Author: Shona Husk
Genre: Adult, M/M Romance
Published: October 25, 2016
Published By: Escape Publishing
|A diva who lives for the spotlight, a sailor deeply in the closet, a love that will change them both.
Ripley Malone is returning to Perth in triumph. A principal ballet dancer in a production that has critics raving, he is an unqualified success, and all the small-minded people that made his life hell can kiss his lycra-covered ass. But behind the makeup and the glitter and the costumes, Ripley is beginning to tire, tire of the competition, the drive, the endless parade of meaningless lovers.
For Pierce Lovell, joining the Navy was a way out of rural Victoria, but becoming a submariner comes with its own set of challenges. The close living quarters and long months away are awkward enough without adding any extra tension around his sexuality. The fear is probably in his head, but he isn’t taking any chances with his career. He gets by on anonymous one-night-stands every time they come to shore and keeps his heart well-shielded. But one night with Ripley opens the tantalising possibility of more.
Through a mistake Ripley is injured. He can’t dance. His wings are clipped and he crashes down and hits the earth hard. Pierce knows their affair can’t possibly end in anything but heartache, but he can’t stay away. As Ripley heals and reassesses his life, he is determined not to make the same mistakes again. That means letting someone see the vulnerable side of him. But vulnerability for Pierce could cost him everything.
First this is a new to me author, and the book sounded really good….it had promise for me and I always love finding new authors.
Ripley is a ballet dancer, out and proud. Pierce is a closeted Navy man. These two meet and one would assume…something monumental, explosive, powerful and passionate. But for me, there was none of that. Are these two attracted to each other, yes…but at times I just found it awkward. And while I know my copy was an ARC and there are to be errors, there seemed to be a lot of errors here and I don’t know if this is lack of editing or not. I hope the finally copy is corrected.
Another reviewer commented that this book often read “like a stream of consciousness…from someone with a short attention span” and I have to agree with that. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but it is just like that.
The ending wrapped up the overall story with a nice little HFN bow.
While I was not totally impressed with this book, it will not discourage me from giving this author another try.
|Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.
With over forty books published, ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance.