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.
From Library Journal
Blindsided when she catches her husband cheating with their restaurant's sous chef, restaurateur Alexis Moreau leaves the Big Apple, worms and all, and heads home to St. Helena in California's Napa Valley to heal and to begin again. Her new dream is to turn her grandmother's floundering bakery into a classy bistro. The challenge? To make it happen while avoiding her grandmother's matchmaking ploys. What Lexi needs is time to get things on track, and dating losers (e.g., Mr. Monday lunch, Mr. Tuesday dinner) is soaking up way too much of it. So when her high school buddy (and her ex's best friend) Marco DeLuca needs to get ready for a major wine-tasting event and suggests a fake relationship—also announcing it on Facebook—Lexi agrees, never thinking that Marco would actually turn out to be her Mr. Every Day. VERDICT: Major sexual electricity, zingy humor, some meddlesome but well-meaning grandmothers, and a pair of protagonists who spar beautifully add up to another lively addition in an engaging series. Adair (Kissing Under the Mistletoe) lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.
About the Author
Marina Adair is a national bestselling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is the author of Tucker’s Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She lives with her husband and daughter in Northern California.