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A BOOKS & BOOZE REVIEW: LOVE'S ENCROACHMENT -- CIGAR BOX MALBEC

The fourth season with the Connecticut Kings has brought about heavy changes, front office staff overhaul, Trent Bailey has uncertainty about his future, and Jordan Johnson is in the midst of a career change. Whoa!





Love's Encroachment by Love Belvin

Series: Connecticut Kings Book Seven

Genres: Black & AA Romance, Sports Romance

Publisher: ‎ MKT Publishing, LLC

Publication date : ‎ May 22, 2021


It was twenty-two years ago when Launz and Nye met at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Trenton, New Jersey. Both students, Launz played college football and gigged as a guitarist on the side while Nye was promoted from kitchen cleaner to a waitress. All due to Nye’s clever prowess, it took no time at all for a passionate affair to ignite. Then, as quickly as it all began, it all ended when Nye up and disappeared.


Launz went on to become an accomplished football coach in both Division I college programs as well as the League. He’d just landed the coveted role as the head coach for the Connecticut Kings when Nye breezed back into his world. The position has come with great challenges, thanks to Launz’s predecessors. He must rebuild a team separated by scandal and betrayal.


Nye has been gone, fighting demons in secret. Though she’s done well for herself as an attorney, her absence has been the most painful period of the life she’s had to endure—that or trying to explain to Launz the hell she’s been through.


~“Launz, I was hoping we could talk.”


His head rolled over and the words of his expression could kill. Launz snorted, “Apparently we’ve had something to talk about for over twenty years, but now—today—is the day you’re hoping to?” His eyes went lazy, which was dangerously deceptive for me. He scoffed, shook his head softly, then stepped off.


Launz left.~


Twenty-two years is a long time. Or is it?


Publisher’s Note:Love's Encroachment is book 7 of the Connecticut Kings series and is a completed installment. This book contains violence, angst, profanity, and sexually explicit content. If either of these elements is not what you prefer between the pages of a novel, this is not the venture for you.




 

MY THOUGHTS...




The fourth season with the Connecticut Kings has brought about heavy changes, front office staff overhaul, Trent Bailey has uncertainty about his future, and Jordan Johnson is in the midst of a career change. Whoa!


In Love Belvin fashion, Love's Encroachment brings about dramatic situations and complicated characters.

Nye and Jenise grow up in a hostile household, Nye being the defiant one, pursues Launtz. Their budding romance heats up, and once a slip-up occurs, it changes the entire dynamic that results in an estrangement. Reconnecting after decades of being apart, they are forced to resolve issues that I feel should have been cleared up before now.


The host of secondary characters help move this story along and leaves you wanting to see them again. Zo was my highlight in this one. The relationship between Zo, Lantz, and his family was refreshing. Jenise, on the other hand, needs to make an appointment with Love.


By the end of this series, we witness some resolutions, a second chance love, and new addition to the Pierce family.




 

CIGAR BOX

OLD VINE MALBEC

When the first vintage of this wine was made, our winemaker noticed subtle hints of “Cigar Box” on the nose… the name stuck!


Sourced from a single vineyard, the grapes for this wine are bunch selected and hand harvested.

This Malbec displays aromas of ripe plum and violets along with subtle hints of vanilla. A soft silky finish balances the rich, weighty mouth feel.


This is quintessential Mendoza in a glass!


FOOD PARINGS: Beef, Lamb, Veal, Aged parmesan, cheddar cheeses

BOOK PAIR: Love's Encroachment

COST: $10-15 It can be found at most of your local grocery stores or wine & spirits.


 

MY THOUGHTS...

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This Malbec has hints of leather, cedar, plum, and smoke, all tied up nice smooth, bold, and a nice medium-long finish. I enjoyed it.


It had just enough complexity to make this the perfect pair.


Whether you enjoy separately or together, do enjoy, but sip responsibly.

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