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Posted May 13, 2012
About the book: Frank Jennings is an FBI agent looking for redemption. Leslie Carlton is an Interpol agent looking for a thief. Attraction flares from the moment they meet on a case searching for a stolen triptych of unique Tiffany windows, but after a single night of stunning passion, Leslie is called back to London to continue his search there.
When the case heats up again, Leslie returns to the States—and to Frank—but their investigation is complicated by their tumultuous feelings. Is it possible for two dedicated detectives to pursue each other while they’re tracking down stolen art and the unscrupulous man who steals it?
Review: Artistic Pursuits by Andrew Grey was an entirely different read from my normal scope, but enjoyable. In order to provide a comprehensive and thorough review, I’m going to touch on a few different points in the book.
The plot grabbed my attention and held it throughout. It’s an entirely new and fresh idea. The author gives you a different story to read, one unlike any other on the market. The characters are intriguing and Mr. Grey helps you get in their heads in order to understand just what they are thinking, feeling, seeing. The conflict throughout the book was great and kept the story going and the reader enticed. The ending wrapped it up, leaving no questions unasked and provided the reader with an opportunity to watch the Happily Ever After. Unlike some books, it wasn’t rushed and was set and delivered great.
The second part of the review I want to touch on though is the writing. This book was very descriptive, which is a great format; however, there were times I felt as though the author was telling us the story rather than showing us. There were also times that I felt as though things could have been left out such as a character going through mundane actions. Those actions didn’t add anything to the overall story and could have been left out, giving me (or the reader) less frustration and a better story. The book, while sitting at a novel length now, could have easily been a novella with extra words taken out and would have been a great read still.
Still the read was a good one, just took some time to get through due to the frustration I felt going through extra things that didn’t need to be in it. I give it three stars out of five and look forward to Mr. Grey’s future works.
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Posted March 16, 2012
Artistic Appeal is the sixth book in the Bottler Up series by Andrew Grey. From the first word Andrew had my attention and held my attention until the last – on sitting, whew. (Totally worth the sleepies the next day.)
This is a continuation from Legal Artistry. Dieter Krumpf’s case is now being handled by Lawyer Brian Watson, as case that could be his most important ever as it’s setting legal precedence before thought impossible.
Career wise, Brian is a non-stop powerhouse, his personal life is a bit of a mess. He has custody of his young daughter and is in the process of ‘Coming Out,’ two powerful and trying events to work through. Luckily for him, his daughter is phenomenal in her love and acceptance of who and what her father is.
At a dinner party, hosted by Dieter and his partner Gerald, Brian becomes interested in the handsome Nicolai. Nicolai is a sweet, interesting man, who happens to also be . . . deaf. This, to me, was a great addition to the wonderful cast of characters in Andrew Grey’s books. I love how both Brian and his daughter secretly (and not so secretly) talk ASL classes so that they can more easily communicate with Nicolai.
In Artistic Appeal, we find a man coming to terms with who is truly is, another having to escape demons of a manipulative ex, and the love and family they build together. The storyline is one of Andrew’s most beautiful and heart warming while still keeping the love and heat he’s known for. If you can appreciate love, friendship, dedication and the power that those you love come first, then this book is a perfect read.
No one brings sweet, sexy, and romantic together like Andrew Grey!