Title: The Case of the Voracious Vintner
Series: The Middlemark Mysteries
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Length: 290 Pages
Reviewed by Truus
Where Bo Marchand comes from, gay men are just confirmed bachelors who never found the right girl. But now Bo’s a successful winemaker on the central coast of California, supporting his whole damned Georgia family, and all he really wants is the beautiful, slightly mysterious Jeremy Aames.
Jeremy’s vineyard is under threat from Ernest Ottersen, the voracious winemaker who seems to know all Jeremy’s blending secrets and manages to grab all his customers. Bo tries to help Jeremy and even provides a phony alibi for Jeremy when Ottersen turns up dead in Jeremy’s tasting room. But it’s clear Jeremy isn’t who he claims, and Bo must decide if it’s worth tossing over his established life for a man who doesn’t seem to trust anyone. When Jeremy gets kidnapped, some of the conservative winemakers turn out to be kinky sex fiends, and the list of murderers keeps dwindling down to Jeremy. Bo has to choose between hopping on his white horse or climbing back in his peach-pie-lined closet.
This author knows how to write stories. With the precise amount of ingredients, temperature, and equipment she creates a delightful appealing read with just enough heat.
The buildup is very cleverly done, the whole story has good in balance.
Bo can’t get his eyes off the stunning, somewhat mysterious, newcomer in the winery. Jeremy peeks, hopefully inconspicuous, at Bo... the beautiful man of the famous vineyard.
Bo isn’t out and with a family like his, it’s difficult to even think about coming out. He knows Jeremy is out and both men can’t hide their attraction to each other.
They start a friendship which quickly turns into a secret relationship...
Jeremy’s business seems to be getting undermined by unknown enemies. Bo wants to help...
It’s all very complicated! Jeremy is not the person Bo thinks he is... there is a lot to discover.
A widely written story. So much is going on. There is romance, there is more than one sneaky character, there are irritating family members, but also lovely ones! There is angst, kidnapping, and even a dead body. There is conspiracy coming from an unexpected corner.
This whole story is smoothly written, easy pacing, and the scenery quite realistically described. There are secondary characters with important roles. It has a surprising and original plot.
I was astonished to meet the amazing Llewellyn and Blaise from ‘The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean’ again!
Overall a story that kept me reading and reading till I was finished.
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