Saturday, November 19, 2011

Artistic Appeal

Title: Artistic Appeal
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN:  978-1-61372-128-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Brian Watson knows something is up when his friends Dieter and Gerald invite him to their Christmas party. After taking over Dieter’s case to get his famous family painting, The Woman in Blue returned, his friends think he needs a little fun time. They intended to introduce him to a friend but the man who catches his eye is Nicolai, the deaf art restorer caring for the art work already returned to Dieter. 

There’s a lot standing between Brian and a relationship with Nicolai, including a bad break-up a year ago that left Nicolai reluctant to give up his independence again and an ex-boyfriend Justin, who wants him back. Then there’s the complication of Brian telling his ex-wife, young daughter and parents that he’s in love with a man. All this is going on while he’s working on a precedence-setting legal case and trying to convince Nicolai that loving him doesn’t steal his independence, it just makes them both stronger. 

Artistic Appeal is release six in Andrew Grey’s Bottled Up series. Please be aware that it’s a continuation of the story started in book five, Legal Artistry, which should be read first.  

The premise of getting stolen family art work back is compelling enough but add in gay divorced, dad Brian in a relationship with deaf and independent art restorer Nicolai and it’s even more so.  I enjoyed this book…both the story and characters. It’s believable, has a good flow, vivid descriptions and Brian’s small daughter, Zoe, is a cute little scene stealer. I really appreciated how much Nicolai’s deafness was included, showing how he functioned in silence by using lip reading and sign language. 

The growing relationship between Brian and Nicolai is sweet and tender, even if they have a few issues to deal with along the way. And their developing family with Zoe is wonderful to watch, even while dealing with Brian’s ex-wife and her hateful attitudes. There are also some great scenes with Dieter and Gerald from Legal Artistry, so that’s nice too. 

Mr. Grey has another winner with this enthralling book and I’d love to see more of these four men…Dieter, Gerald, Nicolai and Brian…again in the future.

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