A Vintage Affair by Josh Lanyon
Message in a bottle.
Somewhere in the cobwebbed cellar of the decrepit antebellum mansion known as Ballineen are the legendary Lee bottles — and Austin Gillespie is there to find them. The last thing on his mind is hot and heavy romance with handsome bad boy Jeff Brady. But Jeff has other ideas and, after one intoxicating night, so does Austin.
The only problem is they have different ideas. Jeff doesnít believe in love at first sight, and even if he did, heís buried more deeply in the closet than those famous missing bottles of vintage Madeira. Popping a cork or two is one thing. Popping the question? No way. No how.
Unless Austin is ready to give up on another dream, heís going to have to figure out how to make sure the lights go on — and stay on — in Georgia.
(This 41K+ novella was previously published by Loose Id Publishing)
Austin is going to an old plantation house to catalogue and authenticate the family’s wine collection. He is hoping to find the mythological Lee bottles. Austin is hoping this will save his job. He meets Jeff at the place. Jeff has been with the family’s daughter Carson. Jeff comes on to Austin and Austin caves, but when Austin falls for Jeff complications arise.
This is an interesting story. The plot line and writing are really good. I love this author’s way with descriptions. The characters are interesting but I just didn’t get the usual feel for any characters other than Austin, since he is the “voice” of the story. Austin has horrible self image. He lets that dictate most of his life. I think this leads in great part to what happens between Austin, Jeff, and Carson. I really didn’t get Jeff’s motivation behind the whole thing. I really didn’t ever like Jeff. He never really redeems himself in this book. I don’t see his motivation and I might have understood why he was the way he was if it was all about Jeff’s Dad, but even Jeff says that wasn’t really it. I really didn’t even want these two to get together. I just didn’t connect to the characters like I should have. Still the writing and the story are excellent
Posted on Thursday, December 12th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novella: 100-150 pages, Three Roses, TJ and tagged Josh Lanyon, Just Joshin, M/M Romance, Novella, Three Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.