James Russo is enemy #1.
Hating him is in my blood.
Bitter Rival, an all-new forbidden romance from New York Times bestselling author J. Sterling, is available now!
Our families have been at war for generations; a bitter rivalry with no end in sight. All I’ve ever wanted to do was make wine, but one night with James will cost me everything.
I shouldn’t be attracted to him… but I am.
I definitely shouldn’t want to sleep with him… but I do.
Is following my heart worth the risk of losing my vineyard and my legacy?
Because in my family, there could be no greater betrayal than sleeping with the enemy.
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Burying the hatchet wasn’t an option in my family. Even if I wanted to, which I didn’t, it wasn’t allowed. My dad would disown me completely and make me change my last name before he ever forgave a Russo.
Glancing across the competition space, I spotted James, his dark hair framing his two-week-old stubble as he smiled at a group of women, who, instead of working their own wine booths, looked all too willing to leave and take him to bed if he asked. Not that I cared what James did in his bed or with whom, but damn that facial hair. It would be the death of me. I’d spent one too many nights dreaming of the way it would feel as he dived between my thighs or as he kissed me, brushing across my cheek. That man sure knew how to keep his beard in check—always perfectly trimmed, fading just right toward the top where it met his hairline. It annoyed me as much as it turned me on, which was saying a lot since James was the most annoying human in existence.
❤️ My Review
Rivals, enemies, decades-old feud, neighbor hate…wow, James and Julia don’t have anything going their way except their steamy chemistry and lifelong connection to each other. Rivals in the wine industry keeps these two in each other’s orbit (by choice mostly) and competing to be the best. When James makes a heroic effort to save Julia’s vines, she sees a different side of him and then she sees all of him! He’s so sweet to Julia and swoon worthy to the max. Major heart flutters along with the sizzle. I loved that James put his feelings out there while Julia chose to play it cool. They have a lot to overcome with their families feuding and hatred over what? A bet that nobody remembers or really knows the details of, certainly not the would-be lovers. Julia’s father is the worse. Ugh, he needs to get over it and let his daughter be happy. This is an excellent enemies to lovers romance with two wonderful main characters and great secondary characters. Loved the friendship and snark and sass between James and Dane and Julia and Jeannie. The small town locale is also a character and adds to the charm of the story. Well written with loads of conflict, a sweet Romeo & Juliet romance, great friendship, and some humor to round out the story.
About J. Sterling
My goal is to write books that you can get lost in and stories that will leave you with a smile and a full heart. If you can forget about the real world while you’re reading and fall in love with my characters, then I’ve done my job. A lot of what I write has real life aspects in it, but that’s what makes the stories so relatable- the fact that they could happen to anyone… and have!
I live in California with my son, Blake. If you can’t find me sitting behind a computer screen, then there’s a good chance I’m sitting in the bleachers of a baseball stadium watching him play. I love traveling to new places, meeting my readers and spending time with the love of my life, my very own second chance romance, who inspires me daily.
I know you have a million books to choose from and I am humbled, grateful and thankful each time you choose to read one of mine, or tell someone else to read them. Thank you.
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