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When Alexis “Lexi” Moreau caught her husband, Jeff, sampling the sous-chef’s more intimate wares in their New York restaurant, she ran—all the way back to her hometown of St. Helena, California. Six months later, Lexi has no husband and no restaurant. But she does have a three-step plan: First, convert her grandmother’s bakery into her dream bistro. Second, ignore Grandma’When Alexis “Lexi” Moreau caught her husband, Jeff, sampling the sous-chef’s more intimate wares in their New York restaurant, she ran—all the way back to her hometown of St. Helena, California. Six months later, Lexi has no husband and no restaurant. But she does have a three-step plan: First, convert her grandmother’s bakery into her dream bistro. Second, ignore Grandma’s matchmaking attempts. And third, avoid Marco DeLuca, her ex’s commitment-phobic, distractingly sexy best friend.In school Lexi was off-limits for Marco. After all, she was his buddy’s girl. But she’s still as smart and as gorgeous—and apparently as immune to his charms—as she used to be. Yet the simple fake romance they agree upon to dodge Lexi’s grandmother’s matchmaking plans soon turns deliciously complicated. And the sultry summer might bring together all the right ingredients for Marco to win the only woman he’s ever wanted....

Title : Summer in Napa
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ISBN : 9781611099737
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Number of Pages : 317 Pages
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Summer in Napa Reviews

  • Duchess Nicole
    2018-10-05 08:07

    I like stories about women who lose it all only to find out that the best is yet to come. I also love friends to lovers stories, so this was exactly my cuppa. Throw in some nummy food descriptions and I was a goner!Alexis and Marco have chemistry out the wazoo...and it takes a bit, but have patience, my friends. It's worth the wait to get the fireworks explosions that seem to lie in wait for these two to touch."But that's like saying we are perfect for each other because I'm tall or have two eyes." "I like my women tall, and two eyes are damn sexy." The small town atmosphere is quaint yet hip all at the same time. The feeling of all of these old friendships and family feuds is perfect for when you want to escape into someone else's life for awhile. These are normal, real people, with everyday problems somehow made captivating by Marina Adair.My only complaint is that I'm too vindictive for the way things eventually worked out. I wanted the ex to literally crawl on the floor begging forgiveness only to get booted out the door after witnessing a passionate, never-ending kiss between the woman whom he now realizes is the love of his life and his ex-best-friend....Yeah, that would have been great. Hahahahha!!! Not to say that the ending wasn't satisfactory. It was great. I just wanted more revenge...cuz I'm vengeful like that. *shrug*This is a series that circles around the DeLuca brothers and the one DeLuca sister. I'm stoked to get to read the other stories now. Marina Adair writes fantastic light contemporary romance. For fans of Bella Andre, Jill Shalvis, Terri Osburn...Copy provided by Montlake Romance via NetGalley

  • Didi
    2018-09-26 11:50

    ~~~~~~~ 4.5 STARS! ~~~~~~~~This was refreshing on so many levels! Once again, I'm a sucker for friends to lovers stories and this delivered in spades! This is also a new author to me so thanks to Duchess Nicole for reading this and subsequently me finding it ;-))I'm actually reading out of order starting with the second book in this series and that's okay. The characters from the first one are here and I was given a quick synopsis of what occurred with them. Every book in the series deals with one of the DeLuca brothers, otherwise known as the Italian stallions ;-)), a group of successful siblings that produce DeLuca wine in beautiful Napa. Here we get Marco DeLuca, a successful business owner and renowned playboy that recently branched out of the family vineyards to restore an old hotel once regaled as the pinnacle of luxury in his home town. Marco has long harbored a crush on Alexis(Lexi) Moreau since they were 14. Unfortunately for him, he's also always repressed those feelings and held back because his friend Jeffrey started dating Lexi. Years later, Lexi is back in town. After spending years with Jeff, marrying him and ultimately suffering through his betrayal, she decides a new change is in order and her time for accomplishing her dreams, always put on the back burner to her marriage. But she didn't count on Marco and the combustible energy between them taking flight. Now, after years of holding back are these two destined for a new beginning? I loved this story and loved how the book's focus wasn't wrapped up in dramatic angst. There was angst of course, but a more mature version, a better and more acute empathy with the characters. This was an intelligent story. It wasn't just about watching two old friends reconnect and find that each one was always waiting for the other....it was about letting go of the past and examining the reasons behind the decisions we fail to make out of fear. It was about trust and the ability to break free from old chains AND I LOVED IT.I loved how Marco kept trying to convince himself to stay away from Lexi only to find he couldn't and that fate had something else in store. He didn't want to betray Jeff but the question of who he would ultimately be betraying finally pushed him into the best decision of his life. Jeff finally gets his comeuppance in the end but I wished we got to see his fallout. I wanted to read how he suffers at the hands of his own selfishness, I wanted to see his reaction to how everything turned out. But I guess the purpose of ending this book the way it did was so the reader wouldn't lose focus of the beauty between Marco and Lexi. It wasn't about vindication, but about finally doing what's right and screw anyone else.Such a beautiful and sweet story! I will be continuing this series and am so glad I found it.

  • Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2018-10-13 09:57

    There's a giveaway for this book here on Goodreads...Publisher is giving away 20 books and ends 7/27/13Ms. Adair had brought a Foodie Romance into this small town story. She had really worked this book to its full potential. She used the wine country as setting, culinary involvement of this community and everything else that comes with small town atmosphere; family history, childhood friends, gossiping neighbors and meddling family members. But most of all, she wrote a story of second chances and first loves.Marco is the youngest of the five Delucca siblings and Summer in Napa tells his love story. “He was everything that his brothers were, just more. Taller, bigger, brighter, funnier, sweeter and… sexier.” In deed he is, but one thing he is not is taken, not that he wanted to be. He’s been too busy trying to make his dream come true and playing the field is more his forte. Until his good friend’s ex wife came back to town. Alexis Moreau had always been THE ONE for him. All these years he had stood back and watched Jeff marry his first love only to cheat on her. Now, Lexi is back to rebuild her life in their hometown , and he’d be damned if he’s just going to sit back and do nothing.Alexis Moreau was Captain of the cheerleading team, prom queen, valedictorian, and after college, she married well or so she thought. She had caught Jeffrey steaming up the kitchen with her sous chef. Though she is a hot mess right now, she is determined to make her grandmother’s bakery into her very own bistro.Ms. Adair had brought another heroine that has risen from a very bad heartbreak. She broke my heart and inspired me at the same time with this story. I love that Lexi was focused on rebuilding her life despite the put down from her ex-husband. Watching her cook and build her bistro from scratch was kind of cool; it was like a day in a life type of story. I’m glad that she found love. If that were to happen to me, I would’ve been jaded like there’s no tomorrow and sworn of men entirely. But knowing that Marc had always felt something for her, made their love easy and not one time that I felt any insta-love between them. I thought all their interactions were sweet, funny and full of innuendos. Marc is the only man that can call a woman names and make is sound flirty than an insult. He can call me “cream puff” any day.I’m glad that we have more Delucca siblings to explore. There was a bit of a set up for the next book. Nate who is usually well controlled had a few moments of dumb struck when Frankie was around. And from what I’ve read, Frankie will shock the hell out of him. Abby the Delucca sister was in this book quite a bit. Like Lexi, her ex husband had cheated on her. I am intrigued and curious on how Ms. Adair will give her happy ending, sooner than later I hope.Summer in Napa is an exceptional heart-warming foodie romance , and just like the Kissing Under the Mistletoe, this novel is another five star rating. A job well done, Ms. Adair.Favorite quote (Spoiler)~“She likes my dog, doesn’t take my crap, and looks at me like I can be the kind of man Dad was. When she cooks…she wears this apron…And I love her so damn much that I have no idea how I’m suppose to wake up tomorrow and pretend like my life hasn’t just fucking ended”*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review

  • Siv30
    2018-09-29 11:46

    עוד ספר נחמד בסידרת היקב של סנט הלנה. הדמויות, אחים לבית דה לוקה, שכלו את הוריהם בגיל יחסית צעיר וסבתם צ'יצ'י התגייסה לגדל אותם.צ'יצ'י עצמה שכלה את בעלה לפני שעברה לגדל את הבנים. ובהתחלה הם כולם נאבקים לשמר את היקב, ואז ההצלחה סוחפת אותם והם מתפתחים לכיוונים שונים.הספר הזה מתמקד במארק, שבחר לשפץ מלון ולערוך בו את הגאלה השנתית להתרמה. במקביל חוזרת לעיר לקסי, גרושתו של החבר הטוב ביותר של מארק, ג'ף.תככים מזימות, אהבות ישנות וחדשות, טינות ומאבקים. מיני מלודרמה איטלקית :-)

  • Christi
    2018-10-01 13:02

    quote from "Summer in Napa (A St. Helena Vineyard Novel)" by Marina Adair - (and one of the reasons I keep laughing out loud while reading this book)"A great step for his sister but terrible timing for him, since her full-page “Have You Seen This Dick?” announcement, complete with a picture of Richard, ran concurrently with his Summer Wine Showdown ad."Start reading this book for free: http://a.co/cFLZMe9

  • Sarah
    2018-09-30 11:58

    Lexie's dream was always to help her grandmother turn the family bakery into a bistro but instead she followed her husband to New York and helped him set up his dream restaurant. Then she caught her husband having an affair with their sous chef and had her heart broken. Leaving New York behind she has returned home to lick her wounds and to finally put her own dreams first. The last thing she wants is to meet another man so she is horrified by the number of dates her grandmother has lined up for her. When Marco, her friend from high school, offers to be her pretend boyfriend so that she can focus on creating a new menu for the bistro she is happy to take him up on the offer just to avoid the rest of the dates her grandmother has set up. Marco always had a thing for Lexi but when she started dating his best friend she became strictly off limits, now, even though she is divorced it goes against the man code to even think about dating her. Keeping things platonic is easier said than done though, the chemistry between them is hot enough to burn and she is one temptation he has trouble walking away from.I loved Kissing Under the Mistletoe when I read it last year so Summer in Napa has been at the top of my wish list ever since and I'm happy to say that I loved this story just as much. When I'm in the mood for a sweet, sexy romance that has me laughing out loud one minute and swooning the next Marina Adair always delivers and I can't wait to carry on reading this series. I love this kind of small town romance, one where everyone knows each other's business and the whole town is sticking their noses into the couple's budding relationship. One of the best things about this series is the trio of meddling grandmothers who get up to such crazy things that it's hilarious to read about. I also absolutely love the banter between Marco and his brothers, they tease each other mercilessly but when it comes down to it they have each other's backs and anybody would be a fool to cross them.Lexi is a fabulous character, she is still smarting from her ex-husband's betrayal and is embarrassed that she has come home with her tail between her legs but she doesn't let that stop her from chasing her dreams. Jeff didn't just cheat on her though, he is still causing her problems even after their divorce and Lexi is livid when she finds out what he has been up to. Things keep kicking Lexi while she is down but she just gets back up and carries on fighting. There are a few times when her insecurities get the better of her but that was completely understandable and between Marco and her best friend Abby they always gave her the push she needed. Marco was a swoon worthy hero, he has a reputation as a playboy but he isn't actually as bad as he seems and he has never lied to anyone or led them on. He went a bit wild after his parents died and his family still tend to think of him as the screw up he was as a teenager but in reality he is a hard working business man who takes his job very seriously. He didn't want to work in the family wine business but he has worked hard to open up his hotel and is determined to make a success of it. I really liked the way Lexi saw past his reputation and understood just how much effort he put in to his career. It was nice for Marco to finally have someone who believed in him and he offered her the same support in return. As much as I loved them both as individuals I liked them even more as a couple, they are so cute together and they really did make a great match.I've already mentioned how much I loved their families and the other town characters but I can't forget to mention Marco's dog Wingman who added a lot of humour to the story. It was great to catch up with Gabe and Regan from the previous book and we've also been given a glimpse at future couples. After checking the author's website I was excited to see that Nate and Frankie are next, they have already shown how much they love to hate each other and I'm expecting their chemistry to be off the charts. The St Helena Vineyard series is so much fun to read and although the books do work well as stand alone stories I can highly recommend both instalments so far. Marina Adair is right up their with my favourite small town contemporary romance authors and I have to say that I'm enjoying this series as much as Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor books which is huge praise from me because I LOVE that series!

  • Nika
    2018-09-26 11:08

    this bored me to death. so many unnecessary details, no real dialogue. for such a boring mess of a book, I truly don't understand the ratings.

  • KatLynne
    2018-10-15 12:58

    3.5 Stars!

  • Janga
    2018-10-23 11:52

    Alexis Moreau is back in St. Helena, California. Once the golden girl of her hometown, she is returning with a divorce decree so new the ink is barely dry and with her self-esteem in tatters. Her faithless ex was supposed to be her soul mate and forever love, but Lexi didn’t realize there was an expiration date on her high school romance that morphed into marriage. Now former husband Jeff is already someone else’s husband, and there is no room for Lexi in the New York restaurant she helped to make a success. She’s hoping that fulfilling an older dream of turning her grandmother’s patisserie into a bistro will give her new purpose. But first she has to cope with a string of unwanted dates her matchmaking grandmother arranges and the ambivalent feelings Marco DeLuca, he ex-husband’s best friend and perennial best man is evoking.Marco DeLuca has always known that Lexi Moreau was off-limits for him, no matter how much she appealed to his libido and to his heart. He needs to focus on getting the old hotel he is transforming ready for the Summer Wine Showdown. Besides, even though technically Lexi is free now, Marco knows that getting involved with her would violate the man rules of romance. Or so he keeps telling himself. But although his head knows he should ignore Lexi, the rest of him is not getting the message.When the two agree to fake a summer romance, it soon becomes clear that intentions are just tinder for the sparks that fly when this combustible twosome is together. Summer and wine and chocolate and a hero and heroine who finally have a chance to rectify the bad choices their hearts made earlier—it sounds like a perfect recipe for romance to me.I finished Kissing Under the Mistletoe, Adair’s first book in her St. Helena’s Vineyard series giggling over the abundance of Rudolphs, and I started the second book giggling over Lexi’s window adventure. Both books mix laughter with family dynamics, small-town atmosphere, and sigh-worthy moments to produce just the kind of entertaining escape many romance readers are looking for. One of the things I liked best about the book is that there is a balance of fraternal support and friction among the DeLuca brothers, a blend I find more believable than the idyllic sibling relationships I sometimes see in romance. I admit I found the family’s conviction that Marcus was destined to be a player and a screw-up irritating. But I know that once a family member is cast in a role, breaking out of it is nearly impossible. So I accepted their actions as credible even when I deplored them. If you are a fan of light romances that are fun to read with likeable primary characters and some scene-stealing secondary characters (a child in the first book, Marco’s dog Wingman in this one), I recommend Marina Adair. I look forward to seeing more of the DeLuca family.

  • Megan
    2018-10-19 13:54

    Alexis Moreau moves back home to St. Helena, California to lick her wounds after her divorce and help her grandmother with her bakery. But once she is home she finds her grandmother is making it her full time job to find Lexie a new man. One man not on her grandmother’s list is her ex-husbands best friend, Marco De Luca. Marco has had a crush on Lexie since high school but he stepped back to let his friend date her instead. Even after nearly 16 years he still has feelings for her but he won’t act on them because he feels it would interfere with the ‘man code.’ Sparks are constantly flying between Lexie and Marc. While Lexie has no idea that Marco has had feelings for her, she finds herself drawn to him even though she knows it wouldn’t be a good idea. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I really enjoyed this book. I liked how the ‘player’ showed his soft side to Lexie and how she slowly let him in after her divorce. There is a wonderful slow build to their relationship that was lovely to read. Even though Marco had liked Lexie for a while, he never acted on those feelings but once he starts to let her in, the relationship blossoms and was beautiful. I loved how the characters interact in this story. From Marc and Lexie to the grandmothers, they all fit together so well it is like reading about a real life group of family and friends. They are always in each others business and in general make the environment of the main characters interesting. I also loved how the town is portrayed. It has a small town vibe with all the gossiping old ladies and the use of face book and you tube is pretty entertaining. Some of the best scenes in this book are when the families are involved. The supporting characters are wonderful. All of the grandmother’s are hilarious. What with carrying food in their purses to shove in people mouths before they lie or having a cat dressed up in a different outfit each time it appears was hilarious. And Wingman, what an awesome dog! There are also some pretty stellar scenes that are also embarrassing. It seemed like Marco always appeared at the most…interesting times. I love this series. Each book shares characters but they can be read as standalones. I can’t wait till the next book comes out. Frankie and Nate are gonna be awesome!

  • GraceMyBookSnack
    2018-10-09 14:13

    A perfect pairing just like great food and fine wine!Marina Adair has done it again with book 2 of the St. Helena Vineyard series! Summer in Napa is as charming, witty, and fun as the first book, only this time Adair sets out to create the perfect romantic pairing with two long-time, good friends. Marco DeLuca is the DeLuca brother we get to know all about in this story. Marco has always loved women and living the single life. So when his friend, Lexi Moreau, moves back into town things are shaken up a bit. He's always considered her off-limits, and still does, even after her divorce from his best friend. However, the lines of friendship start to blur as Marco and Lexi embark on a little summer “fauxmance”. I adored Lexi! She's back in her hometown of St. Helena to move on with her life and build her dream bistro. It's her time to make a name for herself and shine. There's so much intricate details that go on that involve family, friends, and small-town traditions. One thing is for sure, this story is so delicious, not only in the slow build of the intense romance between Marco and Lexi, which I very much appreciated, but also, Lexi is a chef, and the food she creates just makes my mouth water! Really, try not to read this on an empty stomach.From the food, beautiful wineries, to the local pride, Marina Adair continues to feature the distinct allure of the Napa Valley region. That is one of my favorite aspects of this series! I have gone on several day trips to Napa to fall in love with its charm. I'm pretty sure that is why I absolutely adore this series so much. I see so much of the Napa charm in this story. Another aspect I love is that Adair has a way of creating secondary characters that are as rich and lively as the main ones and puts them in many engaging situations. If you've read book 1, then you will know exactly what I mean when I say...the grandmothers are back!!!If you're a fan of friends-to-lovers stories with slow-burning true romance, then you must check out Summer in Napa. I truly enjoy Adair's writing and her sense of humor. She even teases us with possible future couple pairings. I can't wait for the next DeLuca brother to fall in love in the next book, Autumn in the Vineyard!

  • Arely
    2018-10-23 11:15

    So we have Lexi, a divorcée to Marco’s best friend, Jeffrey. She plays it safe and never listens to her wants and needs, rather she focuses on others. This was proved time and time again when she would go on blind dates set up by her grandmother, even though she doesn’t want to.And then we have Marco, a DeLuca and the “screw-up” of the family. I really, really liked Marco here. He was always trying to get Lexi to listen to her instincts and not to others, and unleash her wild side.The first half of the book I didn’t like so much. It was very annoying seeing Lexi constantly be pushed over by her grandmother and everyone else, never doing what she wanted to do. And Abigail—Marco’s sister—was still annoying. When she found out that her best friend Lexi and her brother were dating, she flew off the handle. That part’s understandable, I mean it’s her best friend and her brother. But what really pissed me off was that, like the rest of the DeLuca family, she didn’t think of Marco in the best light and said things about him that just made me want to throw something at her.In fact, the whole DeLuca family didn’t think much of Marco. They didn’t think he would be good at his job and were constantly doubting his abilities. I just wanted to hit all of them upside the head.But once Lexi let go a little bit and they started to hang out more and more, it got better. Much better. I loved how Lexi and Marco’s relationship was so perfect and that they fit together so well. The happy moments between them were heart-melt worthy.The conflicts that poor Lexi had to go through—including the no-good, cheating ex of hers—made me feel like the poor woman deserved a medal. And the way Marco made up for his mistakes and put Lexi first, that made me melt.I loved the sweet ending that these two got and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Kristen
    2018-09-23 09:55

    In Marina Adair's Summer in Napa, the second installment in the St. Helena Vineyard contemporary romance series, she tantalized us with a delicious treat in this contemporary romance. After a brutal divorce, Alexis "Lexi" Moreau fled from New York to return to her hometown of St. Helena, California, to start over. She decided to start from scratch to help her grandmother run her shop and have her own bistro. And that's when she ran into Marco "Marc" DeLuca, the best friend of her ex-husband. From there, they stirred up a friendship that blossomed into a fake romance, when they had eyes for each other. For Marc, he always wanted Lexi and had gotten himself into a mess with signing a deal with him. Their fauxmance had heated up into a romance, when secrets and lies came out into the open with a surprising twist in the end when justice will be served on a cold platter.

  • Nadia
    2018-10-16 08:53

    This book was even better than its prequel and if the awesomeness continues, St. Helena's Vineyard is about to become one of my favorite contemporary romance series. Now I'm super excited about the next book. Fingers crossed.

  • Sara Stetz
    2018-09-25 06:52

    Good romance. Sweet story - I see over half of my last 10 reviews have “sweet” in them. Must be trying to beat the winter blues!

  • Obsidian
    2018-10-19 09:10

    I previously read Marina Adair's Kissing Under the Mistletoe (A St. Helena Vineyard Novel) the first book in her St. Helena Vineyard series.I think my overall feeling from that one was that it was just okay and had way too absurd moments though as a whole it was just set up as a typical holiday romance novel.Her newest offering, "Summer in Napa", is still focusing on the DeLuca family. The two main protagonists in this novel are Lexi and Marco (he was introduced in Kissing Under the Mistletoe).Lexi, a long-time resident of St. Helena who left to follow her boyfriend and now ex-husband to New York. Due to her divorce she leaves New York and the restaurant she helped him built to return back to St. Helena. Lexi runs into Marco DeLuca, her ex-husband's long time best friend and reluctantly feels herself drawn to him. Marco while attempting to get his family's wine contest underway finds himself drawn to Lexi even though he does his level best to avoid her.The good: Well this plot was a lot more palatable than Kissing Under the Mistletoe. I really enjoyed the character of Lexi and felt for her dealing with trying to start over again back home and feeling like a failure.Also we get more insight into Abigail DeLuca since she and Lexi in this novel are long time friends. I was glad to see that Ms. Adair rounded out the character of Abigail so she was less a caricature in this novel than in the previous one.Also thank goodness for continuity. We have glimpses of previous characters' (Gabe and Regan from 'Under the Misteloe') and allusions to long-time family grudges between the DeLuca's and others which I am sure we will hear more about in subsequent novels.The bad: The DeLuca family are still caricatures in some aspects and they need to be fleshed out more (the brothers). I am assuming due to the subsequent novels in this series we will get to hear more about the other brothers only briefly touched upon in this novel. However, I do think that Ms. Adair did her best to write more scenes between the brothers' but the constant heavy handiness by Gabe and the other brothers' towards Marco got old fast. I would like to see more family dinners, hangouts, something, just so I can see that yes they are a very loving family with one another.All in all this was a nice read and I am looking forward to reading the next novel in this series. Please note that I received this novel via the Amazon Vine Program.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2018-09-26 12:47

    Lexi has lost everything she has ever worked for and all in the name of love and divorce. As fifteen years ago , Lexi married Jeff -though she had always held a soft spot for playboy Marc DeLuca - the timing just never seemed right until fifteen years later when Lexi discovered Jeff in bed with another woman. Fleeing home , Lexi hopes to start her own little cafe business but things start to go terribly wrong when she is served court papers and Jeff is suing her by saying that her family recipes belong to the restaurant that they owned as a couple. If trouble in paradise and trying to move on with her life wasn't hard enough, try adding the fact that her grandmother and her grandmother's best friend ChiChi have set her up a dating profile and a blog and are setting her up with a mountain load of blind dates. What will happen though, when the situation arises and Marc and Lexi decide to come up with the solution of Marc being Lexi's fake boyfriend. Little does the other one realise, that each has strong feelings for the other. As we all know what formula romances follow we read as the sparks start to fly between Marc and Lexi and just when things are about to heat up and go "POP" along comes Jeff - Marc's best friend and Lexi's ex-husband with the reason why he needed those recipes that have been in her family for centuries and worst thing is that Lexi discovers that Marc is involved somehow. Breaking her heart all over again, will Lexi be able to forgive Marc and find a second chance at love or will it be a matter of duped twice and left to wallow in spinsterhood for the rest of her life? Find out in Book #1 of A. St Helena Vineyard Series and find out just what "A Summer in Napa" can do to one another.

  • Cherise
    2018-09-25 06:15

    Lexi caught her husband getting ‘serviced’ by their Sous-Chef. Now she is returning to her home town feeling defeated after having lost both her husband and her restaurant. The one sunny side of things is that she and her grandmother can now work on the bistro they always dreamed of having together.Marco has had a crush on his best friend’s girl since they were teens. Now that Lexi is back and she and Jeff are no longer married he still feels the need to keep things platonic, but he’s having trouble staying away from the girl who was his friend first.I loved the first book in this series, Kissing Under the Mistletoe, so I had high hopes for this second story. It not only met my expectations, but exceeded them. The characters are rich, the writing keeps you enthralled and the romance made my heart pitter patter. I freakin love the DeLuca brothers and I could eat Marco with a spoon. He is positively yummy. Lexi and Marc manage to remain sweet while creating enough sparks to light up the night sky. Sexy.Marina Adair has created a colorful group of people and a town that anyone can relate to. These books are keepers, for sure, and I can see myself reading and reaching for them when I need a little pick me up. I laughed, I cried and I melted a bit. I am seriously antsy to read Autumn in the Vineyard, though I am not sure that the long wait won’t make me crazy. These are seriously terrific books, easy to enjoy - I wouldn’t change a thing!Cherise Everhard, April 2013Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program

  • Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
    2018-10-15 13:11

    My Review:Two words... LOVED. IT. I went back to the first book, so I can get a feel for Marco.. soo many books, I was started to merge my characters. Its a great story line and sometimes I was thought I knew how it would end but I didn't. Lexi family and friends mean well but the minute she moves back home after leaving behind her restaurant, her recipes and her cheating husband... the matchmaking begins. And it gets old fast.., so to keep her family and friends at bay she partners up with sexy Marco and makes them assume they are a "couple".. A couple with "benefits". The love story between these two is hot and you want them to reunite at least to have hot steamy sex. Both were very strong characters and I couldn't put it down. I immediately disliked her husband, what a loser.In all honesty I will put this on my Read Again pile. If you are sorting through new release and can't figure out which book to read next, put this one up on the top of the pile. Enjoy... Summer can't get any hotter than this book.

  • Caro
    2018-10-12 10:52

    3.5-4 stars.Really liking this series.This time it was Marc’s turn. I gotta say, I kinda disliked him in the first book. I thought he was a cold jerk, but then again, I disliked all the brothers back then, lol.However, it was a real surprise to see him this up close. Yeah, he came off kind of a jerk, but he was in the end a great guy, trying to make a name for himself apart from his family.Loved, loved Lexi. She was talented, funny, caring. It sucked that she was dealt such a crappy hand in life. Her ex was such an asshole, I can’t even with him. Trying to take her gran’s recipes for his own benefit? The restaurant was a success because of Lexi. He was actually a really bad restaurant manager. I was so mad at that situation. (view spoiler)[More when Marc inadvertently helped him screw Lexi. (hide spoiler)]There was a great mix of romance and drama in this one. And it ended up being a great read.

  • Kelly Moran
    2018-09-27 10:07

    When Lexi Moreau's husband is caught cheating with his sous-chef, Lexi runs all the way home to St. Vineyard. There she plans to turn her grandmother's bakery into a bistro. But her ex has other plans impeding that dream, and his best friend Marco DeLuca is helping. Growing up, Lexi has always been off-limits for Marco, since she was the best friend's girl. Except now she's unattached and he finds her just as irresistible as ever. Plus, he's starting to realize his best friend may not be the best person to side with.I read the ARC of Kissing Under the Mistletoe and loved it. I was excited to receive Summer in Napa as part of the St. Helena Vineyard series. As much as I liked Mistletoe, Napa outshined. Full of quirk, humor, and steam, this was impossible to put down and hard to forget. The characters were relatable, the romance hot, the setting ideal, and the secondary characters delightful. A sweet and funny small town romance worth the read.

  • ✿kawehi.reviews
    2018-09-23 13:03

    Never heard of Marina Adair before but saw this book available to view on NetGallery and decided to request it to view since it looked interesting.MY REVIEW..."Summer in Napa" is all about second chances in love and following your dreams. The main character, Marina Adair, is cheated on by her boyfriend Jeff and seeks to rebuild her life. She meets up with Jeff's best friend Marco, who's always harbored a crush for Marina, and the sparks fly between them.Now input a meddlesome grandmother, a family wine business in jeopardy, and two hearts on the line and you have the perfect the perfect mixture of what a "Summer in Napa" is all about.I highly recommend this read!

  • Anna
    2018-10-03 07:56

    3.5 Stars!

  • Vicki
    2018-09-26 08:57

    Loved it! Thank you Marina Adair for a book that I couldn't put down!

  • Nate Brightman
    2018-10-13 10:04

    Summer in Napa, the second book in the St. Helena’s Vineyard series is the story of Marco DeLuca and Alexis Moreau. Unlike the first book in the series I had no problem getting on board with the hero Marco getting his H.E.A. right from the start. Marco was his family of four brothers and sister bad boy. Worse he was considered by his siblings to be the family screw-up. He had a tough time dealing with the tragic loss of his parents when he was a teenager which resulted him in acting out. Unfortunately for Marco perceptions don’t change easily. What he considers following his own path in life his siblings consider it irresponsible behavior. Marco has purchased the ancient and run down hotel in St. Helena, remodeling it and convinced the board to have the annual Summer Showdown, the biggest wine competition/festival in the Napa Valley be held at the hotel where it started decades ago. At every turn he runs into unexpected problems and at every turn his brothers expect him to fail to deal with them. Add to this mess his best friend Jeffrey’s recently ex-wife Alexis has returned to town from NYC after her divorce. Marco has always loved Lexi but out of his respect for his friendship with Jeffrey he’s hidden his feelings and kept his distance from her. Now she’s divorced from him, and Jeff has not only married the woman he’d been cheating with while married to Lexi (her sous chef) the minute their divorce came through, but the divorce agreement says he gets all of her recipes they served at their NYC restaurant Pairings. Lexis is a shattered woman having lost her confidence as a chef and as a woman because she lost her husband (the only man she'd ever been with) to another woman. Marco is determined to be a better friend to Lexi and help her rebuild her life while continuing to hide his attraction to her in some misplaced sense of loyalty to his friendship with Jeff. To make matters worse he and his family have been in negotiations on a mega million-dollar deal that involves Lexis ex-husband and is the reason Jeff refuses to allow Lexis to use the recipes she created for the restaurant in her new business venture. But she isn’t aware of that fact and Marco fearing it would destroy their newfound relationship is afraid to tell her. My only problem with this story was how long it took Marco to realize it was now all right to act on his feelings for Lexi. I mean they’re divorced and he’s remarried living on the other side of the country with his new wife. Pursuing the woman he’s always loved would hardly be a violation of the Bro Code at this point. But it isn’t until seventy-percent into the book when Marco begins to understand what a rat Jeffrey had really been to Lexi and begins to question both his friendship with him and his pending business relationship and Lexi practically throws herself at him that he finally gives in to his feelings for her. I guess that makes him both incredibly admirable and incredibly stupid in my book. While the old ladies don’t play quite as prominent a role in this story as they did as the Santa Grannies in the first they’re still very prominent in the story as they fight with the Junior League headed by again villain Isabella to determine the fare to be served at the Showdown. Also Lexi’s Gramma Priscilla (one of the three grannies) is intent on playing matchmaker for Lexi. As in the previous book their presence brings plenty of humor to the story. Also, Gabe and Regan the couple from the first book have enough presence in this story for us to see they are still very much in love. Gabe is the doting husband of now pregnant Regan and we see Regan is now comfortably ensconced as an accepted member of the DeLuca family. Adorable Holly doesn’t make an appearance but is mentioned in the story. Instead we get Wingman, Marco’s lovable dog to add some warmth and laughs. As Lexi’s BFF Abby who was very much a part of the story in the first book but really didn’t have much of a presence in it does in this book. We get to know more about her than she’s the wronged estranged wife of Richard who fathered Holly with Regan. We also get a little taste of the personality of the youngest DeLuca brother Trey. There’s some obvious foreshadowing of whom both Abby and Nate will be coupling up with in their own books. Looks like some great fun ahead.All in all this was a really enjoyable read even though the arc of the story was as predictable as ever. Just as in the first book with Gabe, after winning Lexi's heart and trust, Marco has to make the big romantic gesture at the end to win Lexi’s forgiveness and heart back and of course he pulls it off in fine style. I hope we get to see more of Marco and Lexi in the next book Autumn in the Vineyard because this book doesn’t include an epilogue to give us a little look into their future once Lexi says “Yes”.

  • Sue
    2018-09-30 09:51

    Lexi had no spine. She was supposed to be such a great chef but her self doubt was very annoying. It took multiple orgasms and eclairs to get her to submit her entry in a taste-off. Seriously??? And speaking of eclairs. . . Why so many? Just seemed like an odd choice. The grandmothers who are supposed to be comic relief are also very annoying. I respect my elders but this trio is very annoying. When does Priscilla ever bake Lexi is always in her kitchen. Finally, the Gabe and Regan bits were supposed to be cute and make Gabe seem empathetic to his pregnant wife but again, annoying. The no drinking or eating foods the pregnant wife can't have. Geez, the Regan portrayed in that book would have appreciated the thought but have not wanted the husband to martry himself. So silly.

  • Alexandria
    2018-10-15 08:09

    After meeting the DeLuca Family in Book 1, I wanted to know more about them. I wasn't a big fan of Mark in book 1. It was nice to see a different side of him. He's very loyal. In some ways he's almost too loyal at times. He has been interested in Lexi since they were kids, but his friend, Jeff, called dibs first and Mark step aside. When we meet Lexi, she is fresh from her divorce from Jeff. Lexi is an amazing woman who just needs to be reminded how great she really is. I enjoyed the story. My one issue is the ex-husband, Jeff. He and his mother really needed to have their butts kicked.

  • Joyce DeTrana
    2018-10-14 11:56

    Love vs FriendshipLexi has divorced Jeff, gave up restaurant, sold house and came home to help run bakery. Marc is Jeff's best friend but has loved Lexi since he was 14. He wants to help Lexi but feels like he is disloyal to Jeff. The more he learns about Jeff's lies to Lexi he doesn't understand how his friend could do those things. Will love win out? Marina has written a wonderful story with very strong characters. Know you will enjoy.can't wait for the next one.

  • Esther
    2018-09-29 11:06

    Sexy desserts! A wonderful summer readThis book is just as delicious as the deserts described within the pages. Every bite, er.. page will leave you eager for more. Wonderful in every way! Well done, Ms.Adair! Superbly written characters, a very sexy hero and a sweet, smart heroine, wonderful side characters. I wish I lived in St.Helena. What a great place to be

  • Rebecca Wheeler
    2018-09-30 12:51

    A reread of a favourite book originally read back in 2013, I thoroughly enjoyed it the second time around. Audible listen.Small town, winery dynasty politics, foodie, second chance love (kinda), slow burn sexy. A great light read, perfect balm after something heavy (my post-Outlander read, LOL).Loved it, look forward to finally finishing the series.