Artistic Appeal is the sixth book in the Bottled Up series by Andrew Grey. Although I’ve enjoyed all of the books in the series so far, this one is my favorite. As usual, Mr. Grey’s amazing storytelling ability captured this reader’s attention from the first word and kept me enthralled with the story and the characters within the book until the very last word.
Lawyer Brian Watson is now handling the case to have the famous painting, The Woman in Blue, back to its’ rightful owner, Dieter Krumpf. As a friend to Dieter and his partner Gerald, this case is not only one of the most important cases of his career; it’s also very important to him that the painting is returned back to the family where it belongs. Although career wise, Brian is a very busy man, he’s been also trying to keep his personal life together too. Since his divorce from his ex-wife, he’s gotten custody of his young daughter and is trying to come to terms with his homosexual feelings.
When Brian is invited to Gerald and Dieter’s house for a party, he definitely knows that something is up. Sure enough when he arrives, he’s introduced to a man that is supposed to be someone his well meaning friends think Brian might be interested in. But, to his friend’s dismay, either Brian or the man is interested in each other at all. Instead, Brain becomes captivated with a quiet, sexy guest named Nicolai. After watching Nicolai for a few moments, he discovers the handsome man is deaf, but once he's in the sweet man’s presence, Brian becomes determined to pursue the interesting man. But, Nicolai has his own demon’s he must work through before he can give his heart to another. Will both men be able to work out the obstacles before them so they can achieve a very happy life together?
I LOVED this book! Both Brian and Nicolai are very well written characters that they seemed to live and breathe off of the pages and into this reader’s heart. I loved how Mr.Grey tackled Nicolai’s deafness without sugar coating it in any way. Instead, I enjoyed reading how Brian embraced and incorporated Nicolai’s deafness into his and his daughter's life. I also liked watching their relationship slowly evolve from an undeniable attraction to each other into a deep, beautifully written love that will long live within the memory of this reader’s heart and mind. Another thing I really liked about this book was Brian’s rapport and relationship he had with his young daughter. It was obvious that he not only loved her, but he often put her needs before his own, which also read realistically to me.
This is the sixth book in the Bottled Up series and all of the books are great. Although, each book could easily be read on its own as a stand-alone book, I highly recommend this series be read in series order. This way you can really appreciate the friendship, love and camaraderie these characters have for one another. Artistic Appeal and the other books in the Bottled Up series have a firm place on my keeper shelf. If you are looking for a beautifully written romance with amazing characters and a storyline that will touch your heart, this book AND series is definitely for you.
Brian Watson knows close friends Gerald Young and Dieter Krumpf have an ulterior motive when they invite him to their Christmas party. Brian has taken over the case to secure the return of the famous painting called The Woman in Blue to Dieter, but they don't want Brian to be all work and no play. They intend to set him up with a friend, but he's not who catches Brian's eye. Instead, it's Nicolai, the deaf art restorer caring for the works already returned to Dieter.
But pursuing Nicolai won't be easy. A year ago Nicolai had to fight to regain his independence after a bad break-up, and he's reluctant to give up his freedom a second time. Plus, Brian has competition in Justin, Nicolai's ex, who wants him back badly.
Nicolai's reluctance isn't the only roadblock. Brian was married to a woman for almost ten years. Now he has to confess to his mother, his ex-wife, and his young daughter that he loves a man-all while conducting a potentially groundbreaking court case and trying to convince Nicolai that love isn't about co-dependence, it's about support.