- File Size: 493 KB
- Print Length: 119 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing (June 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HLEUZ3Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,623 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Balancing Act (Shooting Stars Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Balancing Act is the fourth book in the Shooting Star series, and should be read following Hard Act to Follow, where the MCs from this story fall in love. To sum up: Greg Dwyer was married to Jasmine Li, sister of out gay actor/model Kyrie Li. They divorced years ago, but Kyrie harbored a serious crush on his brother-in-law, and Greg’s continued contact with Jas’ family allowed a friendship—and eventual love affair—to develop.
It’s been more than a year since Greg and Kyrie started dating, and they now live together in NYC. This all happens without Greg coming out as bisexual, if not gay. Kyrie hates being in Greg’s closet, but he’s accommodated because he truly loves Greg. Greg feels guilty that he’s not doing right by Kyrie, and he’s becoming increasingly nervous that Kyrie will find a more glamorous boyfriend who will love him openly. A spontaneous trip gives Greg the courage to come out at home.
Well, until Greg’s estranged mother shows up at his doorstep, literally penniless, and outspokenly bigoted. She’s not happy that Greg still keeps in contact with his ex’s brother—and was never happy with that match because both Jas and Kyrie are half-black, half-Asian. She’s a repugnant human, in truth, and all Kyrie’s hopes for domestic bliss seem to be shattered under Mama’s pedicured heel. So, Kyrie looks for consolation with his model friend, Anders—a beautiful androgynous gay man. And Greg’s a wreck.
Okay, so I kinda wanted to knock Greg in the teeth. He was a colossal jackass, in his treatment of Kyrie before his mother came to town, but especially afterward. Egads, man! Grow a pair! I wanted to say, but he’s just a non-confrontational guy in this book. Which was out of character from his previously more assertive incarnation in Hard Act to Follow. The hard part of writing those middle years books is that the bright spark of initial attraction often settles into the banked heat of a smoldering briquette. Kyrie and Greg still have the heat, but Greg’s unwillingness to lay any public claim undermines their intimacy and blunts the romance. His paranoia over accidentally outing himself is a painful and stressful experience for both himself and Kyrie. Kyrie is a sweet, loving man whose patience has been tested beyond mortal limits, but his love for Greg is rock solid. He sure has plenty of opportunity to seek out affection elsewhere, but won’t stray—even when it seems they’re truly over.
Their relationship is really on the brink, and there are some domestic issues that are incidentally problematic—but which lead to a thrilling reunion. Expect Greg to make the right steps at just the right time to save his lover and their relationship. Also, expect some smoking-hot sexytimes, and some ice-cold shoulders. I liked how they both resolved to be better partners, and their future seems even brighter for their renewed commitment.
I received a free advanced copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
I love this series! Sweet, fun, easily read and thoroughly enjoyable. All of the first three books works as stand alones, all though the couples ‘visit’ in other books, so we get to see snippets of their HEA, which is lovely for those of us that have read them all, but not confusing for those who haven’t. That being said I will not recommend anyone read this one as a stand alone. This is the continued story of Kyrie and Greg from book 3, about what happens after the ‘I love you’.
Kyrie and Greg are living together now and have been for more than a year since we last saw them. Kyrie has been offered some modelling jobs and takes them for the exposure. This leaves the couple rattled. Kyrie is suddenly surrounded by out and proud beautiful gay men, where as Greg is still struggling with getting more than a toe out of the closet. Jealousy and secrets are not conducive to a healthy relationship, no matter how hot the sex is and how affectionate and happy you are behind closed doors and when Greg’s mother come for an extended stay, and even the privacy of their own home is no longer safe, feelings and emotions reach a boiling point.
Ms. Vale is a very evil person, there I’ve said it. I loved Greg in ‘A Hard Act to Follow’. Truly. I did. But I have never wanted to smack someone upside the head as much as I wanted to smack Greg in this book.
The story was great, as always. The writig flowed nicely and the reader is kept engaged all the way through. I read it in one sitting, all during Sunday, completely ignoring all of the things I should have done instead.
No matter how much I wanted to smack Greg though, and how frustrated and quite frankly anxious I was whilst reading it, I can happily report that everything turns out well in the end and I will warmly recommended this book and the whole of the series.
The book comes out on June 27th this year. But whilst you wait, why not go to your local book seller and pick up the other three in the ‘Shooting Stars’ series. Forever Is Now, Double Takes, Hard Act to Follow. You won’t be sorry.
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
When I first started reading this book I was a little disappointed that it was about Greg and Kyrie again, but as I got into the book I was happily sucked back in. The addition of Andy added to the excitement. I was fortunate to be able to binge read this series. Now that I am all caught up, I wonder if it will continue. Hoping for a book 5. The plot of the book has Greg and Kyrie well into their relationship, but Greg is still hiding the fact that he is gay from everyone but Kyrie’s family and their close friends. His mother doesn’t even know, and when she shows up on their doorstep and Greg treats Kyrie as a roommate Kyrie moves in with beautiful supermodel Anders. When the rumors start that something is going on between Kyrie and Anders, Greg is not the only one that is jealous. The chemistry between Kyrie and Greg is hotter than ever even with a few rough spots. This book is shorter than the others in the series, but there is still plenty of drama and action. The dramatic ending is just what this reader ordered. These characters have come a long way. K. Vale, Anders Berglund needs his own story.
SCORES on a scale of 1-5 Stars rate each of the Following 5
PLOT: 5 Stars
CHEMISTRY: 5 Stars
PACING: 5 Stars
ENDING: 5 Stars
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 5 Stars
Review Copy of Balancing Act provided by the Liquid Silver Books for an honest review. Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club
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