Marsala and Magnolias

The Hamiltons

Book 3
Xenion, Inc
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Antonio Di Giovanni is a passionate man. He’s passionate about running the family wine business and does it very successfully. He’s passionate about living well and having fun—he’s successful at that, too. He’s known as one of the hottest guys in Napa and for being seen with a different woman every night of the week. He’s used to getting what he wants in life and he only wants the best.

Mary Ellen Greene has worked hard in life. She’s overcome heartbreak and earned her way to a position as second-in-command at Hamilton-Groves. She’s created her own success in the world of wines, but she’s still a practical minded, down-to-earth Midwestern girl at heart. She might have had a secret crush on Antonio for years, but it’s only a fantasy. He might look good, but he’s not her kind of guy.

As far as Mary Ellen’s concerned, Antonio is a good-looking, superficial playboy. He’s nice to daydream about but not someone she’d want to spend any time with – or is he?

Although these two have moved in the same social circles for years, they’ve never had a real conversation. She thinks he’s too much of a playboy; he thinks she’s too down-to-earth.

One phone call is about to change both their minds.

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About the author

Hi, I'm SJ, a coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I'm a lost soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can't write without coffee.

I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non fiction for many years. My life changed completely a couple of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape.

I write 'Sweet N Steamy' stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write.

These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I'm not reading or writing you'll find me just down the road in the park - Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way :0)
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Publisher
Xenion, Inc
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Published on
Jun 27, 2018
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Pages
245
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ISBN
9781946220370
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Sagas
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 A sweet and steamy second chance romance from SJ McCoy.Marcos and Molly were high school sweethearts; that couple who everyone--including Molly--thought would get married, have babies, and live happily ever after. It didn't work out that way, though. Marcos returned to Sicily to run his family winery. Molly stayed in Napa to run her family restaurant. Molly's done well for herself, the restaurant is thriving, she has great friends and a good life. She never got over Marcos, but he made his choice and they both had to live with it. Marcos didn't do so well for himself. He thought he needed to build his family legacy, but his marriage was a sham and he's never been happy since he left Molly. He's grown and changed and he wants the chance to make things right with her, but Molly isn't sure she's prepared to take that risk again. Can the boy who broke her heart be the man who makes all her dreams come true? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Hamiltons Series This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it's because this is Smoke's family. They own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke's brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins. Book 1: Red Wine and Roses Book 2: Champagne and Daisies Book 3: Marsala and Magnolias Book 4: Prosecco and Peonies Summer Lake Romance Series Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships. Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura's Wedding Remington Ranch series Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy! Book 1: Mason Book 2: Shane Book 3: Carter Book 4: Beau Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta A Chance and a Hope series. These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order. Book 1: Chance Encounter Book 2: Finding Hope Book 3: Give Hope a Chance The Davenports Series The upcoming series featuring Hope's cousins, the sexy brothers, of the billionaire Davenport family. Book 1: Oscar Book 2: TJ Coming Soon Book 3: Reid
 Take a trip to wine country to meet the Hamiltons in this new sweet and steamy series from SJ McCoy.

Cameron Hamilton may well be the most eligible bachelor in Napa Valley. He’s the CEO of Hamilton-Groves, one of the largest wine producers and distributors in the country. He lives a charmed life. Admired for his skills in the boardroom – and the bedroom—he works hard and plays harder. He’s not looking for a wife, he’s too busy living to want to settle down.

Piper Gaines is at a crossroads in her life. She’s just moved to California to take a job flying a private jet. After years flying cargo and believing that was as far as her career would go, her new job and new life are a dream come true. It couldn’t get any better – or could it? She isn’t looking for a man, but as Maid of Honor for her old friend Laura, she’s paired with best man Cameron Hamilton.  He’s irresistible, but she’s trying to resist – at least at first.


The Hamiltons Series
This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

Book 1: Red Wine and Roses
Book 2: Champagne and daisies

Summer Lake Romance Series
Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships.

Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack
Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan
Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura
Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée
Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie
Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily
Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story
Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding

Remington Ranch series
Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

Book 1: Mason
Book 2: Shane
Book 3: Carter
Book 4: Beau
Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta

A Chance and a Hope series.
These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

Book 1: Chance Encounter
Book 2: Finding Hope
Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

The Davenports Series
The upcoming series featuring Hope’s cousins, the sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family.

Book 1: Oscar
Book 2: TJ
Book 3: Reid
One night out. One balmy evening in Napa Valley. One man, letting loose before embarking on a new business venture. One woman, letting her hair down after another fight with her father over how she runs her winery—and her life. One too many glasses of wine. What does it all add up to? A one night stand.

Chelsea Hamilton has led a charmed life. She’s a golden girl who has it all. She grew up in the lap of luxury surrounded by a loving family. She’s no spoiled little rich girl, though. She has a huge heart, a kind heart, a giving heart – a heart that sometimes blinds her to the more practical considerations in life—and business. She just wants to be allowed to run the winery her way. Okay, so the profit margins might not be in line with the rest of Hamilton-Groves, but it’s not like she’s making a loss.

Unfortunately, her father believes she can be brought into line and he’s hired Grant Dawson to turn the winery around, and to teach Chelsea a few lessons in the process.

Grant’s eager to prove his worth to the patriarch of Hamilton-Groves. He’s masterminded dozens of successful corporate turnarounds. He doesn’t foresee many difficulties in whipping a little winery into shape. It should be a straightforward job that will hopefully lead to more work with the Hamilton Groves Corporation.

It should be, it would be—if the woman he’s supposed to be helping wasn’t the very same woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his mind since he let her out of his bed twenty-four hours ago. How’s he supposed to focus on turning the business around when he doesn’t know if he’s more infuriated or infatuated? Whichever it is, Chelsea’s fighting him every step of the way.


The Hamiltons Series
This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

Book 1: Red Wine and Roses
Book 2: Champagne and daisies

Summer Lake Romance Series
Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships. 

Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack 
Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly 
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan 
Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura 
Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan 
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase 
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée 
Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding 
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie
Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily
Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story
Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding

Remington Ranch series
Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

Book 1: Mason 
Book 2: Shane
Book 3: Carter
Book 4: Beau
Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta

A Chance and a Hope series. 
These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

Book 1: Chance Encounter
Book 2: Finding Hope
Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

The Davenports Series
The upcoming series featuring Hope’s cousins, the sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family.

Book 1: Oscar
Book 2: TJ
Book 3: Reid

 A sweet and steamy second chance romance from SJ McCoy.Marcos and Molly were high school sweethearts; that couple who everyone--including Molly--thought would get married, have babies, and live happily ever after. It didn't work out that way, though. Marcos returned to Sicily to run his family winery. Molly stayed in Napa to run her family restaurant. Molly's done well for herself, the restaurant is thriving, she has great friends and a good life. She never got over Marcos, but he made his choice and they both had to live with it. Marcos didn't do so well for himself. He thought he needed to build his family legacy, but his marriage was a sham and he's never been happy since he left Molly. He's grown and changed and he wants the chance to make things right with her, but Molly isn't sure she's prepared to take that risk again. Can the boy who broke her heart be the man who makes all her dreams come true? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Hamiltons Series This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it's because this is Smoke's family. They own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke's brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins. Book 1: Red Wine and Roses Book 2: Champagne and Daisies Book 3: Marsala and Magnolias Book 4: Prosecco and Peonies Summer Lake Romance Series Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships. Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura's Wedding Remington Ranch series Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy! Book 1: Mason Book 2: Shane Book 3: Carter Book 4: Beau Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta A Chance and a Hope series. These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order. Book 1: Chance Encounter Book 2: Finding Hope Book 3: Give Hope a Chance The Davenports Series The upcoming series featuring Hope's cousins, the sexy brothers, of the billionaire Davenport family. Book 1: Oscar Book 2: TJ Coming Soon Book 3: Reid
 Take a trip to wine country to meet the Hamiltons in this new sweet and steamy series from SJ McCoy.

Cameron Hamilton may well be the most eligible bachelor in Napa Valley. He’s the CEO of Hamilton-Groves, one of the largest wine producers and distributors in the country. He lives a charmed life. Admired for his skills in the boardroom – and the bedroom—he works hard and plays harder. He’s not looking for a wife, he’s too busy living to want to settle down.

Piper Gaines is at a crossroads in her life. She’s just moved to California to take a job flying a private jet. After years flying cargo and believing that was as far as her career would go, her new job and new life are a dream come true. It couldn’t get any better – or could it? She isn’t looking for a man, but as Maid of Honor for her old friend Laura, she’s paired with best man Cameron Hamilton.  He’s irresistible, but she’s trying to resist – at least at first.


The Hamiltons Series
This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

Book 1: Red Wine and Roses
Book 2: Champagne and daisies

Summer Lake Romance Series
Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships.

Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack
Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan
Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura
Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée
Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie
Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily
Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story
Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding

Remington Ranch series
Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

Book 1: Mason
Book 2: Shane
Book 3: Carter
Book 4: Beau
Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta

A Chance and a Hope series.
These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

Book 1: Chance Encounter
Book 2: Finding Hope
Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

The Davenports Series
The upcoming series featuring Hope’s cousins, the sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family.

Book 1: Oscar
Book 2: TJ
Book 3: Reid
Editorial Reviews

"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words

"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers

"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens

"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog

"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews

Synopsis

Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.

The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.

But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…

One night out. One balmy evening in Napa Valley. One man, letting loose before embarking on a new business venture. One woman, letting her hair down after another fight with her father over how she runs her winery—and her life. One too many glasses of wine. What does it all add up to? A one night stand.

Chelsea Hamilton has led a charmed life. She’s a golden girl who has it all. She grew up in the lap of luxury surrounded by a loving family. She’s no spoiled little rich girl, though. She has a huge heart, a kind heart, a giving heart – a heart that sometimes blinds her to the more practical considerations in life—and business. She just wants to be allowed to run the winery her way. Okay, so the profit margins might not be in line with the rest of Hamilton-Groves, but it’s not like she’s making a loss.

Unfortunately, her father believes she can be brought into line and he’s hired Grant Dawson to turn the winery around, and to teach Chelsea a few lessons in the process.

Grant’s eager to prove his worth to the patriarch of Hamilton-Groves. He’s masterminded dozens of successful corporate turnarounds. He doesn’t foresee many difficulties in whipping a little winery into shape. It should be a straightforward job that will hopefully lead to more work with the Hamilton Groves Corporation.

It should be, it would be—if the woman he’s supposed to be helping wasn’t the very same woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his mind since he let her out of his bed twenty-four hours ago. How’s he supposed to focus on turning the business around when he doesn’t know if he’s more infuriated or infatuated? Whichever it is, Chelsea’s fighting him every step of the way.


The Hamiltons Series
This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

Book 1: Red Wine and Roses
Book 2: Champagne and daisies

Summer Lake Romance Series
Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships. 

Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack 
Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly 
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan 
Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura 
Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan 
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase 
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée 
Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding 
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie
Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily
Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story
Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding

Remington Ranch series
Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

Book 1: Mason 
Book 2: Shane
Book 3: Carter
Book 4: Beau
Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta

A Chance and a Hope series. 
These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

Book 1: Chance Encounter
Book 2: Finding Hope
Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

The Davenports Series
The upcoming series featuring Hope’s cousins, the sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family.

Book 1: Oscar
Book 2: TJ
Book 3: Reid

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