An Ali Audiobook Review: Legal Tender (Art Series #4) by Andrew Grey and John Solo (Narrator)

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
This was a lovely story of one man learning to overcome his past and to find himself worthy of a good relationship.  When Timothy finds the coins mentioned in the blurb, he needs some assistance in how to handle them/keep them.  This is the point where he meets Joiner.  Over the course of the story, Timothy begins to open up and share his past with Joiner which allows him to slowly fall in love with the man.  The development of their relationship was slow and sweet and touching in a few places.  My only complaint was the tragic abuse background Timothy had.  This is solely a personal thing but I’m becoming tired of this trope.  There seems to me that there are a bunch of hardships/difficulties that characters could go through rather than the abusive parent who does horrible things to their child. (note there are potential trigger issues of child abuse and sexual assault in this story)
This was the fourth book in the series but works fine as a standalone.  There are some characters from the previous books as well as some cross over from the author’s Bottled Up series.  If you have read those you will probably enjoy seeing the characters.  If you haven’t you will be fine reading this.  The author does a good job of giving enough information about those relationships that you are easily able to follow along.
The narrator of this audiobook was done by John Solo.  I thought it was done fairly well. I find this narrator to be hit or miss for me and I’m not quite sure why that is.  There was nothing particularly wrong with this, it was just that Timothy in particular just didn’t sound like I thought a man of his age would.  It’s quite probable this is a case of “It’s not you, it’s me.” 
Overall I enjoyed this story and the narration.  I think this is a good example of this author’s storytelling style and I think this will be a hit with fans of his. 
Cover by Anne Cain.  This cover was done by Anne Cain and I think it is a nice cover. It is a good representation of the story and the characters.
Audiobook Details:
Audible Audio
Published July 27th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published April 5th 2012)
ASINB0747VJ9BG
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesArt Series #4

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