Title: A Good Vintage
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Narrator: John Solo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 12/06/2013
Audiobook Release Date: 03/10/2015
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 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.
My View – Story:
A Good Vintage by Ashlyn Kane was a very pleasant second chance love story. Luke and Mal knew each other once and then life got in the way. They reunited years later and found the love and happiness they deserved.
I struggled a bit with this narration as the story bounced back and forth between past and present. It was obvious when when it was a flashback as the author prefaced each one with the word “interlude.” But because the past and the present shared characters and a setting, it took me a little while to figure out when things jumped back to the present. Also Mal and Val are very similar names and sound almost alike when spoken. However, once I got the hang of things, I easily followed along and was able to enjoy the rest of the story.
Luke and Mal’s story was really just a recap of the past interspersed within the telling of them rekindling a never forgotten desire. It was low angst with no real plot. It was slow and steady and filled with the normal things couples deal with. There were some nice developmental elements as the men grew and dealt with their families and their pasts, but that was really it. I would characterize this as slow, steady, and pleasant. This was a romance at its core with the focus being on the love and relationship and little else. I enjoy this type of story from time to time. It is easy to read(or listen to in this case) and fills an emotional gap when I get a hankering for something sappy and happy.
I enjoyed this story and would not mind revisiting these men later in their life as their relationship becomes more settled and they start a family.
My View – Narration:
John Solo did a very good job with this story. He really gave life to the characters and carried the emotion to the reader well. I enjoyed listening to him and really think he added to my enjoyment of this story. I am not sure if I would have enjoyed this as much if I had read it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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