Friday, March 9, 2012

The Cellar Hand

Title: The Cellar Hand
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Silver Publishing
ISBN: 9781614954088
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

At age twelve, Orson Digby went to live with an aunt when his family died in a fire. It made a tough adolescence even worse by leaving his best friend, Geoff Robichaud, behind. During the intervening years, Orson’s worked and studied hard, striving for the coveted position of cellar hand. Now he has the chance he’s dreamed of with a small company and moves across the state. But something strange is going on that could destroy the vineyard, threatening the job Orson loves. 

Geoff Robichaud’s looked for Orson for years and is thrilled to finally locate him through an internet source.  As the new head of security at Orson’s vineyard, Geoff has every intention of getting reacquainted with his old friend…and it doesn’t take long. When vines are sabotaged, Geoff is determined to protect both Orson and the vineyard. Can the saboteurs be stopped or will Orson’s dreams be destroyed? 

The Cellar Hand is the latest release in Serena Yates’ Workplace Encounter series. It’s a well written tale of love re-united after a separation of more than a decade. Orson and Geoff are likable men and in this one, Orson has an unusual occupation, one I’ve rarely seen used, which only makes the story more interesting. Then there’s Geoff’s total dedication, almost obsession, to finding a man he hasn’t seen since childhood but can’t forget. His behavior could have been considered stalking if Ms. Yates hadn’t expressed his true heartfelt feelings so well. On top of everything else, he’s dynamic, protective and sexy. 

Then there’s Orson. He’s kindhearted, lovable, sweet and hasn’t had the easiest life but he still plugs on, striving for something better. Put him with Geoff and you have a nearly unstoppable combination. There are enough details about being a cellar hand and Geoff’s job as head of security to make it interesting without overbalancing the romance of the story. But both aspects are important, especially how Geoff keeps both Orson and the vineyard safe.  

Orson and Geoff are good together and I love the cover (all the covers in the series) but I do have a couple of niggles. The speed at which the men got together and the action and details of finding the saboteur occurred between scenes. I would have liked to see how they went about learning the person’s identity within the story pages. Dumping the information in a meeting might have been upsetting for some of the other characters, but it turned out to be anti-climactic for me.

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