Friday, March 4, 2016

ARC Review: Let It Breathe by Tawna Fenske

Title: Let It Breathe 

Author: Tawna Fenske

Synopsis:

Forbidden fruit can be downright intoxicating.

Vineyard manager Reese Clark is determined to bring her family’s Oregon winery into the big leagues, and she knows building a new tasting room and event pavilion is her ticket there. Having her ex-husband’s best friend—and her secret college crush—turn up to head the construction project, however, definitely is not. Between her nauseating lovebird parents; her motorcycle-riding, pot-growing grandfather; and her pet alpaca fond of head-butting groins, Reese has more than enough chaotic characters in her life.

Back in college, Clay Henderson was more likely to be sprawled over a bar than building one. But even if the new clean-living Clay has matured as deliciously as an oak-aged chardonnay, he’s still off-limits. As Reese’s well-laid plans for the winery crumble like bad cork, Clay the bad boy–turned–sober gentleman is sweet enough to rescue Reese from a wardrobe malfunction and still spicy enough to play “I Never” with her. Can he overcome his past rep to offer her a love too heady to ignore?

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

Let It Breathe was a really great second chance contemporary romance. The story which follows a vineyard manager and a contractor who happens to be a past crush and recovering alcoholic as they finally get a chance to finally address the feelings they had for each other in college, but suppressed was truly wonderful with the way it both made both laugh and swoon.

I really loved Reese and Clay! Both were great characters in that they weren't perfect. But while I loved the main characters in this book, the secondary characters unfortunately left much to be desired. I was just really annoyed by the secondary characters in this book with all the meddling and unsolicited advice they kept giving Reese and Clay making things so much harder for the two to come to terms with how they felt for each other. Like I get they meant well, but I just wanted them to just mind their own business for once especially Reese's ex-husband, Eric.

But really other than my annoyance with the secondary characters this book really was an excellent contemporary romance. I really liked the pace in which things developed between Reese and Clay. Everything happens really quickly, but given that their relationship is something that had been brewing for over a decade it felt right and perfect for them. Also romance aside, I really enjoyed the subplot revolving around all the accidents that were happening at the vineyard. The author really threw me for a loop when it is revealed who the culprit was because it was literally the last person you would have expected. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was a fantastic contemporary romance and has made me want to read more of this author's books.

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