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The Case of the Voracious Vintner

(The Middlemark Mysteries #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Where Bo Marchand comes from, gay men are just confirmed bachelors who never found the right girl. But now Bo’s a successful winemaker on the central coast of California, supporting his whole damned Georgia family, and all he really wants is the beautiful, slightly mysterious Jeremy Aames.

Jeremy’s vineyard is under threat from Ernest Ottersen, the voracious winemaker who s
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 29th 2019)
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Truuss Loveislovereview
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2019
This author knows how to write stories. With the precise amount of ingredients, temperature, and equipment she creates a delightful appealing read with just enough heat.
The buildup is very cleverly done, the whole story has good in balance.

Bo can’t get his eyes off the stunning, somewhat mysterious, newcomer in the winery. Jeremy peeks, hopefully inconspicuous, at Bo... the beautiful man of the famous vineyard.

Bo isn’t out and with a family like his, it’s difficult to even think about coming ou
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very nice mystery!

It's all about wine. Jeremy left a bad life behind and opened his winery but it seems that someone doesn't want him succeed. Bo is such an amazing person that he doesn't care much about Jeremy's past and wants to really help him.

Their chemistry was there from the beginning and I liked their relationship. I thought the story would have just one murder or something but it got much more complex than that and it was a nice surprise!

I absolutely recommend it!
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
The Case of the Voracious Vintner proved TLain's writing prowess as she delivered an entertaining cozy mystery  while also delivering on all the other elements I've come to expect from her M/M romances.


*Main Characters
Beau Marchand is the epitome of a well-bred Southern gentleman. He's charming, loyal to family and friends, and would rather live under the misperception he's a "confirmed bachelor who never met the right lady" than admit to his family he's gay. That is until he meet
Lena Grey
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Never try to do anything that is outside of who you are. A forced smile is a sign of what feels wrong in your heart, so recognize it when it happens. Living a lie will reduce you to one.” ~ Ashly Lorenzana

Bo Marchand, of ‘The Case of the Voracious Vinter’ by Tara Lain, is a successful businessman, who owns a large vineyard. Bo is a southern gentleman through and through. He’s also gay, but can hardly admit it to himself, much less the rest of the world. Bo has no reason to announce it. There ha
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a fabulous adventure. A story about industrial espionage in the wine industry, I loved the glorious, gossipy wine society drama almost as much as I loved the irreverent humour and Bo Marchand’s silver tongued charm. The plot quickly spirals towards the absurd as Bo and Jeremy get closer to finding their villain. The story is fun, sexy and by the end it is deliciously farcical.

Bo Marchand is a Southern gentleman tu
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm never disappointed when I pick up a Tara Lain book. The Case of the Voracious Vintner is a winner! I loved the first book in this series and eagerly looked forward to the release of book 2.

This story is filled with mystery, humor, a little angst, love and just the right amount of heat! Bo and Jeremy's chemistry jumps right off the page. I couldn't put this book down once I began it.
Joscelyn Smith
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wine and death

Bo and Jeremy's story was entertaining as hell, so many shenanigans going on behind-the-scenes. This was a total rollercoaster ride of sabotage, set ups, and lies. Who knew wine was such a cut-throat business? This was a great second installment in the Middlemark Mysteries series.

*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book*
Patricia Nelson
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author has written another fantastic, engaging, poignant, emotionally charged, grab-you-by-the-feels, and totally awesome tale filled with mystery, suspense, kinky vinters, betrayal, and where nothing and no one is what they appear to be. I absolutely loved this marvelous masterpiece, and recommend getting it as soon as it releases.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A mystery that will keep you guessing until the end, Bo's family, Jeremy's backstory, love and laughs. Tara Lain has it all in here. Bo and Jeremy, although extremely different, have undeniable attraction and chemistry and are very well developed as characters. Llewellyn and Blaise return, fantastic supporting characters are everywhere from the vintners and Bo's family to the winery staff and secrets are at every turn. Can't wait to see what Tara gives us next!
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Bo and Jeremy both own winery in beautiful California. They are joining forces to find out who is behind trying to sabotage Jeremy's winery.

We find out that it is another owner trying to put Jeremey out of business. So, both men come together to see if they can find out why and how he is doing it.

Jeremy is an out gay man and Bo is still in the closet. Bo takes care of his whole family while trying to fulfill his dreams. He is afraid that if he comes out his family will be disappointed in him so
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel with rough, awkward edges that still has positive, uplifting moments

I bought Tara Lain's The Case of the Voracious Vintner because the first book in her Middlemark series had a gangly, awkward charm, much like its nerdy protagonist, the historian Dr. Llewellyn Lewis. Unfortunately, this second book of the series has all the rough, awkward edges and none of the charm. It has its positive, uplifting moments, but there are more scenes that are poorly written or ill-conceived. It also has on
*Received A Copy To Review From The Author*

I really liked this story for the most part. Much more than I remember liking the first book. I think my angst meter is broken though because for all the stuff that goes down, and trust me a lot goes on, it doesn't feel too angsty. Both main characters were nice decent guys at their core. I enjoyed their romance and how they found their way together. I struggled a lot with Bo's family, and I feel like he lets them off the hook way too often and way too
Cathy Brockman
This is the second installment fo the Middle Mark Mysteries but you do not have to read in order. You do get a lot more of Blaise and Llewellyn from The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean but there is just enough backstory and tie in that you never get lost. I absolutely loved having them help solve the mystery of who was trying to put Jeremy out of business and why. You have several little stories, like Bo's family issues, Jeremy's backstory, the Vintners, the mystery, and of course the romance. Th ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Case of the Voracious Vintner by Tara Lain is an entertaining murder mystery set in California’s central coast wine region. In addition to having two delicious main characters in Bo, the ultimate Southern gentleman, and Jeremy, the mystery man, what makes the book such a fun read is all of the foreshadowing that makes it easy to figure out a couple of the mysteries. And to add spice are the twists that few readers will see coming, especially ones involving Bo’s genteel Georgia family and Jer ...more
Buffy Kennedy
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There feels like some big stakes in this book, but honestly it's a little hilarious overall. Some of the bedroom talk was just goofy for one, but mainly it's the ending. I caught some hints and all that for one conflict that was kinda sad, but the other took me by surprise and it's just funny. There's so much going on and so many leads or factors or whatever that I asked myself frequently wtf was going on. I love a mystery I can't guess quickly!

As always, I loved all the characters. Bo's souther
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Engaging and delightful murder mystery with a twisty turny plot! Such a rich plot and fun read! Jeremy and Bo were wonderful characters and the story-line was fun and entertaining. The who done it was extremely well done and it kept me reading and guessing.

The writing was beautiful and i enjoyed reading this so much that i stayed up way too late... and i would do it again. You will be glad you treated yourself to this book!

I was gifted this book from the author and i freely give my review.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG amazing! I in love with Bo and Jeremy right now. This book is very entertaining. I couldn't put it down. With all that was going on and the mystery it just had me at the edge of my seat. I couldn't put this down just nothing. I even stay up late to finish this.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Case of the Voracious Vintner is a fun love story and a good mystery with a twisty ending. Bo Marchand is a successful winemaker with the world on his shoulders and a huge secret. He has a little crush on another winemaker, Jeremy Aames. Jeremy's vineyard is in danger of failing because someone is trying to shut him down.

I really felt bad for Bo. He spends the majority of the book trying to do right by everyone but himself. His family is so clueless and he doesn't feel like he should be able
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What's not to like about this murder mystery where the actual murder is almost lost in all of the other plot points happening. (And I must say that I never saw that resolution coming!) Bo and Jeremy have so much going on, and most of it's standing between them and their HEA. Who would guess that secrets, lies, betrayals, sabotage, and espionage would be a part of the California winery scene. And all of that's before family history, weighted expectations, and tested loyalties are added in. A grea ...more
Gabrielle Lee
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Bo is living a lie but how can he ever tell his family that he is gay? He has played the role of bachelor for so long but when Jeremy enters his world Bo must find it in himself to not only acknowledge the truth but to live it as well.

I enjoyed Bo and Jeremy's story. The two work well together as they try to figure out just who is out to ruin Jeremy. When Jeremy's past comes into the picture he has his own decisions to make. It was nice to see the two men not only fight for themselves but also f
I would rate this 3.75 stars.

Although this is the second Middlemark Mystery, you can read this as a standalone. Llewellyn and Blaise from book one are planning their wedding at Marchand Wineries and get drawn in to the intrigue happening amongst the cut throat wine community. Bo Marchand tried to escape Georgia and start his own vineyard in California, but Bo's whole family followed him and now live with him. As the "man of the house" at the age of 26, he is struggling with everyone's expectatio
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I loved everything about The Case of the Voracious Vintner by Tara Lain. This is the second book in The Middlemark Mysteries, and there are cameos of Dr. Llewellyn Lewis and Blaise from the first book in the series, The Case of the Sexy Shakespearian, who are planning to have their wedding at Bo Marchand’s winery and end up helping to solve this mystery also. I loved getting to see them again and how happy they are. The book is fu
First, let’s talk about that cover. I don’t dwell on covers much, especially romance novels. They tend to be rather formulaic: handsome guy, gorgeous gal, maybe a baby or two or any combination of the aforementioned. Hardly any of them are memorable.

But this cover just explodes! The title in deep mauve is placed next to a violet eye peering at the viewer through a peephole. There two men, one appearing to emerge from the other in a spray of glass shards. There are images of an alcohol bottle, a
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I'm usually a big fan of Tara, but this one was a let down. It took me forever to finish the story.
There wasn't really anything terribly wrong with it, but the pacing was way off.

It starts with the MCs already majorly crushing on each other, so the romance part moves at a decent pace, but then it plateaus before the half-way point, but the murder-mystery doesn't actually get going until the last third of the book, so there's a bit of very-little-happening white space, which is not helped by the
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-mystery, mm, hoopla, 2019
When I started this, I thought it was going to be just ok, but I ended up loving it. I enjoyed the wine country setting, it made me wish a vineyard was near enough to go visit and do some tastings. I really didn't like Bo's family, and I still don't care for them that much. I thought that resolved too easily, they took so much advantage of Bo that I kept wanting to slap them and tell them a few hard truths.. There were really two mysteries - Ottersen's murder and what Jeremy was hiding. The way ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the mystery, the twists and turns, and the attraction between Jeremy and Bo. I liked catching up with Blaise and Llewellyn from The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean. I loved Jeremy although I wanted to cry about his backstory. I liked Bo well enough but I’ve lived in Georgia for over 30 years and have never met anyone who speaks like Bo. He was a caricature, a bad stereotype and I’m afraid it spoiled the story for me just a bit.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Great book!

I love Tara Lain's books, they read so easily and yet are full of witty banter and intelligent depth. I loved the characters of Jeremy and Bo.

Bo, with his life hijacked by his family but not knowing how to get it back and trying not to scream at them and Jeremy who is losing his dream and his freedom but is good enough to not want to take others down with him.

The twist in the ending, the solution to the mystery, was hilarious, well done.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
maybe i read this at the wrong time, just finished which i enjoyed immensely but was of course a similar(ish) story line, main protagonist who couldn't/wouldn't come out - with an overbearing mother / family life, just seemed a bit silly and i just couldn't get into it. ...more
** 3.5 Stars **

Entertaining read!
I love the characters, Bo and Jeremy in particular, the winemaking part but I found the different plots to be 'too much' over the top! Still, I'm looking forward to the next installment.
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