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Tasting Notes West a venture capitalist has paid for his wealth and success with long hours at the office and no personal life to speak of Meetings conference calls and paperwork dominate his waking hours and h

  • Title: Tasting Notes
  • Author: Cate Ashwood
  • ISBN: 9781623807658
  • Page: 228
  • Format: ebook
  • West, a venture capitalist, has paid for his wealth and success with long hours at the office and no personal life to speak of Meetings, conference calls, and paperwork dominate his waking hours and have kept him from honoring the promise he made to his late grandfather years before After leaving the Marines, Rush returns to his hometown and settled in as a Christmas TreWest, a venture capitalist, has paid for his wealth and success with long hours at the office and no personal life to speak of Meetings, conference calls, and paperwork dominate his waking hours and have kept him from honoring the promise he made to his late grandfather years before After leaving the Marines, Rush returns to his hometown and settled in as a Christmas Tree farmer His life is quiet and simple, and he likes it that way When West arrives in town and buys Rush s parent s vineyard on a whim, that simple life is turned upside down The animosity between them is palpable, but Rush shelves his preconceived notions in order to protect his parents legacy He agrees to help West learn how to run the vineyard, and Rush soon realizes that love doesn t necessarily come in the package he expected.

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    1. Lisa on said:

      See my review at Sinfully Addicted.3.5 Stars!Tasting Notes by Cate Ashwood is the first book in a new MM romance series which can certainly be read as a stand-alone.Joseph “West” Weston is a thirty-five year old venture capitalist. He puts his everything into his company, Forge West Ventures, and essentially has no time for anything outside of business meetings, telephone conference calls and hours spent at his desk. In fact, because West is so wrapped up in such a busy lifestyle, he has mad [...]

    2. ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ on said:

      ~4.5~The blurb had me at "Marine." Then I saw "animosity" (no passion burns brighter than hatred to love turned!) and "vineyard" (Because. Wine.). And I was SOLD. The enemies-to-lovers theme here is delicious. Rush is initially hostile toward West for no apparent reason. He doesn't like West's fancy car and fancy clothes (although he sure likes the way West looks IN them), and certainly doesn't appreciate West buying Rush's parents' vineyard on a whim, even if it does allow them to finally retir [...]

    3. J *deep in the heart of Texas* on said:

      4.5 Stars!I ended up really like this one. It had mixed reviews from GRs friends - all the way from one not finishing to 5 stars! So I wasn't sure what to expect. And in reading some of the complaints.I get it. But I find it so interesting how some things bother some people and not others. If I really think about some of the complaints - mainly how unrealistic some things were - I have to agree. But at the time reading, it just didn't bother me. Yeah, Rush was an ass in the beginning for no real [...]

    4. Christelle on said:

      A very sweet and romantic “enemy-to-lover” romance. Perfect when in a mood for low-angst and hot read (but with a pair of “suspend-belief” glasses at the ready).Rush is a former marine, enjoying a quiet life being a Christmas Tree famer in a small town, surrounded by his friends and family. But his feathers are really ruffled when West steps into town in his Ferrari sport car and buys on a whim Rush’s parents winery. However, despite his great annoyance, he doesn’t want the winery to [...]

    5. JenMcJ on said:

      All the great reviews didn't prepare me for the poor research and implausible plot lines. My pet peeve is rearing its ugly head. I'm about 25% in and it's impossible to suspend disbelief any longer. (view spoiler)[A venture capitalist OWNER without partners walks away from his company on the spur of the moment for weeks at time, literally does nothing business related for that time and NOBODY at his office is freaking out? Who does he have set up to sign checks, payroll and legal documents in hi [...]

    6. Ami on said:

      *~* SPOILERS NOT UNDER TAGS!!! BECAUSE I AM GOING TO RANT. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED *~*It has been 24 hours since I finished this book and this review will still be mostly ranting. I haven't changed my mind about Rush. For me, Rush is a condescending judgmental prick. How much do I dislike Rush? Let me count the ways First of all, his attitude towards West. In the beginning, when Rush hated West at first sight (because of West's car?!) I was only a bit baffled. I just didn't get why Rush would hate [...]

    7. Gigi on said:

      3.5 starsThis was sweet and nice but I felt it lacked substance. Things were just a little too easy for these boys and I realized I really didn't know them all that well by the end.Easy breezy romance, but missed the meat and potatoes to be more than 3.5 stars.

    8. Ele on said:

      I admit that after the Hope Cove series, which I loved, Cate Ashwood's stories were a bit meh for me. I liked, but I certainly didn't love. This one, though, really won me over.The beginning might seem heavy but this really isn't an angsty story. It's light, sweet and sexier than I'm used to from the author.The enemies-to-lovers trope was done very well! I loved the passion that simmered while they were too busy fighting each other until it, finally, exploded. And WOW! When it did it was delicio [...]

    9. Renée on said:

      2.75 starsI don't think this author and I are meant to be. I had avoided her in the past because my reading buddies said she was light on the steam. This is the first book of hers where the reviews were coming in saying she went heavier on the steam, and, combined with a great story - I was ready to jump!It didn't work out. Not for lack of steam - that was fine. But I look for realism in my fiction. And this was missing that for me in subtle ways that chipped away at me throughout the story. Not [...]

    10. Parvathy on said:

      A 3 star readWest a venture capitalist on a whim buys vineyard owned by Ruth's parents. West need Ruth's help in order to learn the ropes. But Ruth is not impressed with West and they both get off on the wrong foot. This is the story of how West and Ruth set aside their differences and how they fall in loveThe story started off as interesting but somewhere along the way I lost interest. I felt that the love story of Rush and West was forced and rushed. I did not feel any emotional connection bet [...]

    11. Jennifer☠Pher☠ on said:

      It makes me sad when a book doesn’t work for me. I don’t know what to feel about this one. I guess I’ll just go with “it was ok”. It’s hard to review a story that didn’t make sense to me. I just didn’t get it. No, I got it, I just didn’t buy it. The initial set up and the setting and the secondary characters were all nice. I was invested in the town and the businesses and all that I just didn’t feel the main characters and boy, that makes for a difficult read. Once the plot g [...]

    12. Alona on said:

      So, even though a lot of things where very unrealistic, I enjoyed the story quite a bit.I mean I get it that the guy is a multi millionaire, and OK, let's say it's believable that he spends 5 million dollars on a vineyard he knows nothing about That he manage to easily convinced the owners of the vineyard (that never intended to sell it) to sell it to him with a couple of sentencesBut to carry out the deal in a matter of days? I don't think it's realistic in our world of bureaucracy!The two MCs [...]

    13. Tina on said:

      I nearly did not finish this one.I wasn’t able to fully understand why Rush hated West so much in the beginning of the book. For me he acted utterly unreasonable. Suddenly, like turning a switch, everything went smoothly between the guys and they both fell head over heels. GaaahAll in all, Tasting Notes wasn't a bad story, nice even, but highly forgettable.

    14. Elsbeth on said:

      BR, October 27th with Momo and Julie.*3,5 stars*Maybe it's because I've read two happy, sappy books in a row but this didn't really work for me!!!I would've loved them hating each other a bit longer!! Call me crazy.Rush being incredibly rude to West. He doesn't like West's wealth and hates that West bought his parents vineyard "Lenox Hill"First Rush is angry at West for risking the place because he thinks West has this romantic idea about owning a vineyard.Besides working on his own Christmas Tr [...]

    15. BWT (Belen) on said:

      When billionaire venture capitalist, Joseph "West" Weston drops everything and goes on an impromptu road trip to scatter his beloved Grandfather's ashes he winds up in Canyon Creek, a small town in California where he spontaneously decides to buy a winery.Robert "Rush" Coeman has left the Marines and, instead of running his parent's winery, he's bought his own Christmas Tree farm. When his parents sell the winery to West, they suggest West tap Rush as a resource in how to run the small operation [...]

    16. Ann on said:

      Audiobook ReviewI loved the setup for Tasting Notes, the blurb is delicious and it’s been on my TBR since it came out. I was all grabby hands when the audio version came up in the clubhouse and I’m so glad I got to finally get the story of West and Rush. This is the first time I’ve heard this narrator and I liked his voice very much. He has a cadence however that didn’t match well once the actual romance got started. His sentences are clipped short and it sounds very Joe Friday from Drag [...]

    17. Lelyana on said:

      I'm definitely goes with the unpopular opinion here.1.There are so much I didn't like about Rush. He's bitter, judging, jealous, and always think bad about West. West in particular, because West is rich (according to Rush's negative thoughts, Daddy's money), handsome with dress oh so expensive, and a car that's more expensive that a helicopter (seriously?).He's also a jealous freak. Bad assumption about West's sex life, hellooooowhat's your business here, Rush, you didn't even know West back the [...]

    18. Kara on said:

      So I will be honest and say I was unsure of how I felt about Rush in this book at first because his first meeting with West he honestly came across as a jerk. Well I will say by the end of this book he was definitely redeemed to me and I understood why he acted the way he did. West is a venture capitalist who works so hard day and night that he eventually loses track of himself. Events seat into motion him realizing that he has not done what he originally planned with his grandfathers ashes whic [...]

    19. Leaundra on said:

      This ended up being a great book, even though Rush was an a** in the beginning Ugh he was annoying but he got much better. I loved them together and loved watching them figuring it out what they should do with their lives together or apart. So glad West stopped in the town, they were so meant for each other.

    20. *Kayley* on said:

      This is my first Cate Ashwood book and it will definitely not be my last. Rush and West are so lovable and endearing that I could not stop reading this book. I needed a change from all the insta-love I had been reading lately and this couldn't have come at a better time! Rush is simplistic, rugged and set it his ways. He owns and operates a Christmas tree farm in California and is ex military (although that detail really doesn't play a huge roll in the book). West is a billionaire business owner [...]

    21. Mtsnow13 on said:

      I dove right into this story with very high hopes, especially with the lovely outdoor setting, the former Marine, and the idea of a Christmas tree farmer getting together with a business tycoon turned winery-owner. And it turned out okay, but I will say in the beginning I did not think it would. The narrator did kind of throw me off. He was fairly monotone to start with. But I got into the story after a bit, and he ended up blending into the background as I became interested in the characters.Le [...]

    22. Sarah on said:

      This was a suspend all disbelief and enjoy a sweet book about hot men and wine type of book. I’m not arguing that the plot was believable. I’m just confessing that I absolutely loved Rush, a Marine helicopter pilot turned tree farmer. I loved his town and I loved his family. The northern California setting is beautiful and the people in Rush’s town are wonderfully vibrant. There. That’s me done gushing. It took me a while to warm to West. Entitled affluence isn’t my thing. But the auth [...]

    23. Avid Reader on said:

      Tasting Notes by Cate Ashwood4 starsM/M RomanceI was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.West is a driven, lonely, goal driven man. He has very little in his life that keeps him more focused than work. He knows what he wants and goes after it. However, he has only that in his life. Well, work and his secretary.Then you have Rush. He leads a much simpler life - not any less busy, but busy in a very different way. I wish that we knew more about his time in the military, but [...]

    24. Ari on said:

      This book is Book of The Month Indonesia MM Reader group, recommended because our two members have a very opposite opinion. One gave it 4 stars, the other one gave it 2 star bonus with rants :)). And as I finished the story I settle for the middle. I didn't dislike it but I also didn't love it, it was an OK read for me. It has OK part and NOT-OK part.OK- Casper; Rush's dog was adorable.- the slight hint of enemy to lover, though it's based on Rush judgmental self but I do enjoy how he get all wo [...]

    25. Ula'ndi Hart on said:

      Overall book rating: 4Audio book: Narrator - NONEBook cover: 4 StarsI loved the animosity between the two MC’s. I loved how Rush just speaks his mind right from the start, even though it’s not really justified. I love strong characters and this was very promising in the beginning. Even West showed a lot of potential in the opening pages. I liked the overall feel of the book. Though some little things didn’t add up for me it’s not something you couldn’t look over. I do wish there was a [...]

    26. Momshell on said:

      Saccharine sweet and at times unrealistic; but I loved the main characters and the connection between them was a palpable thing. Rush is that alpha male ("I-can-melt-your-underwear-with-a-look") type *sigh* and West is someone extremely driven, obscenely wealthy but in dire need of a nest, of being loved and taken care of emotionally.3.5 Stars for me, well done.

    27. UnderCoverBookAddict on said:

      I really liked everything about this book, from rush's moodiness to Wes Ferrari ;)This was not an instalove kinda book but it was sweet romance and a little of fairy tale with hotness on the side other words perfect :)

    28. Karen Wellsbury on said:

      Lovely enemies to lovers romance, with wine. What's not to like ?

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