Series: Blue Plate #2
Author: Rachel Goodman
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Women's Fiction
Release Date: May 23, 2016
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About Sour Grapes:Uncork this delectable Texas Hill Country romance from the critically acclaimed author of From Scratch, the “smart, sexy, and funny” debut that “piles on the Southern charm” (Publishers Weekly).
Margaret Stokes is bitter. And not in the robust fine wine or tangy dark chocolate kind of way. She just got dumped, is fed up with her job as a glorified party-planner for the rich, and can’t possibly listen to one more veiled insult from her impossible-to-please mother. So she retreats to the comfort of her grandmother’s ramshackle bed and breakfast, where the wide open vineyards are filled with surprises, from the shockingly delicious wine to the aggravating yet oh-so-tempting man who makes it.
Ryan Camden’s easy approach to life encourages Margaret to loosen up and have a little fun, despite her better judgment. She resists the urge to micromanage every detail, embracing the welcome distractions of her surroundings and letting their relationship unfold at a natural rhythm. But when a health scare forces Grammy J to give up the B&B, Margaret begins to wonder if Ryan really is the man he promises—and whether the problems she tried so hard to escape ever really went away.
I liked Ryan.
I liked the little small town (I always do!).
I liked the wine stuff.
I liked the group of friends.
I liked a lot of the plot.
But I did not like Margaret. Not one bit.
It always sucks when you don’t like the character who’s telling the story. You’re seeing things through their eyes, so it’s hard to keep the rest of the book detached from them.
And boy, did I hate seeing things through Margaret’s eyes.
For most of the book, she hated everything. And if she didn’t have something readily available to hate, she actively sought something out.
And so much of her complaining was really the pot calling the kettle black. I mean, throughout the whole book she whined about how superficial, narcissistic, and judgmental her “friends” were. But for most of the book, she was no better. She was immature and her behavior so much of the time was totally uncalled for.
Just a brat. I hate brats.
But the way Ryan reacted to all that – and the way other characters, like Moose and Bonnie did, too – just made me like him more.
Everything rolled off him when she acted like that, except when he was purposely instigating it to piss her off. And the fact that his friends even tolerated Margaret at all makes me want to read the books in the series focusing on them. Mostly so I can learn how to deal with as much bullshit as they do lol.
So even though I hated her, once I could get past seeing everything through her spoiled, ungrateful eyes, I really liked the world this series takes place in. If anything, it got me interested in the series and craving a glass of wine.
About Rachel Goodman
Rachel is a mojito lover, cheese enthusiast, wanderluster, book junkie, romance writer, and an enginerd. She is a Colorado native displaced in Texas and an engineer and university professor. When she’s not creating optimization models or traveling the world, eating her way through city after city, she is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up stories and typing away on the computer. She lives in suburbia Dallas with her husband and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Oliver Pancake and Rigby Peanut. FROM SCRATCH is her first novel.