Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Review – The Best Revenge © Andrew Grey

Title: The Best Revenge

Author: Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC

Main Character: Tyler O'Connor & Mark Burke

Tyler O'Connor, a successful antiques dealer, meets aspiring artist Mark Burke when Mark's mother decides to sell some of her antiques collection. Tyler is enchanted by the quiet, reserved artist and works up the courage to ask Mark to dinner. Despite the date's success and their mutual attraction, Mark's happiness takes a blow when his mother learns that he is gay and throws him out of the house. Unsure of where to go, Mark shows up on Tyler's doorstep and finds shelter.

Tyler's encouragement and support help kick-start Mark's career, especially when Mark finds that Tyler inspires him in the bedroom as well as the studio. But they're daunted when bad memories of the past, struggles in the present, and fear for the future strain Mark and Tyler's budding relationship. As the old saying goes, the best revenge is living well—and in this case—loving well, and with that in mind, Mark and Tyler go in search of happily ever after.

 

Mark led Tyler up the stairs and into a small storage area off one of the bedrooms. When Mark opened the door to the room, Tyler found himself staring into Mark’s incredible green eyes and he completely lost his train of thought. “Tyler, that’s the table.”

Tyler pulled his eyes away from Mark and looked at the piece of furniture. He almost whistled when he saw it. Of all the items he had seen in the house, this table was the best by far. Mark turned on the light so Tyler could see the table better. Tyler looked over the table carefully and was trying to decide on a price for it. He was alternately looking at the table and Mark. In the light Tyler could see that Mark was not beautiful, but was definitely handsome. He was slightly taller than Tyler, with dark wavy hair, a handsome face, a young lean body, and those incredible green eyes.

“Well, Mark, I’ve seen what I need to see. Let’s head back downstairs.”

Mark led him back down the stairs and Tyler found himself looking at Mark’s tight bubble butt. When he reached the bottom of the stairs, he shook his head slightly to clear his mind and joined Mrs. Burke in the kitchen.

“Mrs. Burke, how much do you want for the table?” Tyler was trying to keep his excitement under control.

“Tyler, it’s just taking up space. How about fifteen hundred dollars?” She just wanted to start clearing out the house.

Tyler knew that price was low. “Mrs. Burke, it’s a really nice table. I’ll pay you three thousand, which seems much more reasonable to me.”Tyler could tell that Mrs. Burke was pleased.

Tyler totaled up the amount for the items he was buying and wrote Mrs. Burke a check. He also wrote up a bill of sale for the items he was purchasing, indicating each of the items Mrs. Burke was selling and the amount she was being paid for each item, and had her sign it. Then Tyler got to work. He packed each item, and loaded them carefully into the trailer.

“Mark, would you be willing to help me load some of the larger items? I’ll gladly pay you for your time.”

Before Mark could say a word, Mrs. Burke chimed in, “Mark will be glad to help you. It’s the Christian thing to do.”

He saw Mark roll his eyes. “Of course I’ll help, Mom.”

Mark helped Tyler load the large items into the truck. Tyler was happy to get to spend a few extra minutes with Mark even if it was just loading the truck. When everything was in the truck, including the table from upstairs, Tyler said good night to Mrs. Burke and thanked Mark for his help. Mark followed Tyler out to the truck and for a second Tyler thought Mark was going to ask him a question, but then he changed his mind.

“Look, Mark, I really should pay you for your time.”

Mark shook his head. “Could I ask you where your shop is? I’d like to see Mom’s stuff when you have it on display.” Tyler handed Mark one of his business cards and told him to stop by the store any time. Closing and locking the trailer, he wished Mark a good night and drove back toward the store.

It was almost nine when Tyler got back to the store. Backing the truck up to the back door, he carefully unloaded the small items into the store room, leaving on the truck only the large pieces of furniture that he couldn’t move by himself. Locking the truck and making sure the store was secure, he headed up to his apartment.

He got cleaned up, had a small snack, and got ready for bed. He couldn’t stop thinking about Mark. He kept seeing those green eyes. Tyler chastised himself. “Look, you’ll probably never see him again, so stop wishing and go to bed.” He cleaned up the dishes from his snack and got into bed. He did allow himself the small luxury of wishing for a second that the bed wasn’t so big and that someday he wouldn’t sleep alone. Then he turned out the light and went to sleep.

The Best Revenge © Andrew Grey

 

 

Review

Tyler O'Connor is proud of where he is in life – a thriving business, good friends and at a comfortable place in his life, What more could he ask for. Tyler knows what more he needs but he is neither rushed nor fussed about being alone – he is just happy for the blessing that he has had so far. Tyler is a seller of fine antiques and his days when not in the shop are following  up calls of people wanting to sell him little family heirlooms and treasures.

On one such call Tyler makes the find of his life and as with all things goods in life – it and him comes with a spot of bother. Tyler meets Mark at his parent home when he goes on an antique buy -  he is instantly attracted to the him but the professional that he is, he keeps the matter on a business footing and leaves Mark and chalks him up a wonderful meeting.

When Mark turns up a few days later to not only see Tyler but to ask him out as well – Tyler jumped at the chance and he hopes with all his heart that this is  a new phase of his life about to begin.

Mark is in the closet to his family, but when he sees Tyler he knows he has to follow his instinct and make contact. This sets about a chain reaction that see’s Mark soaking wet and homeless at Tyler’s backdoor two days later.

Tyler is concerned for the plight that Mark is in but more so he is crushed that anyone would treat anyone of Marks gentle nature this way – So he takes him in. Things are destined not to go smoothly for these star crossed lover and before long threat, dangerous event and personal tragedy enters the men life. Tyler and Mark are stronger that anyone gives them credit for and they are determined to win against all the odds.

 

Highlights..

The plot of this book was so simply that it makes a refreshing change. There was no clock and dagger stuff, no high octane excitement, just simply love, hate and a lot of forgiveness and patience toss in for good measure.

I like the main protags, they were laid back men who just wanted to make their contribution to life while finding that slice of happiness along the way. They were wonderfully developed and I sympathized and empathized with alot of what they were going through.

The cast circling Mark and Tyler were simply put – forces to reckoned with. They range from the ever supportive friends and family to the spiteful, hateful beings that make so much out of so little and only causes misery.

I loved how Mr grey gave rather detailed back history of the men's life – He didn’t skirt over the hurt and the pain, but made me see where they were coming from and why they think as they do now.  

I also like the fact that the cast in THE BEST REVENGE were go getters – they were determined. They made it happen for themselves and they wasted no time on what if’s – I liked that alot.

Whilst I didn’t get that immediate emotional connection between the men, over time they made me see it – with little words, thoughts and deeds. These two made me see that they were each others soulmate.

Tyler nibbled Mark’s ear as he whispered, “I want you to move in
with me.” His hands rubbed Mark’s stomach.
“Tyler, I’ve been living here for weeks.” The voice was very soft
and raspy. Tyler’s hands were roaming over his body.
“I know, but I wanted to make it official. I want you to know that
you’re wanted and loved, so would you please make your home with
me?” Tyler nibbled on Mark’s neck and shoulders.

The Best Revenge © Andrew Grey

There is a curiosity and a naivety to the men that I liked. It wont work for every one but for me it was the deal breaker. They asked questioned, were not shy about asking for help and were genuinely surprise at how some things played out. They enjoy the simply things in life  and they had a kind of hope that things will get better in the long run.

THE BEST REVENGE develops over a reasonable amount of time which gave the book a very realistic feel to it. This wasn’t a weekend romance where they take over the world and conquer all their fears in a fortnight.

 

Lowlights

While there are areas of this book that I appreciated the detail the author went into – the first third of the book felt like too much detail was being given. It was too specific and almost had the feel of filling a space. I was pleased this was only within the first third of the books – because once the flow change it then felt more nature and I was liking some of the assumption that the author left me to make for myself.

There is a formality to Tyler’s  langue that was bit off putting in some scenes – I cannot imagine speaking to my lover in this tone.

The dinner was wonderful. Mark and Tyler talked, laughed, and
kissed their way through the meal. After dinner, Tyler put the dishes in
the kitchen and joined Mark in the living room. Sitting together on the
sofa, they were soon kissing passionately. Mark pressed Tyler into the
sofa cushions and started to open the buttons on his shirt. “Mark, why
don’t we move this into the bedroom?” Lifting himself off the sofa,
Tyler bent down to kiss Mark. “Give me a minute and then join me.”
Tyler slowly walked into the bedroom, clicking the stereo remote to
change the music.

The Best Revenge © Andrew Grey

 

Bottom line

Another wonderful production from Andrew Grey. The theme is easy, and the cast a delight to have met. The community feel of the book sits well with me and the fact that  after years of pain and hope something's do come full circle which was a nice touch.

If you are looking for a read that the phrase “Killing them with Kindness” brings to life – THE BEST REVENGE is that book.

 

 

6 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 17 November 2009 at 15:27 said...

Seems good, I love when you sense they are soulmates :)

Smokinhotbooks on 17 November 2009 at 23:42 said...

My toes curled with the "nibbling" quote...this is sort of awkward as I'm at work.

Erotic Horizon on 18 November 2009 at 19:41 said...

@Blodeuedd...

Yup these guys are made for each other...

A wonderful book...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 18 November 2009 at 19:42 said...

K.C.

Naughty girl you should not be reading tihs stuff at work...

They can't handle this at awork...LOL

E.H>

Andrew Grey on 22 November 2009 at 00:08 said...

I want to take a minute to than Erotic Horizon for their review. I'm glad you enjoyed my novel.

Andrew

Erotic Horizon on 22 November 2009 at 13:36 said...

Hi Andrew..

Without a doubt I loved this book.... so looking forward to the next release today...

E.H>