Length: 60,332 words
Cover Design: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Truman Reid is Summitville High’s most out-and-proud senior. He can't wait to take his fierce, uncompromising self away from his small Ohio River hometown, where he’s suffered more than his share of bullying. He’s looking forward to bright lights and a big city. Maybe he’ll be the first gender-fluid star to ever win an Academy Award. But all that changes on the first day of school when he locks eyes with the most gorgeous hunk he’s ever seen.
Mike Stewart, big, dark-haired, and with the most amazing blue eyes, is new to town. He's quiet, manly, and has the sexy air of a lost soul. It’s almost love at first sight for Truman. He thinks that love could deepen when Mike becomes part of the stage crew for Harvey, the senior class play Truman's directing. But is Mike even gay? And how will it work when Truman's mother is falling for Mike’s dad?
Plus Truman, never the norm, makes a daring and controversial choice for the production that has the whole town up in arms.
See how it all plays out on a stage of love, laughter, tears, and sticking up for one’s essential self….
Review by: Jennifer
Truman Reid's senior year starts out with a new crush, the hot guy on the bus, but then he doesn't set eyes on him again for a few weeks. That's ok with Truman, as school keeps him busy. Just when he decides to audition for the school play, he runs into the new crush, who signed up as a stage hand. Mike's parents decided to not only divorce but also move back to their hometown. Now labeled the new kid, and trying to fit in but at the same time hiding who he really is, Mike knows that Truman is just his type, but is he willing to step out and not be a "normal" boy? When Truman is asked to step up and take the lead in the play, will Truman be able to do what he knows he was born to do, be an actor.... even if it means playing the lead female part?
I found myself really enjoying this story, and feeling all the feels for Truman. All that Truman has had to go through in the past and the fact that he still refuses to hide just who he is, and if you don't like it don't look attitude that he has, just makes you totally in his corner. I did NOT read the first book in this series, and I probably should have, but I can't change that now. I LOVED that there were a few naughty moments in this story, I was really not expecting that so that was a very nice surprise. I give this 4 stars.
Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book. Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” You can find him at www.rickrreed.com or www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband.
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