Book Review: Dragonvine ~ Steven Laine

A new book by Steven Laine equals getting in your comfy jammies & socks, pouring a big glass of red, leaving the rest of the bottle within reach and settling in to read a new thriller that will involve wine.


When his father dies in a wildfire, Carmine Cooper takes over the family winery in the middle of harvest, putting his dreams of becoming an architect on hold.

He soon finds himself fighting with a vengeful neighbor, blackmailed by a local gang, harassed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities, and the target of an ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives) investigation.

Carmine’s only hope to solve his problems and finish his first solo vintage successfully rests in identifying an unknown grape variety his father grew and made into wine for a quarter century with links to an ancient Chinese grape variety and the First Emperor of China.

Can Carmine save his father’s legacy, his family, the winery, and his first harvest before it’s too late?

His new book, Dragonvine, is fabulous!

  • I knew the Dad was going to die because it’s part of the book synopsis but still … a little hard to read
  • A lot of action, twists and turns and a surprise or two that kept me wondering what’s next
  • I really enjoy books that have a corresponding storyline in the past and Dragonvine delivers ~ history is fascinating
  • There are quotes from “The Art of War” by General Sun Tzu which I’ve never read and am now intrigued about
  • As per the synopsis, can you imagine an ancient Chinese grape variety?  As I was reading, I could almost taste the wine
  • Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors are on my Bucket List ~ very unexpectedly I viewed 8 warriors and 2 horses on tour at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia ~ I loved that they are part of this novel
  • I must note that there is mention of a pair of Louboutin’s in this book

Next up is Jupiter’s Blood and the first chapter is at the end of Dragonvine.  I’m already looking forward to it!

Check out my book review for Steven’s first book, “Root Cause”.

Root Cause ~ Steven Laine

February 23, 2019
I was asked to read & review this book and I received an advanced copy in exchange.  I jumped at the opportunity because a book is always worth reading, it...
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About the Author

Steven Laine, Wine Scholar and author of ‘Root Cause’, is an award-winning restaurateur and hotelier. He’s travelled the world working in luxury hotels and visiting hundreds of wineries. He’s worked two harvests at Canadian wineries as a winemaker-cellarman at Mission Hill Family Estate (2020) and at Trius (2021).

Check out Steven on Instagram @steven.laine to find out what he’s up to next!

Happy Travels 💕 and Keep On Reading 📚


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