Lesbian Romance

   Contemporary Lesbian Romance




Just Like That by
Karin Kallmaker - Paperback




Syrah Ardani tried independence - but the call of the Napa Valley hills and rolling vineyards of her family's winery have brought her home again. She is content with her ordered world until she learns that her father's feckless management has put Ardani Vineyards into receivership.

Corporate turnaround specialist Toni Blanchard's arrival is preceded by tales of her slash-and-burn techniques. Determined to meet this soulless corporate raider head on, Syrah proudly prepares to do battle for her home and family business.

Toni has reason to retreat from a high-pressure Manhattan lifestyle, not the least of which is a bitter break up. She's been told that Syrah Ardani is attractive and single, but Toni never mixes business and pleasure.

Creditors clamor for a quick sale and payment. The beautiful-and hostile-Syrah wants Toni off her land and out of her life. Their clashes smolder with distrust and resentment, but also threaten to light a completely different kind of fire.

Most dangerous of all is the one thing Toni can't control - the way her heart reacts when Syrah looks at her ... just like that.

Fans of this book will not want to miss the short story "The Beautiful Expression of Her Dark Eyes" in Frosting on the Cake 2.

© 2007 • 205 pages • 63,856 words


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Reviews and Translations

Golden Threads, March 2006

...Sparks have been created and things happen that were definitely not planned.
A sweet romance for a rainy afternoon."

Note: My favorite haunt in the California's wine country is Armida, part of the Dry Creek Valley winery community near Healdsburg.

Midwest Book Review, December 2005

Austen fans will recognize several familiar names in Just Like That. Bennett, Netherfield, Jane and Bingley are among the names and characters borrowed from Pride and Prejudice and some of the structure of the story is similar to Austen's. However, there should be no question in readers' minds but that Kallmaker has written a contemporary novel, with complex realistic characters set in an engaging region... She has given us a new look at prejudice and a different view of pride all painted with the dark purple of a fruity Shiraz.

Mega Scene, Vol 17, #2

...Another delightful read. This one takes place in the Napa Valley wine country. It's filled with wonderful characters, including a "play the field" butch who finally finds the woman to steal her heart, and a couple of devious "high society" gals who don't mind who they hurt...

Just Like That has many sub-plots, as well as twists and turns, and some vey hot sex scenes. All of this is played out against the rich California wine country. Wine buffs, as well as lovers of a good romance, will enjoy this excellent read.

Family & Friends, January 2006

Kallmaker has done it again with Just Like That. She has created a marvelous story of two head-strong women, Syrah Ardani and Toni Blanchard, whose fates are more braided together than grape wine, all set against the Napa Valley winery business.

Her characters are so real, you can't help but picture them in your mind, and I often found myself actually hearing them speak in my head without any two sounding the same. That is the mark of a good writer and storyteller.

From coming home to hostile corporate takeovers, Just Like That will have you turning pages faster and faster. And, don't be surprised if you find yourself in California...just like that.

Después de todo

Syrah Ardani ha intentado salir adelante en la vida lejos de la familia y sus negocios, pero la llamada de las colinas del valle de Napa es irresistible: los viñedos familiares la esperan, y ella, aunque no lo quiera reconocer, lo sabe.

Sin embargo, el regreso es duro. Sobre el panorama, idílico, se ciernen nubarrones cuyo origen no hay que buscar en una meteorología caprichosa sino en la desastrosa gestión de su padre, que ha colocado Viñedos Ardani al borde de la suspensión de pagos.

Pronto se hace evidente que la situación sólo puede ser abordada por un especialista ajeno a la familia, insensible a los argumentos sentimentales, tan malos para la economía de la empresa. Los tribunales designan a Toni Blanchard para la defensa de los acreedores. Su fama la precede: el business world se hace lenguas de sus métodos, que los más generosos califican de «implacables».

¿Quién es la recién llegada? Basta con que sepamos que Toni tiene razones para dejar atrás su vida anterior en Manhattan, marcada por una amarga ruptura. Además, le han dicho que Syrah Ardani es una mujer atractiva... y sola. Lástima que Toni nunca mezcle el placer con los negocios. Y que Syrah no se muestre dispuesta a transigir y se disponga a luchar por su familia y su negocio.

Después de todo se suma a la impresionante lista de best sellers de Karin Kallmaker, una autora que ha deleitado a lesbianas del mundo entero.

Karin Kallmakerová - Hrozny vášne

Sylva Ardaniová se snažila hledat nezávislost, ale nakonec se z Francie ráda vrací domu, do sluncem zalitého kalifornského údolí Napa, aby prebrala rízení rodinné firmy — Ardaniho vinohradu. Zjištuje však, že zatímco byla pryc, privedl otec rodinné stríbro nekolika neuváženými rozhodnutími na pokraj bankrotu. Tehdy se seznámí s Toni Blanchardovou, odbornicí na topící se podniky. Ta má hájit zájmy veritelu, kterí by nejradši co nejdrív videli zpet své peníze. Pres despekt, který k sobe obe ženy cítí drív, než se poprvé setkají, spolu prožijí vášnivou noc. Skutecné sblížení, duvera a pochopení jsou však daleko pred nimi.



Liebe im Sternenlicht

Weingut ihrer Familie im sonnenverwöhnten Kalifornien zurück. Syrahs Vater, Anthony Ardani, ist ein renommierter Winzer, doch kein Geschäftsmann – das traditionsreiche Familienunternehmen steht vor dem Aus. In diesem Augenblick tritt Toni Blanchard auf den Plan. Die Finanzfachfrau von der Ostküste steht in dem Ruf, knallhart zu sein. Sie soll von Gerichts wegen prüfen, ob der Konkurs noch abzuwenden ist. Persönliche Rachefeldzüge und feingesponnene Intrigen verkomplizieren die Angelegenheit. Und dass Syrah und Toni sich auf den ersten Blick nicht ausstehen können, macht die Dinge keineswegs einfacher ...

„Endlich gibt es ein neues Werk der „Queen of Lesbian Romance“ – auf Deutsch! LIEBE IM STERNENLICHT ist romantisch, witzig, intelligent und unterhaltend – in jedem Fall ein lesbisches Lesemuss!“