Title: Outtakes (Hollywood #4)
Author: Tibby Armstrong
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: contemporary romance
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: It’s not exactly enjoyable to read about a relationship at its breaking point, but the added insight to Jeremy and Kit make it a worthwhile read.
After actor Kit Harris tells the world he’s gay, life isn’t all cupcakes and rainbow flags. It’s decidedly less tasty and a lot less colorful. Coming out might not have been the best thing for a Hollywood career or a high-profile love life.
Try as he might, rising star Jeremy Ash can’t seem to stir Kit’s interest long enough to heal his bruised ego or fragile heart. Complicating matters, a celebrity chef enters with plans to cook up a new angle on Kit’s career.
Jeremy’s worried Kit’s going off half-baked, or worse, turning up the heat on a new relationship. Either way, Jeremy knows the situation is a recipe for disaster if he and Kit can’t come up with the ingredients to love.
If you’ve read my reviews for the other books in this series, especially Acting Out, you’ll know how much I enjoyed Kit and Jeremy. When we last saw them, they were happy and in love. Kit had just come out and everything was looking great. I thought that was the end, but Outtakes is the continuation of their story.
Kit is in a downward spiral which neither he nor Jeremy can stop. Jeremy’s acting career has skyrocketed while Kit can’t get anything more than bit parts. They’ve grown apart and are at the breaking point. Kit has been coping with his depression by finding comfort in baking, and he has the love handles to prove it. That’s just another point of contention between the two. When Kit has the opportunity to start a new career path, Jeremy is less than supportive. Waiting to take Jeremy’s place is a hot celebrity chef willing to support and nurture Kit in ways Jeremy will not.
I’ve run through multiple ways of stating this in my head, but I think it’s best to be blunt. I did not enjoy reading about this stage of Jeremy and Kit’s relationship. It was sad and uncomfortable. There is no doubt that they are in the process of breaking up and, as a fan of this series, it hurt. There were times when this book felt like one awkward encounter which ended up in an argument after another. As much as it depressed me to read, it is an important turning point in their relationship. They had been riding the high of love and celebrity stardom in the previous books. When those things started to wane, the weaknesses in their relationship revealed themselves. They needed to deal with some important issues and this forced them to do it.
Outtakes is for fans of the series and I would encourage them to read it. It adds another piece to the puzzle and gives Jeremy and Kit even more depth. They’re struggling to keep from being torn apart, and losing themselves in the process. As always, Greg and Aaron are on hand to offer their tough love and brutally honest opinions. I was reminded once again how much I loved every one of these men. The only complaint I have is that I felt no sense of closure with this book. Kit and Jeremy did resolve their problems and learned to communicate in new ways, but I didn’t get the sense that their story was complete. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but I hope to see more of both couples.