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 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 have different ideas. Jeff doesn't believe in love at first sight, and even if he did, he's buried more deeply in the closet than those famous missing bottles of vintage Madeira. Popping a cork or two is one thing. Popping the question? No way. No how.
Unless Austin is ready to give up on another dream, he's going to have to figure out how to make sure the lights go on - and stay on - in Georgia.
This novella contains scenes of gay erotic content.
©2012 Just Joshin Publishing, Inc. (P)2014 Just Joshin Publishing, Inc.
Austin has a job he loves, and a chance to verify the existence of Lee wine, that would set his career for life, but death has a way of derailing his plans, and love seems to crawl into his heart by accident.
As I said in the headline - this story is my all around favorite JL book. All his books are exceptional, but this one touches me deeply - and I really can't tell you exactly why.
Emotional love story and a satisfying mystery
The honesty of the love story, the description of the other odd Southern characters
Hard to relate this without giving the story away.
Lanyon is one of my favourites, though the last few reads have been a little unsatisfying. This one did not. It has all the emotional intensity of the best of the Adrien English books. I only wish this were at least twice the length. I was left wanting a lot more. A great book.
There are 69 books in my library right now. I can never buy another book. :(
It was okay, but I was still reeling from earlier in the book and it really didn't satisfy my need for the two mains to work out their problems. It just felt like they slapped a bandaid on a festering wound.
Ummm. I liked it at first, a lot. I liked the way Fleschner voiced the characters and did different accents, and he really brought the story to life, but the plot kind of killed it for me.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, and I'm not sure if this counts, but the book contained some dub-con/non-con that really didn't sit right with me. It made me sick to my stomach, and sort of came out of left field, and really ruined the whole book for me. I couldn't get over it and I definitely won't be listening to this book again because of it, so that's really unfortunate.
If you are a wine lover, you might like this one more than I did. It is not a historic period piece like many of Mr. Lanyon's stories. It mostly takes place in a small southern town where a Master of Wine, MC1, travels to in search of some famous bottles of wine. While there, he discovers a body and a closeted private investigator, MC2. Murder mystery and romance ensues. It is pretty short, but as usual, Mr. Lanyon's brilliant narrator makes it all worthwhile. Where does he find these guys? I don't think I've ever listened to a Lanyon book with a bad narrator. Worth a credit.
I read this novella before and really liked it. The audiobook was nice, but I can't say that the narration was perfect. At times it was hard to tell between the characters, during fast paced dialogues. It made me itch to grab my Kindle and re-read it.
A wonderful, interesting cast of characters brought to life by the narrator. I love a good whodunnit, and this story was told expertly with all the nuance and thoughtfulness intended by the writer, Josh Lanyon.
I wish Austin would have grown a pair and stood up to everyone who discounted him and his choice a bit more forcefully. I don't believe Jeff was good enough for him and I hate that he settled. There was also an unexpected plot twist that threw the whole story off for me. It's something that I don't like in my m/m books and had I been forewarned, I would have passed on it.
I am already a wine enthusiast so I thought the subject would be right up my alley.
There really wasn't a lot of detail that added to anything I wanted to learn about.
His southern accent was a bit overblown for Carson and almost nonexistent for Cormac. His interpretation of Austin's little brother was a bit too whiny IMO.
I love Josh Lanyon but, this particular piece was not what I read him for.
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