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  • Bottled Up: A Gay Romance Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Jeremy Klavens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Sean Bielecki has built a new life, leaving an infamous identity and painful past behind. Now Sommelier Wines is Sean’s dream. And after taking in Bobby, a homeless teenager who was attacked in the alley behind his store, parental instincts wake in him that he didn’t know he had, giving him new courage and direction. Officer Sam Davis has been watching Sean for a while—not because of his past—but because Sam wants to be a part of his life now.

    Keith says: "Andrew Grey has done it again!"
    "Great book for this genre"
    Overall

    I highly recommend this book, despite its flaws. This is the story of a gay man who becomes the guardian of a runaway gay youth. In the story you get drawn into a wonderful story with lots of heart as the boy and the man are a healing presence in each other's life. The romance is the man finding another man that loves him. The book has a climatic conclusion that left tears flowing down my cheeks. So, for all that, in a very weak genre for writing standards, I wouldn't be fair if I didn't give it five stars. My criticism of the book largely revolves around the sex scenes, which are repetitive and relatively boring. Personally, the times when Grey makes a sex scene very short and leaves most of the action to the imagination are far better than the ones in which Grey tries to get his audience going. That may be what this genre demands of Grey, so I do not judge him too hard for it. Yet, it did lead to my working theory that "Andrew Grey" was just a pen name for a woman writer, for the sex scenes just seemed so phony and contrived. But, a google search did bring up the writer's website and "She" at least has a man's picture of "himself" in the personal information, so I won't push the point. IN CONCLUSION, Grey's development of the relationships is compelling reading, but the sex scenes are poorly written smut that just downgrade the other writing. Grey has the talent to write books like "Will Grayson, Will Grayson," and I hope he moves on from this genre. I never would have found this gem if Audible didn't have so few gay titles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Man Guy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Barakiva
    • Narrated By Michael Chernus
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    When Ethan gets Alek to cut school and go to a Rufus Wainwright concert in New York City’s Central Park, Alek embarks on his first adventure outside the confines of his suburban New Jersey existence. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend - he's barely ever had a girlfriend - but maybe it’s time to think again.

    Regina-Audible says: "A Heartwarming Coming-of-Age Novel"
    "A true gem amongst mere stones"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about One Man Guy?

    I loved this book and the narration is excellent. The story allows us to simply join the lives of two boys as they fall in love. The story line isn't too over the top and the gay kids are not forced by the author to face the worst that the world has to offer. Instead, it is a sweet story of love, family connections and facing our prejudices, not fleeing from them. This kind of story is a rare find---I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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