Great Uncle Willard Everly was a scoundrel and everyone in the family knew it. They just didn't realize that even in death he'd have the last word.

The Everly Wine Company has been a family-owned operation for generations. Now with Willard's death, the family is horrified to discover that he sold his shares of the wine company to an outsider-one Nicholas Nicholai of the Security Investigative Corporation.

As the head of the winery, Sierra Everly flies to New York City to confront the usurper and buy back the shares. Unfortunately for Sierra, Nick has decided that he likes the idea of being part of a winery and is not about to relinquish the shares. To Sierra, Nick has just declared war. Making a temporary retreat back to the winery, Sierra consults her grandmother and sister Vanessa on their next moves.

Intrigued by and attracted to Sierra, Nick decides to pay a visit to his old friend A.C. Dineen, owner of the "No Wine Here" bar in Evarton. A.C. has been having his own private war with Police Officer Vanessa Everly, who is determined to prove him a criminal.

The Everly women are suddenly sidetracked when they are informed that teenaged Karen Everly has run away. After the death of Karen's twin brother, Diana and Evan Everly divorced and abdicated their responsibilities, leaving Sierra to run the winery. Now Sierra must pull the family together as well.

Despite Sierra, Nick finally gets his winery grand tour and instantly charms Grandmother Isabella. After studying the winery records, Nick begins to suspect that things are not as they should be. Sabotage and embezzlement seem likely, and Sierra is the prime suspect. The attraction between Nick and Sierra is intense and passionate, as are their arguments over which direction the winery should take. If Sierra is not behind the trouble, who is and why?

Outstanding category author Barbara Boswell expands her expertise to include single title romance fiction with her new Berkley release RED VELVET. Filled with terrific characters and inspired sexual tension, this is a truly delightful read. (Nov., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith