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Valley Fever

The Langthornes of Napa Valley, Book 1
Narrated by: Logan McAllister
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Erotica, Fiction
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

A shocking twist of fate reunites a quiet school teacher with her childhood nemesis and greatest love.

Shy and modest Lina Montez has been infatuated with Tobias Langthorne, heir to a Napa Valley land fortune, for as long as she can remember. Growing up alongside the intoxicatingly handsome bully on his family’s fabled vineyard and estate was an experience she will never forget. The young “lord of the manor” spent countless hours tormenting the housekeeper’s daughter as well as inspiring her budding sexual desire. 

Ten years later, Lina finds Tobias as provocative and dangerous as ever, but embittered by divorce and haunted by his own demons of the past. Now Lina must battle her old playmate to save the land she loves, but this time she won’t be intimidated by her sexually magnetic business partner. The biggest struggle of all, however, is the one within herself. Can she fight off an attraction that is as ripe and full bodied as the lush cabernet grapes they farm? And will she breathe new life into the forsaken ranch as well as polish the rust from her tarnished hero?

©2015 Tessa Bowen (P)2018 Tessa Bowen

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Enjoyed the story

I enjoy not only the story but the characters in this book as well. I did have to give it an overall four stars only because it wasn't a fan of how the character would often repeat names over and over in the book not sure if it was just how it was translated to narration or that's how it was an actual book. Like like I said the storyline in plot I both enjoyed there was just that one thing I couldn't quite get over otherwise I would have really loved it and given it five stars. The narrator I didn't personally have a problem with I did enjoy his voice and felt like he did a good job with the story. I I just feel like I might have liked this book better in the print form I feel like maybe something got lost and translation but again I did like the storyline and plot.
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Sweet & Romantic

I enjoyed listening to Valley Fever, the first book in the Langthornes of Napa Valleys series. It takes a special kind of author to pen a true-to-life romance. Immediately, I connected with Lina and Tobias; they were real, complicated, and had their issues. Their connection was substantial and tension steadily grew. I was wholly impressed with Tessa Bowen's writing; the story was well-plotted with interesting characters.

Logan McAllister isn't my favourite narrator. However, I think he did a great job with Valley Fever, particularly with the different tones used for the various characters.

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Hot fun in the sun.

Valley Fever brings us a hot, second chance romance which is well narrated by Logan McAllister. It was hard at times to warm to Tobias whose brash attitudes were usually just there beneath the surface, but Lena's conviction that there was more to him than a smart mouthed bully, helped bring out his more redeeming qualities. I am sure you would not be bored with him around! Lena is sweet and loyal, though her insecurities don't always do her justice. I enjoyed this audio and will look out for more from both the author and narrator.

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Loved

I fell in love with Tobias and Lina's characters they had so much chemistry. I kinda loved that Tobias was a complete jerk but somehow you love him anyway. Great second chance romance and I cant wait to dive into the rest of this series.

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Loved it

Loved this book. It was sweet and romantic and steamy in parts--really good book. Thank you Tessa, for writing it. I hope to see more in the future.

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I quite enjoyed Valley Fever. This is the first book I have listened to or read by this author but I would definitely pick up another one. I enjoyed watching the two main characters navigate their relationship throughout the story. I thought they were perfect for each other. I thought there was just enough drama...though the back and forth between them was a little annoying but only because you know they belong together and want them to hurry up and get past it all. I liked the narrator as well very easy to and pleasant to listen to. I would recommend this book to others.

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Enticing

Book 1 in the series. This story kept my attention the entire time. My heart went out to Lina and I wanted to punch Tobias in the throat most of the time. When you think the story is coming to an end there are still hours left. Logan was an awesome narrator for this book because he can pull off the character of Tobias perfectly (he is a manly man). I was able to have a clear picture in my head of what was happening because of his awesome narration. I recommend this whole series.

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Tobias Langthorne

This is the story of Tobias and Lina from their young lives through adulthood. Lina loved Toby but he was always mean to her but through it all she still loved him. He finally comes around and sees Lina for who she is as well as the beautiful Langthornes.

Logan McAllister did a good job narrating this story.

I received a code to listen and review and give my honest opinion. It's a 3 star for me. The story is a little long and Lina's love of repeating Tobias Langthorne throughout is a little childish but they get their HEA in the end.

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enjoyable

I loved this book. Toby and Lina were a great couple with heaps of chemistry. The banter was fun and made me laugh out loud. I was irritated however with Toby calling Lina LEE-NA and Lina not marrying Toby when he asked was so frustrating. Logan's voice was sexy and deep and bought the characters to life.

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Sweet

The main reason I gave the 4 star rating was the constant annoying repetitive “Tobias Longhorn...” throughout the book. Lina has been in love with Tobias since she was a child, and she also has always thought of him being above her. This attitude seemed to have grown as she faced him again, and Tobias came back home broken. Lina had helped him through the rough time. He faces difficulties in having Lina see how he’s grown to care for her, all she seems to see is his reputation. They have a long history, and very epic chemistry. The story is long, but I loved the narrator Logan!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-18

I loved this romance!

I binge-read this! The characters were complex and the plot line was exciting. The tension between Tobias and Lina kept building and building! And the narrator gave me goosebumps. Highly recommend!

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  • Drifter
  • 06-10-19

Dreams can come true!

I love Tessa Bowen's books. However, this may be a personal hangup of mine but the the constant repetition of "Tobias Langthorne" was extremely annoying to me and I almost stop listening to the book. I did keep listening and I really enjoyed the rest of this story. The author shows that dreams can come true but there may be many roadblocks along the way. We also see the characters growing and maturing. The narrator does an excellent job of portraying these characters emotions and feelings. His voice is so easy to listen to and enjoy. I asked to receive this Audible book and voluntarily wrote this unbiased review. I do recommend this Audible book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-10-19

I Want This Bad Boy!

I almost stopped reading this book. The male lead was so obnoxious to start off. A few chapters later, I was head over heels in love with Tobias! He is one gorgeous hunk of bad boy; the kind you know you shouldn't love but can't help loving anyway. I love the way Lena talks to herself about Toby! So enlightening. This is a fantastic book with a happy ending!

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  • Cari Stepsay
  • 23-09-19

Great read!

This has friendship, female empowerment, and romance all wrapped into one! I love this book and highly recommend it.

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  • Mendee
  • 11-08-19

Great Love Story

Tessa did a great job with this love story. Logan McAllister brought Tobias and Lina to life in such a sultry way. So ready for the next in this series.

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  • Sandra #AudiobookObsessionReviewer
  • 14-07-19

great story

lina and tobias have a love hate relationship that has a been going on for years until everything comes to a burning fever for each other great listen great narration !

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  • Attia Khan
  • 15-06-19

Heart-achingly beautiful

The unconditional love that Lina has for Toby is admirable. The rugged, unfiltered and patient connection that the two share is one for the books. Lina’s caring qualities is so real and undying for the boy she loves since she was a teen. Comes to show that love comes in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. I loved it was multi racial and feel more authors need to do that. Definitely can’t wait to listen to the entire series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-19

Wimpy heroine that accepts abuse

How did this book get such good ratings! Growing up on the same property, not really friends. He is often mean with his actions and comments, tormenting her. Yet, she insists she is in love with him, she allows him to take advantage; no self esteem.
Then the are adults and return to where they grew up. He is angry and mean, she allows this, with some mild attempts to "fight back".
SPOILER ALERT: Even though his is rude and aggressive, she is unable to deny sexual actions, at least to significant degree. She melts because he is so "hot". Eventually, she does leave, in the process, he rapes her. Eventually, they meet up, discuss. He is aggressive and demanding, suddenly, for the last part of the book he is caring and considerate. The self talk on her part was middle school. As I read it, I thought maybe a man had written this book, to make the woman so weak.

I would have wanted to know more about the "relationship" before buying, thus, will be returning it.
Also, poor research on the medical portion (a small segment of the book).

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  • escritora
  • 15-02-20

Exceptional!

Have you ever read a book in which you can't stand a character in the beginning and wondered just how he could even be considered a hero? That is the description of Tobias Langthorne, heir to the Langthorne vineyards, an athlete that shines above the rest and the boy/man who has women vying for his attention. Smug, handsome and immature describe the teenager best. Since I had read Valley Storm first and knew the man he became, I was waiting for his growth to begin. The key was Catalina. Lina is the daughter of the Langthorne's housekeeper and she grew up adoring Tobias. She was a young, nerdy but sweet girl who wanted him to notice her. He kept disappointing her by bringing home one girlfriend after another, but she didn't give up hope. After high school, Tobias got married and left the country, leaving Lina as well. For her part, Lina had always dreamed of being a teacher and her hard work through college led her to that dream. When Toby returns to the vineyard, after a decade abroad, he's a changed man. He's not so sure of himself, there's a sad look in his eyes and he's resentful of having to tend to the vineyards. Lina can't imagine what has caused such a change in him but she needs to find out. He's treats her no differently, at first, and it's tough to listen to the old snide remarks he used to make to her return but, this time, she's not going to just sit and take it. Lina found the inner strength to stand up to him and let him know that things had changed. But Tobias had more demons that threatened to overwhelm him and she loved him enough to help stand them down, too. Tessa Bowen writes with eloquence and fluency and the HEA is so satisfying. Logan McAllister does a tremendous job of narrating, giving an articulate and lively voice to both Tobias and Lina. 

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  • Mary Dean
  • 03-02-20

Ultimate Enemies To Lovers Romance!

I sort of cheated. I knew some of this couple's story already since I started with Valley Storm, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. I loved finding out their beginning and what lead them to be the amazing couple they are. And it certainly didn't stop me from getting so frustrated with Tobias. He's a great man but man was a stinker growing into that man. I would have slapped him a few times myself. Lina is a saint! Talk about an enemies to lovers story. I loved every minute of this romance. And trust me, you will love Tobias by the end. Logan McAllister did another amazing job narrating this book and bringing these characters to life. What a great start to a series I already know is a must read/listen.