Sunday, September 23, 2018

Love on Show by ED Parr





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Romance on the Go ®

Justin Harper plays a gay bad boy on a TV show that’s fast becoming a cult classic, but Justin hides the fact he’s gay in real life. When a new actor is cast to play his TV show love interest, Justin can’t deny the raging attraction he feels for gorgeous Caer Rossi.

Caer Rossi makes it clear he thinks Justin is smoking hot. He can’t wait for the kissing scenes, and they sizzle, but underneath the performance for the TV show, a deep, loving passion builds between the two men. Something has to give, but what and who will it be when a journalist threatens to ruin Justin’s perfectly crafted public persona?

Be Warned: m/m sex



REVIEW
My Rating - 4 Stars


Love On Show is a fun, short, show biz romance by ED Parr.



The story is entertaining, with the typical Hollywood closeted actor who can't


come out of the closet because of his career. In this one, Justin and Caer have amazing 


chemistry, and are really good together. But Justin just can't come out yet. As a result, he 


will lose Caer, so he has some decisions to make.




This book contains a strong connection, the perfect amount of angst, and a wonderful 

journey of finding that love is worthy any cost. It is fast paced and is worth the quick read.






Excerpt:

Justin Harper glanced in the rear view mirror at the guy who’d play his love interest, Stephen. There were loads of actors in his age group who suddenly burst onto the scene via a TV show, and Justin hadn’t seen this guy before. I wonder how good he is. I should have read his IMBD. He’s hot, smokin’ hot. He has no idea who I am. He ogled me. Yeah, he likes what he sees, and to be honest, so do I. It will be no hardship kissing him. The thought brought a smile to his face. Caer Rossi—never heard of him. He indicated and maneuvered the BMW into the stream of traffic heading toward the rural side of town.

The studios occupied a few acres of prime countryside. Justin had a cottage on the outer perimeter. Most of the actors slept in trailers, comfortable, but with impersonal atmospheres. Justin had done that for a few years and knew it could be unsettling never feeling quite at home. As the hero and long-term character in the series, Justin received special treatment. Petra told him he was spoiled.

Recently he wondered if he’d become complacent. When he’d started in the show three years before, he’d told himself it was a stepping-stone. He wondered now if it wasn’t fear keeping him in the show. Could he hack the round of auditions and rejections again? He didn’t know. He pushed the question to the back of his mind.

He roared the BMW down the highway ignoring the speed limit and sped into the studio lot where Caer Rossi was to meet with Petra the AD, Sam one of the writers, and—himself. Justin grinned at this.

He screeched the car to a halt and hopped out. He took a step to stride into the building then remembered he was pretending to be a runner and had driver duties. He spun around and opened the door for the actor he’d brought from the hotel.

“We’re here. I’ll take you to the meeting. It’s stopped raining. That’s a good sign, huh?” He leaned into the car to address Caer.

The man’s brown eyes met his and in them Justin read trepidation.

He experienced a wave of empathy. “Hey, it’ll be okay.” He reached in and grasped the handle of the duffle bag on the seat beside Caer.

Caer attempted to snatch it back, but failed, then got out of the car and smoothed down his suit jacket.

Justin closed the car door and flashed Caer a reassuring smile. “You look good.” Yeah, good enough to eat, in fact.




GRL 2018 SPOTLIGHT - Riley Hart & Christina Lee - Of Sunlight And Stardust

In my attempt to cover some of the attending authors for this year's GRL,
I am reviewing 

Riley Hart & Christina Lee's
Of Sunlight and Stardust!









BLURB

After the death of his wife, Tanner Rowe takes a step toward making her dream come true and buys the house with the dilapidated barn she’d been inexplicably drawn to in the picturesque Upper Peninsula. But after a year, he still can’t get past his grief long enough to make the repairs he’d promised.

Recently out of prison, Cole Lachlan has little to his name. Homeless, broke, and without many options as a felon, Cole heads to Red Bluff with hopes of a second chance. There he meets Tanner, whose loneliness mirrors his own, and soon Cole is trading room and board for rebuilding the burned-out barn on Tanner’s property that hasn’t been touched in seventy years.

Turns out, the barn holds more secrets than either of them could have imagined. After unearthing a hidden journal from 1948, Cole and Tanner spend their evenings poring over the pages, reading about a young man pining after his best friend. The deeper they delve into this forbidden affair from the past, the more Cole and Tanner’s own relationship shifts—from acquaintances to friends…to undeniable attraction.

But as they begin to deal with the newness of falling in love in the wake of Tanner’s loss and Cole’s past, they also become more determined to unravel the mystery of the young lovers who’ve captured their hearts, the rumors about the fire, and what really happened that fateful night.




REVIEW
My Rating -  5 Stars!

Of course I was excited to find out that Riley Hart and Christina Lee have teamed up again. And their latest, Of Sunlight and Stardust, is as unique and special as their usual work.

What you will find is the story of two different romances, one of Tanner and Cole, and the other of Charlie and Tommy. And you will be taken on an emotional journey throughout.

Tanner's trying to recover from losing his wife, by working to restore a house she insisted he purchase. She has told him to be sure not to cut himself off from people, but this is exactly what he's done. Until Cole comes around. Cole's an ex-convict, just released and trying to find a job. He's hard pressed to find anything until Tanner takes a chance on him. 

These two men are both lost, confused and pretty much hopeless. Until they find each other, and start opening up to one another. But what truly bonds them and forever changes their lives is the journal that Tanner finds hidden in the barn.  

The journal is written by Charlie, and relays his feelings about his friends, Tommy and Paige, his attraction to Tommy, and the problems that face the two young men during their time, the 1940s. It also heightens Tanner and Cole's desire to solve the mystery of what happened to these two young men. Their story haunts me.

As Tanner and Cole read through Charlie's journal, they are emotionally shook by what they are reading. As they discuss their feelings, Tanner and Cole bond and form a strong connection very naturally and very quickly. It is wonderful to see them opening up to each other after being so lost and alone. In the end, it is beautiful that Cole is helping Tanner to live again.

Of Sunlight and Stardust
is everything you never knew that you needed to read. The tone is soothing and gentle, despite all the emotions that take place. It's a story of hope, fear, and love. One that Riley Hart and Christina Lee tell perfectly. Add it to your must read list when you're looking for an emotionally charged book. It is definitely a book that will stay with you long after you read it.


 

Riley Hart



Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She's a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she's not writing, you'll probably find her reading. Riley lives in California with her awesome family, who she is thankful for every day.


Christina Lee

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.

She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.

You can find more info on her website: www.christinalee.net. From there you can link to her Facebook reader group called The Swoon Room as well as her IG account and newsletter.




GRL 2018 SPOTLIGHT - Jenna Kendrick - Stuck With You





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The Assignment: Discover if forced proximity leads to increased intimacy by being handcuffed to a partner for five days.

Jamie O'Connor's closet is tightly closed and full of secrets. Attending college on a baseball scholarship, he's hiding an injury along with his sexuality. A college degree is the key to escaping his family's oppressive expectations. Until he graduates, he needs to play ball, both on the field and off. Being partnered with an openly gay classmate for a sociology project threatens to put more than just his free college ride at risk.

Seth Lerner's closet is empty, but that's because his baggage is always right by his side. Managing his severe ADHD while trying to overcome an earlier setback leaves him little time for any kind of social life, much less a relationship. He certainly can't afford the distraction of falling for his closeted project partner.

Neither Jamie nor Seth plan on letting this assignment get in the way of their objectives. But secrets may come out and goals can change when you're stuck together.
 



REVIEW
My Rating - 4 Stars!


Stuck With You is definitely a fun read, as Jenna Kendrick manages to create a nice romance within a unique and interesting storyline.

We get to follow as Jamie and Seth are literally "stuck together" for a school project. The two young men are complete opposites and don't get along in the beginning. Being tethered to each other can either make or break a friendship. In their case, it definitely creates a friendship. And a strong attraction. But it's all a secret.

There's a good amount of angst, as Jamie is firmly stuck in the closet, and he  takes his frustrations and confusion out on Seth. It's not easy to read as Jamie is cruel to him. Seth is a great guy, so nice and caring, and Jamie really treats him like shit for a bit. 

In the end, they are able to find a way to get over these incidences and to face Jamie's issues, resulting in a happy ending for them. 

Personally I love a good college romance, especially when it contains athletes, and being closeted. So this one is right up my alley! It contains some homophobia, a controlling father, and some secrets. The writing is fast, enjoyable and will have you feeling a range of emotions. But feel you will. You'll get mad, you'll be sad and you'll be happy.

This is the first time I've read anything by Jenna Kendrick, and I am glad I did. Stuck With You contains a great concept, is written well, and kept me compelled and entertained throughout.




Jenna Kendrick


Jenna Kendrick writes contemporary, new adult, and paranormal romance about smart guys with a propensity for snark. Jenna went to a small college in the woods of Western Massachusetts, where she alternated between bare feet and hiking boots and used dining hall trays as a mode of transportation in the winter. She fell in love with creative writing after writing a satirical essay to get out of yet another literary analysis assignment. Unable to choose a coast or climate zone, she bounced around the country before settling in Upstate New York. She lives with her husband and several furry creatives, some of whom think of her desk as their own.



All He Ever Needed by Cate Ashwood






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BLURB

Some secrets are too heavy to hold on to forever.

For Ethan, pretending has become second nature. After all, he’s spent the last decade pretending to be straight, pretending to be happy, and pretending he isn’t desperately in love with his best friend. But in a single moment of raw honesty, all those lies come crashing down around him and he’s left wondering what to do next.

When Jase learns his best friend is going through a breakup, his first instinct is to come to Ethan’s rescue, and he knows just the thing to help. The cabin where they spent summers as kids is sitting vacant, and a week there is the perfect remedy to start healing a broken heart.

In the seclusion of the mountains, long-buried fears and emotions take their friendship into unexplored territory that will either bring them closer together… or tear everything apart.






REVIEW
My Rating  - 5 Stars!


All He Ever Needed, by Cate Ashwood is a great fun, feel-good romance!

Ethan and Jase grew up together, but it isn't until Ethan breaks up with his long time girlfriend that they realize how much they really mean to one another. When Jase learns of the breakup, he whisks Ethan away to let him get a breather as he tries to recover.

During this trip away, Jase suddenly sees Ethan in a new light. At first, Jay's caught off guard by Ethan's confession that he is gay, as he feels betrayed, thinking he knew everything about his friend. But, as he gets used to this idea, he starts to realize that he has feelings for Ethan, despite the fact that he's never looked at a guy sexually before. 

Ethan meanwhile, is struggling, trying to figure out what he wants his future to look like. As the two men come together, they both have a whole lot of fears to face, and questions to consider. As readers, we get to follow along as they try to figure out if and how they can mesh their lives together. The issue of evaluating if their new relationship transfers to the real world, is well developed, and realistically explored. 

All He Ever Needed is well written, moves quickly and has a great flow.
Cate Ashwood not only gifts us with this good story, but excels at forcing the men to find their way in this new reality, both individually and as a couple.