Author: Kimber Vale
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Liquid Silver Books
Type: Novel from Series
Received from Author
Blurb: Kyrie is an actor with a physical aversion to telling lies, a one-eyed cat, and horrible taste in men. His ex-brother-in-law and best friend, Greg, harbors a secret crush he can’t shake. After denying his feelings for Kyrie for too long, Greg finally gives in to desire one drunken night. Come the morning, the facts get twisted. Kyrie pretends he doesn’t remember a thing—a lie that eats him alive—and Greg can’t stop thinking about how he screwed up the best thing in his life.
Before they can clear the air, Kyrie follows his dreams to New York City, but could he also be running away?
A mistake from Kyrie’s past detonates their silence, and Greg is forced to confront the man he loves. Is their new truth strong enough to support a relationship, or are they doomed to crumble under old fears? Their friendship could evolve into something a million times stronger, but maybe Kyrie’s act is just too hard for Greg to follow.
Review: We first met Kyrie Li and Greg Dwyer in Double Takes – book two of the Shooting Stars series. Kyrie was hired to play the boyfriend of Giovanni Savale on his reality tv show Real Rock. Kyrie and Greg didn’t have a huge part in Double Takes, but book 3 – Hard Act to Follow is all about them.
Greg and Kyrie are best friends and ex brother in laws. Greg was married to Kyrie’s sister, and even though they divorced some time ago, Greg and Kyrie have stayed close. But Greg has developed feelings for Kyrie, and he knows he can’t act on them. It could ruin everything between them, and Greg could not live without having Kyrie in his life. One night the two of them go out and get drunk and end up sleeping together. The next morning Kyrie sees a picture of himself and his sister in Greg’s drawer which makes him believe that Greg was only thinking of Jasmine while he was with Kyrie. Kyrie chooses to lie and pretend he doesn’t remember anything happening between them the next morning. He thinks it will make things easier, but of course that lie puts a huge strain on their friendship. They don’t talk or hang out, they hardly even text each other anymore. Neither one knows what to do to fix it and talking to each other is out of the question. When Greg gives Kyrie a way too generous graduation gift, things become even worse between the two of them.
Kyrie is about to move to New York and Greg cannot let him leave without fixing things. Greg goes to Kyrie’s and helps with the move and the two men seem to have things back on track. Then Greg gets a distressed call from a friend of Kyrie’s and he drops everything to go protect the man he loves.
This was a good book. A little angst and some non-communication between the two MCs, and If you’ve read the other books in this series you’ll be surprised to know that this book actually was a whole lot calmer than the others. Not so many different plots going on all at once, and if you’re a first time reader to this series you don’t necessarily have to read the first two books to understand who the characters are or what’s going on in the story. I didn’t know that before I got this one but I don’t regret taking the time to read the others. The only thing that disappointed me in Hard Act to Follow was I really wanted more of Kyrie’s POV. It seemed that this book was more about Greg than it was about him. I’ll be looking forward to seeing who the author writes about next.