Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Shine A Light


Title: Shine A Light
Author: K.C. Kendricks
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-648-2
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Hollywood and Broadway star Donovan “Van” MacKenzie’s life fell apart after his ex-lover, Lynn, outed him, posting details of their sex life, complete with color photos, on his blog. Unable to get a job in New York, Van travels 200 hundred miles west of Broadway to St. Charles and a small summer theater, The Globe in The Grove, for a 6-month summer run of a new play. There he finds Shane, a noted set designer, who’s in town for family reasons. The attraction between the men simmers, but below the surface, on meeting but soon boils over into a blistering hot passion neither is willing to deny. When both Van and Shane’s vehicles are vandalized, it looks like Lynn isn’t finished with trying to destroy Van’s life. Can these two lovers weather the brewing storm or will past hurts ruin their chance at a happy future?

Shine A Light is a delightful story of one man’s struggle to put his professional life back together after being outed by an angry ex-lover. Even with the seriousness of what’s happened with Lynn, it’s a fun and entertaining story, even if the plot is a bit predictable. Ms. Kendricks did a nice job expressing both Van’s unrest and anger at Lynn, and his uncertainty of getting involved with the much younger Shane. Can he keep up with his lover? Will Shane get bored with him? All these and other questions are handled with understanding and realism.

The characters of Van and Shane are likable and the chemistry between them is obvious from their first meeting. This 32K novella length release is definitely a love story, but the sex doesn’t overwhelm the other things going on within its pages. There’s plenty of time left for our guys to build a relationship and renew Van’s career, all while dealing with Lynn and his crazy determination to keep Van for himself. This contemporary romance is enjoyable, leaving the reader with that happy, satisfied feeling at the end.

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