Shy fabric salesman Gary is pleased to be invited to a party by one of his clients. He's even more pleased when, once there, he ends up being invited to take a cruise spot that had been vacated by another friend of theirs, who'd already paid part of the trip. Gary's not sure about going at first, but decides to take a chance. He soon finds himself with a new set of good friends. The cruise is great, too, especially after he meets the sexy Scott.
There's only one problem--Scott's an ex-con, who was released after eight years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He hasn't quite left his past behind yet, and besides, he lives far away. Can Gary and Scott form any sort of real relationship, or is what they have destined to be just a vacation fling?
An Unexpected Vintage is an enjoyable story of second chances. I liked shy, awkward Gary. He's a sweet, kind man who doesn't have much confidence, but as the story progresses he begins to find the courage to take chances. Since the story's all in his point of view, I didn't get as much insight into Scott (which I would have liked), but he's also uncertain and afraid after his time behind bars. The conflicts are both internal--Scott's lingering issues, Gary's own lack of confidence at times--and external, having to do with Scott's past. One thing I particularly enjoyed about An Unexpected Vintage was the chance to get a peek into the lives of several characters from some of Andrew Gray's other books. They provided additional conflict and interest. While a few aspects of An Unexpected Vintage might have been a bit dramatic, I liked the story and rooted for Gary and Scott the whole time. Fans of Andrew Grey's work will definitely not want to miss An Unexpected Vintage.
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