Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Anthony Beretta inherited the family winery at the tender age of twenty-four. It’s a struggle to keep it up, but he loves it and is determined to make it work even if it kills him. That is, if a motorcyclist doesn’t kill him first. He initially judges the man, attractive as he may be, on the basis of his appearance and apparently limited vocabulary. He soon discovers he’s wrong, but by then Oscar Kennett has already judged Anthony on his appearance.
Oscar thinks Tony Beretta is uptight and snobbish, and Tony’s speech for the charity they’re working on together reinforces that, even when he finds out Tony did it just to push his buttons. His adorable curls and sexy glasses might not be enough to change his mind, but maybe there’s more to Tony than meets the eye.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of love found among the wines and vines. It was not only a terrific contemporary romance but a great way to connect with an author I hadn’t read in a while, Sydney Blackburn.
Somehow, I manage to lose track of authors and I never figure out why. Maybe its the flood of stories I get, the titles and series I keep up with. But for whatever reason, some I forget to check up on so I’m thrilled when I read books like In Vino Veritas by Sydney Blackburn and, after finishing the story) to go romping back to Sydney’s backlist to see what I have missed!
In Vino Veritas (In Wine Truth), two men collide literally and make instant snap judgements about each other based on their clothing of the moment and their conversation and language. Initial impressions couldn’t be further from the truth but it takes wine, a winery, and a celebration to bring the men together.
I loved both men, their personalities and the chemistry between them did it for me. The backdrop and foundation of the witery is absolutely perfect for a romance and the character of Tony Beretta (and his mother). It’s necessary in order to get into his framework of overworked, obsessive, passionate man in love with his vines, the art of wine making and the land. We need to see Tony in his element and we do. So eventually does Oscar.
I wish we could have had more of Oscar’s background and seen him settled at work but the focus here is Tony and his winery as well as their romance.
I loved so many elements here that I could see a sequel. I enjoyed this couple and the location that much.
If you love contemporary romance, don’t miss out on In Vino Veritas by Sydney Blackburn. It’s one I definitely recommend!
Cover art: Natasha Snow. I love this cover. Its perfection from the colors to the composition. It caught my eye immediately.
Published August 13th 2018 by NineStar Press