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Artistic Pursuits (Art Series #3)

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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 retur ...more
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Published February 13th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published February 12th 2012)
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Mar 06, 2015 Jacqueline rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
The cover was spot on!
OMG I tried...the writing style, threw me off, so I had to stop short. I don't usually care for mysteries, but this storyline had me intrigued.

The computer guy KARL was so cool he so deserves a book!

If your into mysteries this may be for you.
Apr 21, 2012 Audrey rated it liked it
Shelves: man-love
This book is a difficult one for me to rate. It was good, and the story was well-conceived. I didn't think it really made that jump to "really good" or "excellent," though.

WRITING: The writing itself was technically good. I mean that literally - i.e., the technique of writing was well-executed. With that said, I didn't find the narrative voice or the writing to be all that engaging or exciting. I felt it was rather stiff, and I mean that not in the oh-my-manly-bits-are-so-stiff-and-ready-to-plun
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Mar 25, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it liked it
FBI agent Frank Jennings and Interpol operative Leslie Carlton are thrown together by the theft of some antique windows in Milwaukee. The windows are very valuable and Leslie believes they could tie into an international art thievery case he has been working for years.

The men aren't sure what to make of each other at first. They are attracted to one another, but neither knows whether the other is gay --and both are wary of getting involved with someone on the job. It doesn't take long, though, b
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

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ARTISTIC PURSUITS is a tough one to review because I cannot say that it really made an impact on me. I enjoyed Frank and Leslie’s story, but just didn’t feel completely invested in their relationship. I felt that their emotional development moved too fast for me, not really giving me the time to really catch up or feel it. I also didn’t feel that Leslie’s accent was authentic. There are many repetitions of the same words, so that kind of took away from his character I t
Mar 15, 2012 Nicci rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

Review originally posted at

Leslie to Frank: “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m surprised they don’t have a more senior man on a case like this”.
Quoted from: Artistic Pursuits

Interpol Agent, Leslie Carlton does not know at the time he made the comment, but he hit the ball out of the park with his first impression of Frank Jennings. Yep. Frank is insecure in his position at the FBI. His attitude is such I want to smack him across the head. Frank Jenni
Feb 21, 2012 L.Giselle rated it it was amazing
I feel like a part of a community when I read Andrew Grey's books. A community of adventurers, artists, friends, family and lovers. As always Grey's characters are richly developed, this plot was fast paced and very exciting, and there was a wonderful helping of chemistry and passion throughout this story. A continuation of the Bottled Up spin-off Artistic series, Artistic Pursuits easily stands alone, but once you read it, if you haven't met the other members of this community, you'll want to! ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Nithu rated it liked it
There were lots of things I like in this book, but as a born and bred Brit, Leslie's voice made me cringe. It felt as if the author has decided that as 'bollocks' is a word we use a lot, he would use it as much as possible. Unfortunately, 90% of the time he got it slightly wrong, eg, 'don't get your bollocks in a wad'.

In one of the chapters in Lelie's POV, he refers to the 'lift' (correctly) several times, then in the next paragraph he's calling it an elevator. He asks if he can 'catch
Sep 07, 2014 Paisley rated it really liked it
I like to read Andrew Grey's writing and this book was no exception. He knows how to write a sexy love story - my favorite kind.

The guys in this book are hotties with heart - an FBI and Interpol agent - are you kidding me? It doesn't get much sexier than that right? I love a crime fighting tale, or mystery, especially when a hot love story is involved.

I also like the way we get to see characters from other books in the Bottled Up series weaved into the stories - it's always nice to see HEAs cont
Kerry  sullivan
Apr 11, 2012 Kerry sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-fiction, romance
I don't mind admitting I am a massive fan of Andrew Grey and devourer everything and anything he writes and this is no different I loved it. Andrew Grey has a way of drawing you in and making you love the characters and I really did love frank and Les. Especially Les as he from from the UK, like me. The colloquialisms were spot on but we do have cold beer on tap now but that is something I can forgive because I prefer beer room temp so maybe its not so far off. I loved that we got to see much lo ...more
Librarian Kate
Feb 27, 2012 Librarian Kate rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Artistic series that I've read, and I'll definitely go back for more! This was super-charged classic Andrew Grey, with a strong storyline to set up the interaction of the main characters, and a well-matched pair of men who have every reason to avoid a relationship, but are drawn to each other's smoldering hotness. (and I just LOVES me some smoldering hotness...)

But this one sits a bit higher on my list of favorite Andrew stories - both Leslie and Frank are complex a
Tyra Berger
Apr 11, 2012 Tyra Berger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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 book ...more
Secretly Reading
Feb 21, 2013 Secretly Reading rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen

In a Nutshell: Solid MM romance with a decent mystery plot but I had issues with the shoddy character development.

Why I Read this Book: I’ve enjoyed this author’s books and am working my way through his backlist.

What I Liked: Frank and Les have a solid romance. They have sex early and then spend the rest of the novel figuring out what that means for them since they claim their emotions are involved. The attraction between the men is palpable and I like that
Heidi Gonzalez
May 08, 2012 Heidi Gonzalez rated it it was ok
I found Artistic Pursuits disjointed and a bit hard to follow. There were many times I thought I missed a page only to realize I was reading an ebook. Leslie's on again off again accent was also a bit distracting, one minute he sounded mildly British and the next he sounded like everyone else.

My other pet peeve was Frank, I just couldn't see how insecure FBI agent Frank, who masks his sexual orientation by being a jerk at work is this domineering sexy top. From the first sexual encounter I was t
Aine Massie
Mar 22, 2012 Aine Massie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
As you all know, I absolutely adore Andrew Grey’s stories. Bottled Up / Artistic series is one of my favourites. I was exceedingly excited when I finally got my hands on a copy of Artistic Pursuits but, wow, I didn’t expect it to be so hot and sensual while developing such interesting and yummy characters.

Artistic Pursuits could easily be read as a stand alone, yet you do still get a sense of continuity with the whole. What makes this one stand out to me is that while Artistic Pursuits is a M/M
This book is probably the only book that could be standalone in this series because it didn't really tie in that much to the other characters or the other books. While we did see Brian, Nicolai, and Zoe again, it was very cursory. The plot was pretty good and I found the mystery to be fairly interesting, but Leslie and Frank are new to the series and we don't hear from them again after this book.

Frank Jennings is an FBI agent who is called in to investigate missing Tiffany windows from the conse
Oct 17, 2012 Connie rated it really liked it
Definitely I'm going to have to start reading more from Andrew Grey because I enjoyed everything about this book.
It was interesting to read, with a fast phase, really no dull or dragging moments.
The stolen Tiffany windows and the international art traffic were the main conflicts in the story. was an interesting and well developed plot.
Frank, I adore. FBI agent all alpha, macho and then the sweetest guy ever. I kind of like that. Some might said that there was no need to put up a façade a
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
Jun 28, 2012 Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Hearts

Frank is trying to prove himself after a mistake he made ended up getting a member of his team shot, when Tiffany windows are stolen from the Milwaukee Conservatory of Music he has hopes of recovering them before they leave the country, with the help of Interpol agent Leslie he uncovers something more than just the theft of the windows. Leslie has been after the buyer for many a year and with the help of Frank he finally has him in his sights but when the case is over will the two me
Sammy Goode
Jul 23, 2013 Sammy Goode rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Art theft with a very interesting twist. That is the first thing that came bouncing into my mind when I began to think about this review. The second thing? A sweet and tender romance wrapped in a good old-fashioned cops and robber story. How about if we start with the second one and work our way back to the first? Okay? Then read on!

Andrew Grey’s novel Artistic Pursuits has the real feel of a classic crime show. The cops, Frank (an FBI agent) and Leslie (Interpol’s version of an FBI age
May 13, 2012 D.C. rated it liked it
About the book: 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 poss
Apr 16, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: review, m-m, read-in-2012
Review originally posted here:

I’ve long been a fan of reading romantic suspense books, add in my newfound love of m/m and it’s a recipe for success. While I liked this book by Grey, I also felt as if there was a little something special missing.

Frank is a hard-hitting FBI officer whose last job didn’t go over so well. He gets put on a case of some missing Tiffany windows, and quickly gets thrown into an ongoing international investigation involving Interp
Mar 29, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Erotica, m/m, romannce,
Recommended to Angela by: netgalley
Another beautiful installment to the Bottled Up series. I know I say this about each new book, but this really is my favorite so far. Its really easy to say that each of these books just keeps getting better and in this case its true.

In this book we meet Frank, a FBI agent who is given a case of stolen Tiffany windows and Leslie, an agent from Interpol who just happens to be in the US on a similar case. They meet, they work the case, and of course they act on their attraction. What made this bo
Barb Manning
Andrew Grey's Artistic Pursuits is a gay romance between FBI Detective Frank Jennings and Interpol Agent Leslie Carlton. The two men come together in the aftermath of a high stakes art theft of three fabulous Tiffany windows. Their attraction is powerful and immediate. While their chasing down leads and rounding up suspects, Frank and Les find themselves dealing with strong and unprofessional feelings for each other.

Grey weaves a taught tale; managing to keep the heist front and center of Artist
Donna Wagner
Oct 26, 2015 Donna Wagner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Author Ever!

All the art stories books are amazing reads and the characters truly come to life in these pages. Franklin and Leslie are after an international collector who has amassed millions of dollars in stolen treasure, artifacts and Tiffany glass windows. They make a great team and fall hard for each other. But, nothing is easy or simple. Check out their wonderful journey to a super HEA. So good.

Jun 26, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I've read almost all of Andrew's books now and this one is by far my FAVORITE! It was amazing. Andrew really out did himself on this one. It had a griping story line that was written brilliantly. The MCs (FBI agent Frank and Interpol agent Leslie) were wonderful, lovely characters. And the supporting cast were likeable and entertaining as well. The one thing that made this book for me was the falling in love and admitting it to each other did not come easy for these two. They fought it til the e ...more
Jan 28, 2015 ShaMar rated it it was amazing
I have nothing but love for this series. Each book within the series brought us new characters to love and laugh with. I suggest reading this series..... You will fall in love with each book.
Becky Condit
Feb 17, 2012 Becky Condit rated it it was amazing
5 Star - A Highly Recommended Read!

Mr. Grey writes prose in the same way a poet writes verse. His descriptions are virtually stunning and create a visual story that is something the reader takes away and thinks about even after finishing the book. The characters are so well-developed that this could have been a character-driven book, but it actually is very much a plot-driven story. I couldn’t put the book down, wondering what was going to happen next, breathlessly eager to find out how things w
Ericka Walden
May 11, 2012 Ericka Walden rated it it was amazing
Andrew NEVER disappoint's!!!! Great addition to this series. Movin right along to read Legal Tender on Monday. Why wait til Monday?? Cause it's the weekend...and I don't wanna hurt nobody when they "ask", "bother", "breathe" next to me to loudly or just in general get on my nerves! (grin). Andrews books require my undivided attention! Sigh...I can hear em now at the Dept of Children and Family Services (who I work with closely...) Ma'am.... Why did you lock all of your children out of the house ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica-romance, m-m
This was a good story with interesting characters and a good plot. Hot sexy scenes and nice emotions. A good, solid, enjoyable read!!
Mar 25, 2013 Tonya rated it liked it
Well, I definitely liked this book. It didn't leave a really lasting impression on me though, as I finished it 3 days ago and I'm struggling to recall some things to write this review.

When the characters were together, the story was good, and the sexual chemistry was good. However, there was a big chunk in the middle where they were not together, and though it wasn't bad, I think in the end it was counterproductive to keeping the intensity of the story moving to the reader.

All in all, a good r
Apr 07, 2012 Giovanna rated it really liked it
Another sweet story by Andrew Grey, Frank and Leslie were beautiful together even when Frank was being an ass. This book was a good mixture of romance and mystery you also get to catch up with Brain, Nick and Zoe from his previous book (Artistic Appeal)and this takes place a couple of years later. Can't wait to read the next one.
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