Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Rating: 3 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Gallery owner Jace Townsend loves his tiny hometown of Pineapple Grove, deep in South Florida. His life is filled with sunshine, blue skies, jogging on the beach with his dog, and the greatest friends a guy could want. What more could he ask for?
Love would be a great start. After his last relationship fell apart, Jace has begun to wonder if he’s ever going to find someone who would fit into his quiet life.
Of course, the last person who would fit into his life is a major movie star.
Trent Elrige is drowning. He’s constantly on the go from one movie obligation to the next. And after the last stalker got a little too close for comfort, Trent decides it’s time to take a step back and figure out what he’s doing with his life.
Pineapple Grove seemed the perfect spot to hide for six months and figure out his future. He just wasn’t expecting to be tackled by love so quickly.
But now that he’s found Jace, is he willing to risk everything he’s worked so hard for? And is Jace willing to walk away from his precious Pineapple Grove to be with Trent?
Review: Famous guy, Trent Elrige, is on vacation when he meets a handsome small town guy, Jace Townsend. They don’t plan for a great romance, but they do spend a lot of time together getting very close. Unfortunately, Trent is in the closet and isn’t willing to subject Jace to all the publicity that would come his way if he was suddenly seen with a big movie star. Or at least that’s what Trent says. As for Jace he’s got a busy life in his small town. His business, his sister, and his friends are all there. It’s his whole life. So by the time these guys realize they’re in love is about the same time they realize they’re at a relationship impasse. Something has to change.
Normally I avoid books about guys in the closet, however, I had just binge read both the Unbreakable Bonds Series and the Ward Security Series and figured I’d give this a chance. I wasn’t disappointed, but I wasn’t dazzled. Part of my issue may have been I just went from reading a bunch of romantic suspense books to a contemporary romance with my least favorite trope. There was a suspense aspect to this, but it very much wasn’t the point of the book, and it felt a bit out of place. This was very much a book about a relationship in the closet complete with the well intentioned yet nosy friends, a hospital scene, and a grand gesture. They didn’t play out exactly as expected, which I appreciated, but they were there.
So, the grand gesture scene. I usually find them vaguely coercive. You can’t turn a guy down after he does something grand, right? This scene I think played out well. It didn’t have that aspect of emotional manipulation that can turn me off. I was pleasantly surprised. Also, I think one of the reasons for Trent and Jace to break up was really valid. Dating someone famous comes with a loss of privacy. The break up wasn’t all about Trent still being in the closet. Both Trent and Jace had to change their lives to be with each other. There was parity.
All in all this is still not my favorite trope, and I’d probably rather read romantic suspense, but this was pretty good. I was certainly happy to read it.