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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 ey 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.


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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 ey 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.

30 review for Artistic Appeal

  1. 4 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    3 Stars Having recently read a few of Grey’s works, I’ve realized that he’s kinda the consistent go-to for simple everyday romance with a decent amount of heat. This sequel pretty much starts where Legal Artistry left off. Dieter and Gerald have won the first battle in obtaining Dieter’s family’s works of art that were lost amidst the chaos of WWII, and now Gerald’s law partner, Brian, is taking over to see the rest of the legal battle through. When Brian was introduced in the first book, he was 3 Stars Having recently read a few of Grey’s works, I’ve realized that he’s kinda the consistent go-to for simple everyday romance with a decent amount of heat. This sequel pretty much starts where Legal Artistry left off. Dieter and Gerald have won the first battle in obtaining Dieter’s family’s works of art that were lost amidst the chaos of WWII, and now Gerald’s law partner, Brian, is taking over to see the rest of the legal battle through. When Brian was introduced in the first book, he was recently divorced from his wife, whom he married because she became pregnant. Though he worked hard on his marriage and raising their daughter, Brian always knew he was gay. Now free, he’s finally able to explore that side of him, having never had the chance to do so. As Brian’s friendship deepens with Dieter and Gerald, it gives him the opportunity to meet the man who’s helping Dieter restore the paintings he’s already recovered. Nikolai immediately intrigues Brian, and Brian can’t resist the mysterious man. Luckily, lust and attraction goes both ways. So, basically this is a tale of how Brian finally puts himself first and explores his sexuality, dating for the first time ever. These two take it slow and for the most part, they have a nice natural progression. What made this story for me was Nikolai. He was a sweet character, strong and independent, and it was interesting to see how he adapted to his environment and various social situations. This showcased the everyday struggles he goes through, and it was done tastefully and with sensitivity. Nikolai’s been burned pretty badly by a past relationship and though Brian is attentive and caring, he’s reluctant to let go and trust others. Brian on the other hand, is not timid in letting Nikolai know just how much he wants him in his and his daughter’s life. At times, this did veer off into some instances of great melodrama, mostly involving Nikolai’s disturbing stalker of an ex and Brian’s over the top, horrible crazy ex-wife. Also, beware of some lovey dovey cheesy-ness and a 9 year old who’s too smart for her own good. In all, I’m very satisfied in finding out what happened with Dieter and his quest for his family’s legacy, and I’m glad that both Brian and Nikolai find their happy ending with each other. Like I’ve said before, this was easy simple romance reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    3.5 stars rounded down to 3 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and this was definitely better than the first book it didn't quite hit 4 'I-love-it' stars. Things are looking up! I really had to think long and hard on whether I was going to give this one a chance. Mostly because book 1 in this series was barely ok for me and I'm a bit of an Andrew Grey fan so, truthfully this made me a bit sad, I'm also a firm believer in second chances so ultimately I figured I should put my money where my 3.5 stars rounded down to 3 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and this was definitely better than the first book it didn't quite hit 4 'I-love-it' stars. Things are looking up! I really had to think long and hard on whether I was going to give this one a chance. Mostly because book 1 in this series was barely ok for me and I'm a bit of an Andrew Grey fan so, truthfully this made me a bit sad, I'm also a firm believer in second chances so ultimately I figured I should put my money where my mouth is so to speak and that's how I came to be here writing a review for the audio book 'Artistic Appeal' book #2 in Andrew Grey's 'Art' series. While the MCs in 'Artistic Appeal' are a different pairing a lot of the events from 'Legal Artistry' the first book in this series carry forward to this story resulting in the fact that while I may not have enjoyed the first book as much as this one, I am glad that I took the time to listen to 'Artistic Appeal' because it definitely was to my benefit when I got to this story. Brian Watson is good friend of Dieter and Gerald the MCs from 'Artistic Appeal' as well as Gerald's colleague and the lawyer who takes over Dieter's case that started in 'Artistic Appeal' and resolves with this story. When Gerald and Dieter invite Brian to a dinner party with the hopes of playing matchmaker with one of Dieter's friends things don't work out quite the way they're anticipating. It's Nicolai who captures Brian's attention. Nicolai is an art restorer who has been taking care of the artworks that have recently been returned to Dieter and he's fast becoming a dear friend to Dieter as well. I really liked the character of Nicolai. He's deaf but he's portrayed as an independent, capable and very functional person. Like anyone who has a sensory impairment he's learned to adjust and compensate for his hearing loss. Brian's recently divorced and has custody of his daughter, Zoe. Being single and gay is new for him and he's doing his best to keep his life balanced between work, parenting and just being a newly out gay man. Both Brian and Nicolai had their share of added drama. Brian with his ex-wife, who to say the least is a real piece of work and his mother who, thankfully got her act together. For Nicolai it was his ex-boyfriend/turned stalker who randomly decides he wants Nicolai back after a year of separation. Once again John Solo was the narrator for this story and overall I enjoyed his narration. He has a pleasant voice and adds variety and expression to the voices of the different characters ensuring that everyone doesn't sound the same...a definite plus in this listener's opinion. Admittedly my niggle was Zoe's voice and maybe I'm just too damned fussy, I'll own that. When it comes to children's voices I admit it, I'm a tough sell. 'Artistic Appeal' is an easy and sweet romance with a bit extra for added interest. I definitely enjoyed this more than the first book and plan on checking out what's going to happen next in this series. ******************** An audio book of 'Artistic Appeal' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacq ~

    Ok read... Somewhat dry, I just had a hard time finding the chemistry. The smexy scenes are still glossed over until 69% Ok read... Somewhat dry, I just had a hard time finding the chemistry. The smexy scenes are still glossed over until 69%

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denise H.

    *** This story continues Dieter and Gerald's quest to get their family art returned from the Nazi theft. * Brian, their friend and lawyer, in his 30s, is handling the appeal, that includes a trip to Vienna, many meetings, and also a Supreme Court hearing about the legality of the return to an American citizen. Brian is divorced and has custody of charming Zoe, 9. Her Mom, Barbara had cheated on Brian, and now harasses him for more alimony. * Nicolai, also in his 30s, is an art restorer and is de *** This story continues Dieter and Gerald's quest to get their family art returned from the Nazi theft. * Brian, their friend and lawyer, in his 30s, is handling the appeal, that includes a trip to Vienna, many meetings, and also a Supreme Court hearing about the legality of the return to an American citizen. Brian is divorced and has custody of charming Zoe, 9. Her Mom, Barbara had cheated on Brian, and now harasses him for more alimony. * Nicolai, also in his 30s, is an art restorer and is deaf. Nicolai and Brian meet and become fast friends. Brian has never acted on his M/M desires until Nicolai. As Nicolai become closer, Brian and Zoe go to classes at the Deaf Institute to learn sign language. Their romance is subtle, sexy and lovely. Brian is not afraid of his first times, because he's happy and open to this new set of emotions. These men are a terrific couple. The story is fascinating and different. There is a stalking ex of Nicolai's, the irritation of Barbara, plus the artwork lawsuit all in progress. This is calm, sweet, loving and full of great friends who help each other. It's a marvelous tale of love. Here we have gentlemen who are strong, solid and successful. Sweet Nicolai captures our hearts as he manages his daily life as a deaf man. We see the challenges and how they are overcome. We also get the beauty in the love and melding of a special family. I give this true romance a high recommendation ! ENJOY ! ==================

  5. 5 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    The story of a court case involving art stolen by Nazis then confiscated by the Austrian government that started in book one of this series continues in this second volume, but from a different set of main characters’ perspective. While the first court case was won, Dieter and Gerald now face the appeal, and Gerald has asked his boss, Brian, to represent Dieter due to his own emotional involvement. Brian has agreed to take it on with Gerald supporting him, but he also faces some challenges in hi The story of a court case involving art stolen by Nazis then confiscated by the Austrian government that started in book one of this series continues in this second volume, but from a different set of main characters’ perspective. While the first court case was won, Dieter and Gerald now face the appeal, and Gerald has asked his boss, Brian, to represent Dieter due to his own emotional involvement. Brian has agreed to take it on with Gerald supporting him, but he also faces some challenges in his personal life that don’t make it easy to focus. Nicolai gets involved when some of the already returned artworks need restoration but once he and Brian meet, things quickly become very personal. What follows is another exciting, suspenseful story that combines legal details, personal challenges, and a great love story. Please find my full review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gavin Stephenson-Jackman

    Fine art, stolen in WWII by German forces in Austria found in a museum in Vienna. Dieter is the last remaining member of the Meinauer family after the death of his grandmother. Gerald has recovered some of the stolen art and now has turned the case over to Brian for the appeal process and he feels too much emotional connection to Dieter to remain objective. Brian has his own emotional baggage as his marriage is failing and he soon finds himself raising his daughter Zoe on his own. Brian is Gerald Fine art, stolen in WWII by German forces in Austria found in a museum in Vienna. Dieter is the last remaining member of the Meinauer family after the death of his grandmother. Gerald has recovered some of the stolen art and now has turned the case over to Brian for the appeal process and he feels too much emotional connection to Dieter to remain objective. Brian has his own emotional baggage as his marriage is failing and he soon finds himself raising his daughter Zoe on his own. Brian is Gerald’s direct supervisor in the law firm and finds that he and Brian are now quite in demand after their first win in having the stolen art works returned. Brian has also made an admission to Gerald that he is not alone at the law firm. Dieter and Gerald do their best to introduce Brian to the local available bachelors and soon he finds Nicolai. Together they fight the next court battles. Nicolai has to also deal with his jealous ex as Brian has to deal with his vicious ex-wife as well as his less than accepting parents. Again Mr. Grey has constructed an enthralling story and characters which make the book hard to put down. I finished this book very quickly as a result and look forward to reading the last of the trilogy soon.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gennie Gee

    I really think most anything Andrew Grey writes is amazing and this book is no exception. I love that this story, like many, is one about friends, family and chosen family. Read it if you get a chance, but make sure that you read it after reading "Legal Artistry." I really think most anything Andrew Grey writes is amazing and this book is no exception. I love that this story, like many, is one about friends, family and chosen family. Read it if you get a chance, but make sure that you read it after reading "Legal Artistry."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barb ~rede-2-read~

    Note: This audiobook was provided to me through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review. In a continuation of the saga of the pre-World War II painting hanging in a museum in Austria, this story focuses on a different couple but includes a lot of “air time” for Gerald and Dieter, the original couple. The famous painting is one that was stolen from Dieter Krumpf’s family when the Nazis occupied Austria, and this installment features Brian Watson, the attorney who took over the Note: This audiobook was provided to me through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review. In a continuation of the saga of the pre-World War II painting hanging in a museum in Austria, this story focuses on a different couple but includes a lot of “air time” for Gerald and Dieter, the original couple. The famous painting is one that was stolen from Dieter Krumpf’s family when the Nazis occupied Austria, and this installment features Brian Watson, the attorney who took over the case from Dieter’s now life partner, Gerald, when the two became a committed couple. Previously married, Brian has a little girl named Zoe who’s a sweetheart. A bit precocious, she’s not overly so, and when Brian meets a man who lights up his heart and libido but who happens to be deaf, Zoe joins Brian in learning sign language so Nicolai, an art restoration expert and the wonderful man who captured her father’s eye, won’t feel left out of conversations when he comes to visit or they go places together. Those who love Andrew Grey will recognize his work as he builds an interesting story, no doubt based in part on a news story that caught his attention, but as always, it’s filled with love, romance, friendship and family. The good guys will prevail—eventually, and in the meantime, Brian and Nicolai will fall in love. The epilogue conclusion is in part a conclusion for both stories as the courts make a final ruling on just who owns the Krumpf family collection, and our guys make good on their promise for a bright future. I enjoyed this audiobook narrated by John Solo whose vocalizations were definitely distinctive, and he even managed the nasty ex-wife and the little girl without sounding campy. The pace was good, the story interesting, and as I said, the narration was quite pleasant to listen to. Fans of Andrew Grey’s work and those who enjoy an MM romance with an older man, or a bisexual man in his first male romance, or even those who like stories of men with children should all find this very satisfying.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danni

    I finished Legal Artistry and just continued on to this book. Brian has taken over the case that his good friend and co-worker Gerald was working on, to bring back a number of paintings that belong to Gerald´s lover, Dieter. Brian is recently divorced and has admitted to himself that he is gay, but what is most important to him at the moment is to care for his young daughter. Then he meets Nicolai, a deaf art-restorer, and although he tries, he just can´t stay away from him. The two guys really I finished Legal Artistry and just continued on to this book. Brian has taken over the case that his good friend and co-worker Gerald was working on, to bring back a number of paintings that belong to Gerald´s lover, Dieter. Brian is recently divorced and has admitted to himself that he is gay, but what is most important to him at the moment is to care for his young daughter. Then he meets Nicolai, a deaf art-restorer, and although he tries, he just can´t stay away from him. The two guys really hit it off and they like each other, but starting a relationship isn´t always easy. Brian has to convince Nicolai that he wont loose the indepence he worked so hard at building up again after breaking up with his last partner. Nicolai on the other hand has to show Brian that they can all be a new family, Nicolai, Brian and his daughter. This along with two mad exes and a big court case hanging over them. Again this was such a pleasant read. I love the way Andrew Grey writes and the characters he creates. The characters have enough insecurities and issues to make them feel real, but without the read being to angsty for me. I love Nicolai and Brian together and how they become a family.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky Condit

    Mr. Grey has written another great book with characters to love even after the book is over, an exciting plot to follow eagerly, and an HEA both expected and received with relief. I really enjoyed this story and will continue to consider Mr. Grey’s books auto-buys because I know I will not be disappointed, no matter what the storyline is about or who “stars” in the book. Please see my complete review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.... Mr. Grey has written another great book with characters to love even after the book is over, an exciting plot to follow eagerly, and an HEA both expected and received with relief. I really enjoyed this story and will continue to consider Mr. Grey’s books auto-buys because I know I will not be disappointed, no matter what the storyline is about or who “stars” in the book. Please see my complete review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index....

  11. 5 out of 5

    Teddies

    This was one of the sweetest and most compelling books I have read by Andrew. I bought the book and read the book in one day. I could not put it down. The interaction between the main characters and the daughter were perfect. I can just see it happening in my own home as my family gets a little crazy with video games themselves. I shut down my e-reader with a smile on my face and wanting another Andrew Grey book to read immediately.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristie Crawford

    Another good book in another good series from Andrew Grey

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sammy Higgins

    This book is the 2nd in the Art Series. It basically follows on from the case from the previous book, but this time we focus on Brian. He is one of the senior partners at the firm that Gerald is part off. He is taking over the case of the paintings, Gerald thinks he's too close due to Dieter, so he asked Brain to take over at the end of the last book. Brian is my favourite character from the books, it was amazing finally getting to know about him. At the end of the last book he admitted to Gerald This book is the 2nd in the Art Series. It basically follows on from the case from the previous book, but this time we focus on Brian. He is one of the senior partners at the firm that Gerald is part off. He is taking over the case of the paintings, Gerald thinks he's too close due to Dieter, so he asked Brain to take over at the end of the last book. Brian is my favourite character from the books, it was amazing finally getting to know about him. At the end of the last book he admitted to Gerald that they were more alike then he thought. Brian had been hiding he was gay for years, he married a women who basically did what she could to make sure she could get Brian. She was a horrible person, she cared more about the status and money that came with being a lawyers wife. Poor Brian just went along with it when he got him drunk and slept with him, that resulted in his daughter Zoe. He decides to marry her for his daughter, but poor Brain was miserable. When he saw what Gerald and Dieter had, you felt so sad for him as you could see how long her wished for that. After his wife cheats, he finally decided to stop living a lie and live his true self. Brain did amazing for his daughter, her mother didn't want much to do with her and it was sad to seethe tole it took on him. She's was only after the money that came with seeing her daughter, but luckily she had an amazing dad. Nicolai is an art restorer, he is working on the painting that Dieter has already won back. He is deaf, but he doesn't let that hold him back. He broke up with his boyfriend a year a go and he he is starting to get his life back. His boyfriend basically tried to do everything for him, so he's determined not to give up his independence for someone again. His ex-boyfriend Justin, showed us his true colours here. He really is a manipulator, he tried to use his disability to tie him to him. I'm just so glad that Brain was there for him when Justin made his move. Nicolai loves his work, due to that, he met and become friends with Dieter and Gerald. He is such a sweet person, it was amazing seeing how he didn't let his disability hold him back. Brian meets Nicolai, at Gereld and Dieters. The sparks fly between them straight away and it was easy to see how well they fit together. I loved that Brian went to learn sign language so he could communicate better with Nicolai. It was amazing to see them all become such a sweet family, Zoe got the family she so deserved. The trip they went on was so much fun to see, Gerald and Dietedr rock as Uncles! Brian's mum found it hard when he finally told her the truth, he first reactions so hurt him. I'm just glad that Nicolai was there to talk to her and help her to come around. Brian's wife showed her true colours when she round out Brian was gay and in a relationship. She used that to try anc get her own way, but luckily Brian has amazing support around him, that wicked witch didn't get her own way! I loved seeing their relationship grow, I loved that they actually communicated instead of pushing problems away. That always makes me a happy camper! The ending made me so happy, it was great to see my two favourite couple so happy and in love. Zoe was amazing, her relationship with Nicolai warmed my heart. I love a happy ending!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mainely Stories

    Attorney finds physical and emotional chemistry with fine art restoration expert who is deaf. I didn’t read the precursor to this story but that was not problematic as this was perfect as a standalone. Brian is an attorney and in fact, a managing partner of his firm, raising his precocious young daughter (9) following divorce. He is for the first time, forced to take a look and explore his own identity, admitting that he is gay. Introduced by friends to an expert in art restoration, Brian is att Attorney finds physical and emotional chemistry with fine art restoration expert who is deaf. I didn’t read the precursor to this story but that was not problematic as this was perfect as a standalone. Brian is an attorney and in fact, a managing partner of his firm, raising his precocious young daughter (9) following divorce. He is for the first time, forced to take a look and explore his own identity, admitting that he is gay. Introduced by friends to an expert in art restoration, Brian is attracted and interested in Nikolai. An added flavor to the story is Nikolai’s deafness and his own work to be comfortable as a professional independent man. The setting or framework of the story is a legal case involving provenance and ownership of a friend, Dieter’s family art recovered following WWII. This author explores intimacy in the relationship as a secondary factor to the relationship itself. Each man is somewhat recently single, learning about themselves and learning about each other. They are also developing and exploring how they are as a couple and as a family with Brian’s daughter. I strongly appreciated that deafness was integrated into the story and how communication changes. This man, Nikoli was a strong, intelligent, talented professional with a need to use alternate methods of communication. Perfect handling of this sensitive topic. The journey includes stressors involving Nikolai’s ex-boyfriend, Brian’s ex-wife who wants money, money, money and uses their daughter as bait. I didn’t feel that the storyline regarding Justin, Nikolai’s ex-boyfriend was complete. One day he was stalking Nikolai and then he stopped. I think that this could have been resolved a little better but in the scope of the story, this was a small hanging thread. The setting or framework of the story is a legal case involving provenance and ownership of a friend, Dieter’s family art recovered following WWII. Story 4, Emotions 4, Sizzle 3.5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Griffith

    I don't know why I keep buying from this author - his books are completely cliched and predictable. And parts are so completely over the top, it takes away from the feel of the story. I want to like the characters, but their stories read like over-played Hallmark movies and I find myself reading them just to confirm that I accurately guess the entire story. I don't know why I keep buying from this author - his books are completely cliched and predictable. And parts are so completely over the top, it takes away from the feel of the story. I want to like the characters, but their stories read like over-played Hallmark movies and I find myself reading them just to confirm that I accurately guess the entire story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rod Tinnemore

    Sweet story I enjoyed learning about art in a romance setting. My aunt and uncle were deaf and my mom learned to sign so she could support her sister. Love does not need spoken words.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robert Helms

    4.4⭐️. Great sequel to Legal Artistry. A must read after book #1 in the series. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jumi

    Sweet

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bronwyn

    Gotta be honest here. I borrowed this book from the library based on the cover and author alone. But the story was so amazing that I bought it and have reread it several times.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tyra Berger

    This story picks up just a few months after Legal Artistry ends and continues to tell the story of the return of The Woman in Blue and the men whose lives she brings together. Brian has taken over as lead attorney from Gerald, but that's not the only big change in his life. After admitting to his friend about the end of his marriage and the fact that he is gay, Brian is trying to rebuild his life and care for his young daughter. Having Dieter and Gerald as friends has helped make the transition e This story picks up just a few months after Legal Artistry ends and continues to tell the story of the return of The Woman in Blue and the men whose lives she brings together. Brian has taken over as lead attorney from Gerald, but that's not the only big change in his life. After admitting to his friend about the end of his marriage and the fact that he is gay, Brian is trying to rebuild his life and care for his young daughter. Having Dieter and Gerald as friends has helped make the transition easier. While attending a Christmas party at their house he meets a man that he can't seem to get off his mind. Nicolai has become close friends with Dieter while repairing some of the paintings that have been returned to him. He needed the work but more importantly he needed the friendship. After the end of a long term relationship that left him floundering because of how much he depended on the man he needs the interaction with other people to gain his life back. Being deaf doesn't make things any easier. I appreciate an author that takes the time to develop a relationship between his characters, it makes for a much more realistic read. The feelings between Brian and Nicolai were authentic and made me believe in them as a couple. Things aren't easy and they both have outside influences that make them being together something they both have to work at. I understood Nicolai's hesitation over becoming involved to deeply with someone again. To depend on someone and have them just leave you is devastating to anyone. But add in his deafness and having it effect his ability to communicate with possible clients, which threatened his livelihood had to be so much more. Brian's reluctance stemmed from a very real fear of his family's reaction and his ex-wife's. Not to mention starting any kind of new relationship with a child that has just gone through the trauma of a divorce living with you. Introducing Nicolai to his daughter was an honest concern. I loved that Brian and his daughter took sign language classes. The addition of the trial and the emotion that is created from that kept the story line flowing. The only real criticism I have is that Brian's daughter acts so much younger than her stated age that I wanted to "read" her younger. But what it comes down to is can two very different people with so many outside distractions build a relationship in spite of those obstacles. This is another great addition to the Andrew Grey book list and I for one can't wait to see what he has for us next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Penny Wilder

    Penny's Rating: B OK, I have put off writing this review for far too long. I actually first read this novel back in December 2011, when I was just discovering m/m romance novels, and I held off on writing my review because I was trying to figure out how to classify Andrew Grey's work. His writing fills a unique space in the world of GLBT romance writing, and when I first read him, I wasn't sure what to make of him. Because Andrew Grey writes romances about real people who fall in love and just ha Penny's Rating: B OK, I have put off writing this review for far too long. I actually first read this novel back in December 2011, when I was just discovering m/m romance novels, and I held off on writing my review because I was trying to figure out how to classify Andrew Grey's work. His writing fills a unique space in the world of GLBT romance writing, and when I first read him, I wasn't sure what to make of him. Because Andrew Grey writes romances about real people who fall in love and just happen to be guys. He is the quintessential contemporary romance writer. There is no kink, no BDSM, and no crazy drama. Average people with normal jobs, who don't have tons of hangups, who have sweet, romantic, and pretty hot, vanilla sex. I have yet to read the other books in the (Bottled Up) series, but I am looking forward to them. I do however, think this story can stand alone. I found it to be refreshing. It was interesting to read about a main character (Nicolai) who was deaf, and watch both Brian and Nicolai learn to communicate with each other. It was also refreshing to read about a main character (Brian) who has his life together. Brian is a no-nonsense lawyer who doesn't take any crap from anyone, including his absolute mess of an ex-wife. Brian is also an amazing father to his daughter Zoe. Not only that, but because Brian and Nicolai are healthy, well-adjusted adults, they both approach their lives with a confidence and bravery that makes the obstacles thrown in their way seem minor. Brian can't cook, (he burns chicken nuggets repeatedly in this book), but that seems to be his only flaw. The story does, if you've read it, pick up where Grey's last book in the series Legal Artistry left off. Brian takes over for Gerald as legal counsel for the duration of continuing appeals process for the now partnered lovers Gerald and Dieter, who are trying to reclaim four valuable paintings (including the very famous "Woman in Blue" painting that depicts Dieter's Grandmother), that were stolen from Dieter's family when they fled from to America to escape the Nazi's during WWII. The appeal goes all the way to the Supreme Court, which is pretty exciting! All in all, a lovely story. It's wonderful to watch Brian and Nicolai fall in love, and Zoe is so precocious and adorable. A great romantic story to curl up with!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Secretly Reading

    Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen In a Nutshell: Above average MM romance with two likable leads in a well crafted romance. Why I Read this Book: I’ve enjoyed many Andrew Grey books in the past and am working my way through his backlist. What I Liked: I loved both Brian and Nicolai. The men are honest with each other and themselves as they begin their tentative relationship. Nicolai and Brian’s worries are both believable and don’t feel forced. The men acknowledge to themselves and each other Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen In a Nutshell: Above average MM romance with two likable leads in a well crafted romance. Why I Read this Book: I’ve enjoyed many Andrew Grey books in the past and am working my way through his backlist. What I Liked: I loved both Brian and Nicolai. The men are honest with each other and themselves as they begin their tentative relationship. Nicolai and Brian’s worries are both believable and don’t feel forced. The men acknowledge to themselves and each other when they’ve screwed up; for instance Brian’s fear of his ex-wife finding out about Nicolai, and the men maturely handle their issues. The sexual and emotional intimacy between Nicolai and Brian progresses naturally and with great impact for readers. I adored the inclusion of Nicolai’s deafness in their lovemaking. Brian’s appreciation for Nicolai’s uniqueness is heartwarming as it was realistic, believable and loving. What I Also Liked: Brian and Nicolai build a family as well as a relationship in this novel and I enjoyed this a lot. Brian’s friends become their closest confidantes and help form a community to help raise his daughter, Zoe. Zoe is a bit of a plot moppet in her perfection and lovely acceptance of Nicolai and his place in their lives but she’s cute enough while doing so for me to overlook the unrealistic perfection. Brian’s mother and sister also play good roles in this book that I liked a lot. What I Didn’t Like: I can’t say exactly what I didn’t like without spoiling it a bit but will say that Nicolai’s ex-boyfriend situation gave me a bit of reader whiplash. The set up with Justin, Nicolai’s ex, goes one way and then alters quickly mid-book never to be picked back up. The entire Justin drama seemed contrived to me. The story had enough plot with the art recovery lawsuit that Brian was working on and it didn’t need this silly ex-boyfriend drama, in my opinion. IMO: I greatly enjoyed this lovely MM romance that balanced sexual and emotional intimacy between two unique leads and recommend it to other MM readers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews

    4 1/2 Hearts First published at MM Good Book Reviews http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.co... Brian is intrigued by Nicolai the first time he spots him. He decides that he would like to know him better although he does have some fears to settle. Nicolai enjoys Brian’s company and gets along great with his daughter, but he has a fear of losing his independence. I loved this book it was so nice and sweet and left me with a happy warm feeling. Brian has been single for a while, his ex-wife is still bei 4 1/2 Hearts First published at MM Good Book Reviews http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.co... Brian is intrigued by Nicolai the first time he spots him. He decides that he would like to know him better although he does have some fears to settle. Nicolai enjoys Brian’s company and gets along great with his daughter, but he has a fear of losing his independence. I loved this book it was so nice and sweet and left me with a happy warm feeling. Brian has been single for a while, his ex-wife is still being difficult and he adores his daughter and now feels the time is right to explore his sexuality with a man who’s looking for a relationship. Nicolai broke up with his ex a year ago and struggled to get his feet back under him. Even though he is happy to have a relationship he’s scared to become too dependent on another person. This is a brilliant book that is written perfectly; with a great story-line and plot. The story-line is based around the appeal of The Woman in Blue with Brian having taken over the case. He meets Nicolai at Dieter’s and Gerald’s and they pursue a friendship and relationship. The relationship moves smoothly along with Brian taking into account his daughter’s feelings and also not rushing Nicolai. the way that both men treat Zoe is wonderful and I also thought it was really sweet for Brian and Zoe to both learn to sign after only a couple of dates. I thought the way that Brian handled everything that was thrown at him was wonderful and I could understand Nicolai’s fear of losing his independence and thought it was brave of him to face his fears. These two men are faced with problems caused by both their ex’s and they also face Brian’s mother when she learns about Brian. They make a great family and I would love to see more of them in the future. I highly recommend this one to those who love family stories, hot loving, a great story-line and some slight conflict.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kerry sullivan

    This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm This is what the book is about. 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 This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm This is what the book is about. 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. This is what I thought about it. This story follows on from legal artistry, and takes the story of the recovered art to the next stage. The story is masterfully written and the observation of the life of a deaf person in a hearing world was wonderful. Watching Brian and Nicolai's relationship develop and seeing them overcome the plot points made you feel like you were friends. The writing style is easy to read and just flows beautifully. I read this one in a single sitting and loved every minute of my missed sleep.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aine Massie

    Artistic Appeal is the sixth book in the Bottler Up series by Andrew Grey. From the first word Andrew had my attention and held my attention until the last – on sitting, whew. (Totally worth the sleepies the next day.) This is a continuation from Legal Artistry. Dieter Krumpf’s case is now being handled by Lawyer Brian Watson, as case that could be his most important ever as it’s setting legal precedence before thought impossible. Career wise, Brian is a non-stop powerhouse, his personal life is a Artistic Appeal is the sixth book in the Bottler Up series by Andrew Grey. From the first word Andrew had my attention and held my attention until the last – on sitting, whew. (Totally worth the sleepies the next day.) This is a continuation from Legal Artistry. Dieter Krumpf’s case is now being handled by Lawyer Brian Watson, as case that could be his most important ever as it’s setting legal precedence before thought impossible. Career wise, Brian is a non-stop powerhouse, his personal life is a bit of a mess. He has custody of his young daughter and is in the process of ‘Coming Out,’ two powerful and trying events to work through. Luckily for him, his daughter is phenomenal in her love and acceptance of who and what her father is. At a dinner party, hosted by Dieter and his partner Gerald, Brian becomes interested in the handsome Nicolai. Nicolai is a sweet, interesting man, who happens to also be . . . deaf. This, to me, was a great addition to the wonderful cast of characters in Andrew Grey’s books. I love how both Brian and his daughter secretly (and not so secretly) talk ASL classes so that they can more easily communicate with Nicolai. In Artistic Appeal, we find a man coming to terms with who is truly is, another having to escape demons of a manipulative ex, and the love and family they build together. The storyline is one of Andrew’s most beautiful and heart warming while still keeping the love and heat he’s known for. If you can appreciate love, friendship, dedication and the power that those you love come first, then this book is a perfect read. No one brings sweet, sexy, and romantic together like Andrew Grey!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I met Andrew Grey by chance at BEA this spring at the Dreamspinner Press booth. He is as sweet and kind as the day is long! I brought home a signed copy of one of his books from BEA and feel in love with his writing. I was so excited to see that Dreamspinner Press is using NetGalley to get their Galleys out. I received Artistic Appeal from NetGalley. This book is a beautiful story of starting over, living life for yourself and the importance of love and family. Andrew Grey has a knack for telling I met Andrew Grey by chance at BEA this spring at the Dreamspinner Press booth. He is as sweet and kind as the day is long! I brought home a signed copy of one of his books from BEA and feel in love with his writing. I was so excited to see that Dreamspinner Press is using NetGalley to get their Galleys out. I received Artistic Appeal from NetGalley. This book is a beautiful story of starting over, living life for yourself and the importance of love and family. Andrew Grey has a knack for telling a story that draws you in entirely. I love that his work is so full of expression and emotion. His books are some of my favorite adult books. Reading his work reminds me of the beauty of love in all its forms. The story of Brian and Nicolai follows two men who have to move on from where they've been to get to a place where they belong. It is heart warming and seasonal. I really hope you'll give it a try. This book has (obviously) GLBT themes and material as well as some sexual scenes which are no worse than you'd find in any romance novel or on any prime time tv show. You can find out more about Andrew Grey on his website. Artistic Appeal earns 4 Fairies for being a beautiful love story that draws you in.

  27. 4 out of 5

    L-D

    This was a great follow-up to the last book. I enjoyed the way the Woman in Blue case didn't achieve closure in the previous book and Brian is tasked to fight the appeal in this book. Brian Watson is a senior partner in the firm where Gerald Young (from the last book) is a junior partner. After deciding that the case was becoming too personal, Gerald steps down from the fight to bring the Woman in Blue home and Brian takes over. Brian is recently divorced after an unhappy marriage and has a wond This was a great follow-up to the last book. I enjoyed the way the Woman in Blue case didn't achieve closure in the previous book and Brian is tasked to fight the appeal in this book. Brian Watson is a senior partner in the firm where Gerald Young (from the last book) is a junior partner. After deciding that the case was becoming too personal, Gerald steps down from the fight to bring the Woman in Blue home and Brian takes over. Brian is recently divorced after an unhappy marriage and has a wonderful daughter, Zoe. Brian is a great father and tries to make up for his ex-wife's lack. When he meets Nicolai at a party hosted by his good friends Gerald and Dieter, he is instantly drawn to the deaf man. Nicolai has recently regained his independence after a long-term relationship and he's reluctant to lose any of that hard fought independence. I really liked Brian and Nicolai and am impressed that Andrew Grey continues to create such likable characters book after book in this series. This book had a good amount of plot to keep me interested and it did a great job integrating into the overall series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I really don't think it's possible for Mr. Grey to write anything except great books and Artistic Appeal exceeded my expectations. This is the follow up to Legal Artistry and continues with the process of trying to retrieve stolen art from the Austrian government. Along the way love has been found by the lawyers involved in the case. Gerald and Dieter were first to fall in love and then they take it upon themselves to help out their friend and fellow lawyer Brian. Brian meets Nicolai at a party a I really don't think it's possible for Mr. Grey to write anything except great books and Artistic Appeal exceeded my expectations. This is the follow up to Legal Artistry and continues with the process of trying to retrieve stolen art from the Austrian government. Along the way love has been found by the lawyers involved in the case. Gerald and Dieter were first to fall in love and then they take it upon themselves to help out their friend and fellow lawyer Brian. Brian meets Nicolai at a party and soon they start dating. It seems their relationship is not going to go very far since they have to deal with so many things keeping them apart, an ex-wife and an ex-boyfriend, to name a few. But they do overcome all those and more while figuring out how they fit in each others lives. They were such a strong couple and I loved the way Brian learned ASL to show Nicolai how much he meant to him.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Boutet

    OK, it probably makes sense to read Legal Artistry before you read this sequel, but it had been a little while for me and I found I could appreciate it for its own merits. I liked the dynamic of the two MCs: Brian the coming-out attorney and Nicolai the art restorer. Zoe, Brian's little girl, was almost MC in her own right as she was part of the glue that bonded the two men. I liked particularly that there wasn't a lot of angst about Nicolai's lack of hearing. I liked it also that there wasn't som OK, it probably makes sense to read Legal Artistry before you read this sequel, but it had been a little while for me and I found I could appreciate it for its own merits. I liked the dynamic of the two MCs: Brian the coming-out attorney and Nicolai the art restorer. Zoe, Brian's little girl, was almost MC in her own right as she was part of the glue that bonded the two men. I liked particularly that there wasn't a lot of angst about Nicolai's lack of hearing. I liked it also that there wasn't some huge crisis caused by Nicolai's ex. The story did not need that; good for Mr. Grey not to shove it in. The reason for the lack of a 5th star: even with prompts from the author it was sometimes difficult for me to shift from POV: audio to POV: signing and back again. Apart from this, a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    What drew me to the first book of the series kind of fizzled in this second book. Since the book moves away from Dieter and focus on another couple. Much of the work to get back the paintings are boiled down to a couple of court appearances. What is left of the book is the romance of Brain and Nicolai. While I liked both characters I didn't feel anything original about their story. A vindictive ex-wife, a disapproving mother that makes a miraculous turn around, a jealous ex lover, and a cute "pe What drew me to the first book of the series kind of fizzled in this second book. Since the book moves away from Dieter and focus on another couple. Much of the work to get back the paintings are boiled down to a couple of court appearances. What is left of the book is the romance of Brain and Nicolai. While I liked both characters I didn't feel anything original about their story. A vindictive ex-wife, a disapproving mother that makes a miraculous turn around, a jealous ex lover, and a cute "perfect" kid. Nicolai is an interesting character being both deaf and an art restorer,which I thought was an intriguing profession. But the book on grazes the surfaces of these qualities and left me disappointed. The story felt very cookie cutter to me and lacked much of what drew me to the first book.

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