Book: Beneath The Vine
Author: A.M. Johnson writing as Lillian Bryant
Hosted By:Francessca’s Romance Reviews
Selene Cavalier spent the majority of her time behind her cello. Her dull life was made up of dark notes, hard work and sheet music.
Bennett Monterosso did what he had to do to get his family’s winery up and running. He didn’t have time for his old ways. His quiet dominance had been silenced. His need was just waiting below the surface, until now.
Having her—it was all he could think about as he watched the young woman behind the cello.
Gage Calibri left his best friend, his home, and his tarnished past five years ago. He suppressed his darker tastes, his physical appetites, and his secrets until he no longer had a choice.
It only took one night for these three lives to collide and to be altered forever.
This wasn’t what they were expecting. This wasn’t who she was. Each moment they sank deeper, each minute they felt more, each second they took her further.
Unhinged… restrained… this obsession… this love… it was all consuming.
Never trust yourself…in a man’s bed. That moment when everything is falling out from under you, it’s like pure fluid sound. The ache abates, your heart hammers, your voice shakes, and becomes something treacherous. It belies who you were before he made you feel something greater than God. It’s as if the heat of your body will never cool without his hands. Don’t believe his whispered words, the chill along your skin a blue lit fired flame. Don’t allow yourself to make him any promises; don’t let yourself begin to think everything will always be this good. It’s a ruse. You’re just his last breath. Lust is a liar…and love takes victims.
The light was dim, the soft, quiet sound of music sifting through the room. The familiar smell of cedar wood and sage made the fiction easier to swallow, made everything seem just as it should be as I moved through the apartment. The muggy copper scent of horror hit me just as I walked past the kitchen. “Selene.” His tone was flat…stark…no man should ever look so broken. My tear filled eyes on the gun, I reached into the empty space between us. “Don’t.”
What Others Are Saying:
This… This is a book that just needs to be savored. Each moment needs to be devoured and felt. Never rushed. Beneath the Vine isn’t one that deserves to be hurried at all. ~ Rentastic Reads
MIND BLOWING!!! This book is no doubt one of my favorites of the year!!! This book is pure gold!!! ~ Goodreads Review
Lillian Bryant, where have you been hiding my whole life? Phenomenal. Magnificent. Exquisite ~ Beauty Of Books
This book made me lose my mind …. real, intense, raw but all in the very best away. Absolutely STUNNING. ~ Blissfully Bookerized
About The Author
A.M. Johnson aka Lillian Bryant resides in Utah with her family where she works as a full-time nurse. She chose to originally publish her erotica under a pen so she could have the freedom to get her feet wet without upsetting the balance of her family. In the end, she decided it was best to just be her, write the world the way she wants… show all the sides of who she is and fly her freak flag proudly.
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So it’s been over a week since I finished this. I’m still not 100% sure my emotions are in check.
firstly it’s worth pointing out I generally avoid Love triangles. even when it’s a menagè situation. I am so ridiculously glad I read this one.
Selene is determined to leave behind her childhood. She refuses to end up like her mother. working herself to death doing some job she hates. Her dream is to teach music. But before does so she feels the need to live life to the fullest. whilst playing Cello at the opening of a new Winery she meets Bennett. There is no denying her immediate draw to him. She also catches the eye of his best friend Gage. Bennett and Gage have not spoken in 5 years. They have a history of sharing women and soon fall back into old habits. What follows is some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read. ever. They are ridiculously hot but still manage to be beautiful. there is not a crude moment in this book.
aside from the sexual relationship they share there are also some intense emotions. it’s impossible to go into detail without spoilers so I won’t. what I will say be prepared to feel torn in all kinds of directions here.
running through all of this is a great mystery that will keep you up all night to finish this. the story is so full of suspense. it’s a touch dark but in a gorgeous way.
I never expected to feel so torn up over this. by 80% in I didn’t know which way was up.
incredibly beautiful writing and an original storyline takes this book firmly into my top ten reads ever.