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Crush on You (Intoxicating #1)

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She made knitting sexy.

Now she's taking on a dilapidated winery, three sisters, and the bad boys next door.

The Baci sisters are on a mission to save the winery that's been in their family for generations-by transforming it into the perfect wedding destination. If only Alessandra Baci-affectionately known as the "Nun of Napa"-didn't need the help of tempting neighbor and

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ebook, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published May 26th 2010)
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Sabrina
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored the opening scenes of this book - filled with humor, sadness, insight and immediately making the reader want to know who Alessandra is and what happened to her - it kicks off a book I read through in a single sitting.

The inital meeting between Alessandra and Penn doesn't disappoint, and neither does their chemistry throughout the book or how Ridgway layers both backstories along the way.

In fact, she perfectly weaves Alessandra's story in a way that keeps you wondering and never ventures
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Hanife
Eğlenceli bir romantik komedi canınız çektiyse bu kitap sizin için ideal bayanlar. Alessandra evlilik gününde çocukluk aşkını kaybetmiş tutkuları ve ihtiyaçları olan kasabanın gözünde genç bir dul, Penn ise babasının bir garsonu ayartmasının sonucu dünyaya gelip zorlu şartlardan geçmiş ama başarının basamaklarını çıkmayı bilmiş bir adamdır. Bu ikili babalarının ölümünün yarattığı kargaşada bir araya gelmiş ve Penn karşısına çıkan bu gelinliği yarım yamalak giymiş hatta bazı düğmelerini bağlamamı ...more
Laura
This is the first in a trilogy about the Baci sisters of Napa Valley, CA. Alessandra Baci is the youngest sister and the most determined to save the family's winery. They made a promise to their father on his death bed to save the winery--at the same time they found out how poorly he had run the family's legacy. Allie's older sisters are less optimistic about the turnaround, but they give in to their little sister as does everyone else in town. Allie is still known as "Tommy's Girl" to most ever ...more
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Review by B.A. Ruggiero for RomanceNovelNews.com

Alessandra Baci hasn’t had much luck when it comes to love. Five years ago, her high school sweetheart Tommy died on their wedding day. Now dubbed the “nun of Napa ,” Alessandra is destined to carry her heartache on her sleeve.

As owner of the 100-year-old Tanti Baci winery with her sisters, Alessandra is content to run the business and go it alone. That is until the handsome playboy Penn Bennett comes to town.

Penn, the half-brother of the Bennett
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Cherise
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alessandra Baci is an Italian cutie, loved by all and affectionately known as the "Nun of Napa." For the past 5 years Alessandra has been living her life without really moving forward. With her family winery and land in jeopardy, she is determined to make it a desirable place for couples to have their weddings. With her two sisters help she begins to revamp a cottage on the estate.

Penn Bennett is a famous television personality known for his construction renovations. He is also the newly discove
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Manda Collins
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Rachel Gibson, Jill Shalvis, Erin McCarthy
Recommended to Manda by: Janga
Shelves: contemporary
4.5 Stars.

Really enjoyed this book. The setting in Napa Valley was fun. The pairing of a TV Home Repair guy with a woman determined to keep her family's winery in business was sweet. Especially since the hero, Penn, is determined to be a hard ass and the heroine, Allie, is her small town's favorite daughter. There was also a fabulous secondary friends to lovers romance between Allie's friend Clare (who is set to become the first bride married in the winery's new wedding destination venture) and
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Donna
Jun 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and I'm looking forward to the next books. I really wanted to like Alessandra, but there were elements of her I wasn't crazy about. The secondary story about Clare and Gil was sometimes more interesting than the main story.
Amary Chapman
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sex on a stick handyman? Or answer yo more than one prayer

Are you looking for a sweet yet HOT sexy romance? Look no further.. You found it here. Ms. Ridgway has written sweet love and stemming sex scenes in this one.
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
At the tender age of 20, Alessandra Baci was set to marry Tommy, her high school sweetheart. Tommy was diagnosed with cancer and thought to be in remission. Sadly, he died 15 minutes before the wedding, leaving Allie alone at the altar. Allie has forever been known as “Tommy’s Girl” and Sally, Tommy’s mother, won’t let her forget that. For the past 5 years, Allie hasn’t been able to move on and this has earned her another nickname – the Nun of Napa.
On his death bed, Mario Baci informed his daugh
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Lisa
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in a series by Christie Ridgway called the “Intoxicating Trilogy.” In an introduction written by the author, she states that this book was previously published as Crush on You. Ms. Ridgway also lets us know that, even though this is an older book, she has included “some extras. However, since I have not read this book before, this series is all new to me.

This particular story takes place at a winery owned by
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Kristen Holt
Haha! Searching for 'Make Him Wild' in Goodreads results in 'Taken by Its Tentacles'! Um, what?

This was another lovely read by Christie Ridgway.

I loved that there were two loves stories here, and I really enjoyed them both.

As an aside, here on National Margarita Day, let me just note that the male cover model reminds me of Tom Hardy. *sigh*
Deb Fernow
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this writer’s style. It flows and describes things picture perfect so that you can see them in your mind. She gives you enough to draw you in and keep you reading until the wee hours! Be sure to add her to your list of favorite authors if it’s not already there.

This story is about overcoming hardships and not losing what means everything to you. Allesandra Baci and her sisters are trying to save the family winery after finding out that their father had almost lost it all before his death.
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Truusje
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebees
Too many characters and too many stories, none of which are particularly interesting or have a lot of meat on the bones. The main heroine is annoying and there wasn't much I could like about the hero either. I didn't see any (emotional) connection between them, unless I count their few secret shags. There was also an underlying message that said that a relationship is only valid if the couple are married - I sentiment I detest (view spoiler) ...more
Sharon Grow
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced, small town, fun romance. The book centers around three sisters who are trying to save their winery after the death of their father. Although all three sisters are introduced in this book, the primary character in this one is Alessandra, the youngest, who is not only doing everything she can to save the winery, but dealing with the five-year anniversary of her fiance’s death (Two more books to follow – yeah!). Alessandra needs help to renovate a cottage that ...more
Terri
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: street-team-book
I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review.
I actually read this book years ago when it was first published under the title of Crush on You. I loved it then and I loved it when I read it again! Ms. Ridgway manages to give the reader two love stories in the same book. Both are very different, but both are very heartwarming, sexy and equally adorable. The main relationship is between Alessandra and Penn. Alessandra was to be married years ago to her high school sweetheart, but trag
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Robin
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, cute, well-written book. Alessandra is one of three sisters trying to save the family winery. She plans to renovate a cottage on the property to make it a wedding venue. Penn, the star of a renovation TV show, has come to town to get to know two half-brothers he didn't know he had. He finds himself signing on to help Alessandra with her cottage renovation. This is the first in a trilogy with related characters. I can't wait to read the next one! I received a copy of this book in ...more
RO
Jun 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considered the "Nun of Napa" due to her nonrelationships for the past 5 years, Alessandra Baci is all set to enter into a secret affair with Penn "Build Me Up" Bennett. She's head over heels in lust with Penn and he feels the same. Along the way, the relationship turns into more and therein lies the plot of the story.

The opening scenes of this story are simply laugh out loud funny as Craig introduces most of the characters, and the witty conversations are simply brilliant. As interesting as Ale
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Poongothai
This was my first book by Christie Ridgway. It was a fast read romance set in a winery. The secondary romance was also very interesting. I did not like the part where Allie thinks that saving her winery is more important than her friend's HEA.But other than that the characters were new and story engaging
Carla
I liked this light romance, which has great romantic tension between the two lead characters. The actions of the heroine at the end had me scratching my head, but the fun and romance carried the story. Ridgway does a good job of teasing us with other romances in the series, and I will definitely be reading them to find out what happens to the other Bacci sisters.
Bettina Bull
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Enjoyed this storyline and the samples of the following stories. Will read more by this author soon. I read a lot of low cost books and this one was a lot better in grammar and read ability.
Burçak Kılıç
Süper bir romantik komedi :) Bundan çok güzel film olur valla keşke yapsalar ;) Karakterler çok eğlenceli.. Baci kızkardeşleri ile Bennet erkek kardeşlerinin tatlı düşmanlıklarına ise bittim.. Kesinlikle romantik komedi hayranlarına önerecegim bir kitap :D
Mojca
An annoying heroine, silly premise, and an unbelievable romance.
Jenn
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Timothy Hendricks
I enjoyed this book very much. Based on the synopsis for this book the primary characters and the main focus is Alessandra and Penn. However my favorite characters in this book are Clare and Gil. And their story is my favorite part of this book. Although I did enjoy the story of Alessandra and Gil. I also liked the other characters in the book and thought they were very well developed. I also liked the pace of the book. I felt it ended well and at the same time encouraged interest in the next bo ...more
Amanda
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty standard contemporary romance, but I enjoyed it to the point that I was able to finish it in the day. I really liked the heroine's situation, being put on a pedestal by the town and being forced to stop using everyone's guilt and to look to the future. I liked how it was the heroine who really messed up toward the end and had to grovel.
Yvonna
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Contrived story

There seems to be little flow in this novel. The characterizations are all over the place except for the lack of thoughtfulness of Clare's mother. I have liked several of Christie Ridgway's books in the past, but I was really disappointed in this one.
Debbie Dodd
I enjoyed reading.
Liz
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two is harsh, but by the end I was skimming. Interesting set-up and decent dialogue. Just too many secondary characters (clearly setting up for a series) and a pretty dumb ending.
Ing
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Priya
Mar 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 25%

Poor characterization, Bad dialogue
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