Here I am diving back into the Vino and Veritas series and Burlington,Vermont. It’s like coming home.
A bit of a change here in that the main characters are only peripherally connected to V & V instead of working at either establishment.
Caleb Holt, poet and accountant, adorable nerd , goes to live mic night and reads his poetry. Or does on the night he meets Tag.
That would be Titus “Tag “ Taylor, former famous rocker now bee keeper and meadery owner. The rocker part of his life is behind him and something he’s kept secret since he came to Burlington, giving up. Titus for Tag. An identity he far prefers.
From the moment they spot each other, it’s a story of love at first sight or at least first meeting. These two are almost deeply committed to each other within a week.
And while they do a lot of talking, it’s not completely honest. While Caleb, virgin that he is, is communicating his need for clarity and openness in a relationship Tag is inwardly justifying why he is hiding a huge part of who he was from Caleb. A huge something that has the potential to disrupt his life once again via the internet and paparazzi.
Once they get together, Tag’s inability to tell Caleb is frustrating especially as he is given endless opportunities.
As a reader I far prefer my characters and couples to act like adults. And that means communication. Something missing here.
I love the whole beekeepering and meadery elements. Those just added such richness to this story and depth to the character of Tag. I really could see his love for his craft, the bees, and all the different meads he crafted. In fact, I was ready for a taste testing myself.
I really need to find a meadery.
Caleb’s family, overbearing and loving. Also a genuine plus. As was his poetry.
Don’t get me started on Queenie. Loved her.
But that relationship was quick, and a bit too instant love for me to commit to it immediately. I just was too wary. For Caleb , and then Tag.
I liked the epilogue. That was sweet and heartwarming.
Overall a sweet romance I put in the win column .
Synopsis:Save the bees, ride a rock star.
Formerly famous . . . and planning to keep it that way.
After my band kicked me out, I ran away to Vermont, changed my name, and kept my head down. So far, it’s working and nobody knows who I am. Or who I was. Until I see geeky poet Caleb stumbling through his first open mic night and I can’t help rescuing him. He’s as sweet as the honey my bees make and sexy enough to make me rethink so many things. But I can’t tell him my secret, or I’ll lose the anonymous life I worked so hard to build.
Everyone warns me he’s too good to be true.
I can’t believe a gorgeous, successful winemaker like Tag is into shy, geeky little accountant me. But he helps me blossom and believe in my talent, and works his way into my heart and my bed… not necessarily in that order. I’m falling for a man for the first time, and now I know what the missing number in my equation has always been.
When lies are revealed, though, someone’s going to get stung
Vino and Veritas series to date:
🔵Featherbed (Vino and Veritas 1) by Annabeth Albert
🔵Heartscape #2 by Garrett Leigh
🔵Headstrong #3 by Eden Finley
🔵Undercover #4 by Eliot Grayson
🔵Aftermath #5 by LA Witt
🔵Booklover #6 by JE Birk
🔵Flipcup #7 by Kim Hartfield f/f
🔵Hideaway #8 by Rachel Lacey f/f
🔵Turnabout #9 by Laurel Greer
🔵Unguarded #10 by Jay Hogan
🔵Insatiable #11 by Rhys Everly
🔵Daybreak #12 by Kate Hawthorne
🔵Heartsong #13 by AE Wasp
🔵Stronghold #14 by Ana Ashley
🔵Limelight #15 by E Davis
🔵Unforgettable #16 by Marley Valentine
🔵Showstopper #17 by Regina Kyle
🔵Undone #18 by Leslie McAdams