Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Artist: Skylar Sinclair
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/09/2011
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Closeted mechanic Joey Nichols’ life is good. His boyfriend landed a major Hollywood role, and is well on the way to superstardom. Joey’s bags are packed and soon he’ll leave small town Georgia and join the man of his dreams in California, to live out, proud, and together. Days before his planned departure, his lover outs Joey during a televised interview and announces that they’ve broken up, leaving Joey to face the bigotry of the locals alone.
Bestselling author Troy Steele knows all about having life turned upside down by the media. Now a recluse, Troy shuns all the trappings that come with writing books made into blockbuster movies. He spends his time exacting revenge on a former flame via his novels and hiding out in rural South Carolina, watching celebrity gossip shows. Joey’s fifteen minutes of fame bear an eerie similarity to the plot of Troy’s latest work in progress. What if Joey could be transformed into everything the fickle ex wanted, as Troy is writing for his fictional hero, and secretly wishes for himself? Once polished, could a diamond-in-the-rough good ole boy confront his ex, then walk away, pride intact? These are Troy’s questions, and he’s counting on Joey for answers.
This was a very sweet story. For all its promise of revenge and Hollywood, this story was much softer and slower paced than I anticipated.
The point of the story also turned out to be different than I expected. After the first chapter, I thought for sure the main plotline would focus on Joey getting back at Riker. But this story was very much about Troy and his need to be loved. It was about Troy letting go of the past and opening himself up to love and happiness. Even though this story had a very predictable outcome, the way the characters go there was different from my expectations and I liked that.
I enjoyed watching Troy watch Joey. I liked that even while things were supposed to be clinical and research oriented, they never were. From the very get go, Joey go under Troy’s skin and their story turned out to be sweet and romantic. I was very pleased with their ending even if I had wished it didn’t end before I got to see Riker and Ian forced to deal with Troy’s set-up.
The thing I loved most about this story was that these men were not classically perfect. They were both considered average looking and flawed to the rest of the world, but to each other, they were perfect. Even when attempting to make over Joey, it was the heart and soul of the men that was attractive to each other and their physical looks had little bearing on the love that formed between them. Yes, they found each other physically attractive, but they LOVED what was on the inside.
This was a very cute story and I would read it again.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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