Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Artistic Pursuits

Title: Artistic Pursuits
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61372-368-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx   

When three expensive Tiffany glass windows are stolen from the Milwaukee Conservatory of Music, FBI agent Frank Jennings and Interpol agent Leslie Carlton are thrown together on the case.  As the investigation progresses, it becomes apparent their theft is only a small part of a large international art theft ring. Long days of searching leads to nothing that can help them their case and after a night of blistering passion, Leslie is sent back to London. 

With Leslie gone, Frank and his fellow agents continue the search and it gets more complicated by the day. Finally weeks later, they get the lead they need, which pulls Leslie back from London.  Can these two dedicated and committed men who live on different continents find a way into each other’s hearts? After all, Leslie’s been tracking down these art thieves for more than a decade. Can they survive the danger? 

Artistic Pursuits is the newest release in Andrew Grey’s Art series. Since the characters from the previous release plays a minor role, this book can easily be read as a standalone. 

I love the premise of this one…it’s so realistic. It could be taken from the headlines of any major newspaper in the world. Really. What could be more exciting than an international art theft ring, mixed in with a great love story? Mr. Grey’s vivid details of the stolen art, the investigation, city and character personalities all work seamlessly to grab the reader’s attention and pull them into the story. Add in Frank and Leslie’s sizzling attraction, a well-written plot, fast pace, some great secondaries (I’m talking Karl), action, danger, suspense and creepy art thieves and you’ve got it all. 

We also get to see a little of Brian and Nicolai who we last saw in Artistic Appeal. I’d love to see more of them in future releases, as well as Karl…he deserves a book of his own. If I have one complaint, it’s that Leslie’s British ‘voice’ is inconsistent and isn’t convincing. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining and engaging book and will be reading it again in the future. Look for the next release in the series, Legal Tender.

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