anyone can relate to, their friendship reminded me of my own close-knit group of friends. The author does a wonderful job of transporting the reader to the picturesque Sonoma Valley wine country with a rich description of the locale sights and sounds that makes me yearn to travel there and sample some local wine and baked goods! I would be remiss if I didn't mention that there are six sexy Santino brothers for the readers to meet, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

So if you are in the mood to read a sweet little romance story interwoven with yummy baked goods and wine that will make your mouth water, then look no further, Just a Kiss is the book for you!


About The Author

Former San Francisco radio disc jockey Kate Kisset is passionate about telling great stories.

After playing thousands of Pop, 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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