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Riesling and Designing Samantha’s Love

Riesling and Designing Samantha’s Love

Designing Samantha’s Love by PJ Fiala

Samantha is terrified of starting over after an unhappy marriage. Family and friends are the core of her life and she doesn’t need anything more. Until she runs into sexy Grayson Kinkaide. Gray has had his own share of bad luck in marriage, but he knows his soul mate will complete his life. All he has to do is find her. That search is complete when he finds Sam and their lives get all tangled up. Gray knows in his heart that Samantha belongs with him. All he has to do is convince her.
Sexy, hot, mature characters who know what they want and don’t stop until they have it. Yep, this was a Riesling kind of book. The aromatic, deliciously refreshing wine with hints of apples, apricots, peaches, and pears was a smooth, crisp choice to sip on while Sam and Gray grabbed my heart. They’ve already lived so much of their life, but the best parts happen once they hook up. Funny, sexy people that speak their mind even if it gets them in a little trouble.


I have to say, I enjoyed their interaction while I sipped on the wine. But then, holy hell, I thought I was going to suck that entire bottle down. This story is about mature characters. Which means, they’re experienced. And experience means hotter than hell intimacy. I thought about switching to a deep red wine for those scenes, but what the heck, I stuck with Riesling… just increased my intake. Sent hubby to the store for more wine (and candles). Lol.
I recommend Designing Samantha’s Love for anyone looking for a fun, intense, story of a couple overcoming their life issues to realize their second chance. Just have that bottle ready because it will get hot!
**** What is your favorite – red or white, sweet or dry? One lucky pick will receive an ebook gift of Designing Samantha’s Love (or another PJ Fiala book if you have this one).

Till next time,

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor

Merlot and Madison County

Have you ever experienced that one true love of your life – the one that could not happen for some reason or another?

Set in the 1960’s in Madison County, Iowa, The Bridges of Madison County brings forth extra-marital affairs, true love, family life, and tough decisions.

Francesca Johnson, a mother and housewife, stays behind while her family goes away on a trip. During this time she meets Robert Kincaid, a traveling photographer who arrives in Madison County to photograph covered bridges in that area. The attraction between the two adults is so strong, they partake in a love affair. Their lives become intertwined to the point they must make some challenging, life-altering decisions. (If I keep going I will give out spoilers…)

~~~~~ This is one of my all-time favorite books, and movies. It is worthy of being paired with the soft, smooth, and elegant Merlot. A book about extra-marital affairs? That’s deep. (another glass, please) When you look at the situation through the lovers eyes, you see a deep, heart-wrenching story about soul mates. The taste of plums, black cherries, and chocolate blending on your palette give you the warmth and comfort to experience the emotions of Francesca and Robert.

This was a deep, moving love story about a traveling photographer and a lonely farm wife. Their brief affair was never portrayed as sordid, but one where two soul mates met at the wrong time in their lives. Therefore, I chose a rich, deep Merlot to indulge in while curling up near a crackling fireplace and diving into The Bridges of Madison County.

Comment with an answer to the below question to be entered in a drawing for an Amazon gifted ebook copy of The Bridges of Madison County.

??? What is one of your all-time favorite books, and why???

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor

Wine and book pairings

wine and book imageWho says we can’t enjoy a glass of wine while reading our romance books? No one. Wine pairs well with cheese, steak, seafood, and fruit. Heck, now there are wine pairings for cookies. So, why not with books?

So here are just a few thoughts on how I see wine and books being enjoyed together. Of course, you can experiment with your own combinations. And please share your results! We all want to know your fun and daring side. (BTW – if wine isn’t your thing, play around with hot chocolate, or any other beverage. Share with us!

Sweet wines will make that fun, contemporary read much lighter. Laughter will flow from the heroine and you all throughout her story. She is light-hearted and exciting and just wants you to have fun. Of course, her hero is always getting in the way and causing mischief. She needs wine to deal with him and his crazy antics. Indulge in the sweetness of Moscato or Zinfandel.

For the IMG_3491intense suspenseful romance, I would suggest something with a little bite. Those intriguing moments will have you gripping your glass as well as the edge of your seat. Danger lurks around every corner. But your heroine is strong and feisty and needs the boldness of a rich Pinot Grigio or Merlot to deal with the man claiming to be her hero.

Prefer the enticing read of pure romance with a lot of physical interaction between the characters? I believe that would either be a Chardonnay or Malbec for the daring actions, and maybe a Port or Riesling when things are tame. Mix it up a little.

Sweet, sensual, spicy, bold, dry… There are many different wines to fit your palette and style. You don’t have to settle for just one. As we go along, we will dive into all aspects of wine – tannins, taste, reds and whites, and the dreaded wine headache – lol. I have a lot in store for you.

~~~~ Now that I’ve made these brief introductions to wine and book pairings, I will venture into sharing with you books I’ve either read, or am interested in reading, and the wines I will enjoy while getting my book-boyfriend, romance-read fix. And please share your recommendations on either books or wines. I will report back to you all. Be sure to follow my blog so you can get notified when I post something new. GO NOW to the LEAVE A REPLY and enter your email address and click on NOTIFY ME OF NEW POSTS…

Til next time,

Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor