Friday, April 23, 2010

Unexpected Vintage

Title: Unexpected Vintage
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-404-6
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Gary Keller is invited on a cruise by new friends he met at his client Tyler’s house party. When he meets Scott Haworth on the cruise ship, there is an immediate attraction between them. However, Scott has a traumatic past he is struggling to overcome. Nine months earlier, he was released from prison after The Innocence Project and DNA evidence exonerated him of the crime. Nevertheless the victim’s brother still believes Scott is guilty.

Unexpected Viintage is a spin-off of Bottled Up and Uncorked. The well written storyline highlights The Innocence Project and the turmoil involved in regaining life outside the prison system. The characters are believable. Gary works for a wholesale fabric company and Tyler is his client. The house party introduces Gary to Tyler and Mark’s friends. Gary is a conscientious agreeable man who desires a long term relationship with the right man. Meeting Scott proves to be the man Gary can love. Because of a stalker on a mission to destroy his new life, Scott is afraid of social rejection. Also having lost his civil rights once, Scott fears contact with authority figures. Scott feels unworthy of his new friends and Gary. Scott suffers nightmares from being imprisoned.

I found the stalker’s mentality intriguing, along with how his way of thinking justified his actions. Another dilemma Gary and Scott have is how to continue a relationship when they live in different states. Andrew Grey has created a superb saga full of emotional chaos, in addition to sensual intimate scenes. The theme conveys awareness to some of the flaws in the justice system, along with the impact a wrongful imprisonment can have on an innocent person. I enjoyed this impressive story immensely.

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