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Bottled Up: A Gay Romance Story | [Andrew Grey]

Bottled Up: A Gay Romance Story

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. Sam finally asks Sean out, and they seem to click, but Sean is haunted by his memories.

It all comes to a head when the man who attacked Bobby returns, awakening Sean’s buried fears, which are compounded by a hateful ex and a new lover who puts his life on the line for others. Can Sean come to terms with his past and present to move into the future? Or will his dream of love end before it starts?

©2009 Andrew Grey (P)2010 Andrew Grey

What the Critics Say

"[A] charming and moving novel with some suspense mixed in." (Romance Junkies)

"The writing is really very good and I really liked the characters." (Rainbow Reviews)

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    Keith Springfield, MO, United States 06-14-10
    Keith Springfield, MO, United States 06-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Andrew Grey has done it again!"

    I have read two other Andrew Grey novels and I thoroughly enjoyed them. This is no exception. He masterfully mixes a touching story with very real-to-life experiences (both in and out of the bedroom). Just as his other novels have done, he doesn't create an impossible situation or tear anyone down. The story is not overly complicated and is very easy to follow. Also, the main characters are fully fleshed out and are the kind of people I would very much like to meet. His books make me want to be a better person! My only complaint is that I fell in love with R. Kirstein's deep timbre reading of the other books. That does not mean that Jeremy Klavens' narration was lacking in any way. I can't wait to listen to the next one in the series!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-26-12
    Kevin Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-26-12

    The name is Katie. Account says Kevin, but I'm the one actually listening and writing reviews.

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    "Three Cheers for Something Better"

    This book made me smile. The reader is wonderful and the story had real depth to it. It wasn't just about sex.

    I've noticed that a lot of the gay/lesbian genre available on audible presents stories more focused on sex or scandal. I was thrilled because this is a sweet story about the characters and about love.

    Grey presents wholesome relatable characters that you will grow to love.

    Bottle Up isn't perfect, but it's fun to listen to and closer to what I'd imagine a male/male relationship is really like. It feels real to me. I suggested the book to a dear friend of mine who is a gay male and he enjoyed the story as well and agreed it felt real unlike most in the genre.

    Grey writes some of the best gay romance on audible. I highly recommend him.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Carrien 05-31-11
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    "Liked it!"

    This is a relatively quick story made quicker by the narrator. I've found that the narrator can really make or break the book and Jeremy Klavens almost blew this one. If I had to give him any advice it would be to slow it down a bit and add a little more expression. I liked the story. I don't expect perfection and this one has its flaws but they are easy to overlook. I would recommend this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 03-22-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 03-22-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "HOOKED ON THIS BOOK!"

    This is one of those books that just grabs your attention and holds it. I found myself delaying other things I needed to do so I could finish the next chapter. The book is extremely well written. There are parts where you will want to cry, parts where you will be smiling and parts where you will be thinking "WTF?!" I highly recommend Bottled Up to any fan of gay romance novels, or just romance novels in general. (The sequel is also very good.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott A. Dubay 03-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Indulgent Redundancy"

    Overlook Mr. Grey's rudimentary, repetitive, uncomfortably paced writing style and Mr. Klaven's flat, accelerated narration (akin, at times, to speed reading), and you just might find a half-way decent story here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Artur Anmore, British Columbia, Canada 06-29-14
    Artur Anmore, British Columbia, Canada 06-29-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Irritating flawed story!"
    Would you try another book from Andrew Grey and/or Jeremy Klavens?

    Repetitive grade 1 descriptions. Adopting a smart teenager who makes drawings of his new family. Yeah ok! Forced myself to finish this garbage.


    Has Bottled Up turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I was not expecting poorly written sex scenes! "So hot, so warm, so deep"


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was the only thing good about this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bottled Up?

    sex scenes!


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    Andrew Burnside Heights, Australia 08-29-12
    Andrew Burnside Heights, Australia 08-29-12
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    "Very good"
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    Great story and well narrated. I am looking forward to the follow up books by the same author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy United States 03-14-12
    Randy United States 03-14-12
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    "Loved the story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bottled Up to be better than the print version?

    Only have listened haven't read the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the mix of characters. From delivery boy to customers. But just loved Bobby, Sam and Sean.


    What does Jeremy Klavens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think one thing I felt as I listened was Sean's strong voice. And maybe the timidness of Bobby.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    very moving and several funny little parts -- things I came to expect from the characters :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Linz, Austria 07-05-10
    Andrea Linz, Austria 07-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    "disappointing"

    I couldn't connect to any of the characters. They seemed stereotype and without life. The plot was simple, which can be good, however, there was no development - in the end everyone got what they wanted or deserved.
    The narration was good though maybe a bit too fast.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    stephanie Yarravel, Australia 04-28-13
    stephanie Yarravel, Australia 04-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "um i didn't even finish it!"
    What would have made Bottled Up better?

    Better Plot, actual research into...everything! Why was a minor allowed to work at a wine shop place thing, why was a stranger allowed to take a minor into his care without even a trip to the police station?? What the actual F**K!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    if it were a completely different book!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    irritation mostly!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A Great Vintage!"
    Would you listen to Bottled Up again? Why?

    Without a doubt. Great story with a wonderful array of characters and riveting narration


    What other book might you compare Bottled Up to, and why?

    As I have only listened/read a few recently, can't compare it to anything else


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Klavens’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've listened to Jeremy's narration of a story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Like any good book, it's difficult to choose one particular moment as there were so many great moments


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended and I will definitely be looking for more by this author and narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
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    12/17/13
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    "Characters to fall in love with!"
    What did you like most about Bottled Up?

    Love all the main characters so much. loved Bobby finding a new loving home. Loved Sam and Sean falling in love!


    What other book might you compare Bottled Up to, and why?

    Uncorked the sequel


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Bobby telling the old woman his 'two dads' could show affection for one another!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Sean telling Sam about his rape ordeal.


    Any additional comments?

    Totally fell in love with all three characters!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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