Saturday, July 14, 2018

In The Spotlight by Shona Husk

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A diva who lives for the spotlight, a sailor deeply in the closet, a love that will change them both
Ripley Malone is returning to Perth in triumph. A principal ballet dancer in a production that has critics raving, he is an unqualified success, and all the small–minded  people that made his life hell can kiss his lycra–covered ass. But behind the makeup and the glitter and the costumes, Ripley is beginning to tire, tire of the competition, the drive, the endless parade of meaningless lovers.
For Pierce Lovell, joining the Navy was a way out of rural Victoria, but becoming a submariner comes with its own set of challenges. The close living quarters and long months away are awkward enough without adding any extra tension around his sexuality. The fear is probably in his head, but he isn't taking any chances with his career. He gets by on anonymous one–night–stands every time they come to shore and keeps his heart well–shielded. But one night with Ripley opens the tantalising possibility of more.  
Through a mistake Ripley is injured. He can't dance. His wings are clipped and he crashes down and hits the earth hard. Pierce knows their affair can't possibly end in anything but heartache, but he can't stay away. As Ripley heals and reassesses his life, he is determined not to make the same mistakes again. That means letting someone see the vulnerable side of him. But vulnerability for Pierce could cost him everything

My Rating - 5 Stars!

In The Spotlight is a fantastic read by Shona Husk! This is my first time reading anything by Shona and I loved it!

Ripley is so much fun, just full of life and attitude. When he meets Pierce, a closeted Navy sailor, the attraction is instant. Both men are going through some issues in their lives though. 

Ripley dreams of playing the Prince in Swan Lake onstage someday, but he's also struggling with his future, as he's afraid he's going to develop Huntington's Disease like his father. And when he becomes injured, he is at even more of a crossroads.

Pierce is living a lie, continuing to lie to his friends about his sexuality. It has never been easy for him, but when he meets Ripley it proves to be even more difficult.

Two weeks. They will be in the same place for two weeks and decide to spend that time together. Knowing the time will be short will prevent either from heartache, but they know it still wouldn't be easy to say goodbye.

When the feelings become more real, they have some decisions to make. They live in different countries, Pierce travels with his Navy job, and can they make a closeted relationship work between them.

I found myself sucked into this book immediately, completely intrigued and falling for these men. The writing style is quick, emotional and so much fun. 

Definitely check out In The Spotlight, as Shona Husk has a winner with this story!

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