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Legal Tender Paperback – Apr 6 2012
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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.Read more ›
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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.
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.
Legal Tender is sweet and comfortable; the same comfort Timothy so desperately needs in a relationship. Timothy is still young but he had a tragic experience in his past that is causing him trouble in his love life. He needs someone patient, passionate but not pushing, someone who can go to the slow pace Timothy needs to take. You would expect for the man to fit the bill to be maybe older and lived, but instead Joiner is just out of college, the younger lawyer in his firm. But the safety in Joiner lies in his attitude and in his quiet behavior.
Another nice aspect of this novel is the gay neighborhood that is basically colonizing a small city area: from the first novel to this one, we have artists, lawyers, shop owners (but of sophisticated businesses like wine shops and antique galleries), all of them buying and restoring Queen Victoria and Queen Anne houses. It's almost like a fairy tale land, where the LGBT community can live happily ever after. And in most of those houses you can find treasures, like for Timothy who found a cash of gold coins in the attic. Fairy tale indeed you would say, but it's not long that I have read of a woman who found a Renoir in her attic, so nothing is really impossible.
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.
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