Review ~ From The Moment We Met – Marina Adair

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After years of designing her family’s grand wineries (and a few not-so-grand closets on the side), Abby DeLuca knows she has what it takes to be an award-winning interior designer. Newly single, Abby lands the career opportunity of a lifetime and refuses to let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. And that includes St. Helena’s most irresistible contractor, the man who makes her melt every time she sees him—even though he shattered her heart years ago.

A former NFL star, Jack “Hard Hammer” Tanner now spends his days doing contract work for the beautiful women of St. Helena—and his nights doing off-the-books projects in their bedrooms. Yet the more time the sexy tool-belt-for-hire spends with Abby, the more he longs to fix her broken heart. Soon, rekindled sparks fly. But when Jack’s dream job comes calling, he faces a tough choice: building in the big leagues, or building forever with his first love.

It feels like ages ago that I first fell in love with St. Helena Vineyard and the quirky cast of characters in this wine country town. For some reason this one made onto my Wishlist but never landed in my Kindle.

Until now.

There was so much quirky goodness to this story right from the start that I knew I would love it. Abby DeLuca has a bit of a reputation to overhaul after her ex-husband lied, stole and cheated the people of her beloved town. And surprise, surprise many of the people blame her. So she needs help to restart her design business and that helps comes in the form of big sexy Jack Tanner who broke her teenage heart about a million years ago.

From the moment Jack showed up to witness a huge life-size statue in her lawn the chemistry sizzled between them. A reluctant Abby accepts his help on a job designing a wine and cheese shop, and then the fun really begins!

Though From The Moment We Met wasn’t as thrilling as some of the other books in the series, it hooked me from the start. I mean who can resist a big statue sent to you by your not quite ex husband?

I loved the chemistry between these two and the back and forth flirty banter between them. Even though I felt she place a little too much emotional interest in her past with Jack, given how her next relationship turned out I don’t hold it against her. But Jack “The Hard Hammer” is a hero I can’t resist! I’m not a woman or a reader to hold a man’s sexual past against him, especially a super sexy ex-NFL star so that didn’t bother me at all. In fact it only made me love him more because he wanted so damn badly for Abby to succeed that he’d postponed his own plans to help her get the win she desperately needed. I for one cannot resist a man who supports his woman…even when she isn’t quite his woman yet.

Throw in a feisty and sometimes annoying older neighbor lady, a gaggle of overprotective brothers and an indecisive wine & cheese shop owner and From The Moment We Met is another fun, sexy installment. A good way to end the series.

If I had a complaint it would be that there wasn’t enough of previous characters in the book considering book five is the last one.

Au revoir St. Helena Vineyard!

…now on to the Heroes of St. Helena Vineyard :O

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