Tasting Notes by Cate Ashwood ~ Book Review by Karen

tasting-notes-coverTitle: Tasting Notes

Author: Cate Ashwood

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/26/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary


West, a venture capitalist, has paid for his wealth and success with long hours at the office and no personal life to speak of. Meetings, conference calls, and paperwork dominate his waking hours and have kept him from honoring the promise he made to his late grandfather years before.

After leaving the Marines, Rush returns to his hometown and settled in as a Christmas Tree farmer. His life is quiet and simple, and he likes it that way. When West arrives in town and buys Rush’s parent’s vineyard on a whim, that simple life is turned upside down. The animosity between them is palpable, but Rush shelves his preconceived notions in order to protect his parents’ legacy. He agrees to help West learn how to run the vineyard, and Rush soon realizes that love doesn’t necessarily come in the package he expected.

My View:

Classic Enemies to Lovers romance in a rather lovely setting.

West is a workaholic, who realises that he needs more in life than his work, and sets off on an emotional journey to Florida, on route he spends, what is supposed to be one night, in Canyon Creek  and ends up buying a vineyard. West is rather well off. West also encounters Rush while eating out on his first night and there is a definite attraction.

Rush parents own the vineyard that West buys, and ,despite having no desire to run it himself is pissed off that West now has it. Rush has a thing about rich guys, and despite being attracted to West is basically an arse to him. He refuses to help West learn about wine, and is extremely hostile.

Eventually Rush decides to teach West about how to run the vineyard, and they start to realise that they actually like each other, as well as being attracted. This is really excellent part of the book as they get to know each other and the tension ramps up. There is bit of a misunderstanding, money moment as the guys start to fall in love, but they actually talk about it, which I really liked .

There are moments where you do have suspend belief, especially that a workaholic would switch gears so suddenly and for so long, but it’s a romance, and it showed how much West changed his life for Rush.

When the demands of West’s job force changes on the relationship again these guys act like adults, which was a pleasure to read.

Overall an enjoyable and heart warming love story





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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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