Title: Shine A Light
Author: KC Kendricks
Publisher: White Deer Enterprises
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: Extended Novella (32k words)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Lily
After being viciously outed by his spiteful ex-lover, Donovan “Van” MacKenzie, fallen Hollywood and Broadway star, lands on stage in a small town community theatre—and in the arms of set designer Shane Hollister. Van knows his attraction to the talented young man could seal the fate of his career, but he can’t resist having a “summer thing” while performing at The Globe. When an act of violence catches the men unaware, Van recognizes the message was really meant for him. Walking away from Shane might be the smart thing to do to keep him safe.
Shane Hollister had established himself as a Broadway set designer before his father’s accident forced him to move home to St. Charles. Needing work, Shane accepts a job at The Globe. To his surprise, the small operation equals any big city production. When Van MacKenzie signs on for the new show, Shane grabs the chance to have a summer fling with his big-screen idol, refusing to allow Van’s past to intrude.
Shane knows he has only one chance to catch a fallen star, and keep him for his own…
Donovan ‘Van’ MacKenzie comes to the small town of St. Charles to perform in the stage production of Sumner’s Garden. A film and Broadway star, he’s looking for a chance to continue acting while the scandal caused by his ex-lover outing him dies down. When he meets set designer Shane Hollister, Van is immediately drawn to the younger man but wary of becoming involved. Despite his reservations Van finds himself giving in to the attraction and spending the night with Shane. The next morning real life intrudes on the lovers and Van doesn’t even have a chance at a personal goodbye before heading back home.
A month later Van is on his way back to St. Charles and eager to see Shane again. But when Shane meets him at the airport he’s distant and reserved, totally unlike the outgoing young man Van is used to. He’s also brought along an old friend who’s visiting and Van’s hopes of spending time with Shane disappear. A few days later, during an emotional conversation, Shane is finally able to share with Van the reason for his distance.
Van is supportive and understanding and as the days go by their relationship deepens. They’re enjoying their time together as they prepare for opening night until someone starts to cause trouble. Van is sure it’s somehow connected to his past and his suspicions are proven correct in an act that almost cost him his life.
Shine A Light is an entertaining story. The plot, while a bit predictable, was still interesting enough to keep my attention throughout. Van and Shane are engaging and likable characters and I enjoyed the development of their relationship. The sex scenes are well written and pretty hot yet don’t overwhelm the overall feel of the story. The supporting characters are nice additions to the story.
Van is older than Shane and worries quite a bit about the thirteen year age difference between them while Shane’s concerned about their careers separating them. These are worries that any couple with a large age gap and jobs that could take them far away from each other might also have and so I felt it worked well in the story.
Overall this is a really nice, solidly written contemporary romance. It’s an easy read with a satisfying ending that clearly shows the heroes hopes for a wonderful future together. I enjoyed it and recommend it.