Day, Zuri, Champagne Kisses


Day, Zuri, Champagne Kisses (The Drakes of California, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  Champagne Kisses (The Drakes of California, Book 2)

Author:  Zuri Day

Imprint:  Kimani

Issues:  Drugged; POC; Stalking; WOC


An heir to Southern California’s most fabled vineyard, Donovan Drake works as hard as he plays. Betrayed by love in the past, the consummate bachelor prides himself on never committing to one woman. But Marissa Hayes isn’t just any woman. And Donovan has just two weeks to show the guarded, voluptuous beauty exactly what she’s been missing.…

Falling for her boss is number one on Marissa’s list of don’ts. But from the moment she experiences Donovan’s intoxicating touch, her heart tells her something else. Slowly but surely, his seduction is breaking down her defences. Is their passion as fleeting as her brief stay at Donovan’s fabulous resort? Or have they found a love as timeless as the finest wine; strong enough to withstand anything, even a threat from Marissa’s past?

Dear Reader,

Do you know the history of champagne, how it is created through the second fermentation of the grape, which produces carbonation?  Or how originally only the sparkling wine produced in the French region of Champagne was legally permitted to label their drink as such, which is the reason some popular labels to this day refer to their bubbly as “sparkling wine”?

Thanks to the Benedictine Monks in the Abbey of Saint Hilaire, near Carcassonne, who, in 1531 filled their spare time creating a drink that calmed the mind as well as quenched the thirst, we enjoy a drink often associated with milestones and celebrations.

So please join me as I raise my glass in a toast to Donovan Drake, an heir to Drake Wines Resort & Spa, and Melissa Hayes, the woman Papa Dee calls “His even change”.  I believe that you’ll feel as I do…they deserve each other’s love!

Zuri Day


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