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Andrew Grey
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April 1 2012 Art Stories
Legal series Timothy left home when he was eighteen to get away from his reckless mother, but he never stopped visiting his grandfather, who taught him what love was all about. Now that Grampy has passed away, Timothy finds that the old man's legacy is everything Timothy has dreamed of-and more. Inside the house Timothy loves so much is a cache of coins with historical value... and a mystery, because one of them isn't supposed to exist. In memory of his grandfather, Timothy sets out to make sure that the mystery and the coins are given their due honor. In his quest to keep the government from confiscating his grandfather's legacy, he meets Joiner, whose interest in Timothy is as clear and open as Timothy is guarded. There are things about Timothy's life and his past he doesn't want anyone to know, not even the kind man who is helping him with the complications of legal tender.

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4.0 out of 5 stars VEry good story in the Art Series May 4 2012
By Dr Max TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I've enjoyed all of the books by this author so I looked forward to starting this latest volume in the Art series. It's set in Milwaukee and focuses on two characters who meet in the course of a business situation and who then begin a personal relationship. This unfolds against the background of familiar characters whom we've met in previous novels. That's something I especially enjoy since we get further glimpses into the lives of characters we already know and like.

In this novel Timothy Busch inherits a house after his grandfather passes away. For years he's been the only person to visit his grandfather while his addict mother and her pusher have lived in the house without telling him that it wasn't theirs. Tim had a special loving relationship with his grandfather and practically none at all with his estranged mother who was mired in her addiction and cared only for where her next fix was coming from. His first act was to evict his mother and then it's into the massive job of cleaning and refurbishing the place. It turns out that his grandfather had hidden a hoard of gold coins in the attic, something to provide for Timothy eventually, and this leads to a contact with a lawyer who just happens to be the life partner of one of Timothy's life long friends. These two are also characters whom we've met previously and in this volume they are secondary, support characters for the two main protagonists.

Among the coins is one, a gold double eagle minted in 1933, that shouldn't even exist. So now we have the elements of the mystery of the coin in place and as the story progresses we learn a great deal about how the coin came to be in this family's possession and also how Timothy needs to fight to retain possession of the coin when the government claims ownership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legal Tender has to be Andrew Grey's best one yet! April 6 2012
By Anya @ House Millar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Legal Tender is the next in the Bottled Up / Art series by Andrew Grey. As you know, this and the Range series are my favourites of his, and this book definitely makes the cut!

Legal Tender takes us back to Dieter and Gerald as Dieter meets his childhood best friend Timothy when he visits the home he grew up in, a house that happens to be two doors down from Dieter and Gerald.

From the very first you find out that something horrible happened to Timothy when he was younger, a secret that caused him to run not just from home but from all that knew him back then. And Joiner could not be more perfect for him. He's a down to earth, kind, loving man who works with Gerald and Brian (lawyers from the earlier Art books, just encase you forgot ) as a new lawyer and is brought in on Timothy's case where he is immediately smitten.

In Legal Tender you get to touch base with so many of the previous characters, including seeing Bobby and Kenny from Uncorked - Kenny is the office that helps deal with the ramifications of Timothy's monsters showing up on his doorstep.

Legal Tender is a sweet, passionate journey of the soul where one man has to overcome the demons of his past so he can fully embrace his present and future. I have loved this series from the start but Legal Tender has to be the best one yet!

I look forward to more from Andrew, and thank him for letting me get my hands on a ARC copy of a truly wonderful M/M story that touched my heart as it made me want to reach for a fan, lol.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tender was how Timothy needed to be loved April 26 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Legal Tender: Arts Series #4

Andrew Grey

Timothy Besch is a man on a mission. The mission is to clean up the house his Grampy left him when he died. The problem with the house was that Timothy mom had lived in it for several years by herself and had never taken care of it. She had gotten hooked on crack and let everything go. So, bad memories of her or not, the house had to be cleaned before he could do anything with it. Lucky for him his best friend from his childhood, Dieter lived a couple houses down, so his partner, Gerald, and he offered to help. While he was cleaning he remembered the one thing that his Grampy kept telling him, `Don't forget the stories and it was in the place I made for you to play.' So, when he got the trash out he went up into the attic and the place Grampy had created for the two of them to be alone, there he found the legacy his Grampy left for him. Several old gold coins; $1, $5, and $10 values. Then as he is looking he sees one that should not be there, he puts them away and makes an appointment with Gerald's law firm.

Gerald had Joiner Carver, a new lawyer at the firm, sit in on the meeting for the experience and as a possible researcher for any case that might come from the meeting. What Timothy shows them takes their breath away and sends Joiner on the research mission of his career. What did Grampy leave Timothy? A Double Eagle Gold $20 coin, 1933. These are not supposed exist, according to the government; they were never issued because of the depression. One of Grampy's stories was about going with his father to change all their gold and coins in for paper money in April of 1933, right before they moved from Pittsburg to Milwaukee. They were able to research the weather, the fact that that day a fist fight broke out, but the government had won cases just based on the fact that they said they were never issued.

Joiner Carver thought Timothy was the cutes thing when he first saw him, then he found the Pink Triangle, a gay bar downtown that night when he decided to go out for a bit of fun. It wasn't your normal on display gay bar, it was geek heaven, and he wasn't a geek, but then Timothy was beside him and he learned to enjoy himself. As the case progressed, so did their deepening relationship, they learned a lot about each other and some of the stuff Joiner found out that Timothy was dealing with made him ache for the other man he was falling in love with over the days.

A delightful story with some wonderful new characters in our Milwaukee family, also visiting and catching up with some of some older familiar faces; this is a must read for Andrew Grey's fans. This love story is gentle and well planned out by the writer, real life problems plague both main characters emotionally but they deal with them in a real world ways. The law case stimulates the mind and sent me into research mode, which most of these books have done, a delightful benefit for this reviewer. Yes, a solid five stars and a book I will probably pick up and reread again and again. Thank you for sharing your world with us, Mr. Grey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Additon to the Art Series! April 22 2012
By Tish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the 32nd Andrew Grey book on my Kindle, so clearly I am a fan of his writing. This book just had everything that I love in a good story. The beginning is sad and very touching, the relationship between the characters is well written and enjoyable, there is a bit of mystery, and a great ending that made me smile! I can't ask for anything better than that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tender love story with a mystery to solve April 15 2012
By Becky C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
5 stars and a Recommended Book!

Andrew Grey is on my list of must-have-new-book-immediately authors, and #8 (or #9, if you count the out-of-print MASTER OF THE REVELS) in the BOTTLED UP/ART series does not disappoint. In fact LEGAL TENDER exceeds all expectations.
I love series that are more like serial stories than a collection of books. In LEGAL TENDER we see or hear about so many of our favorite characters from previous books in the series: Mark and Tyler, Brian and Nick, Sean and Sam, Kenny and Bobby, and Gerald and Deiter. Gerald and Deiter play a significant role in LEGAL TENDER, and Kenny appears in his usual fiercely protective role as a police officer.
The ART series started off great and just gets better and better with each book. While they don't have to be read in order and each can stand alone quite well, the joy of seeing familiar characters again makes the pleasure of reading all of the series well worth the investment of time and money. I highly recommend any Andrew Grey book, and especially LEGAL TENDER.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Must Read May 5 2014
By darket - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I couldn't put this book down the moment I started reading it. Emotions! Timothy's character was written very realistically. The torment of his past was haunting and drew you in, then when he met Joiner he had more baggage from his past that had ruled his life play into having something with the man so special. Joiner's patience and love for Timothy is incredible. It has the components of legal matters, and coming to terms with a past that overwhelmed him. A book that included heartbreak, family love, hatred, love of friends and finding love, couldn't have been written more beautifully as Andrew Grey did with this one. Worth the time to read.
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