RELEASE DATE: 4th April 2016
BLURB: 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.
The “Queen of Love Dreams” (Tara Lain) reigned majestically in this her latest offering, she waved her sceptre and produced magic: magical reading. This was so special and I loved every word.
She gave us, her loyal reading subjects, everything that we could possibly want – Ru Maitland, fashion, sex, gangland culture, Shazam and Shaz, a Hollywood idol, Hamlet (yep, I said Hamlet) and drama, drama, drama!!!
Gray Anson is an A-lister Hollywood movie star, he has the looks, the money, the trophy girlfriend and is going to star in a modern stage production of Hamlet. It would appear that he has it all…….all but happiness.
Ru Maitland is obsessed with Gray, he is Ru’s wet-dream personified. Ru cannot believe his luck when he has been chosen to design the whole production wardrobe – he just has to remember to keep his hands off Gray and keep them on his stitches!
They become close when Ru starts to coach him in understanding his role of Hamlet. In those intimidate moments, they become intimate as well. No real biggie, unless you are the hottest action movie star in Hollywood and firmly in the closet!
And this is where the drama really starts and I have to say that the author did an exceptional job in delivering it, but also the way she put across the message that even though we live in the 21st Century, there are still overwhelming pressures to deny who you really are. Bravo, Ms Lain, bravo.
I loved, loved, loved it. Highly, highly recommended.
5* princely stars from me.
**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in Exchange of an honest review.****