Monday, July 5, 2010

A Vintage Affair

Title: A Vintage Affair
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-807-5
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Austin Gillespie is the auction director for one of the oldest wine shops in North America and he’s in danger of losing his job. His boss has sent him to the damp and musty cellar of a decrepit antebellum mansion, known as Ballineen, to catalog its contents and find four legendary bottles of wine, purported to have belonged to Robert E. Lee. Austin doesn’t have time to be distracted by the odd inhabitants of the house, or to get involved with sexy but deeply closeted Jeff Brady. He certainly doesn’t need the police closing down his search for the wine after a body’s found in the cellar.

For Austin, its love at first sight but Jeff doesn’t believe in anything more than a one-night stand. Even if he believed in love, being gay in a small southern community makes it impossible to have an ongoing relationship with another man. If Austin doesn’t want to give up on his dream, he has to find a way to save his job and make Jeff understand they could have a future together.

A Vintage Affair is the latest release by multi-published author Josh Lanyon. This story is definitely heavy on the romance and light on the mystery despite Austin finding a dead body in the cellar. The search for the culprit is done entirely off story and while there is speculation on the killer’s identity, the name isn’t revealed until the very end.

I loved the choice of Austin’s profession as a master of wine and how Mr. Lanyon integrated snippets of information into the story. For someone with little knowledge of that portion of the wine industry, it was an eye-opening part of Austin’s professional background. At times, the descriptions of the wine and its various components were so vivid I swear I could smell the different aromas that made up each bottle.

Jeff and Austin couldn’t have been more different and while I liked Austin immediately, I never did warm up to Jeff. Maybe I didn’t know enough about him, but his attitude left me feeling a little flat. He definitely didn’t deserve to be loved by such a charming and caring man as Austin. I guess the point in the plot where my feelings for Jeff galvanized into dislike was when he brought a woman to Austin’s bed, almost forcing the man into a ménage just to prove a point - that sex is just sex.

Despite not putting in much of an appearance, my favorite character in the story is Austin’s brilliant little brother, Ernest. This kid stole every scene he was in and by my way of thinking, deserved to play a larger part in the overall story.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, ménage (m/f/m), voyeurism.

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