by Delta James
“He would become her whole world as she had become his, and they would share a glorious future and an even more incredible love.”
As the 4th book in the “Tangled Vines” series by Delta James, “Full-Bodied” is deliciously entertaining. It’s a paranormal shifter romance with a plus-sized heroine, an alpha hero, some intense passion, and a little danger to make it extra interesting. This is a series of interconnected stand-alones, so it’s not a problem if you haven’t enjoyed any of the previous books yet.
Whitney is smart, capable, and beautiful, although she has a hard time seeing the latter because she’s not thin. She’s an event planner and engaged to be married to a man she thinks is acceptable, even though it’s not a passionate love relationship like what she wishes she had. When he cheats on her, she jumps at the chance to spend a wild night with Jameson, a man that she believes is way out of her league. She’s so certain he will regret having been with her, she sneaks out of his hotel room because she’s sure his regrets will make it awkward. A couple of months later she accepts a dream job that opens up at a winery in California; it’s not just any winery, it’s Jameson’s winery. Unbeknownst to her, Jameson has known since he met her that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for his whole life. He’s gone through a lot of trouble to get her to his vineyard and he has no intention of losing her.
If you’ve had the pleasure of reading other books by this author, you won’t be surprised to learn that there is domestic discipline incorporated into the story. Jameson thinks Whitney is perfectly gorgeous and he’s not going to let her put herself down. His behavior is always well-intentioned and his number one goal in life is to protect her and make her happy any way he can. I thought Whitney was a little too immediately accepting of the fact that the man she loves and all the people surrounding her are wolf shifters. You’d think she’d freak out quite a bit, right? There is a dramatic encounter with vicious people who hunt shifters, and Whitney also handles that well. Her surprising ability to go with the flow is a minor point in the overall experience of enjoying the book, and hey, maybe her ability to not get too rattled by unexpected things is part of what makes her a great event planner! Put your feet up, grab a glass of your favorite wine or other drink, and spend some time with Whitney and Jameson at the Earthly Spirits Vineyard.