From Barcelona, With Love
Sunny Alvarez and Mac Reilly have shared their grand, passionate romance in four New York Times bestselling novels by Elizabeth Adler. We have traveled to and lusted after the decadent destinations from Malibu to the Cote d'Azur. We've sipped expensive champagne and tasted cool, delicious French rosés and smelled the scent of the sea as Mac's private detective job has taken him around the world in search of clues for his latest client. Beach reads don't get any better! I recommend readers stuff their beach bags with all of Adler's books about Mac and Sunny. They will transport you to luxurious destinations, introduce you to the foods and wines of the region, and feed your desire for romance.
In a few short pages, Adler uses beach chic, summer breezes, lots of champagne and the passionate gaze that drew her most famous couple together to create a climactic scene full of promise.
ONE OF THOSE MALIBU NIGHTS places sexy TV star Mac Reilly at the same party as voluptuous public relations consultant Sunny Alvarez. When their eyes meet, the romance begins. Their love affair flourishes on the beaches of the French Riviera in THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT ST. TROPEZ. Mac chases his beloved Sunny to Monte Carlo in IT ALL BEGAN IN MONTE CARLO after she leaves her pink, heart-shaped diamond engagement ring on his pillow on Christmas Eve. FROM BARCELONA, WITH LOVE brings Mac's first love back into his life, and readers are captivated as Mac must choose between Lorenza de Ravel and the love of his life, Sunny Alvarez.
Mac and Sunny become involved with Paloma Ravel, the young daughter of international singing sensation Bibi Fortunata, who is accused of the double murder of her best friend and lover. Without evidence, the Los Angeles police allow Bibi to simply disappear. Bibi sends Paloma to live with her family in Barcelona to protect her from the scandal.
Paloma knows Mac is the famous TV detective from "Mac Reilly's Malibu Mysteries," and she furtively walks by his house hoping to see him on the deck of his "funky Malibu beach house," which sits a few mega beach houses from the one where she lives with her Aunt Jassy. Paloma wants Mac to help her find her mother, but just when she meets him, Jassy is summoned to Las Ramblas --- the Ravel family estate and vineyards in Barcelona.
The Ravel family vineyards have existed for a couple of centuries. Juan Pedro Ravel took a young bride, Lorenza, and then died, leaving her his "fortune and his lands, his vineyards, his bodega, and his famous sherry business." Juan Pedro's children include Bibi Fortunata, and Bibi's fortune-seeking, absentee husband wants custody of Paloma in order to get his hands on Bibi's inheritance. "Paloma and Bibi were as close as two sisters," and it is time for Lorenza to take the steps to find Bibi, if she's still alive.
Mac is called to Barcelona, and temptation awaits the sexy detective. Leaving the sensual Sunny to attend a wine festival client event in Napa, Mac jetsets to Barcelona to see Lorenza de Ravel, Paloma's grandmother and Mac's first love. The electricity between the two still exists, and Lorenza makes a bold play for Mac, using memories and Spanish sangria to stir his desires. Sunny rallies her good friends, Ron and Allie, to help her surprise Mac in Barcelona. She is about to find out that she and Lorenza have the same taste in men and wine.
What will an engaged man do when confronted by a seductress who happens to be his first love? Stay true, or give in to temptation? As the secret to Bibi's location and the murder mystery unravels, secrets are revealed and a new romance shows promise for re-igniting Bibi's singing career. When the right man comes along, everything changes. In a few short pages, Adler uses beach chic, summer breezes, lots of champagne and the passionate gaze that drew her most famous couple together to create a climactic scene full of promise.
Reviewed by Hillary Wagy on July 3, 2011