Love in Wine Country #4
In Sauvignon Blanc to Sigh For (Love in Wine Country #4) by Pamela Gibson, Sarah James and Sam Reynoso have been friends since the sixth grade, and somehow, Sam always manages to convince Sarah to go along with whatever he wants to do. When he signs them up to compete in a couple's wine and food pairing competition, Sarah knows she might be making a mistake giving in this time, but how can she say no once she learns how much he spent to enter. But with every round they stay in the competition, Sarah finds herself falling for her best friend. Can they risk their friendship for a chance at happy ever after, or will the secret one of them is keeping from the other end the close bond they've shared all these years?
What a wonderful story Ms. Gibson has penned in the fourth book of her Love in Wine Country series about two best friends determined to deny their attraction, a secret that could destroy their friendship, finding forgiveness and getting the happy ever after they both deserve. Right from the beginning, this story was riveting, fast-paced and a story I could not put down. Not only because it's palpable that these two share such strong chemistry from the moment they're introduced into the story together, but because this story encompasses the friends to lovers and the fake relationship tropes; two tropes that I have been reading more and more of lately. It isn't easy for two people to go from friends to lovers, since if things don't end well, then that could be the end of their friendship, but I must admit that Ms. Gibson pens a story with a very satisfying ending.
The dialogue was intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the heroine. She's been hurt before by a previous relationship and with her parents being divorced she's never witnessed a healthy marriage, so how likely is it that she'll ever have the chance at happy ever after? Moreover, I liked the teasing banter between the hero and heroine during their time in the wine and food competition. Sarah is determined to show Sam that he can't always make decisions for her without expecting consequences and I liked how she does it. Who knew she had it in her to make him see her as more than his best friend when she seems so prim and proper and not a woman to go too far out of her comfort zone?
Both the main characters entertained me from start to finish with their back stories, the chemistry between them and the secret one of them is hiding. What happens when the other learns the truth? Will it ruin the strong friendship they have and their growing relationship? Will the one that gets hurt by the secret be able to forgive the other? Emotions run high during the competition, which had me turning the pages quickly of this book determined to know whether the pair would make it to the final round without saying something either of them would regret and to discover whether they'd win. Since the prize would go a long way to helping Sam follow his dream when it comes to his career.
Overall, Ms. Gibson has penned a really good read in this book where the chemistry and bits of romance illustrated how right these two are for each other and that they shouldn't let any obstacle stop them from being together. The way this story ended had me a little worried as to the reaction of the character the secret hurt, but I was cheering that everything would work out and I'm glad that it did, especially since the hero was determined to fight for their happy ever after. I would recommend Sauvignon Blanc to Sigh For by Pamela Gibson, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope or the fake relationship trope.
“We? I don’t want to be a chef. I’m a planner. A damn good one.”
Pamela Gibson grew up loving books, history, and small towns. Her first career was a newspaper reporter, but when she returned to college to get a master’s degree, it was in public administration which eventually led to jobs running cities…not as an elected official, but as a city manager, the chief appointed one.