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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

Critic Reviews

"[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

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!

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  • Kevin
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 03-26-12

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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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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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.

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Cute story with just enough suspense

I'm a sucker for stories where people help kids, so this one was right up my alley. The main character has personal demons that make his actions believable and add interest to the story. It was a cute, relatively light read--perhaps a bit too light for the subjects it covers. I liked it because I was in the mood for a happy story without excess drama, but the easy way some of the issues resolved themselves make the story a bit far-fetched. While it makes a sweet story to have an insta-family with no issues other than occasional external factors, it seemed a little much for characters with the traumatic back-stories two of the characters had. By the end it felt like the characters were pulling plumbs from every pie in sight without trying.
Other reviewers have noted the narrator speaks too quickly. I agree, but found that changing the speed to .85 made it perfect. One reviewer thought the story itself was rushed, but I think that was the impression you get when listening to the narrator at normal speed. I certainly had moments of "Wait, is that all he's going to say about X big event? It was over too fast for me to process it before the next scene started!" Once I slowed down the narrator the perception of pacing issues went away.

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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.)

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Wonderful story.

This is a truly wonderful romance and sounds like the most realistic M/M love story I’ve heard to date. There was a good balance of story/criminal suspense/romance/sex – not necessarily in that order. I liked that the story was not sex-focused, but rather, built the relationships and developed characters. I enjoyed the natural pace in which the main characters fell into love and family affecting those around them positively as well.

If I had read the book in my head, I think I’d love it even more. But I listened to it on Audible and while the narrator is fine, I feel he was put under pressure to speed read. It was way too fast and sacrificed time for subtleties and nuances in the voicing of scenes. The book was finished in just over 5 hours. I think he should have taken perhaps 7 hours. The story was so good that I would have enjoyed the extra time it needed.

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nice story

This was a sweet story with some realism and some action drama thrown in to make things interesting. The main character's difficult past felt fairly real to me and gave an edge the story. The romance between the two adult MCs was really nice. Sam makes Sean feel safe and treats him well and their relationship has a satisfying progression that only feels the teeniest bit rushed to me.
The narrator wasn't the best, and his reading of the sexy scenes was awkward and weird.
Overall, this story was a solidly entertaining and romantic read!

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Great Listen

I really loved this story.. All the people in it were so great.. The making of a new family touched my heart...

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Speed Racer

The narrator was apparently on a race with himself to try and finish the book before the allotted time. I have read the book and enjoyed the story but had I not I would have been lost pretty quickly. Since it was a race in storytelling and there really was no voice characterization within the story it made it very hard to enjoy.

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  • laurel
  • 05-28-15

Emotional

I have never been pulled into a book this deep that brings me to tears. The vombined story and narrators ability to capture the emotions felt by the characters was breathtaking. Poetry in emotion

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  • S. E. Errington
  • 05-19-14

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Louise
  • 12-17-13

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!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful