Before Tessa met Royal Andreas, her bookstore was on the verge of sinking. And before Tessa met Royal Andreas, she didn't mind being single. But Royal brings in business with monthly wine tastings featuring his family's signature vintages--and brings Tessa's heart to a standstill with intense gray eyes that look on her with nothing but cool indifference.
Yet one searing kiss between the stacks gives Tessa a glimpse of the passion smoldering beneath--and a secret pain further revealed when Royal fills in as the musician at a tasting event. Every note of Spanish guitar tells a story of family tragedy, loss, and ongoing suffering that's made Royal afraid to lean on anyone...even if he needs Tessa's sweet flavor more than the richest wine. Only her strength can save him when his world crumbles to ashes. But has Royal learned trust too late to claim Tessa as his own?
5 OF 5 ASHES AND WINE
Where to start this review..... I sometimes read a book that completely throws me off balance and Ashes and Wine is one of those books. I truly LOVED this story. Man it made me think about love and relationships and sacrifices we make to our families. Is it worth it to love someone when you can't give them your all? Is family demanding at times? These questions kept popping in my head while I was reading. Then I kept thinking lord let it go and be true to yourself and love that girl! So enough blabbing because I could go on and on but I won't and I won't put spoilers in this review because you REALLY NEED TO READ THE BOOK for the full effect of the story and the power of love.
Tessa owns her own book store but her true love is the wine tastings she hosts every month. She really looks forward to seeing Royal and sampling his latest wine from his families vineyard. Tessa would also like to sample Royal but he acts indifferent around her and she is sure he is not interested in her. What she does not realize is that Royal has been watching her and he enjoys the view he gets to see once a month. What is a girl to do when she wants Royal and is willing to do anything to get one moment with him. When she does get that one moment she will do any and everything to keep him.
Royal is loyal to his family and in being to loyal to them he will deprive himself of a lot of things and one of those things is being with Tessa. He likes her and wants to make her his own but he can't because of the family problems. He does not want to bring Tessa into his family issues because he loves her to much. So he will settle for the once a month wine tastings to see her and be close to her. He will sacrifice a lot to keep her at bay. But what happens after that one night between them? Well Royal will have to make up his mind and decide if family is worth the loss of true love.
What will Royal and Tessa do? Will they be together in the end or will they part ways? This is a SUPERB reading and I need more!
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