Author: Devon Rhodes and T.A. Chase
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/18/2013
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
A handsome Bollywood actor must choose between his career and a rugged cricket player from his past, who he’s fallen in love with…again.
Rajan Malik has the world of Bollywood in the palm of his hand…a beautiful girlfriend, starring roles, adoring fans…He should be happy, but behind the façade lies a man conflicted and exhausted by the pressure placed on him by his ill mother, his agent and society. His life is not his own, and all he wants to do is escape.
Indian Premier League cricketer Ajay Singh can’t believe how bad his university roommate Rajan looks when he spots his picture in the paper. They had parted on bad terms. Still, he’s moved to offer Rajan his support by renewing their friendship.
But friendship was not all they shared back then. Though Ajay is out, Rajan isn’t willing to give up his carefully cultivated Bollywood image to be with him publicly. And with very little privacy, it won’t take long for someone to find out they are more than friends.
Their renewed secret affair is fraught with difficulties as they deal with the death of Rajan’s mother, the secret of Rajan’s till-now absent father, a jealous friend, intrusive social media, and threatening notes from someone who seems to know all about their private lives.
It’s a bit of a sticky wicket they find themselves in. Will it be too late when both men finally realise that they’ll need to compromise, or stand to lose everything?
Overall I enjoyed this story. It was slow to start and I had a hard time with the ease at which these two men picked back up where they left off, but the love between them was well done and left me feeling warm and fuzzy. I love a good second chance story and once things got going, this one was a pleasant read.
This story had a lot going on. It had a bit of sports, a mysterious stalker, a closeted best friend, actors coming out to the world, and people trying to control other people’s lives. Some of it was predictable, but some of it was not.
Ajay was a star cricket player who was out and proud. Yet he was still in love with his first love and old college roommate. He took a leap and contacted Raj after years of separation and offered his friend sanctuary should he need it, which was highly likely. This got the romance reestablished and moved the story forward. Raj was a closeted actor following the script his mother, his agent, and his pseudo girlfriend set for his life. He was tired and needed a break. Ajay returning to his life gave him that opportunity.
My biggest issue with this story was the predictability and ease at which all things happened. Ajay and Raj picked up like no time had passed. They were still assuming they knew each other like they had before and were acting as the years had not changed them at all. It just felt forced to me so that this story could work out perfectly in the end. Their fights were the same as they had always been, yet were resolved with one simple apology and some hot sex.
Then there was the death of Raj’s mother and the revealing of his mysterious father. And all that went perfectly as well. His father was a great man who just walked into Raj’s life with nothing but love and acceptance. It was what Raj needed, but there was little tension to show how awkward things really were.
Finally there was Raj’s coming out and the perfect acceptance by his fans and the media. Just too easy after an entire book of worrying over the fact that being gay would ruin Raj’s career.
Overall the love story between these men was a good if predictable one, but the story surrounding it needed more. I also would have loved to actually have had more that one quick Cricket match and some more cricket facts included in the story that was supposed to be about men of sports. The focus here was really on acting and the romance, and the sport itself got lost in the shuffle.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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