Book 2, Love on the Vine - A Ribbon Ridge Novel
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Kelsey McDade realizes that her love life is one and done. Her last—and only—relationship left her broken and afraid and more than ready to be alone for the long haul. But sexy-charming vineyard manager Luke Westcott pushes all of her buttons in the right way and makes her wonder if she ought to try again.
In nearly twenty-eight years, Luke’s most successful romance has been with the outdoors. Currently single, he’s happy to pour all of his energy into his new winery until Kelsey provokes feelings he didn’t know he was capable of. He can envision their future together—if she’ll let down her guard.
When the ghost of Kelsey’s past causes her to slam on the brakes, Luke is ready to fight for her, even if it means sacrificing himself in the process. Convinced she’s only made wrong choices in the past, Kelsey must decide if Luke—and their love—is worth the greatest risk of all.
Loved this story. This series is set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and the author does an amazing job of painting a wonderful picture of the area with her words. The slow build romance between Luke and Kelsey was fantastic to watch unfold. Kelsey has had a troubled past and is quite reluctant to enter into another relationship. Luke isn't really a relationship guy himself and devotes all his time and energy to his winery. That is until Kelsey comes along. There is a bit of back and forth in this one which normally drives me a little crazy but with Kelsey's background you can understand it. Thankfully it wasn't over done. I definitely recommend this one to everyone.
Introverts unite! My unrelenting love for Darcy Burke and her Ribbon Ridge characters continues with So Right's Kelsey and Luke. This is the second book in the Love on the Vine spinoff series about the Westcott brothers. It can be read as a stand alone (but I like to read them in order, it's a quirk).
Luke Westcott is a workaholic winery owner who's in business with his brothers and a friend. Kelsey McDade is the sweet town librarian who on the surface looks to not have much in common with outdoorsy Luke.
But after a short but interesting conversation among the grapevines, these two introverted people begin to open up to each other and developed a friendship. I love that they start as friends first...I think the best and most realistic pairings do...and that they eased their way into more. I was slightly annoyed with Kelsey's push/pull, but understanding of why she was like that.
Witty dialogue and interesting characters are the hallmark of all Darcy Burke books and this one is no exception. Ribbon Ridge is a great place to visit, I hope you'll enjoy your stay!
4 1/2 STARS!
A wounded soul and a loner ... end up being a match made in heaven! I just love Darcy Burke's Ribbon Ridge novels and adding the Westcott's into the mix with the Love On The Vine series is a lot of fun to read!
Vineyard manager Luke Westcott has spent most of his life alone and enjoying the great outdoors. Although he loves his family dearly, he's just happiest with his solitude. Working with his brothers and friend to run this winery has been a great venture so far, and he's looking forward to nurturing the vines for years to come. What he doesn't need is a woman ... no matter how much his mom nags.
Librarian Kelsey McDade has come to love Ribbon Ridge and the friends she has made over the couple of years she's been settled here, but she still keeps a lot of herself reigned in and private. No one knows the torture she went through with her ex-boyfriend, and she likes it that way. She doesn't want anyone to know how broken she really is.
When Luke and Kelsey find themselves innocently flirting with each other every time they cross paths, it's a surprise. Neither of them want a relationship ... but can they ignore the draw they have towards each other? Will she be able to share her secrets with him? And can she ever truly trust a man again?