Book Reviews

Acting Out (Hollywood 2) by Tibby Armstrong at TKA Distribution

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Sandra on 12-September-2018

Book Blurb

Jeremy Ash, out-and-proud Hollywood hopeful, has all the makings of a mega-star. If only someone would give him a chance to finally shine. One failed audition away from leaving Tinsel Town forever, he’s given an unexpected shot at the buzz project of the year—a gay coming of age story by a famed director

Kit Harris, former child actor, was once an industry darling. Now 21, he’s lucky if his own mother remembers his name. So, when he’s offered the chance to star opposite newcomer Jeremy in an edgy indie flick that promises to jumpstart his failing career, Kit’s onboard. Theoretically. That is until he meets his too-attractive co-star. The film has an astonishing lack of wardrobe, and neither actor must dig very deep to find the searing passion the director demands.

During six months of filming and fame chasing, Kit gives Jeremy a crash course in Superstar-101. Jeremy, in return, gives Kit a dose of the normalcy he’s never known. Pursuing a long-term relationship is hardly the way to salvage Kit’s career. But when being with Jeremy feels so right, how long can Kit continue to pretend he’s only acting out?

First edition published by Loose Id, 2012.

Book Review

It might be considered easier to pen a story where both characters are gay, but when one isn't so open about his desires it can get complicated. ‘Acting Out’ is different in that way, as Jeremy is handsome and gay while Kit is as straight as it gets, so what can two people do in a story to ease the situation as Kit has to act intimately with an openly gay guy on set?

Jeremy is very much in love with Kit, and has the notion Kit feels the same way. His finding out that Kit feels very much different makes Jeremy believe Kit is living in denial, even though this might not be the case. As far as Jeremy is concerned, Kit did not give off any signals that he wasn't interested in him, he certainly enjoyed the sexual side of things, so Jeremy wonders what went wrong. All the way through the book, Jeremy acts the one who shows Kit what to do as a gay man, but he sees that Kit acts being gay too well, and thinks he might be a closeted gay man even if Kit does keep talking about how Amber can cure being attracted to Jeremy.

Kit Harris acts like a drug to Jeremy the first time he meets him. Jeremy might not know who he is, but he is reminded that Kit is hot property in film and magazines where his face is well-known in the teen scene. By the sound of it, he was a teen star who oozes self-confidence and gets to work alongside Jeremy when they read the script for the movie. The movie is about two guys who start out as enemies, then become friends and later lovers at a military school. Lucky for Kit Jeremy is gay, so he works with him to get an idea of what gay is like as he is a straight guy, but this is just the start of a rather steamy foray into the gay scene and how it is to form a romantic bond with someone of the same sex. While Jeremy is gay, Kit finds it hard to accept that his agent decided on pushing Kit into some controversial scripts for movies that would shake his teen star image, pretending to be gay being one of them. He is a lot less comfortable with than he thought and he silently curses the agent for it. Kit plays the straight guy so much I felt like slapping him when it's obvious he is interested in Jeremy - he feels that if he goes public about his affection for him, it might end his career.

It is easy to like both characters as they have a good sense of humor, fun personalities, and go well together. It is Kit's denial of his sexual preference that causes his problems and prevents him from being the man he wants to be. This second book is just as good as the first even though it deals with two different characters. I am looking forward to the next in the series.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 278 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-August-2018
Price $3.99 ebook
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