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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Nice conclusion 6 July 2011
By RVAbooklover - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is Guiliana Baci and Liam Bennett's story. Their story has been heavily foreshadowed in the previous 2 books, Crush on You (Three Kisses) and Then He Kissed Me (Three Kisses). I have been looking forward to unraveling their mystery, although by the end of Then He Kissed Me, I had a pretty good hunch on how it would play out.

Very Brief Summary - The 3 Baci sisters inherit the Tanti Baci Winery after their father dies, with Guiliana (Jules) alone inheriting the land upon which the winery sits. The Bennett winery sits adjacent to the Baci land. Tanti Baci is in financial trouble, and the sisters have agreed to a one year push to make the winery profitable. In addition to wine, they offer weddings on their property, at a cabin which used to belong to the original owners. The story goes that all newlyweds who have partaken of the special Tanti Baci wedding wine are still married, and the the younger sisters, Allie and Stevie, plan to capitalize on that fact for advertising purposed. So why does this freak Jules out so much?

Throughout the series, Jules and Liam have been avoiding each other, and acting like wet cats when their paths do happen to cross. Finally, we get the rest of the story.

Liam - Liam is described multiple times as having a stick in his posterior region. He is icy, in control at all times, placid on the surface. You know what they say about still waters. Liam is still trying to reconcile the extremely manipulative actions of his father of which he was a victim from the age of ten. His internal angst comes across clearly. His desire to be with Jules wars with his belief that he is too much like his father to ever be a good long term bet. Yet, Liam can't quite let go of the longing to be with Jules. He gets crazy possesive when she talks to any other man, blowing his cool, calm façade out of the water. He gets very demanding and controlling in bed. He wants to believe he can exorcise the need he has for Jules, push that want and desire into a box until it settles and he doesn't feel it any longer.(The last line is an almost direct quote from the book) These scenes are the best in the book for me, when we get to see the real Liam. It's clear the possessive, jealous, controlling actions are dictated by his sublimation of his desire for Jules because the more he pushes her away (or allows himself to be pushed away), the more over the top he gets.

Guiliana (Jules)- So many secrets...Once she and Liam broke up 10 years ago, she retreats to L.A., and builds a life for herself, only returning to the Napa area when her father dies. Having to deal with Liam brings back all the pain of losing him. Jules is trying to bring resolution to the Tanti Baci issue. As the oldest, she takes a great deal on herself rather than sharing the burden with her sisters. She tries hard to keep her distance from Liam, but events transpire against her, forcing her to move in with him temporarily. She struggles to reconcile their teenage romance with the reality of their grown up lives. She can't move past the pain of the past nor does she understand how everything went so wrong. While she is a strong, independent woman, Liam affects her as if she were still a teenager in love.

Liam and Jules together - Oh, the pain these two have. Deep feelings and dark secrets do not a relationship make. Only when they are able to be honest with each other do they make any headway. I found this book to be an interesting study of how first love lingers with an intensity often unmatched in later, more adult relationships. There are several flashbacks to their younger selves, and Jules, especially, longs for the Liam that was not so shuttered. After the layers are peeled back, the secrets are exposed, seeing the details with adult lenses eases some of the pain of their initial breakup.

What worked for me - Liam - a tortured hero if there ever was one. He takes his role of big brother seriously and does not allow himself to be emotional. He loves Jules desperately but can't figure out how to have her without hurting her. Kohl and Grace - a lovely subplot/secondary romance. Jules - really liked the younger Jules, but understood how the circumstances of her life completely shut her down emotionally. Great character growth. The theme of young love surviving tragedy to be resurrected as an adult partnership. The epilogue. I love Christie Ridgway's series ending epilogues. Strong romantic/sexual scenes. When Liam and Jules are in sync, they set the pages to smokin'.

What didn't work for me - I would have liked a little more information about how Liam dealt with his father's manipulative ploy to bring him home from Italy, which was a true turning point in the story. More specifics as to what exactly happened when Jules left him the first time. The ending was too abrupt, as well, for my taste. Perhaps these issues could be due to editing for length?

Overall, I liked this series a lot. It made me think about a lot of issues. The three books are perhaps more serious in nature than some of Ms. Ridgway's work, but there are comedic elements to lighten the mood. I would almost classify it as chic lit, except for the very strong romance elements and the HEA's. The last two books, especially, deal with how childhood trauma can manifest itself in behaviors that are not only counterproductive, but ultimately downright destructive. Worthwhile reading, in my opinion.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
fun contemporary vineyard romance 9 July 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Almost a year ago the three Baci sisters said they will diligently work for the next twelve months to save the family century old Napa Valley vineyard that was failing. A lot has happened since the trio inherited Baci from their late dad. Two of the sisters have since found love and marriage (see Then He Kissed Me and Can't Hurry Love). They are committed to stay and work at the vine yard.

The oldest sibling Guiliana remains adamant that she will leave once the year is up in one month even as her apartment has been burned down and her car destroyed. Jules is forced to move to the neighboring vineyard owned by Liam Bennett though they are uncivil with each other as they have been for a long time. However, with a gala planned to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the vineyard, the couple agree to a one month truce, which will end when she leaves. Their attraction remains hotter than the inferno that destroyed her apartment, but someone stalks Jules with bad intent.

The final Three Kisses contemporary vineyard romance is an engaging tale starring two enemies in love. Although the story line is somewhat typical of the sub-genre and the villain over the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, fans will relish this fun frothy frolic as the lighthearted heated banter between the oldest Baci and her childhood friend and nemesis former lover make for a wonderful read.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed after waiting such a long time 11 July 2011
By Kindlelover - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
enjoyed the first two books in this series and was waiting anxiously for this story. But unfortunately, very disappointed. Long, arduous scenes and dialogues. Both hero and heroine appeared selfish and self indulgent. Truly disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Can't Hurry Love 7 Aug. 2011
By Jess - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story between Liam and Giuliana (Jules) has been building since the first book. There has been such a wide range of emotions between the two of them, hostility, anger, and the most important a level of angst coming from both of them. Since we first met the families, we've seen Allie and Penn and Stevie and Jack fall in love, and the entire family come together to try and save their winery Tanti Baci. The sisters have planned a Vow-Over Weekend on the one year anniversary of when they decided to try to turn the winery around and get it back on its financial feet. Jules had agreed to help for the year, but if progress doesn't happen, all bets are off.

There was always a sense that something major happened in Liam and Jules's past. We know that they're both the oldest of their siblings and have a take charge attitude. This is especially hard for Jules to overcome when dealing with the family winery and her sisters. We also find out that Liam and Jules were much more then friends growing up, but Jules always felt as though she was the girl on the wrong side of the tracks compared to Liam, but together young love won out. They were able to let go of all their responsibilities and just enjoy each other, and enjoy life together. Those responsibilities eventually caught up with them, and through heart break and loss the couple lost their way back to each other and let things go unsaid for 10 years.

Cut to present day, the sparks are still there, but so much of the past needs to be discussed and worked out, and it proves hard for both Liam and Jules to express their feelings. Their story was very back and forth through much of the book, they'd make progress to put the past behind them, then one of them one would shut back down and retreat again. It felt very hot & cold, and it made it a little hard to completely warm up to them. It was hard to side with Jules - she makes some decisions based on what she wants and what she thinks is best for the winery without speaking to her sisters about it, and needless to say, it doesn't sit well with Allie and Stevie. I did feel for her though, her mother asked her to take care of her sisters before she died, and Jules has always put a lot of responsibility on herself, being the one worrying about the details but with Liam, she was able to let go and it still scares her to go to that place again with him. It's hard for her to make the leap and take the risk.

When Liam and Jules were actually being nice to one another, they had some incredibly sweet scenes. It took most of the book for them both to let their guard down, but in Liam's case he was determined to make Jules stay and get things worked out once and for all. At one point Liam finally snaps and drunk Liam = good times! I would have liked a little more of them together at the end, the ending felt a bit abrupt, even with a nice epilogue. I'm a fan of epilogues and this one gives us just a little peek into the future and what our favorite sisters and their men have been up to.

The book scene stealers were Kohl and Grace. I would have loved for them to have their own full story. They're both intriguing characters battling to overcome issues in their pasts. Watching Kohl trying to remember how to be "normal" and want to date Grace correctly was so endearing, and I loved him instantly.

This was a nice conclusion to a fun series centered around the Baci sisters. I'm sorry to see it end, but look forward to what Christie has planned next. This is a light, fun read and overall enjoyable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sweet 13 July 2011
By Blodeuedd - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the third and final book about the 3 Baci Sisters from Napa Valley. It can easily be read as a stand alone (though I did read book 2 but I have not read book 1 yet.)

Giuliana "Jules" Baci fell in love when she was young, but their love story came to a halt and they have not been civil to each other for ten years. Why they broke up is a mystery to everyone else and to the reader. Back to the characters, Jules is the mother hen for her two younger sisters, and Liam is still in her life as he owns a share of the winery and his half-brother is married to her sister. These two sure can not get along and I did wonder what on earth made them like that, but little by little we understand what happened that fateful summer so long ago.

Jules has a lot on her plate. She is a strong woman but at the same time there is sadness over her cos of the things she has lost. While Liam also is portrayed as strong and the one who is doing the chasing. He wants her or just wants her out of his system. I do like a good lovers reunited story and these two clearly love each other and always have. But then there is that summer....

There is also other things going on. What will happen to the winery? And a slowly building romance between Kohl who works at the winery and Grace who also works there. I liked this story because they both had big emotional scars. Grace had been abused and Kohl was traumatized from the war.

A lovely romance about lovers who find their way back to each other, and at the same time we get a second lovestory playing in the background. It was very enjoyable and sweet.

Sweet summer read
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