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What I learned about the wine business was worth everything!

  • Jan 20, 2000
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I definitely do not agree with the previous reviewer. This was not just a romance, but when I review a book I look for that something extra, what I can learn from this story; Is there a good plot? Are the characterizations multilayered and realistic? Are they too perfect or are they real? Does the story explore a topic of interest and have interesting secondary characters? Heart Of Stone has all of this and more. I myself am tired of the run-of-the-mill romances that hooks up the rich guy and the poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks or vice versa. Now read my review and see if you don't want to purchase it right here.

Sidney Cox thinks maybe she is destined to be alone in this world. Her parents are deceased and she is not close to her older sister who lives in another state. She has two close friends, one right there in New York City. It is in helping this friend, Reva, out of a jame that she meets the man with voice. As a wine sommelier, Sidney is part of an elite profession that not many women are a part of, let alone an African American woman. But Sidney is well prepared for this profession having studied under the finest in the Napa Valley of California and Italy. It is during dinner one eveing at the restaurant when she overheard the voice interpreting Italian for the waiter and because her view was blocked she could not see who it was. Now that voice which belongs to Adam Coxc is demanding to know why she is drunk while cleaning the offices where he is a security expert. Waking from a deep sleep, tired from working at her own job and then cleaning for Reva because she has an acting job, things do look suspect with wine bottles strewn over the table. After Adam's rude reprimand she decides he is a cold person, a man made of stone. The next time she sees him is in the restaurnat and there is no mistaking the sparks that fly. Adams begins to wonder if maybe this is the woman who can melt the hardness around him. Witnessing his best friend's death has made him bitter, not to mention a killer is getting closer. Can he dare love Sydney and expose her to the inherent dangers of his profession? Is he ready to take a less dangerous position, if so? this was a well-crafted story with romance and suspense aplenty.

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Dera R Jones Williams ()
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Dera is a writer, editor, genealogist, writing mentor, researcher, and family historian, and she is active in local literary and national literary circles. She is the keeper of family stories, archivist … more
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Disillusioned with the dating life, Sydney Cox keeps herself busy as a wine shop manager at a fancy New York eatery. Adam Stone, an executive security manager who has learned to be wary of everyone, runs into Sydney at the restaurant. Taken by her beauty, he lets his guard down. Just as their passion begins to sizzle, Adam's old enemies move in and he will do anything to protect Sydney.
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ISBN-10: 1583140255
ISBN-13: 978-1583140253
Author: Kensington
Publisher: Arabesque

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