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Drunk On Love by Jasmine Guillory is a contemporary romance perfect for readers who want to escape into the barrels of Napa Valley wine country! Margot Noble and her brother, Elliot, inherit a successful winery from their late uncle, whose focus was on running a classy, Black-owned business for the community and tourists. Margot is not as familiar with the business as her brother is, but she wants to contribute to its growth. She envisions making the winery a social venue and t increasing the number of wine enthusiast memberships. Elliot wants to keep things refined like their uncle did, and a party atmosphere is not what he has plans for.  Margot seems to have it all together until she meets Luke, who shakes things up.

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Due to feeling burn out, Luke Williams has quit his high paying tech job and returned to his childhood home in Napa. . He was good at his job, but didn’t feel appreciated. He also needed a change of scenery. Luke decides to come home and spend time with an old childhood friend, who also happens to be his high school girlfriend.  His mom is happy to have him back and assumes Luke is home to rekindle his relationship with his long-lost love. Afraid to disappoint his mom, Luke doesn’t tell her he left his job, and he lets her believe that he is home because of his former girlfriend. In the meantime, Luke finds a temporary job at the  local family-run winery.  The night before he begins his new job, he goes out on the town and meets an attractive woman. They immediately hit it off.  All is well until they cross paths the next morning and Luke discovers that this beautiful woman is his new boss.

Both Luke and Margot are interested in exploring a relationship outside of work, but neither of them can be honest with their families.  Margot cannot let on that she is dating an employee, and Luke has to uphold the lie that he and his ex are reuniting.  The chemistry between Luke and Margot is alluring, and you will be rooting for them to succeed in both their relationship and their personal goals.

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Contributor Cindy with Drunk on Love!

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My rating of this book is four stars. It had nice pacing for most of the book, but I felt that once the relationship was well underway, some parts dragged with the day in/day out routine of the characters. For a romance novel, there was ample spice, but I didn’t find it too naughty. I appreciated Guillory’s nod to Queen Elizabeth II wearing outfits that stand out in a crowd, because I read this just days after her passing.

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Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory

Genre: Fiction/ Romance

Drunk on Love tells the story of Margot. She needs a break from running the family winery. But when her one-night stand turns out to be the winery’s latest employee, Margot finds it hard to keep things professional.

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Kara

This was my first novel by Jasmine Guillory, and I can see why she is so popular! I’m hooked and  will definitely be reading her other books!

I love a good romance, and Drunk on Love did not disappoint. The beautiful Napa Valley setting really set this book apart for me. I appreciated reading about the inner workings of a small winery. This novel delivered on the cozy, small town vibes that I love.

I thought Margot and Luke were well-developed characters. They each had their own fears and flaws despite their cool, confident exteriors. I enjoyed peeling back their layers and getting to know them on a personal level. Their chemistry leapt off the page and their banter was so much fun. The dual points of view were perfect for this book, and both Margot and Luke felt like people I would love to be friends with in real life! 

Drunk on Love had some of my favorite romance tropes: forced proximity and workplace romance. I thought Margot and Luke’s mutual longing while they worked together, but couldn’t date, was palpable, and I couldn’t wait for them to finally get together.

The only thing I would change about this book was the pacing in the second half. Once Margot and Luke became a couple, things started to drag a bit for me. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a spicy romance with small town vibes, forced proximity, angst, and two dynamic main characters.

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