Title: A Good Vintage
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: eese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Luke Scherer has turned bad romance into an art. When he catches his latest deadbeat boyfriend selling Luke’s belongings—and his own body—to cover his debts, Luke decides he needs a vacation. He just doesn’t expect his Napa Valley retreat to be a step into his past.
Eight years ago Mal Kuijpers was grieving his wife while his vineyard floundered. Hiring Luke for the summer put the business back on track and a smile back on Mal’s face.
Nineteen-year-old Luke had just gotten out from under his father’s thumb and started saving for his education, his last screw-you to his old man. Then he made the mistake of falling for his boss, his dad caught up with him, and Luke panicked—and fled.
Now they have another chance. Mal has his own share of closet skeletons, including a family he doesn’t talk to and a dead wife he sometimes does, and he’s gone without romance for years. He works hard to convince Luke he’s worth more than a casual fling and asks for nothing in return, but Luke needs a relationship of equals. If Mal can believe in himself and Luke can believe in love, two hot summers might yield a lifelong reward.
I was in a reading funk last week, so I put a call out to my Facebook page asking for some recommendations. One suggestion was A Good Vintage by Ashlyn Kane. I adored her American Love Songs, and I enjoyed her recently released co-written project Hard Feelings, so I thought I would give it a try. As with American Love Songs, the format is a bit unique. It is the tale of two stories intermixed together. Don’t get too concerned, it is easy enough to follow both storylines.
Luke and Mal almost started something eight years ago, but timing and an asshole father were against them. When Luke field Mal’s home and Vineyard one night, neither thought their paths would cross again. Fast forward to the present, and with the help of meddling families, their paths do just that.
I am not entirely sure why Luke and Mal were so into each other. I, also, found the whole “I just happened to be bi” thing to be a bit convenient, but not to the point that I thought it took away from the wonderful love story. I liked that they didn’t just fall into bed together after eight years apart. I liked that Mal courted Luke. I liked that Luke made sure Mal knew that he was a dude. I liked that they let the relationship build at a somewhat natural pace. There were times I wanted to slap both of them upside the head and tell them to talk to each other, but that is pretty typical male behavior (in my experience, anyway).
The individual who recommended this title to me told me it was a go-to comfort read for them. I can see exactly why that would be the case. For as crappy of a time of it as Luke has had, his journey with Mal is relatively low on the angst scale. Only time will tell if A Good Vintage gets put on my re-read shelf, but I did enjoy it and will certainly enjoy more Ashlyn Kane in the future.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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