Tuesday, July 15, 2014

~Review: Once Tasted (Silver Creek #2) by Laura Moore~

Three siblings, an extraordinary family, a lasting heritage—in the irresistible Silver Creek Ranch trilogy, they’ll fight for the land and the people they love.

Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his good friend and neighbor asks him to help run the winery next door. His neighbor’s niece, Mia Bodell, is in charge—and she has made it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reid vows to win her trust.

Her life marked by loss, Mia knows that nothing comes easily—love included. In high school, her heart was crushed by Reid, and even though years have passed, the hurt lingers. Mia is achingly aware that the teen heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome playboy, and the budding winemaker refuses to let down her guard. But one taste of unbridled passion changes things. From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could tear her heart to pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★★

Reid Knowles is perfectly happy with his unattached state.  He loves the freedom he has to get on his Harley and ride across country or go trail riding on his favorite horse.  Women love Reid and they flock his way like bees to honey.  There is only one woman that has ever resisted the Reid charms, Mia Bodell.  Mia has been a pain in his side since high school when her hateful cousin read her journey about him out loud in the locker room.  Reid has felt guilty ever since that day, guilty that he had not stopped her mean cousin from slandering Mia.  After ten years you think she would have moved pasted what had happened but she still has not let it go.

Mia loves her uncle and making wine at the family’s vineyard.  Life would be perfect if her cousin Jay would leave them alone and stop bleeding his father and the vineyard dry. Jay was constantly hitting his father up for money while living the life in LA and contributing nothing to the vineyard. Mia was completely blindsided when her uncle told her he was leaving for France to get married and she would be in charge of the vineyard.  She would also be working with Reid since he had arranged for them to buy into the business. Reid would work with her on the business part of the vineyard and she would continue to work the vines and create the wine. The only problem with this arrangement was her uncle had no idea how she felt about Reid and what had happened in the past.

Everything suddenly has changed for Mia.  She is alone and has to find a way to work with Reid and pray that her cousin will stay away and not try to get money from her.  Mia is amazed at the way Reid listens to ideas and works with her at the vineyard to make them a reality.  Then things really start to heat up between the two of them when all barriers come down and the attraction between them grabs hold and want let them go.  They are both caught in the sexual web and find that what they share is like nothing else either has experienced.

Will Reid be able to let go of his confirmed bachelor status? Can Mia forgive the past and move forward?  Or will Mia’s cousin destroy everything that they have started building together?

Hero: Reid Knowles 4 stars
Heroine: Mia Bodell 4 stars
Plot:  4 stars
Steam Level 4.5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! Take one sexy cowboy mix with a beautiful woman that grows grapes and makes wonderful wine with her uncle and you have a love story that will touch your heart. Can’t leave out all the hot action between our two main characters, they really sizzle.

Would I recommend this author:  Yes! Ms. Moore has a new fan, me!  I love the way she tells a story and cannot wait to read another book by this author.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review***

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