Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Vintage Affair” as Want to Read:
A Vintage Affair
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Vintage Affair

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,288 ratings  ·  195 reviews
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 a 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

ebook, 140 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Loose Id
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Vintage Affair, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Vintage Affair

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.55  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,288 ratings  ·  195 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of A Vintage Affair
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, so what’s the main flaw with this? Because let’s face it, I consider it one of Lanyon’s very best novellas.

My main issue is (view spoiler) This is just not something I want in my books. Like ever. So there goes one star.

My other minor complaint would be the fact that this had some serious potential to be a series. The MCs are out of this world fascinating and complex, they have incredibly interesting back stories and families. I feel like both guys should h
Emma Sea
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Let me tell you about my Saturday afternoon read. I'm cruising along on a delirious 4.5 stars of romantic angsty narrative happiness and suddenly BAM! I hit a giant m/f/m pothole followed by an exposition debris field. The book spins out of control and crashes to an untimely halt, leaving me both nauseated and disturbed. I stagger from the story wondering what the hell happened.

I think I need a hug.
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it

Oh Mr. Lanyon…grrrr…

WHY do your books always feel like an amuse bouche I’m given to try before a gourmet meal that I’m not allowed to attend?

I always get just a little taste of something fantastic and then, I’m escorted to the exit.

I really liked Vintage Affair. Wine, murder, Southern crazies, an underwear model, a boy genius, and a dazzling smile…no-brainer for me.

Austin and Jeff are an interesting pairing and easy to root for. But, I wanted to get to know them more...they feel, right now, like
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

I liked the story, the characters, the premise and the ideas Lanyon wanted to explore in this one. It did not wholely deliver for me, it is a complex story with different difficult threads to sort out which might have merited some more length.

(view spoiler)
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: Ellis Carrington
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Another book by Josh Lanyon which left me wanting more. MORE. The shortness is what cost it that one star.

Without giving away too much, it is my feeling that it is the short length which made the resolution slightly less satisfying than what could have been. As always the descriptions, the characters and the ideas behind this story are genuine Lanyon and so engaging. Unlike several reviewers I do not mind m/f scenes in my gay romances, in fact it was refreshing to have one in there showing just
* A Reader Obsessed *
This was probably the most atypical Lanyon story I've read to date. It's not real heavy on the mystery, nor is it heavy on the romance either. Maybe what's not surprising though, is that one of the main characters is a closeted private investigator.

Austin is a sommelier and he's been sent to Georgia to confirm ownership of some infamous wine purportedly owned once by General Robert E. Lee. What he finds instead is a dead body in the cellar and the attention of PI Jeff.

There's instant attraction
Heather C
Probably more like 2.5 stars

I finally decided to read this one and get it out of the way. I have to admit that I was already prejudiced against it because I already knew about the ménage scene. (view spoiler)

A Vintage Affair has everything I like: an interesting setting, a mystery that has to do with a wine cellar and a wine connoisseur, a private investigator in the closet, complicated family stories and a nice chemistry. But it is also has a menage scene - a m/f/m menage sex scene that took me by surprise and left an unpleasant aftertaste. My respect for one of the MCs went down to almost zero. By all my compassion for his issue with his own sexuality, what he did to Austin was disgusting. It was
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I usually like Josh Lanyon's stories and I generally enjoyed this one too. But I must admit that this is not one of his best stories. Nor even one of those that I will remember.

Usually, when I read Lanyon's short story I really want it to be a full-length novel because I love his characters and would like to spend more time with them. But this time it didn't work out quite well. Austin is fine, though not as great as some other Lanyon characters. But I don't know much about Jeff. And exceptional
Arch Bala
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: threesome, wines, south
I’m not sure I like Jeff that much as one of the main characters but I thought Ernest, Cormac and even Carson along with Austin more than made up with the repulsive hang-ups of Jeff towards being gay.
The threesome Jeff initiated just left a foul taste in my mouth but again, fantastic writing…
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Josh Lanyon stories, and I normally love Josh Lanyon characters, but something in this book just didn't work for me.

I found the first half a little slow, and while the second half picked up a bit I found myself bored with the way Austin described everything as if it was a wine. Jeff, while he came good in the end, didn't inspire me to love him.

I did find certain scenes pulled at my heart, mainly the ones that had Austin feeling alone and pushed out, but overall this was just a nice read b
Audio Version

I think I might have liked this better if I had read it but I still wouldn't have loved it. By far my least favorite Lanyon read. I never felt a connection between the two MC's and I hated Jeff. Hated him. That lightened a bit w his grand gesture at the end but not enough. What a selfish ass he was.

I don't recommend the audio at all. It was super slow & boring. The narrator was fine with Austin's voice but his Southern accent for Jeff was horrible. It was like having Foghorn Leghor
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Truly a "Vintage Affair"!
*Yup, loved it*
*Because it was perfect*
That's not an answer.
Your reviews suck.
*Ok. I still loved it*


Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads
He didn't know it, but Mr. Lanyon was under a lot of pressure here. I will make the shameful confession right off the top that this is the first Josh Lanyon book I've read. Not the first one I own, but the first I've gotten around to reading. Being that he's an icon in my own genre, that is a huge oversight on my part. He's kind of like the guy we all want to write like, (and he's also an acquaintance and all round good guy). However, his work automatically goes into that category for me of "wha ...more
***4.5*** because I wanted it to be longer

I got an audio collection of Josh Lanyon novelettes, some of which I already owned in print. I've been saving and doling them out like precious nectar because that's what they are, now with the added bonus of perfect audios. This story was narrated by Chris Gebauer and he was perfect as Austin and gave the rest of the cast nuanced inflections perfectly conveying the sometimes arch dialogue.

Austin Gillespie, a Master of Wine, has come to Ballineen, the an
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Most free kindle books are a ' you takes your chance and you gets what you gets ' so to be offered a Josh Lanyon novella of a decent length completely free is a definite no brainer choice. Just get it and enjoy a gift from a short story writer who is a master of his craft. Good free stories are few and far between so to get a great one is a boone. Don't even hesitate on this one! Fabulous. Josh Lanyon rocks!

This book is back to normal price and I reviewed it as a freebie, concentrating mor
Kari Gregg
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to DaisyGirl by: Fehu
3.0 Stars

I liked didn't like liked didn't like liked ... sheesh, I dunno *shrugs* ... okay ... I *begrudgingly* liked this book. It's obviously an uneasy affection because parts of this book left such a bitter taste in my mouth. In short: I loved Ernest, I liked Austin (kinda), I wanted to like Jeff (but didn't), I didn't like Carson (but that was mostly Jeff's fault), and I pitied Cormac (sorta). Jeff pissed me the f*ck off and I hated him 6-ways-to-Sunday for imposing the 3-way with Carson on
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it

Audiobook review
Well, this was an interesting premise (one, by the way, I loved to go along with): A bonafide bisexual but inconveniently (at least for him) homoromantic MC.
Add to that a unique sense of place and the Lanyon-typical spot-on treatment of complicated familial relationships - and I mean especially Austin's relationship to his father.
However, both the relationship development and the aftermath of the (view spoiler) was glossed over in a way that was not entir
I loved this book right up to the pointless threesome scene. I get what the character was trying to accomplish, but all I got out of it was that he was a selfish asshole. I actually hated the character, probably one of the first times it has happened.

That being said, the drop in rating is not because the character (an asshole can be well written), but that we had a quick everything solved in a few paragraphs ending. The author is so much better than that. Read the book, but stop at 84%, you can
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story and i hope there is more! Narration was different, the voice was a new one for me. But it seemed to work with the characters. I do recommend. Know this isn't a lovey dovey story. MCs have to work to be happy in the end.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Southern scandal. Hint of ‘oh my’. Conflicting connection.

With wary reviews and a critically declared shocking scene, I was pleasantly surprised when I untied the knots of this story. What I found was a complex tale comprising a murder mystery engulfed in a well designed and layered story of an impossible pair.

Austin, a wine sommelier, finds himself in a bit of a pickle while working a big case out of town. He leaves DC and heads south with butterflies knocking around his mid-section in antici
Eva Müller
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
That was not my cup of tea. (I was tempted to say 'not my glass of wine' but I am a poor student so I will basically drink everything that isn't vinegar or sugar-water and that's a comparison the book doesn't deserve even though I did not enjoy it).

First of all: it's definitely more a romance which just happens to involve a dead boy (not as love interest obviously. That would be weird and creepy) than a mystery novel with strong romance. The investigation (including the solution) happened prett
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
September Flavor-of-the-month Challenge
I really should listen to my subconscious that has me leaving lots of my books for a long time on my TBR. This was one of them. I chose it for my challenge and it was an ok read - nothing really gripping, more like flowing along nicely - up until 85%. Then a scene happened that was rather out of the character's behavior up to that point. In fact, at first I thought, ok another one of those dreams I don't like. Sadly that wasn't the case and so my not-too-bi
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-contemp
Playful read with a dose of heartache. Like the Tennessee Williamsesque tone and over wrought drama in this declining Southern aristocracy story. As usual, the characters are vibrant while the story slides sideways. Not sure I approve of the manner in which that madeira was consumed, and now I'm starving.

Favorite quote:
“And now I realize that being safe isn’t the same as being happy. And that it’s hard to be happy without love."

Lanyon, Josh (2012-06-04). A Vintage Affair (Kindle Locations 2230-
Amy Spector
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lots of great stuff but would have loved to have been part of the mystery solving instead of that happening off page. Rounded up.

I wonder if I am the only person in the world okay with off-page sex but oddly disappointment with off-page mystery solving.

Ahhh That's better.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Characters I enjoyed in a story I wish was longer. Josh Lanyon excels at series where his characters have room to breathe and grow. Enjoyable but not my favourite Lanyon.
It's the first time I've come across something like this in Lanyon's books. I had to ponder what kind of rating I wanted to give the story.

The problem is the story ended close to what I was originally hoping for (more or less): Austin having his happily ever after (at least for now) but did it in the most unusual of ways.

I had an uneasy feeling about Jeff from the very beginning. There was just something off about him. Not that Austin was any sort of awesome character either. (view spoiler)
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Slippery Creatures (The Will Darling Adventures #1)
  • Principles of Spookology (The Spectral Files, #2)
  • Pretty Pretty Boys (Hazard and Somerset, #1)
  • Secrets & Lies
  • It's Witchcraft (Criminal Intentions: Season One #5)
  • The Christmas Deal
  • The Mystery of the Bones (Snow & Winter, #4)
  • Changing Faces (Criminal Intentions: Season One #4)
  • The Hatter's Game: Part II (Criminal Intentions: Season One #13)
  • Finders Keepers
  • The Hatter's Game: Part I (Criminal Intentions: Season One #12)
  • Cult of Personality (Criminal Intentions: Season One #7)
  • Two Rogues Make a Right (Seducing the Sedgwicks, #3)
  • Collateral Damage (Criminal Intentions: Season One, #8)
  • A Single Bright Candle's Flame (Criminal Intentions: Season One #9)
  • The Cardigans (Criminal Intentions: Season One #1)
  • Junk Shop Blues (Criminal Intentions: Season One #2)
  • Where There’s Smoke (Criminal Intentions: Season One #6)
See similar books…
Josh Lanyon is the author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance.

Her work has been translated into eleven languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the f

Related Articles

This June, as we observe LGBTQ Pride—the annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning communities—we...
188 likes · 71 comments
“They lived seven hundred miles - and a couple universes - apart.” 0 likes
More quotes…