A Vintage Affair
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...more
My main issue is (view spoiler)[the M/F/M scene. (hide 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 ...more
I think I need a hug.
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 ...more
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)[I found that 'scene' uncomfortable because it was totally written that way, discomfort was what it was supposed to convey. Trying to prove a point sometimes leads to more hurt but we still try especially if some of our fundamental th ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.K.A. the semi-forced ménage that Jeff and Carson manipulated Austin into. I do believe that Jeff was hoping that Austin would actually like it, therefore proving some idiotic point to himself. But his plan totally backfired. Austin didn’t want it and it was mostly non-consensual (hide spo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The threesome Jeff initiated just left a foul taste in my mouth but again, fantastic writing…
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book is back to normal price and I reviewed it as a freebie, concentrating mor ...more
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)[ menage (hide spoiler)] was glossed over in a way that was not entir ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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- ...more
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. ...more
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)[So t ...more
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 ...more