Today we are once again celebrating the release of THE VINTNER’S VIXEN by Rebecca Norinne and Jamaila Brinkley. This book kicks off the brand new River Hill contemporary romance series. Check out the buy links and some teasers for the book below!
THE VINTNER’S VIXEN by Rebecca Norinne & Jamaila Brinkley
Welcome to River Hill, where the only thing more intoxicating than the wine is the man who makes it.
With movie roles for “curvy best friend” drying up fast, actress Angelica Travis is happy to be leaving Hollywood behind for a project she’s truly passionate about: renovating an historic bed and breakfast in peaceful wine country. She’s got plans and power tools ready, but an inconvenient attraction to her obnoxious new neighbor is NOT on the agenda.
Winemaker Noah Bradstone wants nothing more than to cultivate his grapes and win awards for his wine. But when construction on the B&B next door threatens his vines, Noah goes on a rampage – and comes up hard against the sexiest starlet he’s ever seen. Exactly the sort of woman he’s vowed never to get involved with again.
Angelica and Noah might be able to resolve their differences over a glass of some very fine wine, but when her opportunity at breakout stardom comes calling, all bets are off.
About the Authors
USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes steamy contemporary romance featuring strong, determined heroines and sexy, dominant heroes. If you love books filled with heart, heat, and happily-ever-afters, she’s got a story for you.
When not writing, Rebecca is watching rugby, drinking craft beer, and traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next story. She lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband, but is originally from California.
You can reach Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org or at any of the social media sites listed below. You can also subscribe to her newsletter by clicking here.
Jamaila Brinkley writes historical romance with a hint of magic. Her Wizards of London series features thieves, duchesses, witches, and more indulging in mayhem and romance in Regency England. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and was a finalist in the Romance Through the Ages contest in 2015.
Jamaila came to romance as an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and found that her favorite historical romances seemed ripe for an injection of magic. Her favorite historical period is currently the Victorian era, and she’s never happier than when immersed in a multi-book family series.
Jamaila lives outside Baltimore, Maryland in a house that is perpetually under renovation with her husband and twin toddlers. You can find her blogging about romance, writing, parenting, cooking, and more on her website at www.jamailabrinkley.com, and posting pictures of her lunch on Twitter as @jamaila.
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FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH INKSLINGER PR. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!
I’ve been struggling with Ms. Norinne’s writing since being asked to read and review her Dublin Rugby series, so when I was asked to read and review this one, I took a chance on it, hoping that the addition of a second writer to her work would make for a more interesting and engaging book. It did, to a degree, but it wasn’t enough to keep me engaged with the book.
First of all, I had a MAJOR annoyance with one sentence in this book! The women really needed a fact checker, editor, something, because when you add a line in your book specifically naming characters from a franchise as beloved as Star Wars, you had best be sure to get the names correct, or you raise the ire of every self proclaimed geek that reads your work! I quote the book directly: “Why don’t you sit for a few minutes and we can debate the sheer idiocy of Padma falling for Anakin.” Ladies, it is Padmé Amidala, NOT Padma! A simple Google search of “Queen Amidala” would have gotten the correct spelling for the authors in seconds, but a mistake of this magnitude tells me that they didn’t care about the line/book enough to do their research properly, if at all. Yes, it is an uncorrected proof of the book, but the line is worded in such a way that I can easily see the mistake making it into the final copy of the book. I pretty much lost all respect for the work at 21% in, not something that you want to do so early in the story.
Secondly, the “relationship” kept ping-ponging back and forth between states of being. It felt less like an actual romance and more like an erotic novel, because it was so focused on the “hook up”, rather than anything meaningful. This is largely in part to Noah’s hang-ups, but Angelica didn’t help matters either. She felt too much like a doormat to Noah’s demands/issues.
The book was a quick enough read, thankfully not suffering from the “padding” that I found came with Ms. Norinne’s Rugby series, but ultimately, much as I enjoy novels set around winemaking, I recommend avoiding this one.
2 stars out of 5