No this is not an April Fools Day joke, I am really posting on a Sunday!! There are just times when I get to post twice in a week and this in one of them. I know...I have such a rough lot in life, I have to read books and then I have to come here and tell you all what I think about them. LOL The people that know me personally are rolling over and laughing right now because they know I am not one to hold back my opinion about a book when I have one. Heck most of the time you don't even have to ask, I'm just gonna tell ya.
Today I am here to tell you about the latest in the Artistic line from Andrew Grey. Artistic Pursuits is the third in this series(7th in the Bottled Up series) and they just keep getting more interesting. I always walk away from one of these books feeling like I have learned something new. I am not really an artsy person myself....I CANNOT draw a straight line and my children will never wear homemade Halloween costumes unless it's a ghost. So I always feel smarter when I finish one of these books. I enjoy learning something new about a subject that I know nothing about. So thanks Andrew for classing me up a bit!
Artistic Pursuits, Andrew Grey, Dreamspinner Press
Frank Jennings is an FBI agent looking for redemption. Leslie Carlton is an Interpol agent looking for a thief. Attraction flares from the moment they meet on a case searching for a stolen triptych of unique Tiffany windows, but after a single night of stunning passion, Leslie is called back to London to continue his search there.
When the case heats up again, Leslie returns to the States—and to Frank—but their investigation is complicated by their tumultuous feelings. Is it possible for two dedicated detectives to pursue each other while they’re tracking down stolen art and the unscrupulous man who steals it?
Frank is one of those character's that you just hate, he is arrogant, abrasive and wants everything done his way, of course those are also the reasons you just gotta love him. As you delve deeper into the story some of the reasons why he is the way he is come to light. I'm not saying it makes his attitude ok, I am just saying it makes it easier to forgive him. Reading about Frank and the way this character grows and changes was nice.
I loved Les from the beginning, what can I say I am a sucker for an accent. He is man with strong convictions and is completely dedicated to his job. Watching these two alpha males butt heads while trying to deny to their attraction to each other was funny. I loved that they both thought the other wasn't aware that he was being checked out....HELLO one of you is an FBI agent and the other is an agent with Interpol, you are supposed to have mad observation skills. LOL
The sexual chemistry between these two men was off the charts!
"I'm going to fuck you until you forget your own name."
Seriously one of the hottest lines I have read in forever. When these two men come together for the first time I kept waiting for the sheets to catch fire they were so hot.
The mystery part of the story line was intriguing and kept the story moving at a fast pace. I love when I walk away from the book and know that the author took the time to research what they are writing about and really give it a true feel.
A cast of interesting secondary characters really added a lot of depth to the story line. I loved Franks Nana and Les' mom, but my favorite character was Karl. Watching him gain confidence as Franks partner and call him on his bullshit was great to read. I really hope he gets his own book. I also enjoyed the cameo of Brian, Nicolai, and Zoe from Artistic Appeal.
This is very much a book that can stand on it's own but I would greatly encourage you to read the whole series. Thanks Mr. Grey for another fabulous story that had all the elements you want in a book, mystery, laughter, strong characters and HOT sex.
RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by NetGalley. Many thanks.