Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Being Screwed

Title: Being Screwed
Author: G.A. Hauser
Publisher: The G.A. Hauser Collection
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ISBN: 978-1453-7849-8-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Mark Antonious Richfield has always been overly sensitive about his looks. With his fortieth birthday fast approaching, he’s absolutely certain that he’s now an over-the-hill undesirable old man on the verge of being dumped by the ad agency he’s under contract with. He’s making his husband, Steve Miller, a little crazy but the loving and dependable ex-cop is doing all he can to support the man he loves through another difficult time, despite not agreeing with all Mark’s decisions.

One decision they do agree on is Mark reappearing on the sexy nighttime cable show, Forever Young. It reunites him with Keith and Carl and gives Mark the chance to show he’s still sexy and desirable. Adam and Jack are there, giving their support and helping to keep their man grounded.

Mark’s son, Alexander Mark Richfield, is now twenty-two. He’s a gorgeous young man in college and after two years, still in love with his boyfriend, Oliver Loveday. Everyone’s shocked when Alex is offered the starring role in a new racy cable show, Being Screwed. When Adam Lewis, Alex’s agent, suggests staying in the closet, Alex is both hurt and angry, refusing to deny his love for Oliver. Is Hollywood ready for an ‘out’ gay actor as a male lead role? Will Alex take Adam’s advice or not?

Being Screwed is release number seven in the Action! Series by G.A. Hauser and it’s a fun, fast-paced and sexy read from beginning to end. With the vast number of returning characters, I heartily recommend that all the books be read in order for the greatest understanding of the intertwined personal relationships. In fact, it wouldn’t hurt to read the stories of how Adam/Jack, Billy/Angel and Mickey/Jeff got together, all couples that appear in Being Screwed at some point. Check out Ms. Hauser’s website.

Mark Richfield is one of my favorite characters created by Ms. Hauser. His antics always manage to either keep me grinning because of his crazy behavior or groaning for the same reason. He’s a gorgeous, sexy and insecure man who’s certain his looks alone define his worth in life. At times like those, I want to shake him until his teeth rattle…which means the author has done her job and done it well. She’s surrounded him with a great group of loving men—wonderful three dimensional characters who I love to read about.

I have to admit when Mark’s son, Alex, was introduced, I wasn’t thrilled with him. He tormented his father and annoyed me, but I’ve grown fond of the character as he’s grown from a teenager to a young man. I appreciated that Ms. Hauser kept Alex with his long-term boyfriend, Oliver, which allowed Billy and Angel to continue as part of the cast.

I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens with the next release.

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