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review 2018-07-14 01:02
His Leading Man by Ashlyn Kane 4 Star Review!
His Leading Man - Ashlyn Kane

He wrote a comedy. Fate directed a romance. 

Drew Beaumont is bored of the same old roles: action hero, supervillain, romantic lead. He’s not going to let a fresh gay buddy comedy languish just because they can’t find him the right costar. No, Drew bats his eyelashes and convinces everyone that the movie’s writer should play Drew’s not-so-straight man.

Aspiring writer Steve Sopol has never had a screenplay optioned. Now one of Hollywood’s hottest properties wants to be in a movie Steve hasn’t finished writing—and he wants Steve as his costar. Turns out the chemistry between them is undeniable—on and offscreen.

Drew swore off dating in the biz, but Steve is the whole package: sharp, funny, humble, and cute. For Steve, though, giving in to the movie magic means the end of the privacy he cherishes. Will the credits roll before their ride into the sunset?

 

Review

 

This is a charming romance about fame, expectations, and Hollywood's portrayal of queer characters.

I like these light romance in the Dreamspun Desire line and this is a especially good one with well drawn characters, a quick moving plot, and plenty of chemistry. 

We get to know Drew and Steve at the same pace they get to know each other. Its fun, moving. and a delight. 

Good stuff. 

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text 2018-07-09 16:07
Plain Fame by Sarah Price $1.99 or KU
Plain Fame - Sarah Price

While traveling through Manhattan on the way back to her Amish community, young Amanda Beiler is struck by a limousine. The limo’s passenger, Cuban-born superstar Alejandro Diaz, takes responsibility for her injuries and vows to oversee her recovery. Leaving the fame circuit behind, Alejandro returns Amanda to her family in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

 

Desperate for a break from the stress of the spotlight, the famous singer offers to stay on the family farm for a week to help—an offer guardedly accepted by the deeply religious kin who surround and protect Amanda. As different as they are, she and Alejandro find that a genuine friendship begins to blossom, along with the realization that it might be something more. But if the paparazzi get wind of the superstar’s whereabouts, will they threaten the peace of the faithful community for a sensational story? And in the glare of an unwelcome spotlight, and with the unexpected feelings between them, can this couple build a lasting bridge between their vastly different worlds?

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review 2018-05-12 01:11
Starling (Love in Los Angeles #1) by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese 3.5 Star Review!
Starling - Racheline Maltese,Erin McRae

Hollywood's newest star, 21-year-old J. Alex Cook never wanted to be famous, he just wanted to get out of Indiana. When he hooks up with Paul, a writer on a hit TV show, Alex is thrown into a web of relationships involving friends, lovers, and everything in between. 

Forced to figure out what it means to live -- and love -- in the public eye, Alex's quest to find his own happily ever after will make you believe love is possible... even in Los Angeles.

Please be aware, this is a high-heat, high-angst romance and includes characters with a past history of self-harm.

 

Review

 

We get a hard earned Happily for Now in this romance about two heroes who have a great deal of emotionial unrepressing to do. 

It is a compelling read as the heroes struggle with fame and ambitions and creativity and inexperience in many aspects of their lives.

The age gap is handled with depth. There is a separation which off putting while reading a romance as the heroes get together with other people, it reads true to character and the story.

The writing... in some ways it is great but in others the tone is too removed for me. I feel like I am looking through a peephole at times because of the shut down emotions or swallowed ones anyway and lack of self awareness or rich conversations of the heroes. Not my favorite.

I will check out other books in the series as these writers explore some complex ideas about friendship and love.
 
 

 

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review 2018-04-24 00:00
A Crazy Kind of Love (Flirting with Fame)
A Crazy Kind of Love (Flirting with Fame... A Crazy Kind of Love (Flirting with Fame) - Mary Ann Marlowe 1.5-2
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review 2018-04-17 20:44
Fame Is a Killer: Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1 by Meredith Potts
Fame Is A Killer - Meredith Potts

Actress Hope Hadley thinks things cannot get any worse for her. She has just finished filming the last episode of her hit detective show, she has been told she is to old for other parts she has tried out for, and her boyfriend has left her for a younger woman. What else can go wrong?

 

Less then 24 hours later a whole lot goes wrong. Her ex-boyfriend has been murdered and guess who is a suspect? Yep Hope!

 

Hope decides she must clear her own name and help the police find the real killer. After playing a Detective on her hit show she decides she has picked up some skills help her do just that. 

 

Can hope find the killer and clear her name or will she be found guilty of a crime she di not commit. 

 

Meredith Potts has done a great job with this short mystery. It is only a little over 2 hours long. This is a clean book no foul language or sex scenes, and even the violence of the murder is down played. 

 

The book is narrated by Rachel Carr.  I really enjoyed her voices and she kept me entertained and kept my attention. 

 

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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