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(Vino & Veritas #13)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  751 ratings  ·  128 reviews
"It just figures that the first guy I’m bringing back to my place is cute, single, and totally off-limits..."

Sean Anderson has spent his life waiting to get the hell out of West Virginia. His plans got derailed when his dad shipped him off to “pray the gay away,” but he’s over it, ready to prove that he’s a grown-ass man who can take care of himself. Of course, he’d ha
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published May 10th 2021 by Heart Eyes Press (first published May 8th 2021)
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✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

Sean + Cooper.

23 year old Sean has finally made it out of West Virginia. His new gay college life can finally begin - right here in Burlington, Vermont.
His uncle organzied a place for him to stay at an army buddy's of his.
Cooper. He's finally home after almost giving all to the military.
Time to start the rest of his life.
And now he has to babysit a college kid?





Sean is such a sweet and innocent guy. But he's also so curious and interested in al
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it

I've got real mixed feelings for this book. Most of them are positive but there was the odd niggle which stopped me from falling completely into the narrative.

Both Sean and Cooper are well crafted characters, I thought the PTSD elements of the story were very well done.

However, at times I was irritated by Sean and his youth, which is probably more a me thing than a fault with the book!

As the tale progresses, it becomes ever clearer that more is hidden under the surface than first meets th
Renae Reads
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
*** I received an eArc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

This was an incredibly emotional story that covers a range of important topics including PTSD and conversion therapy. Both are serious topics that I was curious about the author's approach. This story did not disappoint because I became emotionally invested in each main character's developing and healing from their experiences.

I was particularly moved at how each MC was able to turn to each other and move forward toge
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
Almost heaven, West Virginia....

I couldn't help but be singing "Take Me Home Country Roads" the whole time I was reading this installment.

Sean was just the most adorable thing, with all his gay life questions. He made me laugh out loud more than once,

Cooper is beautiful and lovely and not quite broken, but definitely a little bent.

And when they meet, you can feel the sparks fly, and as much as they are so different, they are so perfect for each other. They made me smile hard.

Though these books
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

Heartsong is a beautiful story of self discovery, self acceptance and love.
I was sucked in from the start and at the end I was completely in love with this story and these characters.

Sean Johnson is a young man, he feels overwhelmed by the judging glances and comments of his fellow towners, so he decides to move from his little town in West Virginia to Burlington, Vermont. Here he meets his uncle former comrades, Cooper Hill, who will host him while he attends college. They instantly feel an at

Jul 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 heartbreaking and heartwarming stars.
Denise H.
A car hits a dog and keeps on going, so, Sean picks it up and carries it to safety and help. There he meets Cooper, his friend's cousin, that he'll be staying with during school. When they see each other, the sizzle is electric. Dr. Moore performs the dog's surgery and they go home to Cooper's.
Sean, 23, dark hair, blue eyes is to be with

Cooper while he gets his bachelor's Degree. Sean will help remodel Cooper's new home. The look in Sean's face, says he's been through a lot already in life.
3,5 stars. Full review to come

Well...Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did Jay Hogan’s and Kate Hawthorne’s, the last 2 books I read in this series. Maybe my expectations were too high after those, but I don’t think it’s just that.

This story, about army vet Cooper and Sean, one of Coopers former army friends’ cousin, is well written and I can see a lot of readers liking or loving it. It’s an age-gap, hurt-comfort romance and throughout the book the author reveals there is a lo
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cooper and Sean are two men very deserving of the HEA awaiting them in Heartsong.
Cooper gets himself a new roommate in twenty three year old Sean, who's moving to Burlington for university. From the first moment they meet after Sean rescues a dog from a hit and run, there is a spark and serious undercurrent of attraction between them. It's quick to build up and as the two become closer as friends, Sean finds himself comfortable enough with Cooper to ask questions of the life he is yet to live as
May 23, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This is moderately enjoyable overall, but the pacing was odd, and it could’ve benefited from some editing with all its grammatical errors, improperly placed punctuation, and continuity errors.
Jan 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
I've been struggling a bit with this series. Some books I've loved and a couple I've just skipped over altogether. But despite my book group deciding to walk away from this series, there were a couple more I still wanted to read and this was one of them.

I'm so glad I did! AE Wasp brought me two wonderful MCs. Both broken but not irredeemably so. Cooper is a 35yo vet, an amputee and PTSD survivor. He wasn't a killer - he worked construction in the military so that in and of itself was a pleasant
Jessica Alcazar

I am sitting square in the middle of like/dislike for this story. The problem with it for me is an absolute me thing because the writing is solid, and the story is not half bad. But see, if I can’t invest in what’s happening or rather if I want to scream because a character is just so hmmmmmm, even if the writing is solid, I’m not going to enjoy myself reading and what do I always say about a reader’s feelings … they are of the upmost importance but a writer has zero control over
HEChapter -Tina J
Cooper is a wounded soldier, an amputee, that grew up in the foster system and bought a modest fixer-upper when he was discharged from the military.
Sean's Uncle served with Cooper and when Sean needs a place to stay, Cooper agrees to help his buddy's nephew out.
Sean's got a traumatic past that he keeps repressed and hidden until the nightmares bring them to life at night.
Sean enjoys writing, poems mostly, but it seems to be a backburner story element, similar to Cooper's musical talents. Neit
3.5 stars

This was good. A bit more serious than some of the other installments in this series. Some serious topics. I liked these two together and they were really supportive of each other. There is a guest appearance of characters from this author's Veterans series so it was nice to see that. If you haven't read that series though you'll be fine. It wont effect your understanding of this plotline.
Ruthie Taylor
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the thirteenth 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 time we two men who chance has brought together, but who complete each other in a very healing and affirmative way - but the journeys both have taken to get there are complicated
May 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle_unlimited
3 Why Me Stars ⭐⭐⭐

Oh god why???? I was loving this book! Cooper was fun snarky without being a turnoff. Sean was adorably virginal. It was going along ok!!

Then the dreaded left turn at Albuquerque 🔁

The beginning was a bit of a cluster. Sean saves a puppy who was the victim of a hit & run.

Sean meets Cooper & its instant attraction. Then Cooper does all the mental gymnastics to talk himself out of hitting on Sean.

Then there were Coopers insecurities about his amputation. He was uncertain over mos
Lenore Kosinski
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

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

4 stars — I think this book went a little differently than I was expecting from the blurb. I expected a much stronger music/poetry component, and it wasn’t really there…it was more background, felt tacked on. But at the same time what I did get was fantastic.

Cooper surprised the heck out of me. I was expecting someone more taciturn, but he wasn’t really gr
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Note: An ARC was provided by Heart Eyes Press.

A.E. Wasp is a new-to-me author, and Heartsong is my introduction to their writing. This is the thirteenth book in the Vino & Veritas series, and there was no bad luck on my end when it came to reading this. Sean Johnson (23) moves from West Virginia to Vermont in order to attend college. His Uncle Troy, whose story can be read in Wasp's Veterans Affairs series starter, Incoming, makes plans for Sean to stay with an old Army buddy of his, Cooper Hill
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ku, blog
I loved it!

Heartsong is only the second book I’ve read by AE Wasp and I really need to correct that. I have many of her books in my digital library but there just aren’t enough hours in the day to read as many books as I’d like to. However, after having read Heartsong, I definitely need to move her books up higher on my TBR list.

Heartsong was such a heartbreaking story to read in places but also very uplifting as Sean comes to terms with what happened to him and people gather around him to suppo
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
Heartsong is the thirteenth book in the Vino & Veritas series. This is AE Wasp's contribution to this multi-author series.

I have mixed feelings about this story. Overall, the story is wonderful and full of heart. But the present tense writing style left me struggling to fully connect throughout most of the book.

Sean and Cooper have an instant attraction to each other, and their romance is sort of insta love since it happens so quickly. Their age difference is a great aspect to this story.

The m
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rounding up to 4 stars bc the emotional impact was so strong.

It felt a little rushed through, especially the past trauma—both physical and mental—both Sean and Cooper experienced. And like many of the V&V books, it’s instalove. And pets. And immediate cohabitation.

Cooper was a hard character to believe. He had no real friends in town, wore shorts a lot even though he said he never wore shorts, had no job and no plans to get one. He read Sean’s journal and didn’t bring it up till the last pages
Sean and Cooper are an unlikely pair and their love story surprised me.

Sean is from West Virginia, and while he is out, he is far from comfortable in his skin and with his sexual identity. Sean has survived trauma and is learning how to deal with it. I found Sean's story to be original and heart-wrenching, creative and raw. I imagine there are many who have similar experiences to him, but this is the first time I have seen it represented in romance.

Cooper is a military veteran and an amputee,
Mari  Cardenas
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cute, sweet, angsty, fun, hot, 4-5-stars
4.5 Stars!!!

I'm a huge A.E. Wasp and this book was just another reason why! 

I loved Sean to bits! He was just so adorable from the start, fun and sweet and quirky, but he also had this depth to him, which made sense all things considered. We get bits and pieces of what he went through, but when we learn the full story, it's so heartbreaking and makes perfect sense with how he acted sometimes. I really liked Cooper, too. He had his own ghosts to battle and a lot of it couldn't have been easy to d
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. this was a really cute book! I absolutely loved Cooper. I did find that the romance happened so quickly, and I kind of wish it took even just a little bit longer for the beginning to start. this book had many cheesy moments, but most of the time it was the cute and acceptable kind. there were also some odd page breaks/editing choices in addition to actual editing errors that threw me off and were sometimes confusing. I totally understand typos making their way into publishe ...more
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vino-and-veritas
What a special book! Super charming, quirky, and real heroes, deep issues with PTSD, nice balance of lightness and darkness, had me feeling all the feels by the end. And don't get me started on Sean's haikus--omg so powerful. Just beautiful. ...more
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-novels
PTSD and an army veteran with a prosthetic. Well, surely complicated but amazing too.
And I really loved the bonus epilogue with Richie, hope there's a book about them, somewhere.
T.L. Travis
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ignorance is not bliss when it’s downright cruel

What Sean and other kids like him have have had to overcome due to the ignorance of others is terrifying. Such a sweet, trusting soul that others abused. Unable to believe someone can truly love him as he is.

This story will break your heart and you’ll find yourself screaming to the heavens asking why, only to have it pick up the pieces and put you back together again.
Sep 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
Juvenile writing. Lots of story errors. Boring as hell. Just a load of crap.
Picky. Judgey. Critical.
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, ku-borrow
4.5 touching stars

I really enjoyed this. These were great characters. Sean sounded exactly as he was supposed to; a very young man but not immature, just inexperienced in life. Cooper was just old enough to have become quite wise. Loved Stumpy and I liked having Troy & Dmitri appear from Veteran’s Affairs series.
Jessica (jpbooklife)
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Okay I just want to start off by saying that Sean's little West Virginia accent won me over from page one. He's so charming and cute with his little sayings and insecurities.
And who wouldn't fall for a man like Cooper. A little rough on the outside but so freaking sweet on the inside.
This was not an easy read. But I don't mean that as a bad thing. There are a some really hard issues dealt with in this book. Sean's trauma and past experiences had me needing to take a breath a couple of times. T
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