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Legal Artistry (Art Series #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  385 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Years ago, Dieter Krumpf’s grandmother died and left him everything, including a photo album containing pictures of the art collection she left behind when her family fled the Nazis. Now, Dieter is calling on the services of a lawyer, Gerald Young, to determine whether his family’s legacy might be returned to him.

Gerald doesn’t hold out much hope that the paintings will be
ebook, 230 pages
Published September 23rd 2011 by Dreamspinner (first published September 22nd 2011)
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Roger - president of NBR United - Grace
I loved this book set in Milwaukee, My hometown. As A native I felt like I was taking a trip though a familiar place even if some of the business were fictional there were a lot of familiar landmarks mentioned and place correctly. The Dialogue had some unique Milwaukee trademarks also. the plot was believable and the family dynamics of Gerald struck true.
It's true this book is fifth in the Bottled Up series, but it can be read as a stand alone. The reason this book earned the series warning mention was, because of a certain plot twist towards the end of the book that came out of nowhere. Its only purpose was to set up a sequel later in the series.

Truth be told, I can't remember why I picked up this book to read. It might have had something to do with the cover (which now looks shoddily made because of the picture of the woman) and the above fou
Ronda  Tutt
Oct 24, 2011 Ronda Tutt rated it it was amazing
Brilliant Writing!

Wow, what a fantastic story woven to capture the reader immediately right from the first page. Andrew Grey’s brilliant writing is smooth as it connects with the characters emotional feelings and brings the story to life as if you were watching a movie. The story was such a heartwarming, passionate, suspenseful, and deliciously hot romance story.

I am literally smiling as I write this review I totally love Gerald and Dieter’s story. Such a absolutely wonderful story of an ordinar
Mar 04, 2015 Jacq rated it liked it
Love the beginning. Andrew Grey, places great framework, that leads you right into the storyline. I had a hard time with one of the MC's Dieter, he was a 24yr old male so childlike and naive it truly got the better of me. Also the smexy scenes were done in a very forgetful, glossed over way, until 61% but even then I could not find the spark. The relationship was not balanced at all. I also wish Andrew Grey would have put real Art research in this read. Truly I went on the net to get a glimpse o ...more
Tyra Berger
Sep 17, 2011 Tyra Berger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Dieter is devastated over the loss of his Grandmother,so he takes some time before he decides to clean out her house. While going through the attic with an antiques dealer friend he finds her old photo album. Tyler recognizes a painting that is hanging in the background of one of the pictures and when he learns that it is of Dieter's Great-Grandmother he sets Dieter on a path to reclaim his family's legacy.

When Gerald hears the story of the Lady in Blue he is intrigued by the case but doesn't th
Sep 24, 2011 Barb rated it really liked it
Another good read by AndrewGrey! This book involves theft by Nazis, cover up by the Austrian, lawyer/brothers in conflict, and a sweet love story between one of the lawyers and his rather naive and sexually innocent client.

It seemed like there were a LOT of sex scenes in this book, (not that I enjoy a good sex scene as much as anyone) but I would have enjoyed more description of Vienna and the courtroom battles fought to recover the stolen artwork. But considering this was written for the male/
Kerry  sullivan
Nov 18, 2011 Kerry sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction, romance
This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm

The Blurb
Years ago, Dieter Krumpf’s grandmother died and left him everything, including a photo album containing pictures of the art collection she left behind when her family fled the Nazis. Now, Dieter is calling on the services of a lawyer, Gerald Young, to determine whether his family’s legacy might be returned to him.

Gerald doesn’t hold out much hope that the paintings will be returned, but Dieter’s earnestness speaks to him and he agrees
I go into the books in this series with eyes wide open, hoping and knowing that I am going to get a sweet story with warm and loving characters and a totally happy ending. Admittedly I need to be in the mood but when I need a comfort read, I can turn to Andrew Grey with confidence.

Apart from a brief bit of confusion in the first chapter or so, when I realised the story had jumped ahead 3 years, this book delivered exactly what I expected and was a nice, gentle read.

The story centres around Diete
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
Fine art, stolen in WWII by German forces in Austria found in a museum in Vienna. Dieter is the last remaining member of the Meinauer family after the death of his grandmother. As he goes through an old family photo album with an artist friend the discover that paintings in the background of the photos are significant works of art that had been confiscated when the family fled Austria during WWII. This discovery leads Dieter to the offices of Gerald Young, a lawyer who he hopes will be able to h ...more
Mary Gresham
Sep 30, 2011 Mary Gresham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, he's done it again, Legal Artistry is another excellent example of Andrew Grey's talent. He always brings you right into the story, makes you feel as if you are actually right there in the book with the characters. I love his work and always look forward to his next one and he never fails to meet all my expectations. Thanks again, Andrew!
Elisa Rolle
The story starts in the best possible way since it gives the reader a perfect idea of the environment in which Dieter grew up, so that you don’t find it strange he became a man who is a mix of innocence and coquettish. Dieter is really young, pampered and very sheltered; orphaned at 4 years old, he is raised by his grandmother and by her housekeeper, a woman old enough to be his great-grandmother. But Dieter was also very loved, and when he came out to the old housekeeper, he received only suppo ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Erotica, m/m, romannce,
Andrew Grey always writes great books with believable characters and has done so again with Legal Artistry. This is part of the Bottled Up series so we got to revisit a little with Mark, Sean and Bobby, but this story focuses on the relationship between Dieter and Gerald. At first I didn't think they would work as a couple since Dieter is so shy and innocent and Gerald is a lawyer trying to make a name for himself, but then I realized that's exactly what made them a great pair. In helping Dieter ...more
Nov 20, 2011 Zanara rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Dieter is a sweet, sheltered man brought up by two old fashioned women. His Grandmother and Aunt Kate. When his Grandmother dies he discovers that he is the rightful heir to painting being held in Austria by the Belvedere Museum. He decides to pursue his claim and this brings him to Gerald. The lawyer becomes fascinated by both the case and Dieter. Together they fight their way through the legal system but the ultimate prize is their love for each other. Andrew Grey has writ ...more
Becky Condit
Nov 12, 2011 Becky Condit rated it it was amazing
While the plot is not entirely resolved by the end of the book, the relationship between Dieter and Gerald is a bullseye HEA. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will continue to consider Mr. Grey’s work an auto-buy.
Please see my complete review at
Nov 02, 2011 Janean rated it really liked it
Everything I have come to expect from Andrew Grey. I always come away with my HEA. The world of art and family legacy and history was intriguing and kept me entertained. All in all, a great read.
Gennie Gee
Oct 04, 2011 Gennie Gee rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Andrew Grey! This book is yet another reason why. I never thought reading about art and law could be sexy and sweet, but this proved me wrong :D
Oct 17, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k
Loved this story. it was so well woven that I actually went looking in the history archives for a couple aspects of the story. Very well done.
Kristie Crawford
Oct 03, 2011 Kristie Crawford rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Andrew Grey, excellent start to a new series. Thank You Andrew Grey for all your hard work to entertain us readers.
it was sweet. But a little unbelievable at times. I highly doubt the head honcho is okay with you sleeping with a client.
Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Nov 26 2011:

We’re here to talk about some very sweet, fluffy romance, guys. It may be one of the fluffiest reads I’ve done in a while, actually. You’re totally curious, aren’t you? I know you are, so I’m obviously beating around the bush (that always sounds kinkier then intended, doesn’t it?) just to increase the anticipation. Because we all know half of the charm is the anticipation, right? Well, not really, I mean, I wouldn’t say so personally, I
Jul 30, 2012 L-D rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books in this series. Dieter Krumpf's Grammy just died, leaving him her house and the items within. When he goes through a family album with a friend, Mark the artist from book one, Mark points out that the painting in the background is the extremely famous Woman in Blue that is in Austria as one of Austria's pride and joys. The painting was taken by the Nazis during the war and Dieter wants to get back his family legacy and solicits the help of a local law firm. Gera ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing
I found Legal Artistry to be the best yet of the Artist (Bottled Up) series. Andrew Grey did a remarkable job developing the romantic relationship between the two main characters, Dieter Krumpf and Gerald Young. I particularly enjoyed the attention that he showed to the plot details. As an attorney, Gerald Young was hired to get art work returned to Dieter that had been stolen from his family by the Nazis. I admired the research and knowledge that seemed to be put into the story that surrounded ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at:

“Dieter, you need to know that Portrait of Anna (your great grandmother) is also known as The Lady in Blue and is world famous.”

Mr. Grey's brilliant passion and energy come through in his writing and this book is no exception to his ability to create an intriguing plot. He has a way of hooking a reader and keeping them mesmerized until the end.

What I found so tantalizing about this story was the touch of World War II history, and ho
Feb 26, 2012 Danni rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance-read
I always turn to Andrew Grey when I need a good comfort read. It never fails to leave me with that warm feeling in my gut.
This book is about Dieter and Gerald. Dieter has recently lost his grandmother, the only family he had left. It turns out that a museum in Austria has a number of paintings, including a portrait of his great grandmother, taken from Dieters family during WWII. There is very little chance for Dieter to be able to claim those pictures, but he gets help from Gerald, who works as
Eden Winters
Jun 21, 2012 Eden Winters rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy stories that seem ripped directly from today's headlines, and Legal Artistry definitely fits the bill, as I've read so much about families trying to reclaim what's rightfully theirs in much the same way as Dieter.

Reclaiming his family legacy may have brought him and lawyer Gerald together, but their need for each other is stronger even than their need to see justice done. From the moment they meet the two men share a bond, building a family of two where before Dieter was alone, a
Aug 27, 2015 Tammy rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, review

I loved the beginning of this book. It set the scene as to how Dieter was raised and a glimpse into his mindset. To me he is a little child like. Gerald on the other hand reads as a much older man. But whatever. They do have some hot chemistry going on.
May 18, 2014 Alina added it
I'm not really sure what to say about this book.
It's well written with very likeable characters and strong relationship, but I'm not very fond of the main storyline about retrieving the paintings. Don't get me wrong, I can see where Dieter came from, but the whole portrayal of Belvedere as some shady and greedy organisation, which holds into stolen paintings and worth Interpol's wrath is irritating. Then again the model of this portrait wanted it to belong to Belvedere after her death, so it was
Donna Wagner
Sep 10, 2015 Donna Wagner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot love story.

Andrew Grey's characters are so real and totally amazing I felt like I knew them. There is a second book to this series which I am looking forward to reading in a week or two. Tons of books on my Kindle so must keep reading. Loved this one. Don't miss it.
I actually stopped reading at 35%. First, it was quite boring. Second, I was reading the scene where the firms owner permits Gerald to remain as lead attorney for Dieter's case, despite the fact they were becoming involved. After some very cursory research, I found that there are specific rules of conduct for attorneys in the state of Wisconsin that prohibit sexual relations between attorneys and clients unless occurring PRIOR to the attorney taking the case. So unless Gerald and Dieter were not ...more
Nov 14, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
I give it a 4.5
Review to follow.

A complicated and well written story with it's backbone in reality. The premise of a Dieter trying to retrieve family treasures lost to others during WWII is all too true for some. These individuals are still attempting to get their family legacies back, which is what makes this story so compelling.

The writing it top-notch, I love Dieter and Gerald and I appreciate how much historical detail Mr. Grey included in the story. The amount of research he did on the Nazi
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