*I received a free copy of Prince of the Playhouse from Dreamspinner Press via Enchantress Design and Promo. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Love in Laguna #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
Reading Challenges: 2016 LGBTQIA Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge
Driven by his desire to become a successful fashion designer and concerned with hiding his questionable past, Ru Maitland lets his 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.
Prince of the Playhouse exceeded all my expectations, even if they were extremely high! I loved Ru from the first time I met him, and seeing him unfold his wings and soar was beautiful!
One of the things I love about Tara Lain’s novels is that even if there are homophobes in the world, there is always one or two people close to the main characters who love them no matter what! Prince of the Playhouse was a wonderful tale, and I enjoyed myself immensly while reading it. Ru is the perfect fashion designer with an amazing vision, and when his long-time crush – Gray Anson, action movie star – is scheduled to play Hamlet at the local Playhouse in Laguna, with Ru creating the costumes, Ru finally got to meet his hero in person.
Of course, the literature major in me loved that Shakespeare had a part in this story, and I would definitely go see this production of Hamlet in a theater. The story itself was so well done, with both Ru and Gray hiding something, and where especially Ru’s past came to bite him in the proverbial back-side. Even if Prince of the Playhouse is a quite short novel, I felt like I got to know the characters very well, and the side cast was well fleshed out, too. It was like being backstage with Ru, seeing him create his beautiful and outrageous costumes, while hearing the actors practice their lines.
Written in third person, past tense, and with an omniscient narrator that chose exactly what to share with the readers, I was totally engrossed with the story, and I definitely felt all the feels! Also, standing ovation to Gray’s mother – her reaction to a homophobic pastor was priceless! If you enjoy romances, and you are all for diverse characters, Prince of the Playhouse should definitely be a part of your collection – I’ve found a new favorite!
The idea of meeting the man, touching him, gripped his brain somewhere between extasy and terror. His cock on the other hand, had no such confusion.
“Things may be swinging your way politically, but there are still a lot of haters out there.” “My way? I see. Doesn’t that suggest that you should arrest the haters rather than warning me to be careful in my own neighborhood? ” A crease popped out between his brows. “Maybe tone it down a little.” “Just as a woman who wears a low-cut dress is asking for it?” He shrugged. “Just sayin’.”
About the author:
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her bestselling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”
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