Feb 25

Review: Artistic Appeal by Andrew Grey

Title: Artistic Appeal
Author: Andrew Grey 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 
Series: Bottled Up, #6 
Release Date: October 21st 2011
Genre: M/M, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 200 
Source: NetGalley
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Brian Watson knows close friends Gerald Young and Dieter Krumpf have an ulterior motive when they invite him to their Christmas party. Brian has taken over the case to secure the return of the famous painting called The Woman in Blue to Dieter, but they don’t want Brian to be all work and no play. They intend to set him up with a friend, but he’s not who catches Brian’s eye. Instead, it’s Nicolai, the deaf art restorer caring for the works already returned to Dieter.

But pursuing Nicolai won’t be easy. A year ago Nicolai had to fight to regain his independence after a bad break-up, and he’s reluctant to give up his freedom a second time. Plus, Brian has competition in Justin, Nicolai’s ex, who wants him back badly.

Nicolai’s reluctance isn’t the only roadblock. Brian was married to a woman for almost ten years. Now he has to confess to his mother, his ex-wife, and his young daughter that he loves a man—all while conducting a potentially groundbreaking court case and trying to convince Nicolai that love isn’t about co-dependence, it’s about support.

My Thoughts

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!

My Rating

About the Author

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

I love to hear from readers. Comments, thoughts, and questions are always encouraged and appreciated.

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About the author

Mistress Anya

Áine P Massie is originally from Florida, she now lives in Wisconsin where she works on her House Millar series full time while raising four children (the term herding cats comes to mind). Her major in College was Childhood Education (specializing in ages 0-5) with a minor study in Deaf Culture/ASL. She is also a Wiccan priestess dedicated to the gods, family, and love.

Áine is a proud member of the Rom-Critters and a life-long reader. Áine has always had a particular fascination with vampires, mythology, and the unusual. When she can escape from her children and books, she enjoys . . . oh yes, reading, playing, ritual, a good cappuccino, and working with her healing stones.

Her first published work came in high school where she was part of a writing and drama group. But, she’s been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction.


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  1. Lisa Kumar

    Great review, Aine! Andrew, I hope you have many sales:)

  2. Daryl Devore

    Great review. Brian is up to his ears with problems.

  3. Sheri Fredricks

    Best wishes on a successful release. Wonderful interview!

  4. Maggie O'Malley

    Wishing you many sales.

  5. Andrew Grey

    Thank you Aine. I’m so pleased you liked the story.

    1. Mistress Anya

      Thanks Andrew. Loved it and eager for the next ones 🙂

  1. Interview W/ Andrew Grey, Pt. 1

    […] Title: Artistic Appeal Author: Andrew Grey Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Series: Bottled Up, #7 Release Date: October 21st 2011 Genre: M/M, Romance, Contemporary Pages: 200 Review: 4 Drops […]

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