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The Baci sisters are on a mission to save Tanti Baci—the winery that’s been in their family for generations—by transforming it into the perfect wedding destination.  If only they didn’t need the help of the Bennett brothers next door…

 

Alessandra Baci is determined to make sure the winery’s first wedding goes off without a hitch.  Unfortunately, the “Nun of Napa,” as she’s affectionately known, has had some bad luck when it comes to nuptials, starting with her own wedding day five years before, when her fiancé didn’t arrive at the altar.  Still, she’ll do anything to keep her promise to her late father—even if it means enlisting the help of the sexy Penn Bennett…

 

Straight out of Hollywood, where he’s the handsome star of prime time’s hottest home renovation show, Penn is Alessandra’s only hope for restoring the crown jewel of the Baci estate.  Too bad the Bennett men, who own the winery next door and are the sisters’ greatest rivals, are off-limits.  Because Penn would like nothing more than to teach the sinless “Nun of Napa” an unholy, hands-on lesson…

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Placing a trilogy in the beautiful setting of the California wine country was quite the hardship.  But, for you, dear readers, I did my research.  I drank wine.  I read about winemaking.  I watched the fabulous movie, Bottle Shock (starring Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, Dennis Farina, Bill Pullman), that chronicles how the Napa valley gained its reputation.  And then I took a little trip northward from my Southern California environs for a long weekend of exploring vineyards, wineries, and wine caves.

Okay.  Loved that part.  Especially because my husband is such a great travel companion.  He doesn’t mind going back over the same territory just because I want to get a sense of it in morning and afternoon.  He’ll be the first to tell those pouring at the winetastings that I’m an author on a research trip, which gets these garrulous individuals to open up about the process of winemaking even more.  Though I’m sure we’ve gone off course, he keeps driving, determined to find a particular winery I’ve decided I must visit (and he was right, we found it).

However, beyond wine and wineries, this book has something that I found maybe even more fun to research and write about…weddings.  The stack of magazines in my office!  The many episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” that I’ve watched!  The hours I spent daydreaming about the gown that Alessandra Baci is donning in the opening scene of Crush on You!  You see, she was supposed to have married five years before, but her groom didn’t make it to the altar (you’ll have to read the book to find out why).  Still, on the anniversary of that day, she puts on the dress and remembers how much love can hurt.

It will take meeting Penn Bennett to let her give love another chance.

There’s so much that says “romance” in my new Three Kisses trilogy.  A failing winery, a family feud, legends of hidden treasure.  Wine.  The beautiful wine country.  But it’s the white lace and promises of a wedding day that get to me every time.

Tell me about your fantasy wedding and/or wedding dress.  I think I’d like to renew my vows on a beach, barefoot, and wearing an off-the-shoulder gown that sweeps the sand.  You?  Comment and I’ll randomly pick a winner to receive a Christie Ridgway book!

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Huge thanks to Christie for being our guest today. For more information on her and her books, visit her website here. You can also find her at Riding With the Top Down blog, at Facebook  and on Twitter. Leave a comment for the chance to win a book by Christie. Good Luck!

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