Acting Out (Hollywood #2)

Title: Acting Out Acting Out (Hollywood #2)
Author: Tibby Armstrong
Publisher: Self Published
Buy link: (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary MM
Length: Novel
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Andrea

Review Summary:  Both books in this series have a good romance of their own, but what I really loved was how the couple from the previous book is integral to this one.

Jeremy Ash, aspiring actor, is single, gorgeous…and openly, quietly gay. When he lands a starring role opposite America’s favorite former child star, 21-year old Kit Harris, he’s ecstatic and more than a little attracted to the enigmatic star.

Kit Harris’s career has been flagging and his agent promises this new film, an edgy coming out story with a famed director, is just the thing to get it back on track. The problem is that the film is relatively intimate in nature, and Kit’s definitely not gay. He’s not even slightly bent.

When the two men collide in a crushing first test kiss, Kit’s left reeling and Jeremy’s left wanting, and both are left gasping for air. And that was just the screen test. When filming starts and the two men are brought into close proximity every day, passions ignite and souls collide–both on screen and off. The two men find that the only way to assuage their mutual lust is to give in to it. Kit’s sure this strange new attraction will run its course; Jeremy’s hoping it never has to end.

But when a manipulative model obtains salacious film footage of the two men in bed, Kit’s prepared to do whatever it takes to save his career. But how far is too far to push the boundaries of love and how long can one man hide from himself?

Hollywood Series


Someone else originally planned on reviewing this series but had to back out, I agreed to do it at that point. It’s not one I would have normally gone for. When I originally read the blurb I thought the movie story line running concurrently with the reality of the stars would be confusing. To be completely honest, this is the type of book I usually sneer at because there is obviously no substance here. :crouch:  Anyway, I set my prejudice aside and dove in. I discovered something completely unexpected, books I really liked.   :hurrah: I have found another guilty pleasure in this series.

Kit is everything I hate when I think of an actor in Hollywood. He’s condescending, shallow, concerned only with his image, and has a huge chip on his shoulder. He is also a closet case. He absolutely refuses to admit he might possibly be gay even though sex with another man is the best he has ever had and he can’t get enough. It irritated me and it irritated Jeremy, Kit’s lover. Kit’s denial hurts Jeremy, but he puts up with it and ends up falling in love with Kit. It’s exactly this type of situation that drives me crazy. The angst and drama was right at my threshold for enjoyment. If you’ve read But My Boyfriend Is by KA Mitchell, you’ll have a good idea what I’m talking about because both books have a similar feel. Another complaint I have is the amount of sex. I enjoy a hot sex scene but I don’t need or want this much. Another problem for me was the blackmail drama at the end. It didn’t make sense and I thought Kit was a moron for going along with it.

So, what did I like about the book? I liked that Jeremy wasn’t what he appeared to be at first glance. Underneath the talent and beautiful face was a man barely holding it together. I loved that Kit changed as he got to know Jeremy and understood everything Jeremy had overcome to get to this point. Kit grew over the course of the book and ended up being a good guy. Jeremy grew too, he discovered a sense of self-worth and gained some confidence. I connected with them both and was invested in their well being.

I also appreciated how much this book built on the first one, No Apologies. The time frame of this book overlaps a lot of the first one. That was great because even though the two books tell different stories, they build off one another very well. This book added a lot of small details which were important to the romance in the first book. It added important information about the adult relationship of the couple from the first book, Greg and Aaron. I can’t help but be impressed with how well thought out this series is.

I wouldn’t suggest trying to read this series out of order. The books build on each other as they go. I don’t think you would be able to fully appreciate or understand the importance of certain scenes if you haven’t read the previous book. I have a fondness for well-written books in a series so this really appeals to me. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy books in a series and are looking for an enjoyable read with an angsty romance.

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