I was provided with an advance reader copy by My own copy in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: The Master Vintners #3
Published by Harlequin Desire on March 5, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: My own copy
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They'd Had One Night. He Wanted More.
When Ethan Masters learns his family's explosive secret, it sends him reeling…straight into an uncharacteristic one-night stand. Too bad he'll never see Isobel Fyfe again….
Until she shows up as his winery's newest hire. Now Ethan's in trouble. Isobel is everything he's not—a free spirit with no commitments—and she won't be controlled. How can he trust her to keep his secret? How can he keep his distance? With his family at stake, Ethan's playing with fire…but he wants Isobel. And he'll do anything to keep her quiet…and in his bed.
It’s Monday once again, and that means it is time for the next instalment in my RuBY Review Challenge. The first coin in the machine today is Yvonne Lindsay’s March 2013 release from Harlequin Desire, One Secret Night.
The third in the Master Vintners series, One Secret Night is the first of them that I have read. I’ve read plenty of Yvonne Lindsay’s backlist – I’m a particular fan of the New Zealand Knights series from a few years back – and judging on how much I enjoyed this book, I’ll definitely make an effort to discover more of them.
Here are my thoughts on One Secret Night:
Both Ethan and Isobel are people with pasts, and aspects of those pasts are holding them back from fully embracing the gifts of love. It is obvious that both are passionate and honest about what each is expecting from their interlude, even though they don’t exactly discuss it at the time. But the moment they connect in his apartment, the heat they generate said to me “Oh lordy, now you two are so never going to leave it at just one night!”. Their chemistry is pretty combustible.
Yeah, Ethan does get shirty when Isobel turns up at the vineyard, but I love that she doesn’t just curl up in a ball – she gives as good as she gets – and I liked that Ethan didn’t hold on to his indignation once he realises she didn’t know it was his place she’d be photographing. There are other moments where Ethan cracks it, however knowing the reasons behind his actions make them easier to understand.
The intimate scenes between Ethan and Isobel are pretty hot. There are some rocky patches that they have to travel through in order for them to get to their HEA (destroyed vintages and imprisonment among them), and how they deal with these and find their way back to each other was great to read.
The background & secondary characters are really important to the progression of this story, in that they help and guide Ethan and Isobel, but don’t dominate or become more important than them. I loved how Ethan’s original intended was not made out to be a scheming, evil moll, but his guide to discovering what really means the most to him. I liked Shanal for that. I so hope Ethan’s sister Tamsyn gets her own story – because she deserves SO MUCH BETTER than that Trent character – he seems so fishy.
In my opinion, this is a thoroughly well-deserved nod for Yvonne – One Secret Night is dramatic, romantic, sensual and incredibly readable. Bring on more of the Master Vintners, I say!