Book Review: ‘Vintage’ by Xavier Neal

Adrenaline #2 Vintage by Xavier Neal

Title: Vintage (Adrenaline Series Book 2)

Published: 30th July 2015

Publisher: Enterwine Publishing


Author: Xavier Neal


Twitter: @xavierneal87



When career criminal, Merrick McCoy and the commissioner’s daughter, Jovi Carter, met neither expected to find the only thing in life they had been missing. However a classic love story takes a sharp turn when choices have to be made and sides chosen. Will these two forbidden lovers find a future or will their love story just become vintage?


Starts right where we left off, with a gun smack in the middle on Merrick’s head. Thank god it all works out (I can finally let out that breath I was holding), but for how long is anyone’s guess. Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a one-word title.

So our Romeo and Juliet story with a twist continues and it’s just as great as the first. If not better simply because everything seems that much more hotter between Merrick and Jovi. It seems that the moment her cherry was popped she turned into a bit of a sex fiend. Well her and Merrick together as they can’t seem to get enough of each other. Merrick admits to being addicted to her but it definitely goes both ways.

Merrick really is a true romantic at heart. The ways he goes above and beyond with showing Jovi just how much he loves her even while only being together for a short time is amazing. Well it goes for the real story of Romeo and Juliet too. Lets just hope that their ending doesn’t match it like that rest of their romance seems too – don’t think I could cope if it went that dark.

Again loving the authors’ style of writing in this series with the way the leads, Merrick and Jovi, talk to the reader. Asking questions, guessing our reactions and generally giving us a glimpse inside their thoughts on what’s going on around them and through their minds – just simply genius.

Only problem with them getting closer is that they could end up putting others around them in danger, especially Merrick’s family. With the devil breathing down their necks its not going to take much for something major to go down. With the date Jovi leaves to go away to college getting ever closer Merrick starts to really think about his life and whether he wants out. Quick answer is a big fat yes but to get out he needs to make a deal with the devil. The cost of which in the end might be too high but with the prize being to get a future with the woman he loves then I think he is willing to do anything.

Loved all the McCoy’s, Triple D are just lovable manwhores, well all of the McCoy’s are really, but they seem to be the really funny ones aswell. Halie is a firecracker and I love how she balances out Jovi so well. Bringing out her adventurous side. Well if it wasn’t for her then Jovi would never have worn that bright orange dress that caught Merrick’s attention to second she walked by. She also has a very funny connection with Ben that I love, but he seems to be having some trouble accepting that Merrick is spending so much time with Jovi. With Merrick not being with him all the time anymore he isn’t keeping himself out of trouble, something that seems to follow him. Madden and Knox just need to bang it out but neither seems willing to stake a claim on the other just yet. Guess I will have to wait to see how it plays out in their book. It goes for the other brothers as well. Can’t wait to dive inside all of their heads to find out what really makes them tick.

You ever get that feeling though while reading a book that you just know something bad is going to happen. Well when the cliff hanger hits you square in the face you will be wishing you were wrong. All I could think was ‘No no no that’s not happening, I’m not going to believe it’. I guess I’m just going to have to get right into the next one to know for sure. That way I will also know whose arse I need to kick the shit out of. Great read and can’t wait to check out the rest of the series.


5 out of 5 stars

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