Summer Stock Kindle Edition
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Party boy Ryan Hertzog is in need of an image makeover and is sent to Banker's Shoals, North Carolina to spend the summer performing at his cousin's small theater. He's worn down, worn out, and trying to figure out where his career is going and what he wants it to be. He grew up in Banker's Shoals and he hopes being back with his cousin Caroline and good friend Mason will help him get back on track. Of course, waking up naked in a strange man's bed, being terrified of said strange man's beast of a dog, then literally being caught with his pants down (or absent in this case!) by the paparazzi does not a good first step make. However, once Ryan finds his footing after a blunt talk with Mason, Ryan begins to embrace the change of scenery and his love of the theater. It doesn't hurt that his one night stand turns out to be Trey Donovan, stagehand and all around handyman. Trey is sweet and sexy and though he is dealing with some major baggage, his attraction to Ryan can't be denied. Their chemistry is intense and their friendship, flirting and dirty talk was pretty freaking fabulous. I really enjoyed watching these two interact. Trey is both sweet and strong and Ryan endearingly vulnerable.
I really enjoyed the whole setting and the backdrop of the theater. The other actors in the company added a level of authenticity I dug a lot. And as for Ryan's best friend Ali and then West, well, I loved them both. I always really enjoy it when an author gives the main characters a strong support system and shows them interacting with other people than just each other and Vanessa delivered this so well. For a story about a Hollywood playboy who has some famous friends, the Hollywood factor played a small role in the overall story and allowed the focus to be mainly on Ryan and Trey. These two guys aren't perfect. Trey has a pretty traumatic past he's trying to move on from and Ryan is dealing with his own issues. While both men are complex and their issues heavy, they didn't bog down the story or drag things out. I loved that their relationship is the focus of the story and yeah, there are some really sexy scenes between Trey and Ryan but there are some emotional and intimate ones, too. Also, kudos to North for the great bisexual representation!
Summer Stock is a perfect balance of sweet and emotional so be sure to check this book out. And be prepared to fall in love with Ryan and Trey ... and Ferdy.
The last place Ryan thought he’d be spending the summer is in Banker’s Shoals North Carolina, but on the advice of his manager and agent he is home and doing Shakespeare in his cousin’s theater. While he’s not necessarily excited to be back home; he loves playing these characters again and getting back into “real’ acting. Ryan genuinely loved acting and even though he is well known, he was good non starring roles because for him it was about the art. I loved how he mentored the other actors and really wanted the productions to be the best they could be.
For years Trey has built the sets and been a part of the theater so it surprises him when he finds his one night stand at rehearsals and when he finds out he’s his friend’s cousin and a Hollywood star. Trey is a survivor and struggles with letting anyone get too close, but he is drawn to Ryan and can’t seem to get him out of his head. Being that Ryan isn’t “out” as bisexual, things get very interesting, very quickly.
I very much enjoyed this story and seeing everything that goes into a summer stock production. All the characters were interesting and Trey and Ryan were both very flawed. What I appreciated was that we saw both of these men grow throughout this story and become better versions of themselves.
Ms. North turns up the heat in this one and I would classify it as an erotic romance and that’s not a bad thing, but for those readers who don’t like extra steam with their sexy times you might be a bit surprised by this book. Me, I loved it!
I have to give a shout out to Trey’s dog, a Newfoundland who completely stole every scene he was in. Ferdinand aka Ferdy was huge, precious, and despite his size basically a big ol’ puppy who definitely loves chewing things up, especially underwear of unsuspecting guests.
A wonderful romance, an exciting epilogue (which gives me hope for more books to come), and best of all two people finding love despite the odds, I loved Summer Stock.
Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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