“Crush” is a love story versus a romance. A romance generally comes with an expiration date whereas a love story is timeless. It is written in the stars and mere mortals only think they’re in control.
Our two protagonists have an auspicious initial encounter in the middle of a Napa Valley vineyard among the rows and rows of grapevines. It proves to be an intoxicating experience for heir apparent, McKenzie Baumford and Ryan Royer, who is tasked with pulling together a business deal to bring the Von Eck family winery into a big expansion. The sexual tension between them could light up an entire city but they think no one has noticed the elephant in the room.
As their affair progresses on the QT, or so they think, Ryan is desperate to keep all the balls in the air, not let the deal fall through, not lose his job for getting romantically involved with a client and not lose everything he’s worked toward. McKenzie sees the handwriting on the wall and takes what she sees as appropriate action.
I love the multi-faceted main characters because they’re as flawed and imperfect as the rest of us. And their mutual passion is intoxicating so it was all too easy to get caught up in the storyline and blow off things I was supposed to do. Oh well, it’s not the first time nor will it be the last. I’m a pleasure reader so anything that pulls me into the story and keeps me there is the ultimate reading experience I’m seeking. Author Mae Wood knows romance and her writing style flows free and easy. So I’ll be looking for more of her work. Five stars.
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