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Residual Sugar (Five Families Vineyard #7) by Kelly Kay


Rebecca Gelbert is good at being alone. She’s stunning, brilliant, an excellent attorney, and a pretty good sister. She has her moments, but life is pretty even keel, and that’s exactly how she planned it when she was seven years old. A knock on the door and a flash of a tattooed hand through the peephole set her soul sparking as well as other ignored parts of her. There’s only one man she’s ever deemed too dangerous to want.

The moment was brief, but Becca remembers every second of their interaction. The way his fingers caressed her hand. The broad, muscular frame and piercing grey eyes that lingered over her face and figure. The slow drawl of his deep south accent as he said her name. She keeps all of it tucked away for lonely nights.

But now this man is at her house, in the middle of the night, begging for her help. He’s in trouble, and only she can help him. She wants to refuse him, but she can’t. He has an unspoken power over her, and she can only hope he wields it for good.

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This is my first Kelly Kay book and definitely not my last. In fact, I’m going back to the beginning of this series because I want to learn all of their stories.

Brick Dunne personifies sultry, Southern male charm from his gorgeous 6’5″ military-trained, tattooed body to his poetic heartfelt confessions. I fell head over heels for this sexy smart man who is an unwavering protector of what’s his, Rebecca “Becca” Gelbert, that is. He first met her two years ago when he, unfortunately, realized he was working for a real scumbag and promptly quit. Becca was the prosecutor who took Brick’s boss down and Brick never forgot the smart and beautiful attorney who caught his eye. Now he is back with a vengeance…literally. He’s being framed for an incident that could put him away forever. Will Ms. Becca Gelbert take his case and will he be able to keep his hands off of her?

Becca Gelbert is the family pariah and is trying to come back from a fucked up year where her partner ran off with her asshole of a fiancé taking half of her business and her self-confidence. While pondering her situation one night, she opens her door to a man she could never forget. Destined to help this confident and alluring man with his dire situation because she believes him, she places herself in danger. A danger that is not only physical but emotional as well. His confidence and allure will be her undoing if she’s not careful. Can she keep it professional?

If there is anyone who deserves their mojo, it’s Brick and Becca. Brick’s relentless pursuit is captivating, and I love how he entices Becca to come to the Brick side. His nickname for her is beautiful and meaningful which I will let you find out for yourself. What I adored most about Brick were his words. Sure he’s handsome and charming, but his lovely declarations to Becca are so exquisite that they made me tear up along with her. Becca has many layers. She has always been so strong and dependable for her family, that they call her the prickly one. Yes, she is a hellcat in the courtroom and I love how she verbally takes down some nasty adversaries, but she’s so much more. Brick opens those layers one by one to where she blossoms and finds her happiness with a man who loves her for who she is.

The suspense is very well done in this story and the help Brick and Becca get from family and friends is unforgettable and very rewarding. In fact, this book really soars with the compelling and irresistible supporting characters who add so much laughter, love, and encouragement to the main characters.

If you love Southern male charm and strong, sassy female lawyers, read this book. The chemistry is off the charts as Brick and Becca barely adhere to the attorney/client rule and become creative at satisfying their very mutual attraction (me: fanning myself). The laughs are many, the sex is HAWT!!, the suspense is inescapable, and the characters are delightful.

Thank you to Ms. Kay for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

Five Families Vineyard Series:

1. Crushing (2020)
2. Rootstock (2020)
3. Uncorked (2020)
4. Over a Barrel (2021)
5. Under the Bus (2021)
6. Meritage (2021)
7. Residual Sugar
8. Petro Family (2024)


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Kelly KayI used to create “dreams” with my best friend growing up. We’d each pick a boy we liked, then we’d write down a meet-cute that always ended with a happily ever after. Now I get to dream every day, although it’s a little steamier these days. And I’ve discovered I can and will write anywhere I can. Keep tuned to Instagram to see all the times I fit in a sentence or two. I’ve published one trilogy, one duet, and a standalone this year and there’s a lot more planned.

I’m a writer, married to a writer, mother of a creative dynamo of a nine-year-old boy, and currently a little sleepy. I’m a klutz and goofball and love lipstick as much as my Chuck Taylors.

Good things in the world: pepperoni pizza, Flair pens*, wine, coffee, laughing with my friends until my stomach hurts, a musician at the top of their game, getting lost somewhere I’ve never been, matinee movies on a weekday, the Chicago Cubs, a fresh new notebook full of possibilities, bourbon on a cold night, Fantasy Football, witty men, walking through the local zoo in the rain and that moment when a character clicks in and begins to write their own adventure. I’m just the pen.

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