The second part in this hilarious four-part digital romantic comedy, from the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas – winner of the Novelicious Debut of the Year award.
It took some convincing for Elle to come away on this singles’ holiday and now her MD has turned up! As the matchmaking activities begin, from blindfolded wine tasting to crushing grapes barefoot, Elle tries her best to enjoy herself but it’s not easy with her boss around. Nor is it that easy when she’s being set up with every man on the holiday. All in all, this isn’t turning out to be the fun break Elle was hoping for. Thank goodness for Jamie, the vineyard owners’ son – he’s exactly the kind of company Elle needs right now because he’s not interested in finding a partner either. So what if Jamie is delicious to look at and his dad thinks they’re perfect for each other? They’re just friends. Nothing more. And that’s all there is to it . . .
You Had Me at Merlot is the kind of love story that will have you crying with laughter one moment and nodding your head in agreement the next. Full of sultry summer nights, hilarious moments and plenty of wine, it will warm even the most cynical of hearts and have you believing in the magic of romance (and the power of a decent glass of Merlot).
My opinion: I was lucky enough to already have this second part on my Kindle when I read part 1, so was able to dive right into this one!
Elle is trying to deal with the fact that her MD Donna has turned up at the vineyard, so she now not only has to try and enjoy a singles holiday which she doesn’t really want to take part in, but has to do it with her boss! An awful American staying at the vineyard is trying his best to woo her in the most unromantic way ever so things seem to be going from bad to worse. Enter Jamie from stage left. He’s the hot son of the vineyard owners and not interested in the desperate girls on holiday. He just wants to make wine and help keep the family business going. As two single people not interested in getting into a relationship, Elle and Jamie become friends, much to the dismay of a couple of the girls staying at the vineyard.
This next installment is just as good as the first. We get to know a bit more about some of the holiday makers and there are certainly some interesting sorts there! The setting just seems to get even more beautiful and in this part of the story, there is a trip to Florence to see the sights. Hot Italian Jamie is a very welcome addition to the story. And her makes his own wine and chocolate. Why don’t all men do this?! They certainly don’t seem to have those skills in south Wales! You are lucky to get a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich! Anyway, I digress. I may have fallen a little bit in love with Jamie already…
I forgot to say in my first review, but I love Laurie. She is a brilliant character, outrageous and so funny. I love the friendship between Laurie, the maneater, and independent woman Elle. It shouldn’t work, but only goes to show that opposites attract as friends, as well as partners! I couldn’t put my Kindle down until I got to the end of this part of the story and there is one hell of a twist at the end. You’ll get to see my review of part 3 tomorrow, but I had to wait for part 3 to be published to find out what happened next!
My rating: Five stars
This week I will be posting reviews of all four parts of You Had Me at Merlot, and will be culminating the week with a special interview with the author, Lisa Dickenson.