Monday, March 28, 2016

Let It Breathe by Tawna Fenske

Book Description

Vineyard manager Reese Clark is determined to bring her family’s Oregon winery into the big leagues, and she knows building a new tasting room and event pavilion is her ticket there. Having her ex-husband’s best friend—and her secret college crush—turn up to head the construction project, however, definitely is not. Between her nauseating lovebird parents; her motorcycle-riding, pot-growing grandfather; and her pet alpaca fond of head-butting groins, Reese has more than enough chaotic characters in her life.
Back in college, Clay Henderson was more likely to be sprawled over a bar than building one. But even if the new clean-living Clay has matured as deliciously as an oak-aged chardonnay, he’s still off-limits. As Reese’s well-laid plans for the winery crumble like bad cork, Clay the bad boy-turned-sober gentleman is sweet enough to rescue Reese from a wardrobe malfunction and still spicy enough to play “I Never” with her. Can he overcome his past rep to offer her a love too heady to ignore?
AVAILABLE: March 22, 2016

Reese Clark is determined to bring her family's winery into the big leagues and she feels that expanding is the way to do it.  She wants to add a tasting room and event pavilion to be able to expand profits and add exposure.  When her ex-husband's best friend (and former crush) she fears that MAYBE she bit off more than she can chew.  

Clay Henderson is finally back home after leaving to get his life on track.  He is determined to show his friends that he has changed from his crazy drinking days to a more mature, SOBER man.  But sometimes temptation comes in the form of the one woman that he has always loved.  And will Clay be able to convince Reese to really give them a chance at love?

I actually would of really enjoyed this book if it weren't for one aspect of it.  I didn't like the way that a few of the characters treated Clay about his alcoholism and recovery.  I have family members that are alcoholics, so I understand that it is a disease that NEVER goes away and it is a constant battle.  BUT you have to have some level trust all around or it won't work and it isn't fair to anyone involved.  The doubt and mistrust will just add so much stress to everyone.  And I felt that everyone was just waiting for Clay to lose it and dunk his head in a wine barrel and go to town.  I felt that they were very judgmental and didn't give him a chance (specifically Reese and Eric) especially when Clay has been sober for years and was still recognizes it.

RATING: 2.5 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**