About Deborah Coonts
My mother tells me I was born in Texas a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. She’ll also tell you I was a born storyteller. That I believe—I have the detention notices and bad-conduct reports to prove it. However, the path from minor hyperbolist, or as I prefer to think of my former self, Grand Master of the Art of Self-Prevarication, to the author of the New York Times Notable Crime Novel and double Rita ™ finalist, Wanna Get Lucky?, the book that launched the bestselling series, was a bit tortured.
Someone once told me I lived a peripatetic life—yes, I had to look it up. And he was right. I’ve been everything from a mom, business owner, accountant, wife, pilot, flight instructor, lawyer …worse, a tax lawyer… to a writer. The three personas I’ve kept suit me the best: mom, flight instructor, and writer. And the other personas I’ve tried on then shrugged out of and discarded like an itchy coat were great grist for the story mill.
Chasing stories keeps me busy and out of jail…for the most part. Researching in Vegas can be a bit… sketchy. Prodded by the next adventure and the police, I keep moving. Right now I have a house in Texas, but that will change soon. I lived in Vegas for 15 years—the longest I’d stayed anywhere. And I get back there often. But other places, too, are calling.
Someone asked me the other day where I lived. The question stopped me cold. Finally, I said, “On Southwest Airlines, third row, window seat, either side.” Always in search of a story. And the adventure would be perfect if they could just stock a split of nice Champagne.
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Review by Anniek
Sophia is a woman who has always put the needs of others before her own. When she and her husband Daniel were blessed with children she became a stay-at-home mom and took care of everything. Ever since her husband died Sophia has tried to heal from losing him. Now it's time to think about what she needs in life. Sophia's home has a lot of land around it. On this land she is using two acres to grow her own grapes. They are a legacy of her grandfather and she hopes to be making great wine with these exceptional grapes. There is only one problem, the land itself and the house standing on it are not her own. Her landlord has financial problems and decides to sell the land and everything on it to the highest bidder. Sophia is devastated, but she won't give up without a fight.
Nico once was a phenomenal winemaker, but ever since his brother Paolo died he has lost his passion. He's taking care of his twin nieces and he doesn't have the luxury to be picky. He needs to have a steady paycheck to support the girls. He has a one-year contract with a large company that produces wine for the masses. Nico loathes everything that this company stands for but he feels like he has no other choice. He wants nothing more than to be free again. To see if he can be as good on his own as he was together with Paolo. Maybe he just wants to go do something completely different, ever since he was a young boy there was never another path for him than the wine business.
When two kindred souls open up to each other they need to accept that first impressions are not always right. Sophia and Nico complement each other and find out that they are a very good match in making exquisite wine. What will Sophia do when she discovers just how much value her grapes actually have? Will she be able to trust the one person who completes her best work?
Crushed really surprised me in a positive way. I was expecting an easy romantic read, but this story has so many layers that are making it so much better. Deborah Coonts really made an effort to give her characters depth and I found it easy to connect with them. I was so proud when Sophia chose to stand up for herself. She is very strong, even after all the loss she had to deal with. She found her confidence again and stood up for everything she believes in. It was heartwarming to read about how the main characters of this story overcame loss and found new things to be excited about. I am really glad I picked up this book!