Thursday, January 12, 2012

Revenge at Bella Terra by Christina Dodd

Goodreads Description:

Eli Di Luca lives in Bella Terra, but now the family vineyard he runs is in financial trouble. Enter Italian magnate Tamosso Conte, who makes a proposition Eli can't refuse: marry his daughter, and Conte will solve Eli's money problems.
Unfortunately, the beautiful Chloe has no intention of getting married without a fight. Soon she discovers Eli's been keeping secrets from her, and the truth will put them both in mortal danger.

My Rating:
My Review:
I rate this at 4 1/2 out of 5.  I thought the mystery twist of why the famous bottle of wine was so desirous was a stroke of genius.  It made this book stand out from the first in the series but still be part of the series. I loved the relationship between Eli and Chloe.  Eli needed money and was propositioned by Chloe's father, a old school Italian, to marry Chloe in return for the funds to get the winery out of trouble with the IRS.  A situation that was created by the accountant smuggling funds and then moving to South America.  
Chloe is a best selling novel author and is having issues with her second novel.  Her father arranges for her to stay at Eli's cottage to get inspiration, though she knows he's just playing match maker!  Unfortunately he's right with this one and Chloe grows to love Eli. 
Eli, having had a rough childhood, doesn't realize his feelings until it's almost to late.  Eli and Chloe are thrust into a 80 year old murder mystery and a search for a bunch of stolen pink diamonds.  They are also forced to deal with their feelings for each other and come to grips with them.  
Great story, amazing twists and unexpected turns.  The last chapter made me salivate for the third book in the series!  The only reason this didn't get a 5 is because some parts didn't seem realistic or probable, like Eli's childhood kidnapping and subsequent 'education' in Chile.  However the parts that aren't 100% realistic aren't very important to the overall story line so can be overlooked.  

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