★ SYNOPSIS ★
Cultural archeologist Lindsay Reynoso is in a small seaside town in California to evaluate an old mansion. When the home’s owner shows up to “help” the evaluation along, Lindsay is furious. Especially as the owner is former bad-boy tennis star Christopher Brandt…her one-time fling and the father of Lindsay’s son. Only he doesn’t know it.
As far as Chris is concerned, the old mansion is tied to a past he’s better off leaving behind. He’d rather bulldoze the thing and move on. If only his gorgeous consultant would let him. Even while fighting over the demolition, the chemistry that once brought them together is smoldering stronger than ever.
But honesty is very important to Chris, and Lindsay has an eight-year-old secret…
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★ MY REVIEW ★
A Touch of Chardonnay was downright interesting and intriguing to me. I’ve never read a book by Pamela Gibson before and this one will likely have me reading more. The characters are well thought out, well planned and can support themselves. The writing itself is extremely well done.
I flat out loved Lindsay! Yup, you read that. I loved her strength and determination. I thought for sure going into this book that it’d be typical “I didn’t tell my baby’s daddy that he was a daddy.” trope but no, not even close. Even aside from the synopsis of the story itself, this book was just flat out interesting. Lindsay’s job as a Cultural Archeologist, something I’d never even heard of, was engaging. It made me want to find out more about this mansion that Chris is trying to bulldoze as much as I wanted to find out what was happening next in the story. It was like going on a treasure hunt with the heroine.
Chris has a past and he acknowledges it. It’s not pretty but he doesn’t try to make it out to be something it wasn’t. I like seeing characters that know where they’ve been and have risen beyond it. Maturing, I suppose you could say? He was less memorable for me than Lindsay, although, his stubbornness surely wasn’t. He wants that house gone and isn’t afraid to try to say it. What I did enjoy about Chris is that, regardless of how he feels about Lindsay through the whole book, he never tries to hide his motives. He’s very up front with her about the mansion, and when it comes down to it, he does see things from her side. Agreeing to disagree.
There are definite sparks between Chris and Lindsay. You know it from both of there inner monologues, and considering they have a past, it’s not a surprise. You won’t find tons of sexy fun time in this book either, so no in depth scenes in that regard, but the attraction is apparent.
Overall, this book was a solid three stars for me. I would have probably gone four, but the ending was just extremely rushed. That is my only downside to this book. If I say to much, it’ll be spoilers, but for me, it felt like whiplash at the end. I sat here going, “Wait wait wait!? But what do you mean? What in the world even happened here?”. They do have an HEA, but again, just rushed. I’d have liked to see more at the end and not just the epilogue.
**ARC Provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC. in exchange for an honest review.**