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Bottled Up by Andrew Grey

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.

Reading Order

  • 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)

Bottled Up (Bottled Up, #2)Bottled Up by Andrew Grey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Sean Bielecki has built a new life, leaving an infamous identity and painful past behind. Now Sommelier Wines is Sean’s dream. And after taking in Bobby, a homeless teenager who was attacked in the alley behind his store, parental instincts wake in him that didn’t know he had, giving him new courage and direction. Officer Sam Davis has been watching Sean for a while-not because of his past-but because Sam wants to be a part of his life now. Sam finally asks Sean out, and they seem to click, but Sean is haunted by his memories. It all comes to a head when the man who attacked Bobby returns, awakening Sean’s buried fears, which are compounded by a hateful ex and a new lover who puts his life on the line for others. Can Sean come to terms with his past and present to move into the future? Or will his dream of love end before it starts?

So what did I think?

Needing to spend some time with some good people, I took the plunge into another Andrew Grey story. As expected I found a ‘hearts and flowers’ type romance.

This time the story involves Sean who owns the local wine shop and Sam, the town cop. Sean ends a relationship with a douche bag and on advice from Sean’s assistant, Sam ‘strikes while the iron is hot’, asking Sean on a date.

The romance between Sean and Sam is lovely, with gentle kisses and loving touches, “Thank you for everything. The dinner, the kisses, being held..” which suits Sean fine due to unwanted memories intruding when he moves beyond foreplay.

The story also includes a teenager, with Sean rescuing a sixteen year old boy who was being attacked in the back alley. This plot includes Sean’s fight for custody and fear of the attacker returning. Sean also struggles to let go of his fear of Sam being hurt on the job.

Bobby made a great inclusion to the story although perhaps wasn’t totally realistic as an abandoned and abused teen – he seemed a bit too nice and well-behaved! He also started calling Sean ‘Dad’ really soon after their meeting which seemed unrealistic.

All in all, a nice story, with nice characters and a happy ending – exactly what I expected! 3.5 stars

4 Stars

 

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The Best Revenge by Andrew Grey

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.

Reading Order

  • 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)

The Best Revenge (Bottled Up, #1)The Best Revenge by Andrew Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb….

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.

3 Stars

 

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★★★★ A Wild Ride by Andrew Grey ★★★★

The Bullriders series:

A Wild RideA Wild Ride by Andrew Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb….

Dante Rivers just lost the rodeo by two one hundredths of a point: he’s frustrated as hell, needs to get laid, and he knows just where to go. That night he meets Ryan Abbott and catches his eye—Ryan watched the rodeo and is still riding high on the rush. The chemistry between them ignites, but Dante, unable to deal with complications, leaves while Ryan’s asleep.

Ryan figures he’ll never see Dante again, but they’re fatefully reunited when Dante’s grandfather, Hy, hires Ryan to help straighten out some old investments. The attraction between Ryan and Dante still sizzles. Sex slowly turns to more, but obstacles abound: Hy’s failing health, Dante’s homophobic sponsor, an attack on Ryan, and Dante’s own struggle with his identity. Any one thing would be enough to separate them permanently… unless they both decide to hang on for the wild ride.

What did I think?

I really enjoyed this story of Dante, a bull rider who is juggling so much in his life (nearing the end of his career, looking after his ill grandfather and hiding his sexual identity) and Ryan, who has been struggling with his own sexual leanings.

Ryan is openly gay but an event in his past means he has been leading a ‘vanilla’ sex life. He meets Dante in a bar and immediately knows that they each have something the other wants (I am not exactly sure what Ryan saw in Dante that made him think this way but anyway…) “He could see what Dante needed and he could give it to him. Dante needed it, he needed it too, and heaven help him, Ryan wanted it. He’d denied this part of himself for so long he simply couldn’t do it any longer.”

What I liked about the story was the light dominance/submission (nothing too heavy) which suited the book and seemed natural for these characters, the portrayal of strong family love and the inclusion of some drama. Things don’t go smoothly for Dante and Ryan – they need to overcome the impact of the reaction to Dante’s coming out which includes violence.

This is one of Andrew Grey’s books that I have enjoyed the most. Maybe the sweetness level was turned down to the right level for me in this book?

3.5 stars (rounded to 4)

4 Stars

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Organic Chemistry by Andrew Grey

Organic Chemistry

The Blurb….

Brendon Marcus lives for his work. A boy genius who fast-tracked his way to college professor by his early twenties, he doesn’t know any other way to be. People confound him. So when Josh Horton, the assistant football coach, pursues him, Brendon isn’t sure what to make of him.

Josh has his own problems. His successful parents aren’t particularly happy with his career path, and some of the players don’t like having a gay assistant coach. He begins to have doubts, but Brendon makes the world look a little brighter.

But when Brendon’s department head starts to make trouble, Josh and Brendon discover that standing up for each other is the first step to standing up for themselves

So how was it?

Reading this book was a nice way of spending an hour or two!

It did take me a while to get into the book and I think I would have preferred to read a more typical story of a jock and a science geek i.e. someone geeky without the Asperger’s (Asperger’s being my diagnosis and I am definitely not a professional!).

I wasn’t totally on board with Brendon’s character at first. I realise he was supposed to be socially inept but I found him very childlike and don’t think the book explained enough about what attracted Josh to him in the first place (apart from his cute looks). I also found Brendon’s explanations of his own behaviour or responses to be a bit ‘lecture’ like. However this changed towards the mid-point, as the character developed.

On the plus side, Josh was a really nice character and I appreciated the way he took things very slowly with Josh. He was a caring and supportive partner.

Very nice happy ending.

3 Stars

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