This is a second, revised edition of Jae’s award-winning lesbian romance Something in the Wine. It includes the sexy follow-up short story “Seduction for Beginners” as a bonus.
All her life, Annie Prideaux has suffered through her brother’s constant practical jokes. But Jake’s last joke is one too many, she decides when he sets her up on a blind date with his friend Drew—neglecting to tell his straight sister one tiny detail: her date is not a man, but a lesbian.
Annie and Drew decide it’s time to turn the tables on Jake by pretending to fall in love with each other.
At first glance, they have nothing in common. Disillusioned with love, Annie focuses on books, her cat, and her work as an accountant while Drew, more confident and outgoing, owns a dog and spends most of her time working in her beloved vineyard.
Only their common goal to take revenge on Jake unites them. But what starts as a table-turning game soon turns Annie’s and Drew’s lives upside down as the lines between pretending and reality begin to blur.
Something in the Wine is a story about love, friendship, and coming to terms with what it means to be yourself.
Delightful first love
If you need to fall in love for the first time, read this tender story. I love the patience and acceptance that mc, Drew gives to Annie. Annie is confused and scared of her romantic feelings, she’s never dated a woman. They are both tentative and unsure, but they both feel the attraction. The truest expression of love is creating a safe warm place to allow your loved to embrace self acceptance. I can’t say enough about the story. My greatest wish is that we could all give and receive this kind of love.
Such a sweet read!
I loved the journey Annie and Drew went on to get to where they got in the end (trying hard for no spoilers). It was real, it was emotional, and in some cases delightfully sensible and practical as well. I think that it utterly embraced the personalities of both main characters.
My only caveat is that it left me wanting more for the other relationships and people who were introduced. The side characters didn’t always feel as connected, or perhaps I was yearning for more in depth resolutions to other minor dramas that existed.
It really was a lovely read and I know I’ll be coming back to it again and again regardless of my desire for an epic full circle happy ending for all (and perhaps some growing up from a certain brother).
I read this book a few years ago on Kindle, and I ended up buying the paperback in a book shop. This isn’t the most well written book I have ever encountered. It will not be heralded as on par with Jane Austen or Toni Morrison—but it IS good. It is one of the best, if not the standard, of lesbian romance novels. It’s funny, well written, and relatable. This is the only lesbian romance book I have ever recommended, because it is edible. It isn’t over saturated or overly sexual. It is of excellent quality and panache. Definitely my favorite lesbian romance novel by far. Kudos.