Pour It On! #NewBook by Staci Troilo @stacitroilo
Hi everyone. Today, it gives me great pleasure to share my review for fellow author, Story Empire contributor, and friend, Staci Troilo, for her latest book, Pour It On. I’ve posted this on a Monday because all my Thursday review slots are scheduled until the beginning of March, and I wanted to showcase Staci’s newest book as early as possible 🙂>>
Despite Romy Chandler hosting a romantic meet-and-greet at her restaurant, she’s all business. When her sommelier quits without any notice—to work for the competition, no less—she goes into mega-mogul-mode. The last thing on her mind is finding a man. She’s looking for someone who knows his way around a Bordeaux, not the boudoir.
Rick Santucci grew up in his family’s vineyard. After years of hard work, he’s turned his grandfather’s humble produce farm into a profitable winery. Once he gets their bottles into the right establishments, he’ll be able to acquire more land and move into the next phase of the company’s expansion. His mother thinks the next stage should be a wife and children, but his sights are set on different fertile grounds.
When Rick and Romy meet, they both forget all about their ambitions. The evening becomes less about revenue than romance, and they get distracted by the music and wine. She thinks he’s the man she needs, both in the restaurant and out. He finds her to be the perfect partner on the dance floor and believes she’ll be the perfect business partner, too. But a series of mix-ups could put an end to everything they’ve started—personally and professionally.
Having read and enjoyed book one in the Keystone series, No Such Luck, I grabbed Pour It On as soon as it went on preorder. I love the cover, the title, and the blurb on this book, and the content lived up to my high expectations.
“Romy Chandler glared at Nigel’s smug sneer.” … from this fun opening line, the author takes the reader right into the action and tension, and it just keeps notching up, with plenty of laugh-aloud moments along the way.
The set up for the mistaken identity was priceless and executed brilliantly. The characters really came to life in this short novella, and I devoured this read in one fun-filled sitting. Here are some lines I loved …
“She glared at her wristwatch, willing the second hand to spin faster. It didn’t. Then she prayed it slowed. It didn’t do that either.” … (how many of us have been there!?)
“Notes of … she didn’t know. It smelled like wine.”
“His thoughts were as unfocused as the landscape he flew past.”
What can I say? … other than, go and read this book! If you fancy some quick, light-hearted, fun fiction, you’ll love this novella. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Between the Vines, when it releases.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book
I wish Staci all the best with the Keystone Couples series. This lovely lady has a lot of life happening right now, so she may not manage to respond to your wonderful comments right away. I know she’ll be thrilled with this review and all your lovely support, though! 🙂.
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