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
"[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)
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!
The name is Katie. Account says Kevin, but I'm the one actually listening and writing reviews.
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.
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.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
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.)
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.
Repetitive grade 1 descriptions. Adopting a smart teenager who makes drawings of his new family. Yeah ok! Forced myself to finish this garbage.
Yes, I was not expecting poorly written sex scenes! "So hot, so warm, so deep"
The narrator was the only thing good about this book.
Only have listened haven't read the book.
Loved the mix of characters. From delivery boy to customers. But just loved Bobby, Sam and Sean.
I think one thing I felt as I listened was Sean's strong voice. And maybe the timidness of Bobby.
very moving and several funny little parts -- things I came to expect from the characters :)
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.
"A Great Vintage!"
Without a doubt. Great story with a wonderful array of characters and riveting narration
As I have only listened/read a few recently, can't compare it to anything else
This is the first time I've listened to Jeremy's narration of a story
Like any good book, it's difficult to choose one particular moment as there were so many great moments
Highly recommended and I will definitely be looking for more by this author and narrator
"Characters to fall in love with!"
Love all the main characters so much. loved Bobby finding a new loving home. Loved Sam and Sean falling in love!
Uncorked the sequel
Bobby telling the old woman his 'two dads' could show affection for one another!
Sean telling Sam about his rape ordeal.
Totally fell in love with all three characters!!!
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