Sapphic Slow-burn romances



Something in the Wine by Jae

Something in the Wine

It all started out as a prank

All her life, Annie Prideaux has suffered through her brother’s constant practical jokes only he thinks are funny. But Jake’s last joke is one too many, she decides when he sets her up on a blind date with his friend Drew Corbin—neglecting to tell his straight sister one tiny detail: her date is not a man, but a lesbian.

Annie and Drew decide it’s time to turn the tables on Jake by pretending to fall in love with each other.

At first glance, they have nothing in common. Disillusioned with love, Annie focuses on books, her cat, and her work as an accountant while Drew, more confident and outgoing, owns a dog and spends most of her time working in her beloved vineyard.

Only their common goal to take revenge on Jake unites them. But what starts as a table-turning game soon turns Annie’s and Drew’s lives upside down as the lines between pretending and reality begin to blur.

Something in the Wine is a lesbian romance about love, friendship, and coming to terms with what it means to be yourself.

Publication date: October 2012

Length: 99,100 words / 393 pages

Tropes & themes: Fake relationship, toaster oven romance, slow-burn romance


  • eLit Awards 2012, silver
  • GCLS Literary Award Finalist 2013
  • Rainbow Awards Finalist 2013
  • The Lesbian Review “Best of the Best” Books
  • I Heart SapphFic – Best Sapphic Blind Date (second place) 2023

The Lesbrary
“I am pleased to offer my most heartfelt recommendation of Something in the Wine, one of the most skillfully written narratives of a woman’s coming to terms with her sexuality that I have encountered to date.”

C-Spot Reviews (Alberta Yourdan)

The author developed both women into three-dimensional characters. … In the end, I cared very much for both women, as well as Jake, and even though the book has nearly four hundred pages, I was sad when it was finished. I can really recommend this book.

Lynne Pierce

If you like lesbian literature, it’s difficult to go wrong with this author.

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