Ashes and Wine is a fun, sexy read from author Taryn Elliott. The story follows Tessa, a woman who is all work and no play, and Royal, a hot winemaker who helps host Tessa’s monthly wine events in her store. The pair have an immediate, obvious attraction, but it never gets any further than that regardless of their longing for each other. But, one night Royal decides he can’t stay away and indulges in a night of passion.
Tessa seemed wimpy at first, but once things begin to heat up with Royal you see a surprisingly strong side–she’s definitely not a pushover. In fact, her strength was pretty refreshing. She was the backbone of their relationship without being domineering or forceful; Tessa had a quiet strength that kept everything together, which is really more realistic than how many strong women are written.
Royal’s family was in a crappy situation. His father is slowly dying of cancer and having a hard time letting everything, especially the winery, go. As the oldest son, Royal feels an overwhelming responsibility to manage the family and his portion of the vineyard on his own. His refusal to accept help really annoyed me and I had a hard time liking him. If he wasn’t so fabulous in the sack, I probably wouldn’t have been able to finish reading the story.
Because Tessa and Royal are so independent, they bungle a lot of their relationship in the beginning and if my Nook was made of sturdier materials I probably would have thrown it in frustration. Eventually Tessa mans up, however, and they try to actually have something more tangible than glances across the store and shy smiles while sipping wine. And, thank God they do because it is hot! The sexy bits are definitely for adults only and were really well written. I don’t usually enjoy a lot of sex in romance novels (you will never see me reading 50 Shades, for example), but Elliott wrote those scenes in such a way that not only did I not mind them, but I was happy they were there.
Even though Ashes and Wine deals with some heavy issues, like cancer, it was more inspirational than depressing. If you are looking for a quick, hot, romance, this is the story to pick.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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About Taryn Elliott
Taryn Elliott is from the great state of New York—upstate NY, thank you very much. Her family consists of a brother who takes care of keeping the snarky side of her alive and a dog that is more spoiled child than mutt. She counts her writer-friends as the glue that keeps her crazy ideas more in the sane category, and her non-writerly friends as the reason she’s not a complete hermit.
She can’t go a day without laughing, and falls in love with each and every one of her leading men as she’s writing their book. Music is life and every story has its own soundtrack.
Taryn is shamelessly addicted to the internet and adores hearing from readers. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on most social media outlets via her website,www.tarynelliott.com.
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