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(Vino & Veritas #10)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,227 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Another rollicking Vermont romance is coming your way!

I fled Boston, and my cheating jerk of an ex, with three hundred dollars and a lip gloss in my pocket. Waking up the next day in Burlington, Vermont, with a crick in my back and a frozen ass hadn’t exactly been my plan. If there was one. Which there wasn’t. Story of my life.

Three hours later, I’ve somehow got myself hir
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 333 pages
Published May 6th 2021 by Heart Eyes Press
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Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
75% and dreading the rest. I’m calling it. Done. Boom.

This has two tropes that don’t work well. The “I can’t stay because I need to go rebuild my life” trope and the dead wife trope. So on the one hand, I’m exhausted by Tai’s brain and how he keeps saying he can’t rely on a man, and he needs to go and figure out his life on his own (nothing wrong with that, but then just do it and STFU), and on the other hand I’m exhausted by Lu’s (the dead wife) presence on every page.

I loved the beginning. T
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I'm an outlier this time round, because I didn't like this story nearly as much as my Goodreads friends did.

What worked for me:

- Emmett, the vet, was a caring guy, a good dad, and hid a dirty mind beneath his buttoned-up persona. I liked Emmet a great deal.

- I liked that Tai was part Maori and from New Zealand; Tai's spunk and flirty ways were endearing.

- The slow burn between the MCs was delicious; we're talking sexual tension galore.

- And the fulfillment of that sexual tension .... *fans sel
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio - 5++++ Stars. Gary Furlong and Iggy Toma!!! Say whaaattt?!! I was like.....

I hope they get cast together again!!

Story - 4.25 Stars

I have to admit there was a point where the story lulled so much, I was afraid this would be a DNF. Thankfully, the narrators had me wanting to push through, and the story proved to be worth continuing.

The MCs were extremely likeable. And I have to give it up to the author for making Emmett perfectly imperfect. He had the beginnings of a dad body and receding
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book just filled me with joy, even though at times there are elements in the narrative which aren't quite so pleasant.

I absolutely adored both Tai and Emmett, they were utter sweethearts both separately and together and Emmett's son Leo was an epically well-written kid too.

The premise worked beautifully for me, it was organic and while this takes place over a relatively short period of time at the start, the feelings hit you like a Mac truck from the off. It's clear Emmett is a man who fall
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

We're back in Vermont!

Vino & Veritas #10

Tai + Emmett

Tai moved to Boston from new Zealand three years ago. For love. But that's over now. He just left that cheating rich bastard and spent the night in his car in nowhere Vermont.
Enter Emmett. He's been a single dad widower for four years now.
He desperately needs someone to fill in as a receptionist at his vet clinic.
Tai has no experience with animals and he's way too colorful for this nerdy vet and he's not staying anyway ... right?

Denise H.
This story will grip you and make you smile.
Tai is hanging out at the bookstore, when a guy rushes in and asks him to hold his cat....
Tai, 27, a New Zealander with an accent,

long black hair, olive skin, lip gloss and piercings in interesting places, has turned up in Burlington after leaving his cheating ex in Boston, but what will he do now?
Emmett is a Veterinarian, 35, bi, has a son,

Leo, 10, and it's been four years since his wife died. He is in need of a vet tech.

The guys get along great, Le
[4.75] I had so much fun reading this!! Giving it all the stars because it was exactly what I needed as a pick-me-up after one heck of a busy work week!

For starters, the writing style was right up my alley with the perfect blend of playful, snarky banter and humor carrying the story along at a nice pace.

Even though the MCs fall in love in a relatively short time frame, it never felt distastefully OTT. Insta-attraction/lust, yes—you could literally see the sparks between them erupting up from the
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

I loved Unguarded so much, it was really enjoyable.

Tai Samuels left his cheating boyfriend during the night, without any plan and with only the clothes on his back. He arrives to Burlington and thanks to a friendly bookstore clerk he finds a job at a veterinarian clinic. Emmett Moore is a widowed, single father and a great veterinarian but he isn't too good organizing his work and clinic, so when his asstistant leaves him withouth any notice he needs a new one as soon as possible so he hires Ta

Renae Reads
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it

*** I received an eArc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

This was another fun addition to the Vino and Veritas series. This one included a story with the grumpy/sunshine trope, which is one of my favorites. I also enjoyed that one main character was a veterinarian, the inclusion of animals always warms my heart and added an extra layer of sweetness that allowed the two main characters to connect on a deeper level.

Overall this was another well-told story that I thorough
I've given this an A at AAR.

Jay Hogan takes the number of books in the Vino and Veritas  series into double figures with Unguarded – the story of a closeted, repressed bisexual veterinary surgeon and an ex-pat Kiwi running from an abusive relationship – and it’s the best book of the series (that I’ve read) so far.  If you haven’t picked up any of the earlier entries, don’t worry; all the  Vino and Veritas  books are standalones so you can jump in here and not feel like you’ve missed anythin
Audiobook note: Lawd knows I love Iggy Toma but the man can’t do a Kiwi accent to save his life.
This would’ve been amazing with either Joel Leslie or Glen Lloyd narrating Emmett but alas. Gary Furlong was the perfect Tai.
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unguarded by Jay Hogan is probably my favorite by Jay Hogan. It had so many elements that I love in a romance.

-Heartwarming characters
-Slow burn
-opposites attract

AND that wonderful epilogue!

This was a winner!
Jul 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to get into this book but when I finally did, I grew quite fond of Tai and Emmett. Especially Tai. Leo, Emmett's son was the one who stole the show though. He was a hoot. Jay Hogan is usually more a miss than a hit for me, so I'm seeing this book as a win.

What really bothers me though is the cover. It looks more like a Bulldog puppy than a Boxer puppy. Silly I know, but I'm very peculiar about my dogs.
True Loveislovereview
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2021
A must-read story period! Some stories are right from the very first page. This one was! It has two amazing men, an adorable kid, a feisty vet groomer, wonderful supportive residents, and a heartwarming plot. I enjoyed it all immensely.

Tai Samuels was just eye/arm candy for Dion, cheated by him, Tai flew away, far away.
With only three hundred dollars he ends up in Burlington. The coffee bookshop is the place where he sees a gorgeous man. That same man asks him if he can watch the cage with a cat
Jessica Alcazar
When I read the blurb to this book (not that I wouldn’t have read it anyway), I laughed stupid hard at “I might know zip about animals—but I do know I’m crushing on the sexy, absent-minded vet I work for”, because it gave me Schitt’s Creek vibes like you wouldn’t believe and I was there for all upcoming shenanigans! (Those of you who may not get the reference, don’t tell me, just please step away from under your rock LOL (kidding but not)) Unguarded did not disappoint!

What an absolute swoonfest
Bookgasms Book Blog
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly
Well, okay. Where do you even start when a story has so many things that filled your heart to bursting?

I mean, if the single dad thing weren't enough (and honestly, it probably would have been) - Emmett is also a vet. Add to that Tai's irresistibly sassy personality and giant heart of gold and this becomes the kind of catnip my heart is completely powerless against. But wait, that's not all! There are adorable, rascally animal hijinks, a whole wounded/healing narrative that brought a ton of emot
Jul 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, m-m-read, bi-sexual, vet
Meh. I was expecting more/better from this author. Not a bad book but nothing to rave about.
When Tai Samuels rolls up in Burlington, VT, he's on the run from a cheating and emotionally abusive boyfriend. He's got very little money, an outrageous outfit better suited for a night out clubbing - not the streets of small town Burlington, and nowhere else to go. Freezing cold after a long night in his car - and slightly desperate, he decides the local bookstore/coffee shop is just the place to warm up. He spends a few hours at Vino & Veritas thawing out, before he’s approached by the employ ...more
Kaje Harper
This book gives us Tai, who has just walked out on a toxic relationship and has nothing to his name but an old car and some club clothes. And Emmett, the local veterinarian whose receptionist just quit on him, and whose four-year grieving for his wife takes a sudden turn into awakening to life when he encounters Tai. Add a rather precocious ten year old, some meddling friends and family, that toxic ex, and you have a solid, sweet if really fast-burn romance.

Having worked in vet clinics, I'm a st
I've given this an A/B for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals, so 4.5 stars.

Unguarded is my favourite (and the best so far) of the Vino and Veritas series – a warm, sexy and emotionally satisfying romance between a small-town veterinary surgeon and a snarky ex-pat Kiwi in which Jay Hogan once again demonstrates her talent for creating complex, relatable characters and finding the right balance between light and dark elements in her stories. It’s only been a couple of months since I rea
Reflections of a Swede
My my! This book was a pure joy to read. It was the perfect combination of opposites-attract, warm and cosy, sizzling sexytimes and with just the right amount of adversity for the two MCs to overcome.

The sexual tension between Tai and Emmett was unbelievable. I was so frustrated! In a good way that is. And what’s more, despite a large part of the story taking place over just a few weeks time, it didn’t feel forced or insta-lovey at all. So for a romance, it doesn’t get much better than this.

May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book checks all of my favourite tropes. It was very well written and I really liked it.
Joyfully Jay
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

ay Hogan releases one of her best books in Unguarded, a novel that is part of the Vino and Veritas collection, which is a set of multi-author stories set in the larger World of True North universe. Tai is a great character right from the start and he’s got the perfect balance of snark, sweet, and sass. The men have chemistry at first glance, but are hesitant to act on it. Only a few people know that Emmett is bisexual and, while he is open to coming out, he has Le
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
***Audio Review***

Um, OK I guess? Iggy Toma's attempt at a Kiwi accent was really quite painful to listen to 🥴, and I just couldn't understand why both narrators insisted on saying Holloween instead of Halloween. Perhaps only 3.5 stars rounded up for the narration I'm afraid.

***Book Review***

Woohoo, I'm on a real roll with my 5 star reads at the mo. Yet another Jay Hogan read for my 2021 Best Reads shelf. I LOVED everything about Tai, Emmett and Leo. Great secondary characters too. Yes, the
Lisa Anne
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Tia suddenly finds himself homeself and almost penniless in Burlington, VT, after a bad breakup. Within a day, he lands a job with a veterinarian, Emmett. Emmett is a widower, single father, and bisexual, but he's not out. Tia is very gay and very out. Tia and Emmett are attracted to each other, but they have to take it slowly because of Emmett's son and in-laws. But what happens if their hand is forced? ...more
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another solid book from Jay Hogan -- this time, she takes her characters to Vermont, as addition to Sarina Bowen's World of True North universe. Of course, one of the main characters is still a Kiwi transplant... but I found it as enjoyable as the series Hogan set in New Zealand.

Anyway, with an animal on the cover, I'm already a goner. But this book also has a sassy New Zealander (who may need to boost his self-confident!) as well as closeted bisexual vet (don't worry, he'll come out of that clo
4,5 stars.
When I wrote my review for Turnabout I claimed it to be my favorite in the series, but I have to admit it didn't last long, because I enjoyed Unguarded by Jay Hogan even more. Is it that the books in this series keep getting better? Or is it because Jay Hogan is one of my favorite authors and she still has to write the first book I don't like? Well, whatever the reason, I loved this one. And it may even be my favorite Jay Hogan book so far. Everything worked for me in this story. The
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
I need more Vermonty, cidery sexiness, STAT!

I am obsessed with this book!

From the second I picked it up I was completely and utterly in love.

Tai and Emmett were so perfect for each other, and the banter and flirting between them kept me in utter joy.

Though there were some parts that were not always pleasant to read, I just knew that they were going to make it through, and it filled my heart 😍😍😍

Whilst this book did cover a relatively short period of time, the relationship did not feel at all
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Unguarded by Jay Hogan is the story of Emmett a single Dad, a widow who when we meet him just trying to keep his head above water as he manages his veterinarian clinic and the challenge of being a single parent to Leo and Tai a man who quite literally wanders into town.

Leo, Emmett's son, was so adorable....the use of him in the story shows the reason so much about Emmett but even more it shines a window into Tai's soul!

The reason Tai wanders into town plays both into the way he sees himself and
4.5 Stars

Usually when I write a Hogan review I gush about the descriptions of the beautiful New Zealand setting, but Hogan wrote something completely different here so I'm going to do something different as well and just gush about the characters. Because Hogan completely rocked the characters with this one! The plot was good, although mostly it was nothing much going on, but that was completely okay! These characters were so well developed, so interesting, so fun that I would probably read an e
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JAY HOGAN IS A 2020 LAMBDA LITERARY FINALIST IN GAY ROMANCE and a New Zealand author writing in m/m romance and romantic suspense.She has travelled extensively, and in another life she was an Intensive Care Nurse and a counselor. She is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel.

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