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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