on September 6th 2016
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Cameron Westcott has spent eight years recovering from heartbreak by keeping romantic entanglements casual and simple. He’s never minded being called a manwhore, but after two years immersing himself in his new winery, he might be ready for the next chapter. Especially when he meets a sexy wine distributor—only she says she isn’t interested.
Following a bitter divorce, Brooke Ellis relocated to Ribbon Ridge to rebuild her life. Things will never be the same for her, and she’s coming to terms with that reality when she meets charming, persistent Cam. She can’t imagine a happy ever after given his reputation, but he makes her feel so good.
As the sparks between them intensify, they’re both hesitant to commit for very different reasons. Or are they really just sabotaging their own futures? If they can trust each other—and themselves—they may realize that what they share is too good to let slip away.
¬¬Reviewed by Amy¬¬
Cameron Westcott was known as a player. He liked to have fun but nothing permanent. He’d spent the last 8 years trying to recover from a broken heart and, as a result, he didn’t trust women nor did he expect to find anyone he’d want to commit to forever. Until he battles a pretty girl for a table at the International Pinot Noir Celebration.
Whole sale wine distributor Brooke Ellis used work as a way to get over the pain and sadness of a failed marriage. Ribbon Ridge is a new start for her in her endeavor to build a new life. When Brooke meets Cam at the wine celebration, she knows he’s rumored to have a girl in every city in his territory, but he’s the kind of guy that did it for her. Even if he was a player.
As their attraction builds, they both have their reasons for hesitating to take it further. A romantic relationship could hurt their budding work relationship and friendship. But those sparks are hard to ignore when they make each other feel so good!
This is the first in Darcy Burke’s Ribbon Ridge: Love On The Vine series which promises to be another great series for Ribbon Ridge fans. While their lack of “being on the same page” often frustrated me, I couldn’t help but root for Cam and Brooke to work out their personal issues so they could work on a future together.
Cam, along with his brothers and best friend, are working hard on their fledgling winery, West Arch. Cam hasn’t dated anyone exclusively for years. Ever since his girlfriend betrayed him 8 years ago. His heart hadn’t recovered and he had no desire to put it to another test. He’s never minded that his friends call him a manwhore, but lately he’d been questioning if he wanted to spend the rest of his life like that. When he meets Brooke, he likes how she handles herself. She was flirty without knowing it and she knew her wine. He wanted to know everything about her. So much so that he was willing to forget his “3 strikes and you’re out” rule and give her plenty of opportunities to fall for his charm.
After her husband left her because of her infertility issues, Brooke had dedicated herself to work. She knew she needed to get back out there again but she wasn’t sure she knew how anymore or if she could trust again. But she liked Cam. She liked his enthusiasm and his passion about wine. She couldn’t help but flirt with him even when she knew it was probably a bad idea. Could she just have a relationship with him for now and then split amicably? Could she walk away before it hurt too much to do so?
What follows is a romance that pulled at my heart strings and often frustrated me. As I said before, it seemed Cam and Brooke were never on the same page. Cam was certain he wanted something casual and then decided he wanted more. Brooke was especially wishy washy in her actions. I understood her pain and fear but I felt it was really unfair to Cam to be so hot and then cold with him. Lucky for her, Cam was a patient man. I was proud of him though, when he finally stood up to Brooke and forced her to face what was keeping her from committing.
Relationships are never easy. Especially when fertility problems are involved. I liked that Darcy Burke dealt with such a prevalent issue. And she handled it well. As much as Brooke aggravated me, she was a good example of how infertility can affect a woman’s psyche, marriage, friendships, and work environment. Kudos to Ms. Burke for tackling such a difficult issue.
If you were already a Ribbon Ridge fan, you’ll be thrilled to know there’s more in store for you. If you haven’t read any of the Ribbon Ridge books, never fear. You’ll have no trouble jumping into this series as this book can be read as a stand alone.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.