Title: Love on Location
Author: Lucy Felthouse
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 12th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 67 pages
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
When Theo Samuels heads off to film on location in the village of Stoneydale, he’s expecting drama to take place on camera, not off. But when he meets gorgeous local lad, Eddie Henderson, he struggles to ignore his attraction. A relationship between the two of them would be utterly impractical, yet they’re drawn together nonetheless. Can they overcome the seemingly endless hurdles between them? Or is their fling destined to remain as just that?
Note: Love on Location has been previously released as part of the Brit Boys: On Boys boxed set.
This very English novella is based mostly in a stately home set in the beautiful countryside of the Peak District. A perfect place to find love, you’d hope. Except our two main guys are firmly locked in the closet and have no intention of getting involved with another man at the start of the story. Despite this, they are instantly attracted and enjoy each other’s company. Cute and easy-going Eddie shows a nervous Theo the surrounding area to help him get into character for his forthcoming acting role. Theo resists showing his feelings, not only because he doesn’t want to out himself and potentially ruin his career, but because he doesn’t feel it’s fair to start a relationship when he is based miles away in London and his future acting schedule could send his worldwide.
Both characters have their bristling ‘drama queen’ moments, which results in a couple of misunderstandings. They seem to spend more time falling out and arguing than falling in love. Even so, each time they make up and give their friendship another go. Theo rashly invites Eddie to stay in London with him after only knowing him a day or two, but then backtracks. He feels guilty and decides to be honest, which results in the two men finally making out and having sex. Despite the risk of heartache, they decide to give their relationship a go after all and we’re told they spend some time together in London. The story jumps forward in time until Theo is about to go on tour and the two men lay their feelings on the line.
I liked the overall outline and premise of this story. Apart from during their long sex scene, I didn’t really get a sense of chemistry between these guys. There are a few witty exchanges, plus Eddie encourages Theo on and off set and Theo gives him some career advice. I would have liked more positive interaction between them on the film location and during their time in London, with a few ‘aww’ moments as they fell in love and got to know each other better. Being gay was supposedly new to Eddie as he was still figuring out ‘how it all works’. Yet he didn’t seem shy in the bedroom. Theo spends much of his time worrying about coming out and the consequences of a committed relationship and the effect it will have on his career, but by the end of the story he’s managed to deal with his worries and is much happier in himself.