My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So many things made me love this book, but one scenario drove me to drop one star. Sob.
Book One: How the Light Gets In
He was like the only splash of color in a black-and-white photograph.
The man was beautiful.
At an exhibition opening in Sydney, jaded Hollywood heartthrob Jaxon Moncrieff lays eyes on publicity-shy artist Liam Lassiter for the first time and is immediately captivated. But he doesn’t get far into their first conversation before he realizes what he’s feeling is attraction, which brings him up short. Jaxon has always been a womanizer.
Despite his reservations, Jaxon makes a play for Liam, but Liam has his own issues. Unlucky in love and orphaned at sixteen, he is reluctant to open his heart to anyone, and dismisses Jaxon out of hand.
Driven by a need he doesn’t understand, Jaxon organizes a return to Sydney to film his next project. If he can’t be with Liam, maybe they can be friends. Of course, that creates a whole new problem. Now Jaxon is falling in love for the first time. How can he move their relationship from friends to lovers without destroying the trust he’s worked so hard for?
Holy cow, did these two men have issues upon issues upon issues!
But hold on folks! Those words were not meant to downgrade the quality of this book, nor the entertainment value. It's just that these two main characters were survivors of a life that just kept giving them the curve ball.
The cast of characters in Same Page is fantastic, from the two main characters in Liam and Jaxon, to their fantastic friends and to Duchess. The character and plot development was great too, even if some were a tad too long in the evolution at the end of it all, the whole thing just meshed together in the best way.
Now, why did I rate this book one star down?
Well, I love my HEAs and then I love dogs. Simple as that. The loss of Duchess was not only painful to Liam, but to me as well. She had been with him for twelve years and her loss just triggered a crying bout on my part remembering the loss of my own BD after 14 years together. I love HEAs and I love dogs: ergo I want the dogs to live forever too. Is that too much to ask?
In any case, this was a great read, from the angsts all the way to the love scenes. And man! what love scenes. They read as the longest foreplay I had ever imagined! Holy *Camote! It was HOT!
So forgive me for dropping the one star, I will not apologize for it. Loved Duchess too much.
Oh yeah! Need I mention that Lily Velden just made my day when I read Adam Lambert? hehehhee
I cannot wait for Book Two!
*Camote: native sweet potato.
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