Sunday Book Review – Pour It On by Staci Troilo – Novella

Welcome to My Sunday Book Review. Today I’m sharing my review for Staci Troilo’s, book 2 in her fun Keystone Couples stories – Pour It On. This book is a fun romp that mostly takes place in a restaurant with a lot of mishaps going on – which of course, makes it fun. And of course, there’s wine involved. Lots of wine.

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Blurb:

Bold, complex, vibrant. The wine is, too.

Despite Romy Chandler hosting a romantic meet-and-greet at her restaurant, she’s all business. When her sommelier quits without any notice—to work for the competition, no less—she goes into mega-mogul-mode. The last thing on her mind is finding a man. She’s looking for someone who knows his way around a Bordeaux, not the boudoir.

Rick Santucci grew up in his family’s vineyard. After years of hard work, he’s turned his grandfather’s humble produce farm into a profitable winery. Once he gets their bottles into the right establishments, he’ll be able to acquire more land and move into the next phase of the company’s expansion. His mother thinks the next stage should be a wife and children, but his sights are set on different fertile grounds.

When Rick and Romy meet, they both forget all about their ambitions. The evening becomes less about revenue than romance, and they get distracted by the music and wine. She thinks he’s the man she needs, both in the restaurant and out. He finds her to be the perfect partner on the dance floor and believes she’ll be the perfect business partner, too. But a series of mix-ups could put an end to everything they’ve started—personally and professionally.

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My 5 Star Review:

This is the second book in Troilo’s Keystone Couples novella stories, and a fun read you can devour in less than two hours. It’s the perfect title for this book – Pour it On, as the author uses many plays on words in this story. Pour it on thick, pour the wine, pour the confusion, these elements are all part of this fun romp with restauranteur and not so great in the sommelier department, Romy Chandler.

As Romy is gearing up to host a wine-tasting, meet and greet night, her troubles begin when her smug sommelier quits on her. In a mad dash to find a replacement, she calls her head hunter friend Jess, begging her to please find her a sommelier, pronto. Jess sends her three to choose from, all coming with warnings, all with their own attitude problems. But Romy can’t afford to be fussy. Or can she?

Enter Rick Santucci, in a comedy of errors, there’s a bit of a mixup between the vintner dropping by at the right time, but for reasons other than what he was thinking, in hopes of selling his wares to Romy’s restaurant. Introductions don’t go quite as planned and in the midst of the craziness going on at the event, messages are muddled as the night goes on. But despite the chaos and Romy’s misconception about Rick, sparks begin to fly.

This was an engaging read and I am now looking forward to the next in this series because the author has brought in some interesting secondary characters who will be continuing on this fun story in the next book, Between the Vines.

©DGKaye2022

Sunday Book Review – No Such Luck by Staci Troilo – #Novella #YoungRomance

My Sunday Book Review is for Staci Troilo’s new short story – No Such Luck. This story is a prequel to an upcoming book Staci is writing. Do you believe in good luck charms? Piper surely does, and ultimately learns her superstition about the red carnation would lead to an awakening.

Blurb:

Seeds of luck usually wither. The rare one grows and blooms.

Piper Seidel has one thing going for her—a red carnation given to her by Tommy Burnett in the tenth grade. It might have dried over the years, but it’s still her good luck charm. Losing it sets her life in a downward spiral, forcing her to return to her hometown where she comes face to face with her high school crush.

The years have been kind to Tommy, who looks better than ever. Unfortunately, Piper is at her worst, continually embarrassing herself whenever he’s around. The only plus? Her long-time friend, Jack Rhodes, still lives in town. Since she last saw him, his legs have grown longer, his biceps thicker, and his shoulders broader. He was always the brother she never had, but now she can’t help noticing him in an unsisterly way. Jack is every bit as caring as he’s ever been—until her bad luck drives him away, maybe forever.

Piper needs a new good luck charm, and fast, before she loses her final chance at happiness.

My 5 Star Review:

This was a sweet short young romance story. Piper’s life isn’t going well, and when she gets fired from her job in Arkansas, decides to head home to Philadelphia for a timeout and figure out what she wants to do next. She’s also pissed that someone packed up her desk for her and threw out her ‘good luck charm’ – or so she thought it was.

Once back at home, Piper discovers her old crush Tommy, and realizes that teenage crushes are sometimes, only that. At the same time, she’s glad to find her old good pal Jack, who may just turn into ‘more than just an old friend’. You’ll have to read this sweet story to find out.

This is a fun holiday read with some good writing and a good lesson or two on luck and love.

©DGKaye2021