Prince of the Playhouse (Love in Laguna #3) by Tara Lain ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

PrinceOfThePlayhouseLGTitle: Prince of the Playhouse (Love in Laguna #3)

Author: Tara Lain

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/04/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


A Love in Laguna Novel

Driven by his desire to become a successful fashion designer and concerned with hiding his questionable past, Ru Maitland has let obsession with action movie star Gray Anson on the big screen replace his social life. Then obsession and reality collide when Ru is asked to design fashion costumes for a special performance of Hamlet at the Playhouse in Laguna starring none other than Gray Anson. Gray turns out to be a compelling mix of shy and brash and, despite a high profile engagement to a female socialite, the signals Gray sends Ru have his libido doing the salsa.

Gray Anson has what most people only dream of—great wealth, huge fame, a job he loves. For that, he’s given up any semblance of privacy and the right to say no to the thousands of people who depend on him and the millions who love him. He sees everything he’s ever wanted just outside the bubble of his life, but how can he make the compromises needed to embrace it? When Ru’s shady past crashes into Gray’s paparazzi-haunted present, both men have to learn that sometimes the only acceptable compromise is the truth.

My View:

This series continues to keep me on my toes. Each new installment takes things up a notch and Prince of the Playhouse was no exception. Can I just say that I totally didn’t see Ru’s past coming at all. Kudo’s to the author for the big surprise and for keeping me on the edge of my seat wanting to know all of his history and how things would turn out.

On the surface this story was all about the big actor hiding in the closet to save his career. But underneath, there was an even bigger thread of suspense surrounding Ru and his childhood. When put together, it took a traditional coming out story and gave it an edge that, in my opinion, made this trope rise above.

I never really connected with Ru in the previous stories, so when I saw he was getting his own, I was unsure how I would react. Well, the author had no trouble pulling me in from page one and holding my interest as I read this entire book in one sitting. There was a lot more to Ru than I anticipated and once his past was revealed, I was totally hooked and so pleased with his outcome.

Gray was a completely different type of character than Ru. Even after years in Hollywood, he was very much that wholesome Midwestern boy. He displayed his sense of right and wrong so many times when he stepped up into the “hero” type role. Yet even with his hero complex, he was young and there was always that thread of naivete hidden underneath his confident exterior. I loved that he was not perfect yet in a way he was.

I thought this romance was well done. It was believable (in so much as a fictional romance can be) and I understood it every step of the way. I did question the obsession a bit, but I never really questioned the lust or love. Things were rushed to a degree but it was not something I focused on or worried over. I felt like the author gave me everything I needed to become attached to both men and their relationship.

Finally, I liked the plot. I LOVED the fashion design and the costuming and wish the author would have included pictures because they all sounded stunning! I loved the insertion of the crime and Ru’s past reappearing. It gave this story an edge it needed to pull it back from the over the top perfection it would have been. I think this story was a fantastic addition to this series.


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One thought on “Prince of the Playhouse (Love in Laguna #3) by Tara Lain ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

  1. Pizzy Girl, what a wonderful review. Thank you so much for reading the book! I love how you understood Gray’s innocence — among many other things. *hugs* : )

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