Author: K Vale
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/27/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance
Greg Dwyer and Kyrie Li are living the glorious couple life in New York City. Or are they? When struggling actor Kyrie lands a modeling job, he’s ecstatic to have extra cash to spend on his best-friend-turned-boyfriend.
Of course, Greg is suspicious Anders Berglund, the gorgeous and androgynous Swedish cover model the designers love to pair with Kyrie, is after his man. And maybe Kyrie encourages a growing closeness with the guy?
Greg is probably to blame if Kyrie is drawn to the openly gay and seriously beautiful Andy. With Andy, Kyrie can be himself, as loud and proud as he’s always been. But Greg’s sexuality stays firmly locked in the closest except when he’s with Kyrie’s supportive family or alone with the man he loves.
To make matters worse, Greg’s out-of-touch mom meets with financial ruin and moves in with the couple, forcing him into the closet in his own home.
Can Greg find a way to stand up to Mommy Dearest and win back a love he fought so hard to reach? He discovers the road to pride begins at home and with accepting oneself first. Otherwise, it’s just a dead-end street.
Balancing Act will work best for you if you have already read Hard Act to Follow as it is a continuation of Kyrie and Greg’s story.
Eighteen months after meeting and Greg is still uncomfortable when it comes to his sexuality and still very much in the closet when it comes to most people in his life. When the door is closed and it’s just him and Kyrie he is a man passionately in love but is almost constantly worried that he isn’t enough and that Kyrie will find better. When Kyrie finds success with his modelling career and meets the beautiful Anders Greg’s jealousy takes on new meaning and it feels like his life is slowly unravelling.
When Greg’s homophobic and extremely dislikeable mother arrives on their doorstep with no money and Greg and Kyrie revert back to being flatmates it’s quickly obvious that something has to give. Barbara is perhaps one of the vilest characters I have come across in a while and I don’t think I’m ready to forgive her for her poor behaviour just yet.
There is a lot of soul searching and high drama before the author gives us a pretty sweet ending and introduces new characters that I look forward to seeing further down the line.
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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