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Revenge at Bella Terra: A Scarlet Deception Novel (Bella Terra Deception/Scarlet Deception #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,123 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Ruthless Eli Di Luca hides the torment of his past beneath a facade of iron control. No one suspects the anguish he suffers, or the reasons why he has sworn never to marry. Only blackmail could change his mind...
Beautiful young author Chloe Conte's first book zoomed to the top of the bestseller lists. Now, struggling to write her second mystery, she retreats to an isolate
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Published September 1st 2011 by Signet Book (first published January 12th 2011)
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That Christina Dodd. Even when there are several tropes that I usually hate in a book, her writing weaves it all together in a way that makes me read the whole darn book.
Chloe Robinson is an award-winning mystery novelist. Her first book won accolades aplenty. But now she's suffering from the sophomore slump. Or writer's block. Whatever you want to call it. So her father has found her a place where the atmosphere and quiet should help her get going. Or maybe he's setting her up. Chloe isn't sure
Fira Rosli
Yeah, now that's what I'm talkin' about. This book was sooooooooo much better then the first book! Seriously. It has more romance in it and the mystery wasn't off putting like the previous one. Though yes, there's some parts where it's puzzling or their pace of intimacy was way too fast for comfort. But I really do like Eli and Chloe Di Luca. And guess what? Chloe is one of the few heroine in contemporary/mystery romance that I've ever liked! She's just so cheerful and bubbly that couldn't help ...more
Michele bookloverforever
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I liked the plot, the dialogue, the characters. I have enjoyed Ms. Dodd's work since she wrote midieval romances. this was one of her better efforts.
Leona Olson
Revenge at Bella Terra by Christina Dodd
Chole is going to California to stay at Eli Di Luca's house to finish her second mystery novel. Her father has offered money for Eli to save his vineyard if he will marry her and produce a grandchild; Chole does not know Eli is the one this time that her father chose because this is not the first time her father has done this. She is driving from Austin, Texas to the Santa Rosa area where her father, Conte, has arranged a place for her to finish her book a
Another go to author falls flat. The first book in this series was just ok, so I only picked this up because I usually like Dodd. What a huge disappointment. Where to start? So the accountant has run off with all the money & Eli's the only one who knows. Because this big award winning winery business of his only has one person doing the accounting? I work in an office with 25 employees; four of them work in the accounting area. And he won't tell either the police, the FBI or his family, but ...more
I rate this at 4 1/2 out of 5. I thought the mystery twist of why the famous bottle of wine was so desirous was a stroke of genius. It made this book stand out from the first in the series but still be part of the series. I loved the relationship between Eli and Chloe. Eli needed money and was propositioned by Chloe's father, a old school Italian, to marry Chloe in return for the funds to get the winery out of trouble with the IRS. A situation that was created by the accountant smuggling funds a ...more
Sharon Redfern
Revenge at Bella Terra is a fast paced romantic suspense novel, the second in a series. I love the fact that Ms. Dodd has incorporated two tried and true romance concepts- secret baby and marriage of convenience-into a book you cannot put down. Eli DiLuca is in between a rock and a hard place when it comes to his family winery. He needs 4.5 million dollars and if he marries Chloe Robinson, her father, Tomasso Conti, will give it to him.[return]In the typical forced marriage novel, the heroine is ...more
New series from Dodd set in the present and no supernatural overtones. Hoo-yah!
Set on a California vineyard, the series will revolve around three brothers — same dad, different moms, and deep issues — a bottle of wine and pink diamonds.
Eli Di Luca runs the family winery, but has gotten in a financial bind. Along comes an Italian who offers to pay off his multimillion dollar debt if Eli marries his illegitimate daughter, Chloe Robinson, whose debut book turned into an award-winning murder mystery
A 96-100 points extraordinary story. I'm using this scale because of all the great mouth watering wine Christina Dodd made me crave throughout the story. Yes, I had to have Cabernet, cheese, crackers, and grapes. It was nearly impossible to put down.

The characters come alive ... the Di Luca family sense of "one for all and all for one", totally draws the reader into the story. Then, Eli with his dark past-- oh my, poor guy. And Chloe such a clever young woman. The skull and the red candles props
This book is where Secrets of Bella Terra was leading us (and it's not quite over). Where Rafe was pretty much a Hollywood kid who got tired of living in the spotlight of his parents, Eli was a truly tortured kid. With a volatile mother and a throw-away father, Eli has allowed himself only to love his grandmother, his brothers and his precious vines. Due to an error in judgement, Eli now has to compromise everything to save Bella Terra. He has to seduce and marry the daughert of a very rich man; ...more
This is the second book in the series. I liked the twists that have emerged in this story line. The book flows at a fast pace keeping your interest. The 3rd book Betrayal at Bella Terra is due out April 3, 2012.

Ruthless Eli Di Luca hides the torment of his past beneath a façade of iron control. No one suspects the anguish he suffers, or the reasons why he has sworn never to marry. Only blackmail could change his mind...
Beautiful young author Chloë Conte's first book zoomed to the top of the best
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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The Di Luca family is never without excitement. Eli Di Luca, the wine expert in the family has been keeping a secret from the rest of his family. The vineyard is struggling. His accountant fled town and left behind a trail of stolen money and debts to the IRS that if not repaid soon will shut down his business. Except he doesn't have the money to pay it back and doesn't want to ask his family for anything and let them know about the issues he had.

So a so
Jess (Gone with the Words)
See my review of the whole trilogy on my blog! --> Revenge at Bella Terra by Christina Dodd

Part One, Secrets of Bella Terra, of series review.
Part Three, Betrayal, of series review.

Part two of series review post:
In Revenge at Bella Terra we learn more about the eldest Di Luca; the very stoic, controlled, Eli. Eli has a dark past that he hasn’t shared with anyone. And he has just been screwed out of millions of dollars by his best friend and accountant. He wants to resolve this problem secretl
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Heather  *trying to find a good book*
Eli Di Luca is the eldest brother and due to his parents and his experiences growing up has sworn never to marry. Now on the verge of the IRS taking his vineyards along with being like 4.5 mill in debt a wealthy man approaches Eli with a deal he wants to refuse but can't. The man will pay Eli's debts if he can convince his daughter to marry him.

Chole is a mystery writer and winds up at Eli's cottage to finish her book. Suspicious of every man because her father keeps throwing suitors her way, s
When Eli's accountant runs off with the winery's funds, he faces bankrupsy and, worse of all, the disappointment of his family. He gets an offer from a rich Italian guy: marry the man's 23 y/o American daugher and all debts will be paid off. Facing preasure from the IRS Eli agrees to this bargain. When he meets writer Chloe he realizes this woman could be his life mate in every way. It's not until they face deathly threads that he finaly wakes up to the fact that he's found the love of his life. ...more
Monique J.
The heroine, Chloe, was engaging. And I enjoyed the description of her hair. Dyed white blonde with two small slashes of bold red in the front, cut short, and puffed around her face so that she resembled a dandelion. Very original. The hero...not so much. Yeah, yeah, I get that Eli was a tortured soul. But I couldn't quite buy the fact that he's been scarred for life, until Chloe comes along and "saves" him in, like, 48 hours. (That's about how long it took them to fall in love.) And after talki ...more
International mystery, mad-hunt for a mad-man's last bottle of wine, which may just hold the rarest of jewels heisted during the Great Depression. A body is found, a pink diamond discovered.

Eli's vineyards are once again budding for the new year's crop. His accountant had cleaned him out and fled leaving the IRS knocking on the door. A wealthy international merchant sees his chance at marrying his daughter to a good family and corners him into a deal that would save the vineyards from auction.

Revenge at Bella Terra is a great romantic mystery. Christina Dodd did an excellent job bringing the characters to life. And although it could be read as a stand alone I wouldn't recommend it.
Tiffany have I never ready any of this author's books until now?! This book absolutely pulled me in from the first pages and I hated to put it down to go to work or sleep. This story combined two of my favorite genres...romance and mystery. This book is part of a series, so I am definitely going to have to go back and read the first one before going forward...but the story definitely stood on it's own. This book had great character development, great interactions, vivid descriptions and an am ...more
First time I have read this author. I thought her characters were well written and the story flowed. I would definitely read more of her books.
Eli and Chloe were great but the plot was a little goofy. Fathers bribing to pay off debt, pink diamonds, dead bodies., kidnapping... and the list goes on. it was a little bit overboard but with the help of great characterization. seemed to help. plus, I'll be honest, while betrayal is never easy, betrayal by someone you know and love. ..well that makes for a good antagonist. I kind of feel that they play it safe by always picking someone who the characters or reader are not attached to so ...more
The first book in this series was far superior. I began to get bored with her characterizations and uneven pacing.
3.5 stars. The ending is quite unexpected. Hope we will finally get to find out about that bottle of wine in the third book!
This was book 2 in the series and it continued where we left off at Secrets at Bella Terra. All those in the De Luca family that we've come to love returned with a few additional members of their extended families. This was romantic suspense that had me on the edge of my seat more than once. So many unexpected twists and turns along with violence, murder and deception kept me hooked. There was love, romance and renewed connections before reaching several happily ever afters. I'm happy to say the ...more
This was an interesting contemporary romance surrounding a family owned winery and hotel near Napa valley. Had a story line of the main character struggling to move forward in her career overseeing the hotel while the eldest son of the family that owned the place returns home. Her first love, she fell for him hard as a teenager only to have her heart broken and now with problems with the family business he re-enters her life again. The sparks are flying and there is some suspense too with someon ...more
I found this book pretty satisfying once I got into it. Something about it just worked for me. I liked both the stoic grumpy hero and the fairly sunny resourceful smart heroine. The mystery that started in the first book is filling out here and making more sense. I liked how the hero fell under the heroine's sway without really knowing it. Good solid writing and nice emotion when the hero admits his feelings. Quite the bonding moment between them near the end. Can't wait for the next one.
Eli's family is in financial trouble and may lose their winery. That is all that matters to Eli when he agrees to marry a rich man's daughter. Chloe does not realize that Eli is out to win her for money. She has always been on guard against that but comes to trust Eli. Then Eli comes to realize that he can not just marry for money and has come to love Chloe. She has to decide if she really trusts Eli feelings for her are real or if he just really wants material gain by marrying her.
So this was really enjoyable. I was a little weirded out by the set up from the first book, but it played out well... except I laughed out loud when Eli proposed. There was enough mystery to make me wonder what will happen next and keep me reading. Chloe was a fun girl and easy to root for... I liked her better than Brooke from book 1. Eli was a massive alpha-male, with a communication problem and I-cannot-love syndrome... my favorite kind of hero! I am looking forward to Noah's book.
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