Title: His Leading Man
Series: Dreamspun Desires: Book 59
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 222 Pages
At a Glance: His Leading Man is truly one of those books that is just about perfect for anyone wanting a delightful read on a sunny summer day.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: He wrote a comedy. Fate directed a romance.
Drew Beaumont is bored of the same old roles: action hero, supervillain, romantic lead. He’s not going to let a fresh gay buddy comedy languish just because they can’t find him the right costar. No, Drew bats his eyelashes and convinces everyone that the movie’s writer should play Drew’s not-so-straight man.
Aspiring writer Steve Sopol has never had a screenplay optioned. Now one of Hollywood’s hottest properties wants to be in a movie Steve hasn’t finished writing—and he wants Steve as his costar. Turns out the chemistry between them is undeniable—on and offscreen.
Drew swore off dating in the biz, but Steve is the whole package: sharp, funny, humble, and cute. For Steve, though, giving in to the movie magic means the end of the privacy he cherishes. Will the credits roll before their ride into the sunset?
Review: Steve Sopol is an alias—he’s hiding an important piece of himself for many good reasons. When his big chance as a film writer comes through, there is only one catch: he must act opposite the big-name lead his small indie script managed to snare. It’s not that Steve hasn’t acted before, but writing is his passion, so if it means taking on the lead opposite the gorgeous Drew Beaumont in order to see his as yet unfinished screenplay make it onto film, Steve is willing to go the distance. But, the idea that this film could mean the end of his anonymity is a high price to pay.
Drew Beaumont is known about town for two things—his ability to deliver audiences and his single status. Drew has no desire to take on a relationship when occasional dalliances with either sex is good enough to scratch an itch. However, the more he gets to know his onscreen costar and head writer, the more Drew is drawn to the idea of actually trying his hand at making a go of something more than friendship. When a photo of he and Steve is leaked to the press, little does Drew realize exactly what that will mean for Steve, their budding romance, and any future the two men might have had together.
I think the most delightful thing about His Leading Man was the fact that Steve took on the more dominant role in the relationship when, by all expectations, it should have been the Hollywood star, Drew Beaumont, calling the shots. I loved that the author opted to shake up the normal pairing and make the lesser known man the one who really pulled the strings when it came to making the elusive Drew a quivering mess. I also enjoyed the fact that these two men became friends first and the romance was secondary. Yes, it was still fairly quick and, at times, predictable, but still I enjoyed this pairing immensely.
There is no doubt that this was a simple romance. There was no real angst, and even the revelation of who Steve really is was done with very little turmoil or negative repercussions. This was just a sweet love story with no real angst or moments of huge drama. His Leading Man is truly one of those books that is just about perfect for anyone wanting a delightful read on a sunny summer day.
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