Tasting Notes by Cate Ashwood ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

TastingTitle: Tasting Notes

Author: Cate Ashwood

Narrator: Michael Pauley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 06/30/2016

Length: 06 hours 12 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


There’s nothing that can’t be solved over a glass of excellent wine.

Joseph “West” Weston has paid for his wealth and success with long hours at the office and no personal life to speak of. Meetings, conference calls, and paperwork dominate his waking hours and have kept him from honoring the promise he made to his late grandfather years before.

After leaving the Marines, Robert “Rush” Coeman returns to his hometown and settles in as a Christmas tree farmer. His life is quiet and simple, and he likes it that way. When West arrives in town and buys Rush’s parents’ vineyard on a whim, that simple life is turned upside down. The animosity between them is palpable, but Rush shelves his preconceived notions in order to protect his parents’ legacy. He agrees to help West learn how to run the vineyard, and Rush soon realizes that love doesn’t necessarily come in the package he expected.

Story Review:

Karen reviewed the ebook last year. You can read it here.

I rated the story slightly higher than her because the sweet romance really drew me in. Rush and West are original characters and had great contrasting personalities that still managed to mesh together well. I loved seeing them together dealing with their various issues and I liked that the plot and setting wasn’t one seen often in gay romance.

I did share a couple of Karen’s thoughts:


There are moments where you do have suspend belief, especially that a workaholic would switch gears so suddenly and for so long, but it’s a romance, and it showed how much West changed his life for Rush.

When the demands of West’s job force changes on the relationship again these guys act like adults, which was a pleasure to read.

Overall an enjoyable and heartwarming love story.

Narration Review:

Despite having a fairly extensive backlist I’ve never heard anything narrated by Michael Pauley. I didn’t hate his performance but I certainly didn’t love it. There wasn’t a lot of differences in the character’s voices and many times throughout the story his voice was fairly monotone.


Tasting Notes on Goodreads
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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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