Genre: CONTEMPORARY EROTIC ROMANCE
A young food photographer’s appetites are further explored as her love affair with a handsome billionaire gourmand deepens. Book 2 in the The Epicurean series.
The undeniable chemistry between food photographer Catherine Kelley and billionaire gourmand William Lambourne has become an unquenchable thirst…
Catherine’s career in Chicago is taking off and the handsome stormy-eyed stranger who recently rocked her world has become — dare she say it? — her boyfriend. Dating a billionaire who’s a god in the bedroom and a virtuoso in the kitchen definitely has its perks. But it’s the unguarded, tender moments with William that stir Cat’s heart and reawaken her appetite for love. A weekend trip to William’s vineyard so he can face a painful loss puts their new relationship to the test. Complex and layered, William is at once passionate and sweet, but also prickly and guarded. He’s promised openness, but it becomes immediately clear that Cat’s version of honesty and his are as different as chardonnay and pinot noir. It’s hard to fault William for his secretive ways when Cat knows she’s holding back, too. As the attraction between them gets even hotter, Catherine and William must share all of their secrets before their relationship can truly begin. And little does Cat know how dangerous confronting their pasts will be.
A Sip of You Dreamcast
…“Sometimes I wonder what you’re doing with me.”
He raised a brow as he slid out a drawer, produced a corkscrew, and began to open the bottle of wine. “Why would you say that? It’s me who doesn’t deserve you. You’re talented, smart, beautiful, and great in bed. How lucky am I?”
Well, when he put it that way… My cheeks flushed, but I made myself accept the compliment. “Thank you. I just meant that I’m such a mess, and you’re so organized.” I watched as he effortlessly pulled out the cork and then grabbed two wine glasses from an upper cabinet. He poured, filling each with a deep pink liquid that I immediately recognized.
“Is that the same rosé we drank at Casa di Rosabela?” I asked. The rosé that he was so proud of, the rosé which had inspired my safe word. I could feel my blush deepen across my cheeks.
William smiled broadly as he handed me a glass. “Very observant. It is. See, I’ll make a wine connoisseur out of you yet, Catherine. Cheers.” We touched glasses. I sipped the wine, dribbling a bit on my bottom lip. I lifted my hand to catch it before it ran onto my chin, but he grabbed my hand and shook his head. His eyes were dark and intense. My breath hitched.
“Messy can be sexy,” he said, touching his finger to my mouth. “Very sexy.” He dipped his head and licked the drop of wine from my bottom lip. At the taste of him mixed with the bright yet delicate flavors of the rosé, my thoughts flashed back to Napa, to our night with the honey and handcuffs and his scorching hot kisses between my legs. My arms came up and I wrapped them around his neck, pulling his mouth to mine for a deeper kiss. He didn’t resist, and this time I pushed him back, pinning him to the counter and pressing against him.
“I thought…you wanted to talk,” he said, his voice husky and breathless with need. I loved that I could do this to him, that I could make him want me so much.
“Talking can wait,” I muttered. “I’ve missed you too much.” …
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Chelly’s Thoughts <3
First off, if you haven’t read A Taste Of You, you’ll need to read it first, as A Sip of You picks up where the first book left off. Even though Northern California is the last place Catherine wants to be, she will do anything for William, including being there for him when his long-lost, presumed-dead brother has possibly been found. After William leaves her in his mansion alone for days, Catherine decides to venture out in Napa and runs into one of the biggest reasons she left Cali – her dead husband’s brother, Jeremy. He wants to pick up where they left off but she’s ashamed of the person she turned in to after Jace died, she’s not that girl anymore. She can’t take being alone or being left in the dark when it comes to William…why won’t he open up to her and let her know what’s going on in his life? Where does he keep disappearing to?
William Lambourne…..mmm, yes please! Who wouldn’t love a sexy, dominant billionaire with wicked skills in the kitchen and in the bedroom? Catherine is falling in love with the glimpses she sees of the softer William, but do those glimpses make up for the craziness of his life? Money and fame can mean a lot of nice things, but it can also mean danger. Catherine’s tired of the secrets and last minute trips…what will it take for William finally open up to her and let her fully into his life? He feels she’s better off if she doesn’t know everything…if she knew, she may run away for good…
I did enjoy A Sip of You for the most part, especially William, but Catherine just got on my nerves. She was so wishy-washy and self-centered. I will give her credit for finally figuring that out about herself, but it still drove me crazy. It seemed most of the book was either William and Catherine fighting about him being gone, or them in the bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, the bedroom scenes (and kitchen scenes, and shower scenes) were very ummm…well written ;-)…but I wanted to see more emotional moments between the two.
I felt A Sip of You was very similar to 50 Shades in some of the scenes and characters, but it was different at the same time. There was an undercurrent of a mystery in the story and I’m very interested in seeing how that plays out, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for A Feast of You. I’m also hoping for more on Hutch Morrison, the HOT, tatted, southern chef who wants to work with Catherine. I think he has potential to give William a run for his money…
A Sip of You Playlist
- Going to California by Led Zeppelin –When Cat joins William on his private jet for her first trip back to California.
- Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison — Catherine and William’s first night together in Napa.
- You Never Need Nobody by The Lone Bellow –When Cat is left in Napa on her own.
- Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones. When Hutch serves Cat Cinnamon & Brown Sugar beignets at their very flirty first meeting.
- Tiny Dancer by Elton John — Catherine and William’s important afternoon together in Chapter 20.
- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift—When Cat runs into an old flame who hasn’t quite forgotten her.
- Red, Red Wine by UB40—For the scenes where Cat walks through William’s vineyard and sips his rosé.
- Far Away by Nicelback—When Cat doesn’t know where William is and feels abandoned at Napa.
- Feeling Good by Michael Bublé—When Cat and William finally say those three words.
- First Cut is the Deepest by Sheryl Crow—Cat is shocked to stumble upon Beckett and William together.
About the Author
Sorcha Grace is the nom de plume of a nationally bestselling author who publishes in another romance genre. Visit her online at www.sorchagrace.com and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SorchaGrace) and Twitter (@SorchaGrace).