Riesling with My Roommate
Aged Like Fine Wine, Book 2
by Liz Alden
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Pub Date 20 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 17 Jun 2023
Chris Rächer: brooding recluse, a member of Europe’s hottest band, and…my new roommate.
I’ve pinched too many pennies. I’m in a foreign country, desperate for a decent place to live to stay close to my daughter.
Enter my hero: Chris offers me a room at his house. Turns out, he’s a goth-punk musician who’s just launched into super-stardom and is striving to write the band’s next hit.
I’m struggling to pay the bills by teaching yoga while trying to navigate living with a grumpy heartthrob.
His gravelly voice and tortured-artist vibes shouldn’t be so sexy, but as the temperature drops outside, things heat up inside.
He may not treat his body like a temple, but he worships mine.
Our lives are complete opposites, and a widowed mom like me has no place in his. This can only end in heartbreak.
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A delightful romance of roommates-to-lovers as a suburban health nut yoga teacher and rock star with writer's block find themselves thrown together - and quickly falling for each other.
A great use of humor throughout, especially when Sara and her friends acknowledge head on they ain't 21 anymore, but can still laugh about it, saggy boobs and all. And Chris shows how he is a lot more than just he's stage persona, aching for more than just a superficial life.
I didn't love that towards the end that <spoiler> Chris tries to change EVERYTHING about himself to try and be what he thinks Sara wants. I think it needed to be given more serious weight than just 'grow you hair back'. </spoiler> Still, it was still great to see how the relationship blossomed and evolved - and lots of plot threads dangling for the next in the series!
Sara has recently moved to Germany in order to be closer to her daughter as she studies abroad... and because it's time for her to have her own adventures. She and her group of friends have al moved to Europe for the year, and she's excited to see what awaits her.
Except, it turns out, what awaits her is an apartment that is thoroughly unlike its pictures, and bordering on uninhabitable. So when a handsome German man offers her a room in his home, she accepts.
What she doesn't know is that her new roommate Chris is the guitarist in a famous band. That he's been struggling to write songs for a while now. And that, with her around, he's starting to find it a bit easier. And she can't denny that she's attracted to him. But they come from very different worlds, and she's resolute that nothing can happen between them.
As is Chris, who has no room for yoga or veganism in his world. But he finds himself intrigued by Sara. And as time goes on, he finds it harder and harder to resist her.
Riesling with My Roommate was everything I hoped it would be--it's sweet, funny, and steamy, definitely following the tradition of the other Liz Alden books I've read. I absolutely loved it, and can't wait for the rest of the series.
Riesling with My Roommate is about letting go, embracing change, living in the present, and opening up to love. This novella turns the heat dial all the way up while tugging on the heartstrings.
The historical German countryside, fierce friendships, playful banter, tension, and a big romantic gesture that would make John Hughes proud—make this a beautifully crafted story with unforgettable characters. Liz Alden has done it again!
Ughh I loved it. This rockstar romance had me swooning for a man with black nail polish with a tongue ring and a man bun. After reading this I definitely am interested in doing yoga, it's impossible not think about when it's a big part of the story. It was fun and spicy, I enjoyed reading it.
Loved reading this book and author. If you haven't read it yet I highly recommend her and her books. I suggest reading the books in order
So far this is one of my top 5 reads of the year. I stayed up late to finish it because I just couldn't put it down.
This is my introduction to the Aged Like Fine Wine World, and I love the premise: four mature women living their best lives and finding love along the way. This, book 2, stars Sara, a widowed mom who temporarily moves to Germany to be near her daughter Zoe, and Chris, a rock star. (Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!)
I loved the friendship among Sara, Jade, Tessa and Emma. I think all women should have that circle of sister-friends that they'd travel halfway across the world with and for. I loved the relationship between Sara and Zoe: they're close, but both acknowledge a bit wistfully that they can't be joined at the hip forever.
I loved the roommate-to-lovers trope. Normally I'm not a fan of slow burn but I think this had the perfect balance of slow and burn. I loved Chris, I loved the delineation between Chris Müller and Chris Rächer. I loved that Sara saw both sides of him and loved both those sides.
What I didn't especially like, though, was the big "I'll drop everything just to be with you" gesture at the end. I dislike when female characters do it, I dislike when male characters do it. (I'm no author lol so I couldn't tell you a better way to resolve the conflict but I'm gonna say it anyway.)
I enjoyed the spice, the humor, every single character I met. Like I said, top 3 reads for me so far this year and it's not even June.
Overall: 4.75 stars
(Honest review, voluntarily posted by me in exchange for a NetGalley ARC.)
I loved this book! And so far my favorite in the Aged Like Fine Wine series.
This book had everything, hidden identify, forced proximity, he falls first, rockstar, found family and some spicyAF moments (backstage).
Chris was the broody musician who was stuck and need inspiration. Sara was the wholesome mom, that just needed someone to care about her for once. It was total opposites attract.
I love the friend group and can't wait to read about the other two friends in the future.
Whew, the smut is WILD (Unconventional position, but it's a given considering she's super flexible) Also, this is the first time I've heard of a barbell, so it was weird at first and then all I can think about is how it would feel - 🤐
Okay, so I was expecting it to be novella length, but it was still a quick read. The tension between Chris and Sara is real, and I like the reverse age gap (he's thirty-eight & she's forty-three) - albeit not as much as Tess & Luc (eleven years!)
I also liked how the characters dealt with their issues 🏻 And although the grand gesture at the end did feel a bit outré, I know how hopelessly in love Chris is + I did appreciate him taking that step (+ bonus scene!) 🤌🏻
"The Wine Club" is probably the only friendship group I want to be a part of. Also, I was hoping to see Luc 😭 but I'm glad him and Tessa are going strong. Excited for Emma & Santo!
𝗩𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗰𝘁: Cozy read that feels like you're in a hot tub time to time, best served with a glass of Riesling 🪄
Sara has been a single mom for years, and this time in Europe should be a real adventure for her. Her daughter is studying in Germany, and Sara's best friends are also in Europe. But her adventure starts to go sour really quickly after she arrives in Baden Baden. She meets a man who offers her a place to stay, and she accepts his offer. She just has no idea that he is a rock star who is struggling to write new songs. The two of them try to leave each other alone like roommates who don't know each other, but they can't help some flirting. Sara's friends encourage her to go for a fling with Chris, but soon feelings are involved. There were lots of very funny moments in this story, and Sara and Chris have pretty great chemistry through the slow burn.
Thank you NetGalley and Victory Editing for granting me access to this book in exchange for an honest review.
OH MY GOSH!! I absolutely LOVED this book so much!! Riesling with My Roommate is book two in the "Aged Like Fine Wine" series. It has your roommate-friends-lovers trope, celebrity trope, opposites attract trope, forced proximity, strong friendships and it is filled with tension, romance, humor and plenty of spice! Once I started reading I could not stop and finished it in a day. This is my first read by Liz Alden and it will not be my last. Seriously, this book lacked nothing in my opinion!💜💜💜💜💜
Sara is a middle aged widow who teaches yoga and is a vegan. She has recently moved to Germany in order to be closer to her daughter who is studying abroad. Her three close friends all move to Europe for a year. The apartment that Sara is supposed to move into turns out to be a disaster! Can you even imagine seeing mushrooms growing on the walls!?! While FaceTiming with her friends, Chris hears Sara talking to them about her terrible situation and he offers her a room to stay in his house. What Sara does not know is that Chris is a famous rockstar celebrity!
Overall, it was a fun, sweet and spicy read and I cannot wait to read more of this series! I highly recommend this book and it deserves all the stars!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️