Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Heartscape (Vino and Veritas #2) [Tanner & Jax] by Garrett Leigh

Honestly I'm not sure how to review this book. It was SO intense. I wouldn't say it was angsty or maybe it was. These two silent types were hard for me to handle for some reason. It might have been the mood I was in I just wanted them to TALK and say what's on their minds. There were times they read each other's minds and yet there wasn't enough communication and Tanner would be the first to admit it's just something he is bad at. I don't now. I loved how they DID connect through sharing space together and getting to know each other though action and motions. It was quite special. 

Tanner Reid have been living in the town of Burlington for most of his life but now he is sort of lost. A job as a bar manager from Harrison (the owner and Vino and Veritas and the MC in the 1st installment "Featherbed" by Annabeth Albert) is literally a life-saver for him. He might not know anything about wine but he's willing to learn and surprisingly enough he now loves the job and the people who work for him. When a communal house burns down close to the bar he finds himself offering a stranger a place to stay. It's not something he would expect himself to do, but there is very little he is willing to deny his best friend Eve who considering the (complicated) relationship she have had forever with his brother is family or as close as he can get anyway. 

Tanner has his reasons to keep for himself. It's what happened on top of that mountain, a mountain no one knows as well as he (and his brother Gabe) but it's so much more than that. It was the symptom and he has had enough. Jax has his own past to deal with though working as a photographer of wild life puts him a LONG way from home - the one he grew up in and the one he used to call home for a while. It doesn't matter now. All he has is Eve and now maybe Jerry (his boss). He can't read Tanner but he also doesn't put any pressure on him which helps him navigate his life a little better each day. 

It takes them long to even share a kiss and they don't allow themselves to label anything between them and especially take their time figuring out what they want - in general and in one another. I was frustrated with that a bit, especially with so many unsaid words but also appreciated how much space they were willing to give each other. 

This is their story but there is a little bit of the bar and the guys (and gal) working there as well as Eve (and Gabe) but in the end it's these two forming a bit of magic between them. It was slow and tender on the romantic side but it was getting there with every time they were so naturally holding hands.

I'm a HUGE Garrett fan so I'm not sure what happened but it's a rounded 4 stars for me. It's hard for me to say exactly why. I think I just needed more communication and maybe something more "happening" story wise.  

I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. 

This book is already OUT Grab it through Amazon / KU.

Read on:
21-23 March 2021

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