Unfortunately Yours

Avon. (A Vine Mess, Bk. 2). Jun. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780063239036. pap. $18.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Former Navy SEAL August Cates has no idea how to run a vineyard or make wine. Nevertheless, he made a promise to his late best friend and is determined to see it through—even though his wine is terrible and the bank won’t give him a loan. Natalie Vos is from a family of vintners with a successful vineyard, and she knows her way around wine. She’s always been the black sheep of the family who ran off to New York to make her mark somewhere the Vos name didn’t carry as much weight. She’s worked her way up the ladder and gotten engaged, but then a single costly mistake ruins everything. Now her reputation is in tatters, and she needs her trust fund to turn her prospects around. Unfortunately, the stipulation for having the money released is that she must be married and employed, but maybe she and August can help each other. This enemies-to-lovers, fake-marriage romance is brimming with witty banter and sizzling with chemistry. The protagonists are fully realized, with painful backstories and emotional growth throughout the novel.
VERDICT Bailey’s fans won’t be disappointed with this hilarious, heartfelt follow-up to Secretly Yours.
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