Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Legal Artistry

Title: Legal Artistry
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-113-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When Dieter Krumpf’s grandmother died, she left him everything. That included a photo album with pictures, showing the family art collection her father had to leave behind when they fled the country ahead of the Nazis.  Dieter wants his family legacy back and when he contacts a law firm to determine his chances, he’s assigned up and coming attorney, Gerald Young.  

Gerald doesn’t have much hope of getting the paintings back from the museum, but still wants to help. After determining Dieter has a case, it’s agreed that suing in Austria won’t work, but as his feelings for Dieter grows, Gerald’s more determined than ever to find a way to win. Together they travel to Vienna to search through old records, hunting for any clue that will help them…and what they ultimately find is the treasure of love. 

Legal Artistry is release five in Andrew Grey’s Bottled Up series and while some of the characters are from previous releases, it’s possible to read as a standalone, if desired. 

Once again Mr. Grey has penned a wonderfully poignant story with a complicated and intriguing plot and what makes it so compelling is that the basis of the book…families trying to recover valuables taken by the Nazis…is a real life situation. To make this story backbone realistic, he’s added in lots of details to help the reader understand what happened during this period in history. 

While the book started off a little slow because of the prologue, I still feel the information is important and added more depth and understanding of Dieter’s family history and needed to be included. This story grabbed me on the opening pages and I could barely put it down. The writing is top-notch, Dieter and Gerald are warm and likable guys with charming personalities, and there’s plenty of emotional pain and suspense as they fight to retrieve Dieter’s family legacy. But one of the best things is Gerald’s unconditional support and how their love blossoms and grows stronger over the course of the book. The story continues with the next release, Artistic Appeal.

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