Who’s ready to fall in love with a troubled, but sexy (of course), soldier?
Oregon Wine Country #3
by Heather Heyford
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 8/29/2017
When the town of Clarkston, Oregon, welcomes Captain Sam Owens home from the service, Sophia “Red” McDonald is first in line. The sassy psychotherapist has known Sam since they were kids, and the grown-up Sam is darned near irresistible. With his abs of steel and those gorgeous hazel eyes, he could have any woman he wanted. Naturally, Red is thrilled when he takes her hand . . .
She’s a modern woman, happy to canoodle with the sexy soldier, no strings attached—until her heart changes the rules. Suddenly, after months of casual hookups, Red finds she wants more. She longs to possess Sam body and soul. But his warrior’s heart was wounded long before he joined the service. As a therapist, Red has ways of making him talk. Only if Sam opens up and spills his secrets can they finally have everything their hearts desire . . .
(So who is surprised that this is the first of this series that I’ve read … no one?)
I have to admit, I’m not sure that I actually found Red to be that good of a therapist. Unfortunately she lets her personal feelings take over and influence her interactions with Sam and, while he isn’t her patient, she should know better. She recognizes it at one point but I think she didn’t take his feelings into consideration as much as she should have, as even just a normal person would. And definitely not for a trained professional.
But I also felt really bad for her with the way her friends treated her a couple of times. I don’t know if the author intended for us to pick up on a personality trait of her’s instead but I felt like she was the injured party. There is one part where she’s helping a friend try on a wedding dress and gets cut off in the middle of a statement. It just seemed rude and awful from someone who was supposed to be her great friend. She does make some good strides by the end of the story. While she still has some issues to work out and I really hope she continues to work on things – for her sake and for Sam’s.
Sam, though, absolutely stole the story for me – he’s so conflicted and for so many reasons. From the very beginning his troubles just grabbed onto my heart and didn’t let go. Between his up-bringing and his time in the military the poor man never had a chance of being all that well-adjusted. Luckily he’s finally reached a stage in his life, and found a person he wants to commit to, that he’s willing to look his demons in the eye and come out the other side.
A complex story with thorny personal issues, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine isn’t an easy read but seeing Sam finally face his troubles makes it all worth while. Maybe if I’d read the previous stories I’d have been even more involved in this couple, I don’t know, but I can definitely say that he won me over.
Heather Heyford is the author of contemporary romances set in the wine country.
See what inspires her writing on her many Pinterest boards, read more about her on HeatherHeyford.com, and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.
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