Monday, November 16, 2015

[Pat's Review]: "Tangled"

*Note: The novella Pat received for review was originally published in this anthology (below). I believe it will republished as a solo, but until that time the only way to read it is if you buy the entire anthology.*

Tangled by Kate Douglas - from the Hot Alphas Anthology
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (May 19, 2015)
Genre: Contemporary Erotica/Romantic Suspense

In Erin’s Kiss by Lora Leigh, ex-Marine Turk has become Erin’s sworn protector. The consistent target of her CIA-operative brother’s deadly foes, Turk is the only port Erin has to cling to in a storm. He promised her brother long ago never to touch her—but how can he resist a woman who aches to be with him as much as he burns for her?

In misTaken by Laurelin McGee, Jaylene Kim is a strong independent woman whose feminist values run deep. Even though attractive men are her weakness the last thing she wants is one telling her what to do. Until she meets her mysterious new neighbor. He makes her realize that you can still be strong and relinquish control . . . in the bedroom. But as their passion consumes them both Jaylene isn't so sure he is who he says he is.

In Burn for Me by Shiloh Walker, Tate longs to spend his nights with Ali, a woman he’s loved for years. But while Ali’s heart pines to be with Tate, her head has reservations. Ali knows that Tate has never forgiven his father for the fight he had with his mother right before she left the house—and was never heard from again. Tate's unresolved anger is a force to be reckoned with . . . but the heat that blazes between them is undeniable. Now both Tate and Ali are left to wonder: Can love really conquer all?

In Tangled by Kate Douglas, Nate shows up to work at Tangled Vineyards ready to do all the things he loves best—work with his hands, grow the grapes, and craft award-winning, full-bodied wines. But when something better comes along in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner of the vineyard, Nate becomes completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled’s number-one mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a constant temptation, Nate doesn’t stand a chance…

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Pat's Review:

Tangled is a short story included in the anthology Hot Alphas with Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker and Ms. Douglas. This is a romantic suspense, first in a series set in the wine country of California. Ms. Douglas is an award winning author of paranormal erotic novels, but I personally love her contemporary romance.

Cassie Phillips is the winemaker for Tangled Vines Dry Creek Winery. This winery is supposed to be her legacy, but her father's failing health and unfortunate investments caused the property to almost go into bankruptcy. It was bought by an up and coming investor who is keeping Cassie on as winemaker, but the house and grounds, including her home are owned by the buyer. For now she is living in a cottage on the property and visiting her Dad in an assisted living facility, while continuing her first love, wine making.

Nate Dunagan is the new Vineyard Manager hired by Marcus Reid, the buyer. He arrives at the vineyard in the dark, with a dead cell phone and a locked gate. Rescued by Cassie they share a pizza, wine and long conversation and they are deeply attracted. Cassie has "morning after" concerns, her life is too complicated. Nate wants to prove her wrong.

A very satisfying  story, with suspense, danger and very old secrets. Not to mention hot romance! A perfect introduction to the new series.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! :)

Have you read Kate Douglas before? Do you have a favorite of hers?


Until Next Time,


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