Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 5, 2018
Length: 5 hours and 28 minutes
When a nerd gives up her 70 hour a week job to move to wine country and open a vineyard, you know she is going to ruffle a couple of feathers. The hero calls her the little sister of Satan, but in reality she does everything for him. The nerd feels her biological clock is ticking with no prospects so she hits up the local hero from a family that is rumored to get a girl pregnant just standing next to them. What ensues is a honest, hot, sexy and sweet romance that family can’t stay out of!
It’s one of those times I had a longer drive and needed a good story to listen to and this was at the top of the list. I hadn’t heard of Lili Valente so I was reserving some judgement going into the story. We meet Dylan as he’s waking up to get his farm going for the day. Well actually it once was a vineyard, but his father ran it into the red destroying the soil. Now Dylan’s bringing the family back to the black and looking to make beer. He wants the land that is currently a pumpkin patch. The owner calls him the grandson he never had and swears he will sell Dylan the land until a young sweet woman comes to town making a better offer. The little sister of Satan if you believe Dylan.
Emma left behind a cheating ex-fiancé, a 70 hour job and a life she knew to start over. Making wine is now her biggest career goal while teaching young girls on the weekend how to code….computer code that is. It’s a lonely life, but a life she is making for herself. When it’s time for her yearly examine we learn she has endometriosis and had a hard time getting pregnant with her ex. She’s getting older with no prospects for a everlasting love, so all she wants is a child she can build a life with, but who is going to help her when she can’t look into a sperm donors eyes to gauge if they are a good person?
Emma over hears that the Hunter men have super powered sperm. When early one morning she has equipment issues, she meets up with Dylan and proposes he get her pregnant. Whoooow there Betsy! Dylan is the son begotten out of wedlock by a father who loved the women. The father was married and the wife also pregnant. Two months separate him and Rafe, so he doesn’t want children running around that he doesn’t know or isn’t responsible for. He turns her down, but propositions her for condom sex.
These two wrestle through the details until they come to an agreement. She gets a baby and moves away, he gets the land he wants.
The story weaves through their lives showing us the good points and the bad ones that shape them. While they do get down and dirty, they also have deep conversations the bare parts of their souls. There is input from his brothers, which he has 3. Rafe wants him to glove it up! While his youngest brother offers the most sage advice. Even the father who was a horrible husband, gave advice that was sound and good. He wasn’t to bad of a father. Even Emma’s sister who isn’t into marriage after their parents breakup, protects her sister and tries to rationalize things with her.
While the story might seem all about the baby, it is deeper than that. It dealt with the frustration of dreams lost, but also gave hope for the dreams that came from that loss. Both characters were extremely likable and I wished they were real so I could meet them. Maybe it was the great narrating that helped me stay in the story and ignored the distractions that tried to pull me away. I loved their voices and felt like I was right there in the story watching it like a movie.
I throughly enjoyed this story and went straight out to get the next two books. Here’s to a new author and series to explore!
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