Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Review: "Tangled Up in Tinsel" (Sunshine Creek Vineyard #3) by Candis Terry

Tangled Up in Tinsel (Sunshine Creek Vineyard #3) Candis Terry
Date Finished: October 21, 2017
Date Published: September 26, 2017
ISBN: 9780062471819
Genre: Romance (Contemporary)
Source: Personal Copy
Highly Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Stories with big families, books about chefs, fiery characters, Christmas novels

As if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, Parker Kincade has a restaurant to open. The fact that his Groomzilla brother wants the place for his perfect Christmas wedding doesn’t help. Then there’s the stunning woman who appoints herself his new chef before he’s ready to hire one. But one look at Gabriella Montani has Parker reassessing needs vs. wants. And that’s before he tastes what she has to offer…

Gabriella doesn’t need to get tangled up with a sexy man. What she needs is a job and a chance to prove herself. A place in Parker’s kitchen could give her the opportunity she’s been waiting for. The heat between them is sizzling, but a place in his bed could be downright dangerous. Neither Christmas nor men have ever lived up to her expectations, but Parker has soulmate written all over him. Should Gabi let herself be swept up in his holiday magic, or will it disappear before Christmas Day?

My Thoughts:
Candis Terry is one of my favorite romance authors, and she's one that I feel doesn't get the recognition that she deserves.  The Sunshine Creek Vineyard series is her third and and all three books in it (so far!) have been an absolute delight.  Sure, there are plenty of romance writers who write series, but Terry is one of the few who actually make the series work as a whole instead as a string of somewhat connected novels.

We first met the Kincade bunch back in A Better Man, and even then, the brothers were starting their own stories.  So far, Parker--the hero in this novel--is probably my favorite.  While they all have their backstories, his seems to be the most nuanced and, to me, the most interesting.  It's not over the top, but there is enough there to keep me wanting to know more.

As much as I liked Parker, I loved Gabi more.  I appreciated that she was a woman who knows what she wants and is willing to do what she needs to do get it.  At the same time, she has a realistic vulnerability, and one that I could relate to.  Her backstory is also interesting, and probably the best on the heroine's side that we've had so far in this series.

I loved the banter in this book--not just between Parker and Gabi, but also between Parker and his brothers.  One of Terry's strengths is her ability to create dialogue that is both realistic but also interesting and entertaining enough to pull the reader in.  I wanted nothing more than to be in the room with all the brothers, watching football or straightening out a family drama.

I know that Christmas romances are popular, but a lot of them just don't seem very Christmas-y to me.  This one, however, rings all the jingle bells.  In fact, I kind of wished I had waited a month or two to read just so that it would be closer to the holiday.  I will, however, be making the Ricotta Cookies from this book--yes, there are recipes!  And they all look sinfully delicious!

The one note to this book is that I do think that the previous novels need to be read first (don't worry, they're great, too!).  I'm generally the sort of person who needs to start at the beginning of a series and read the books sequentially, but this particular book really does need at least the first of the two previous books.  A major plot point of this novel involves Jordan, the hero of A Better Man and I do think a reader wouldn't get everything they could out of this novel without having read at least that one first.

If you have already read the first two books in this series, don't wait to read this one (well, you might want to wait a little closer to Christmas!).  If you haven't read this series, give it a try.  And please, please give Candis Terry a try.  She is as good as they come in the romance genre!

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.

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