I really enjoyed the wine-country setting!
Great action scenes and descriptions that paint a vivid image. Unfortunately, the ending is abrupt and leaves you hanging a bit too much for my taste. I understand the author is hooking us in for the next book and even enjoy a few loose ends to keep me guessing, but we're not talking about your average cliffhanger...the author leaves nearly every tangential storyline up in the air.
I wanted to scream when I realized there isn't even a preview of the next book at the end. If I like a book, guaranteed I'll buy the next one out by the same author. But... I believe every book should be able to stand alone and this one falls short in that department. Loved it up until the very end, but it's never good to leave a reader frustrated and I am. Crush has great reviews on Amazon and even several from well-known, best-selling authors...so what do I know? It's free for the time being, so see for yourself. Or better yet, wait until the next one comes out and read them both to avoid my frustration.
Summary: Great writing, plot & characters...unsatisfying ending--in this reader's opinion.
**Disclaimer: I am not a professional literary reviewer. I do not know this author and I am not being paid or otherwise compensated for this review. The opinions stated here are mine alone.