Bottled Up (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/7/31
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Sean Bielecki has built a new life, leaving an infamous identity and painful past behind. Now Sommelier Wines is Sean's dream. And after taking in Bobby, a homeless teenager who was attacked in the alley behind his store, parental instincts wake in him that didn't know he had, giving him new courage and direction. Officer Sam Davis has been watching Sean for a while-not because of his past-but because Sam wants to be a part of his life now. Sam finally asks Sean out, and they seem to click, but Sean is haunted by his memories. It all comes to a head when the man who attacked Bobby returns, awakening Sean's buried fears, which are compounded by a hateful ex and a new lover who puts his life on the line for others. Can Sean come to terms with his past and present to move into the future? Or will his dream of love end before it starts?
Unfortunately, I didn't. The main problem I have with it, in fact, is just that it seemed a little too...Hallmark Channel movie-ish to me. The lead in the story, Sean Bielecki, has a tragic past, a mobster ex-boyfriend who doesn't much like being made an ex-anything, and the sudden (ridiculously so, actually) fostering of a teen boy who was almost raped in the alley behind Sean's wine store. God, that just sounds so...MEATY and deliciously complex for a book!
Unfortunately, as written, it just...isn't. There's the kid, Bobby, who has been living on the streets after escaping from the drugged out, absentee mom...who just happens to shake that horror off like water off a ducks back and gets everything he's ever dreamed of with no acting out, little-to-no backtalk or sullenness or emotional trouble. He does, however, turn out to be a fabulous untrained artist and lands a lucrative art contract...at the age of sixteen. Then there's the new boyfriend, police officer Sam, who's loved Sean from afar for months and is uber-supportive of every aspect of Sean's decisions and all Sean had to do to grab this hunka hunka Superboyfriend was ditch the mobster and then fall into his waiting arms. And then there's Sean himself, who'd been through a horrifying tragedy in his past and it affects him his whole adult life...until he talks it out with Sam over the course of an evening and then he's fine. Or at least, that's how it seemed. Admittedly, by then I was sort of skimming parts.
I guess the problem that I had was that the truly gritty plot points got watered down and the truly tantalizing potential for intensity got totally bled out of this book long before the end. And while there are those who will undoubtably get a feel good reaction from everything that goes right for everyone in the book...I just prefer a bit more struggle from point A to point B to HEA. A bit more triumph. A bit more realism, I guess, before the feel good ending.
And that's just a personal preference.
The book pictures the creation of a new patchwork family - and it's just wonderful reading and diving into the story as it unfolds.
Though some story elements came right as I suspected they would. But that actually doesn't matter (IMHO), because the author presents every aspect of the story with such a loving detail and the necessary depth of character (including a rich background). Only few book actually manage to create a true heartwarming feeling like this book does!
Bottled Up is one the best gay romance books I've had the pleasure of reading.
If you like a true gay romance that has the potential to touch your heart, good sex (sometimes a bit too perfect) and a different kind of story (about patchwork family), including a happy end - than you will love this book.
Sean also came off a bad break. There were a few delicious threads about the ex-boyfriend and Sean, so one could assume this was another plot line. Instead it was another missed opportunity for drama and interest in the story.
the novel lacked character and story development. Where was the emotion of the rescued teen? \
I felt no emotional connection with any of the characters in this novel.
Also, he brings the teen to meet his parents and suddenly they are calling him their grandson. It just went from one milk-toast scene to another. Nothing had any teeth. I'm not saying these things wouldn't happen in real life,,,but I am reading a novel! I expect angst, conflicts,etc.
There were many missed opportunities to make this story interesting. Instead it was heavy laden with cliches, especially in the love between Sam and Sean.
Even in naming his characters, the writer displayed a sore lack of imagination.
Sean, Sam, Steve, Sarah, Stan.... monotonous, lacking interest just like the story.