Title: Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris
Author: H.L. Holston and Eleanor Bruce
Publisher: SH Publishing
Release Date: July 3, 2015
Genre(s): Gay Fiction
Page Count: 108 Pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.3 stars out of 5
Dante Moretti has a big problem. His acting career has hit the skids and he’s desperate to land the lead role in the next Hollywood blockbuster. It’s his last chance to get back on the superstar track.
But, his personal life is a train wreck. No sane director will work with him any longer. Solution? Bribe his best friend and former co-star, Chris Parker to play the role of his long-term boyfriend. Showing the world he’s in a committed relationship will hopefully convince casting agents he’s reformed, stable and trustworthy.
Even if it’s a lie.
What Dante doesn’t count on is the public’s reaction to the announcement that Chris and he are a couple…and his own feelings for Chris spiraling out of control.
Under the merciless cameras of the paparazzi, Dante is forced to choose–his leading man status or the man he thought was just his best friend. Who ever thought that pretending to be in love would be this hard?
Dante Moretti is in the bathroom trying to fend off a panic attack when he overhears the casting director for the movie he’d just read for say it’s a shame Dante won’t be hired because no studio wants to invest in someone with his messy personal life.
“…The studio won’t hire him because he’s worse than Lindsay Lohan. Its one disastrous relationship after another all played out on the tabloid front pages and on TMZ. The studio wants someone who’s stable. Someone like Neil Patrick Harris…a poster child of monogamy that the Midwest could eat up, and despite the logical inconsistency, believe was a serious love interest for Emily.”
So Dante does what any sane, about to lose his mortgage and have to move back home if he doesn’t get a gig soon, actor would do – he goes to his best friend and begs him to pretend to be his boyfriend. They’ll be sighted out by the paparazzi and set the gossip tongues wagging about their “committed” relationship and bam! Dante will get the role.
The main problem is former child star Chris Parker is straight. (Mostly. You know, except for that experimental phase at Julliard that he never talks about and only told Dante about under strictest confidence.) The other problem is that Chris’s business manager stole all his money and ran off to Rio so he’s been staying on Dante’s couch for the past two months. Which means Chris needs to start getting some roles himself, soon, and there isn’t one thirty-something A-lister they can name who’s still been cast in a blockbuster movie or on television after they’ve announced they’re gay.
Which means that while this could help Dante’s career, it would likely hurt Chris’s. It’s something that Dante doesn’t really think about (which is a pattern with Dante throughout the story).
After Dante eventually confesses to Chris just how bad financially he’s doing…the money he’d made from previous work is long gone and anything else is tied up in his house…he can only afford to pay the mortgage for another couple of months – then they’ll both be living in their cars.
Chris agrees to his scheme and from there as they “act” like real boyfriends…real enough that Dante and Chris begin having some pretty hot sex and falling for each other.
I LOVED CHRIS! Chris is an absolutely delightful character to read and really made the book for me. He’s warm, sweet, funny, hot, sexy and loving. If he has one fault it’s constantly forgiving Dante when Dante jumps into things without weighing the consequences, or says something terribly hurtful, or blurts out something without thinking. In the end Chris loves Dante despite his many, many flaws.
The plot has some major holes, and I didn’t particularly care for Dante, I think Chris could have done a lot better (c’est la vie! Love is blind, folks!)…but I thought there was some great humor in this and I enjoyed all the pop-culture references and Hollywood star name dropping. Once I looked past Dante’s many faults and stopped poking holes at it, this turned into a quick, fun, sexy read.
Previously published in the anthology, Limelight: A M/M Entertainment Bundle.
Copy generously provided by SH publishing in exchange for an honest review.