Audio Review: Andrew Grey – Legal Tender (Art Series #4)

Author: Andrew Grey
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Narrator: John Solo

Summary:
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.

Review:
I first read this in ebook format last year, but didn’t even remember having read it before when I first started this audiobook. It definitely helped that I’ve now listened to the first three books in the Art Series as there is some overlap and gave clarity to some of the character dynamics.

One thing I didn’t realize previously, or at least I didn’t note it, is the explicit discussion of past rape of a main character. I’m not sure if the book itself is tagged with the warning but neither the publisher’s site, nor the Goodreads blurb carry the warning. This rape description definitely may trigger some readers or listeners and I feel very strongly about this so took one star off the rating.

The story itself is interesting, well-researched—I would expect nothing less from Andrew Grey—and was quite entertaining. Well, at least the coin information was entertaining. There was an alcoholic/drug addicted mother in the picture and her dealer boyfriend who was the rapist so those characters and that subplot were dark and depressing and if removed the story would still be good. And actually, having worked in the recovery field, I don’t think the detox was accurately portrayed, but it was such a minor point that I didn’t deduct from the rating for it.

And narrator John Solo was very good, as usual. In fact, I really liked the voice he gave to Timothy and found his overall narration very varied and well done.

In a nutshell, the story primarily deals with a young man who finds coins left by his Grampy as his inheritance. One coin was supposedly never put into circulation so would be the property of the US Government, and Timothy takes the process through the court system to prove his ownership. Principal attorneys from the first stories return, along with a new attorney who serves as Timothy’s love interest.

As I said, it’s entertaining and certainly a great cap to the Art Series. If you enjoy Andrew Grey, coin collecting, well-researched stories, hurt-comfort, and a sweet light MM romance, and you won’t be triggered by a rape scene, you may enjoy this one.

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