Porter the Importer: Prequel to The Drummonds by Ariella Talix

Is it possible to meet the love of your life in a liquor store? Molly assumes the bossy, muscular (gorgeous) man is a rude stock boy until he hands her his business card. Porter imports fine wine, and Molly sells fine… other things… in her very naughty boutique. A match made in heaven? But only read it if you’re mature enough to handle it. Steam level: Adult.

Karen Meyer’s Review: 5-Stars

This is my kind of book. Not deep, no thinking, just reading for pleasure. It was with pure pleasure that I enjoyed this novella a lot. I loved the way it started with Porter telling the sassy Molly not to choose a particular wine, to his calling her professor and scheduling an office only appointment.

I really liked that she talked to her brother about him and asked advise on going to Porter’s house for dinner. How David liked him just from the things Molly told him.

I love that he took care of her without being controlling. How he had her stay at his place because the noise at her’s was unbearable.

I love his parents and couldn’t stand hers. Loved her sister Lily an brother David and the fact they were so close.

There was nothing I would change about the book. I did put the .pdf file in my Kindle which totally messed up the format but that was just me. Words were run together. I loved the book and would give it 5 stars.

Diane Andersen’s Review: 5-Stars

The cover is what drew me in first on this book plus the “rhymy dimey” title. Somehow the serious, penetrating gaze of the dark-haired man against a backdrop of a sunlit vineyard seemed incongruous with such a trite title, “Porter the Importer”.

Sounds more like some children’s picture book about an anthropomorphic gopher. But this prequel novella to the Drummonds series is certainly not a fit bedtime tale for children. Rather, “bedtime” for adult readers might be a good time to indulge in this tale, given the sensuous setting and erotic themes.

Talix does an excellent job in bringing a New Adult romance to life with Porter, the perfect romance novel hero who only lives to please the lady love of his life, Molly, a grad student finishing up her MBA and still undecided on what to do with her degree upon graduation. Enter Porter to bring her just the right amount of inspiration (and titillation) to fulfill her every wish and desire.

Of course, no romance is worth its salt without a few bumps in the road, but given the brief “prequel” form, this novella won’t let too many roadblocks get in the way before our couple sees a requisite happily ever after. For those interested in this innovative genre known as “New Adult” this one checks all the boxes: female college student on the precipice of the adult world, a lush exotic setting and a male love interest with a lucrative dream job and family connections in Tuscany.

And to think I once scoffed at this new genre called “New Adult” but after reading this one, the joke is apparently on me. Porter the Importer is the right blend of dry vintage with a semi-sweet bloom that leaves a pleasant aftertaste, the perfect pairing for a trip to the beach or a rainy afternoon or any time a reading escape is on the menu.

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