Acting Out

Tibby Armstrong
Acting Out
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Loose Id
Release Date
May 2012
Book 2 of Hollywood
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Jeremy Ash, an aspiring actor, is single, gorgeous…and openly, quietly gay. When he lands a starring role opposite America's favorite former child star, 21-year old Kit Harris, he's ecstatic and more than a little attracted to the enigmatic star.

Kit Harris's career has been flagging and his agent promises this new film, an edgy coming out story with a famed director, is just the thing to get it back on track. The problem is that the film is relatively intimate in nature, and Kit's definitely not gay. He's not even slightly bent.

When the two men collide in a crushing first kiss that leaves both gasping for air, Kit's left reeling and Jeremy's left wanting. And that was just the audition. When filming starts and the two men are brought into close proximity every day, passions ignite and souls collide–both on screen and off. The two men find that the only way to assuage their mutual lust is to give in to it. Kit's sure this strange new attraction will run its course; Jeremy's hoping it never has to end.

But when a manipulative model obtains salacious film footage of the two men in bed, Kit's prepared to do whatever it takes to save his career. But how far is too far to push the boundaries of love and how long can one man hide from himself?

NOTE: While "Acting Out" further explores some characters and themes from "No Apologies", it is not necessary to read the books in any particular order to enjoy them fully.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Sep 26, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
143 people found the following review helpful
Need a bit of Hollywood in your life? Coming out among the stars, where pretty people are just as likely to stab you in the back as the next guy isn't any easier than in your kitchen spilling your biggest secret to your parents. ACTING OUT is a huge project where ‘humans' turn into their star personas and the famous show their human side.

Jeremy just needs a chance to set his life straight, to let go of the past, and standing in line for an audition among the other sorry individuals is anything but confidence building. His secrets come to light later in the story, but as a start we get a somewhat insecure and shy young man with loads of potential and this one sudden break in life. He gets the part in a gay movie where he meets Kit, a star full of himself who was raised among the famous and acts just the part.

The tension between them is amazing for the movie, where they grow to feel exactly as the characters they are portraying and face the demons from their own lives. Jeremy takes the brunt of it as he deals with love in the making and his old, still bleeding scars, but Kit is the one drifting without any anchor, lost in his newfound feelings and scared out of his mind for his own fame.

The guys are some complex characters who know how to love and how to ‘love' and while their road is far from smooth, during the whole story I got the feeling that they could handle it. My deciding point happened quite early as I read chapter one and right away knew how the story would end. Half the rating of a book for me is the anticipation. I like to travel the road with the characters and be surprised, share their heartache and experience their ups and downs. Chapter One stole that from me, and to spoil it further, it ended with a cliffhanger that haunted me during the rest of the book.

It was hard to appreciate Jeremy and Kit's story slowly maturing into something strong when I knew in advance what their big rift would be and couldn't wait to get to the resolution. My preference aside, ACTING OUT was my first book by this author, and I was pretty much amazed with the quality of the writing. I love the easy flow of the words and the beautiful descriptions that kept my attention even when the story itself didn't.

This book is a standalone but there is a book before it which stars Greg and Aaron, side characters in ACTING OUT, as well as a third book with the same characters. Some might want to start from the beginning and fully enjoy this series because even this one is a good book which will appeal to many. In any case I recommend Tibby Armstrong for the talent, which isn't something you should miss.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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