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(Vino & Veritas #8)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  59 reviews
One woman’s hiding place is another woman’s home.

After becoming an inadvertent viral sensation—and losing her job and her girlfriend as a result— Phoebe Shaw retreats to Vermont. Renovating her late grandmother’s cabin into a vacation rental seems like the perfect way to lie low for a while. But the last person she expects to encounter on the property is the woman whos
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 236 pages
Published April 5th 2021 by Heart Eyes Press
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Nadine Bookaholic
One of the best things about this series is all the amazing authors that are contributing to it and how many of them are new to me, like Rachel Lacey. Rachel Lacey did a wonderful job crafting a story about two women that were best friends and had a short summer fling when they were sixteen. Fast forward a dozen or so years and we have two women that haven't spoken to one another in a very long time but when they come face to face again you can tell the attraction is still there.

Phoebe is hiding
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

Poehe Shaw saw her late grandma’s house in Burlington as the best place to hide and reset her life after she went viral on SNS losing her job and her girlfriend. Taylor Donovan didn't expect to see her first love and first heartbreak when she went for her usual trek that day, but here she was Phoebe in the flesh in Vermont. When they recover from the shock to see each other after so many years of silence they start a new friendship, but will they keep their attraction on the low? Or will they r


something about this author’s writing has me adoring one heroine while rly disliking the other. in this case, loved Taylor. didn’t like Phoebe.

for starters, i kinda wanted a bit more angst? i know, im shocked too. overly angsty reads send me into cardiac arrest from all the stress, but this for sure needed way more angst.

i mean, this was a second chance romance where Phoebe broke Taylor’s heart when they were teens and literally never spoke to her again for 13 years. now they’re reunited,
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
They were sixteen when they fell in love. Phoebe returns to Vermont, where she spent her summers as a kid, to escape the hurt and hardships she is currently experiencing in Boston. Taylor still lives in the same small town in Vermont and loves it. After being reunited at twenty-nine it will be interesting to see what will happen after all this time.

This book is the eighth installment of a series called Vino & Veritas from Heart Eyes Press. Each book is written by a different author and based aro
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-arcs
This is my first book by Rachel Lacey. It's also my first FF read. I absolutely adored this story! It's a second chance/summer fling story. Loved Phoebe & Taylor & their pups. Great addition to the Vino & Veritas series! ...more
Jude in the Stars
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Usually, when I enjoy a book as much as I enjoyed this one, I have loads of thoughts about it. Once in a while, however, depending on what else is happening in my life or on the other books I read in the days before, I get one hundred per cent carried away and forget to take notes. When that happens, it also means all my feelings are so enmeshed, I can’t untangle them enough to analyse them. I don’t really feel like it either, I just want to bask in them, treasure them, keep them warm in my hear ...more
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆
This is the eighth book in a series of stories written by a collection of talented authors and set in Sarina Bowen’s True North world. I am really enjoying the connections, and yet the variety of styles offered by the different writers. This is a lovely story of second chances and a super cute rescue dog side-story!

Phoebe escapes her successful New York life and g
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hideaway is a wonderful second chance romance for Phoebe and Taylor who were childhood sweethearts at sixteen but fear took Phoebe away. Now, years later she's back in Vermont to fix up her grandma's cabin whilst running from suddenly becoming an (unwanted) social media star but Taylor is still around, now working her dream job at an animal rescue and would love the chance to buy the cabin from Phoebe's family.
I really felt the tension between the two from when they first reconnect. Its obvious
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars for Hideaway!!

I was so excited to read this book because not only is it my first book by Rachel Lacey but it’s also the first F/F romance I’ve ever read! As a bisexual woman, I’m surprised it’s taken me this long but now that I’m here I’m loving it.

Hideaway was a sweet and light second chance romance. I really enjoyed reading about Phoebe and Taylor.

After going viral and losing her job and girlfriend, Phoebe goes back to Burlington, Vermont to stay at her late grandma’s house to get s
AnnMaree Of Oz
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
This is Rachel Lacey's fifth (5th) lesfic at the moment, and I'd highly recommend them all! What's also great is they are ALL available on Kindle Unlimited, including this one.
(This is stand alone, despite being in a series.)

I'm a sucker for a second chance romance that rekindles a first teenaged love many years later. Phoebe and Taylor are now 29, haven't interacted since their tentative summer fling at 16, after which Phoebe up and left. Before that they were best friends for years growing up
Lenore Kosinski
Apr 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

I received a free copy through Heart Eyes Press in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

3.5 stars — This was a sweet story with a good solid connection between the heroines, but I think I got too frustrated with Taylor’s reticence and I lost my enthusiasm for their love story.

Phoebe had these sweet and bright qualities, and I could see how Taylor was attracted to them. I really appreciated that while Phoebe made the past mistake, she truly tr
Ameliah Faith
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Puppy Love and More
Phoebe got caught on camera flipping off a jerk and its gone viral. As a result she lost her job and her girlfriend. Looking for a place to lie low, she goes to Vermont to renovate her late grandmother’s home. Imagine her surprise when she finds Taylor, her former best friend, first love and the woman who gave her her first kiss, hiking on the property. Taylor has been taking care of the property as she promised Phoebe’s gran. She also wants to buy the property because she lov
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the eighth book in a series of stories written by a collection of talented authors and set in Sarina Bowen’s True North world. I am really enjoying the connections, and yet the variety of styles offered by the different writers. This is a lovely story of second chances and super cute rescue dog side-story!

Phoebe escapes her successful NY life and girlfriend after everything goes wrong. She seeks comfort and refu
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this second chance romance between two former best friends who were maybe a little bit more when they were teenagers. Taylor has been living in Vermont and running an animal shelter, and Phoebe has been living in Boston as a financial consultant. They have not seen each other since they were teenagers... until Phoebe flees Boston after a series of unfortunate life events and seeks solice in her family's cabin, which just so happens to also be the same one Taylor is hoping to ...more
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rachel Lacey is a new to me author but one I will definitely read again. I wanted to read this book because I was intrigued about how the books in the True North verse would play out. I'm a love is love reader so the fact that this is a F/F book wasn't the main focus here; I was in it for the romance plain and simple. Overall, I really enjoyed this story.

I'm a sucker for second chance romances and I felt this one was very well done. Phoebe and Taylor were friends and then more than friends as te
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
When Phoebe loses her job and her girlfriend she decides to head to Vermont to hide out for a bit. She figures she can help her dad out by renovating her late grandmother's cabin so he can turn it into a rental and it will be a huge distraction from everything blowing up in her life. What she doesn't expect to find is Taylor. Her first love and the one she ran from when they were teenagers. It's been a long time since they were teens but seeing Taylor brings back all kinds of feelings. Meanwhile ...more
Jessica Alcazar
Second chance, childhood friends, teen lovers … I mean who’s not gonna #oneclick that?! amirite?!

I enjoyed all the choices Rachel Lacey made for not just the story but also Taylor and Phoebe as characters, but I was detached from their romance. I totally believed in their friendship and their growth in that respect, but not the romance. I can’t even pinpoint why? #bananas Maybe it was too easy? This is a low, almost nonexistent, angst read. The revelation on the who/why/where of the past and why
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ff
Hideaway is a nice second chance lesbian romance. This is Rachel Lacey's contribution to the multi-author Vino & Veritas series. Each book is a standalone.

When Phoebe returns to her hometown, she is given a second chance with her high school girlfriend, Taylor.

Both women are likable and the storyline enjoyable. They are definitely hot together. But it's the sweet development of their relationship that had me impressed.

Their story includes a pregnant dog and adorable puppies. I love their part i
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Second chance romance and cute dogs, I was so excited for this but it fell flat for me. I've said it before but this one I truly believe was just not the right time for me to read it. The story was very well written and put together, I just couldn't find myself enjoying it.

Phoebe and Taylor I enjoyed. I was rooting for Taylor from the start and the work that she does with the dogs and wanted her to be happy. I could tell that Phoebe was what made her happy and that was great. I was actually mor
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Note: An ARC was provided by Heart Eyes Press.

I'll be honest: I'm super picky when it comes to F/F romances, even pickier than I tend to be with M/M romances. I can count on fewer than the ten fingers of my two hands F/F romances that have stayed with me, so forgive me if I'm rather giddy over the fact that I can finally--FINALLY!--add a new title to that ever-so-short list. Rachel Lacey blew me away with her writing on this one, and it wasn't just a matter of her writing any ol' romance and add
Alima Livzletlivz
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Truly stated by Rachel Lacey in her latest release, Hideaway!

Pheobe Shaw returns home to Vermont to renovate her grandmother’s house, as she re-assess her life and her future. Reuniting with her teenage friend Taylor Donovan was never in the cards. And neither was fostering a pregnant dog! But life has a weird sense of humor, and fate enjoys playing cupid and bringing two wonderful people who deserve to be happy and together.

Rachel Lacey has expanded the horizons of her writing which am thorough
Vera Blaz
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, arc, other-arc
Taylor Donovan and Phoebe were once best of friends until Phoebe ran away from Taylor and her feelings. They were each other’s first love so their parting was equally painful. Fired from her job because of a meme made out of a photo of her flipping the bird to a guy on the street, Phoebe retreats to Vermont to prep her late grandmother’s house for rental. Her time in Vermont was supposed to be her hideaway from the world, to lick her wounds, and figure out her future. It was also a time for her ...more
Joyfully Jay
Apr 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

Phoebe and Taylor’s story is a quiet, small town romance. They were friends as teens and secretly dated one summer, but Phoebe wasn’t sure who she was at a young age and didn’t know how to handle the feelings she had for Taylor. The women have gone on and built lives, but they still haven’t found the relationship that clicks like they did together.

Their story is slow moving and mostly drama free. Taylor runs the animal shelter and is committed to the animals and t
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt-lesbian, romance
This is a gentle romance that brings high school lovers back together after years apart with no contact. Taylor remained in Vermont, while Phoebe lived in Boston. The death of Phoebe’s grandmother is the impetuous for bringing them back together to while Phoebe readies the cabin for its future rental life. Taylor runs the local animal shelter, while Phoebe is a financial analyst that lost her job. Phoebe ends up fostering a pregnant dog who has her puppies in her care. The story is really dog ce ...more
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet second chance romance involving a summer fling couple.

Phoebe is back in town after her grandma dies to get the cabin she lived in cleaned up to rent out. There she runs into her past love, Taylor. Things between them ended abruptly when Phoebe left after one summer when they were teenagers. There are unsaid feelings between the two that they have to work out.

I loved Taylor, she’s a fellow dog rescuer like myself. I also loved how she put herself out there with Phoebe. It’s hard
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
At sixteen they fell in love and had their hearts broken. Taylor and Phoebe were each other’s first loves and heart breaks and they were best friends. After Phoebe left without a word they never expected to see each other again, but when they do will they both get the second chance they never thought they could have?

I loved this second chance romance. There is a great connection between Phoebe and Taylor and add in the dogs and it just gave the story an extra adorable little boost. There is some
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021, f-f
When Phoebe Shaw returns to Burlington after losing her job and her girlfriend, she's looking to put her life back together, not rekindle a teenage romance. But when she runs into Taylor Donovan, returning to Burlington takes on new importance.

Taylor Donovan may have been best friends with Phoebe, but Phoebe also broke her tender first-love heart when they were sixteen. This is a second chance romance with Taylor and Phoebe having to deal with their past feelings as well as new feelings that hav
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
While this book is part of a series, it can most definitely be read as a stand alone story. The multi-authored series itself is centered around a wine bar/bookstore that in this case the couple does frequent. In this story, Rachel Lacey brings together Phoebe and Taylor who were each other's first loves. But at the time they were in high school and only one of them was ready to admit that what she felt was more than a simple friendship. Fast forward years later and neither woman has really ever ...more

When I went into this, I was expecting to read just another Rachel Lacey novel...but what I got was so much more than that! I really enjoyed the High School Sweethearts aspect of the relationship, as well as the second ch
Katie Koziczkowski
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hideaway was a pretty cute and also a bit of an emotional read. I loved that so much of the storyline involved dogs and puppies, I found that so cute!! I always adore stories that include dogs, they make me smile more with their cuteness. Taylor and Phoebe were good characters. I enjoyed getting to know them and see how they rekindle their relationship. They did get a little frustrating at times, but overall I liked them. They make a good duo and clearly have a strong connection with one another ...more
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Rachel Lacey is an award-winning contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She's been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny Nort ...more

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