Smorgasbord Bookshelf – New Book on the Shelves – #Romance – Between The Vines (Keystone Couples) by Staci Troilo

Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Staci Troilo Between The Vines (Keystone Couples) – the book is already receiving terrific reviews.

About the book

When you grow up on a vineyard, you learn the grapevine can’t always be trusted.

Elena Santucci is one of the best wedding planners in the Keystone state—ironic, as she doesn’t believe in love. Why should she? Rumors cost her all meaningful relationships, sending her into the arms of one loser after another until she swore off men entirely. Now she spends her days helping brides put together dream days… even though she suspects they’ll all lead to nightmares.

Aaron Kennedy looks like a tough-as-nails cop, but he’s got a marshmallow for a heart. One that’s recently been roasted over the coals by Heather, his former fiancée. After discovering her affair with his best friend, he broke off his engagement and swore off women—at least for a while. When his sister asks for help with her wedding plans, he can’t say no. Then he learns the wedding is at Blooming Valley Vineyards, and his former crush is the event planner. Maybe this is fate telling him not to give up so quickly.

Just when Aaron starts to break through Elena’s icy shell, Heather comes back into his life with an unbelievable story—one Elena seems to support. Rumors travel the grapevine faster than he can make sense of them. He needs to discover the truth before his one chance at happiness withers on the vine.

One of the early reviews for the book

Mae Clair –5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and breezy romantic story  Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2022

Elena is a wedding planner who doesn’t believe in love thanks to the jerks who have been sniffing around her door since high school. Aaron is her cousin Rick’s longtime friend, a cop who’s recently been dumped by his fiancée, Heather.

Heather is now engaged to Jarod, a one-time friend of Rick, until he tried to take advantage of Elena. Sound like a romantic merry-go-round? Oh, just wait until the complications/fun begins!

From the start, the underlying attraction between Elena and Aaron is clear, but several obstacles stand in their way—foremost, Heather, who decides she was hasty in leaving Aaron once she sees him take down a robbery suspect. This woman is the pinnacle of self-centered and shallow. Troilo writes her in such a way that the moment she appears in a scene, you cringe. Heather is a character you love to hate.

But all Troilo’s characters are well developed. Elena is a walking bundle of doubt buried under a core of outer strength. Aaron seesaws between exasperation and attentiveness. Poor guy has his work cut out for him, but bring out the pom-poms because you’ll be cheering for him and Elena from their very first spark of chemistry.

This is a fun novella with snappy dialogue, perfectly paced scenes, and breezy writing. It leaves you with a warm feeling and a happily-ever-after smile. All three Keystone Couples stories are superb, but I think this clever gem might just be my favorite.  

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A small selection of books written by Staci Troilo

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About Staci Troilo

Staci Troilo grew up in Western Pennsylvania writing stories and poetry in her free time, so it was no surprise that she studied writing in college. After receiving creative and professional writing degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, she went on to get her Master’s Degree in Professional Writing, and she worked in corporate communications until she had her children. When they had grown, she went on to become a writing professor, and now she is a freelance writer and editor.

Staci is a multi-genre author. Her fiction is character-driven, and despite their protests, she loves to put them in all kinds of compromising or dangerous situations.

You can find out more about her on her website. Staci Troilo


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89 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Bookshelf – New Book on the Shelves – #Romance – Between The Vines (Keystone Couples) by Staci Troilo

  1. How wonderful to see my review for Between the Vines here today. I LOVED this book (guess it shows in the review, LOL), and the entire Keystone Couples series. Congratulations to Staci for writing such a thoroughly entertaining tale. Thanks for sharing, Sally!

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  2. What a wonderful spotlight on Staci’s newest release in The Keystone Couple Series! In enjoyed this story so much and the review says it all! Thanks, Sally!

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  4. Sally, thank you for the spotlight on Between the Vines, and for sharing Mae’s wonderful review. You and your readers always make me feel so welcome. I appreciate all the support.

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  5. Congratulations, Staci. I thoroughly enjoyed your entire series. Simply brilliant! Thank you, Sally, for featuring Staci. You’ve brightened the day! 💗

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  6. I loved the first in this series and have the second one waiting patiently – sounds like I need to add this one straight away!

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  7. I read No Such Luck from Staci’s series and enjoyed the story and characters. It was one of those fun one-night quick reads.

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  8. I thought the first book in the series was super and can’t wait to get to the rest. Mae’s review was wonderful and a great enticement. A great addition to the cafe, Sally, and congrats to Staci!

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