The Bottled Up series by Andrew Grey consists of 8 books which are centred around a group of friends who live in the same town.
- The Best Revenge (book #1)
- Bottled Up (book #2)
- Uncorked (book #3)
- An Unexpected Vintage (book #4)
- Legal Artistry (book #5)
- Artistic Appeal (book #6)
- Artistic Pursuits (book #7)
- Legal Tender (book #8)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Tyler O’Connor, a successful antiques dealer, meets aspiring artist Mark Burke when Mark’s mother decides to sell some of her antiques collection. Tyler is enchanted by the quiet, reserved artist and works up the courage to ask Mark to dinner. Despite the date’s success and their mutual attraction, Mark’s happiness takes a blow when his mother learns that he is gay and throws him out of the house. Unsure of where to go, Mark shows up on Tyler’s doorstep and finds shelter.
Tyler’s encouragement and support help kick-start Mark’s career, especially when Mark finds that Tyler inspires him in the bedroom as well as the studio. But they’re daunted when bad memories of the past, struggles in the present, and fear for the future strain Mark and Tyler’s budding relationship. As the old saying goes, the best revenge is living well—and in this case—loving well, and with that in mind, Mark and Tyler go in search of happily ever after.
So What did I think?
I decided to read this book because I wanted to read a book with nice characters and filled with gentle romance, knowing that Andrew Grey would deliver this.
This is a sweet story of Tyler, who runs an antiques shop, and Mark, an artist. This is the first book in the series and introduces a number of characters who are friends of Tyler and Mark but most of the story directly involves the couple themselves.
Tyler ‘rescues’ Mark when he is tossed out of home by his homophobic mother and brother. They pretty much fall instantly in love.
These men are very vocal with their feelings and the book is filled with declarations of love and romantic gestures. There is also an awful lot of sex between the two men. I love a good sex scene but found there was just a little too much for my liking in this book. Maybe because the scenes seemed a bit too repetitive.
The story follows the men as they come to terms with family rejection, harassment, and violence in terms of property damage, all while developing their relationship, building a home, growing the business and establishing Mark’s painting career.
There are some lovely scenes describing Mark’s artwork and how he manages to capture emotion. “In all my life I have never seen such a visual expression of love.” I would have loved to see what these portraits looked like!
My main negative feedback for this book is only a small thing. The dialogue often seemed too formal and I think would have benefited from use of more contractions.
I would highly recommend this book for lovers of sweet romance.
Check out the Book Trailer for The Best Revenge!
For more information on Andrew Grey and his books, check out his website.