In Vino Veritas (Maya’s Review)

Title: In Vino Veritas
Author: Sydney Blackburn
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: August 13, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
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Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 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.

This sounded like a nice heartwarming story and more or less hit the mark. It plays with people’s assumptions and stereotypes to add some spice to Anthony and Oscar’s relationship. They start off as adversaries but there is genuine interest underpinning their interactions. This is where story earns its aww factor. Anthony is stressed and overworked and Oscar is there to return some color and happiness to his life. It’s not in package Anthony expected but it turns to be what he needs.

But while the adversary angle gives flavor to the story it doesn’t lend it credibility. It felt like events were randomly stacked together and I have no clue why they did what they did and why would they want to. I lost interest in the story which is a pity since characters were interesting. I’m not fond of miscommunication as plot device and appearance of grasping ex didn’t help the matters.

It’s uncomplicated story with a happy end but it didn’t held my interest.

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