Acting Up (Natosha’s Review)

Title: Acting Up
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 23, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, friends to lovers, actors, straight to gay
Page Count: 190 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

It’s not easy breaking into show biz. Especially when you aren’t exactly loaded with talent. But Malcolm Fox won’t let a little thing like that hold him back.

Actually, it isn’t the show-business part of his life that bothers him as much as the romantic part—or the lack thereof. At twenty-six, Malcolm has never been in love. He lives in San Diego with his roommate, Beth, another struggling actor, and each of them is just as unsuccessful as the other. While Malcolm toddles off to this audition and that, he ponders the lack of excitement in his life. The lack of purpose. The lack of a man.

Then Beth’s brother moves in.

Freshly imported from Missouri of all places, Cory Williams is a towering hunk of muscles and innocence, and Malcolm is gobsmacked by the sexiness of his new roomie from the start. When infatuation enters the picture, Malcolm knows he’s really in trouble. After all, Cory is straight!

At least, that’s the general consensus.

This was a good read. It has some funny parts and it has some serious parts. I enjoyed reading it but I honestly cannot put my finger on it but I felt like something was missing and that is why I only have it a three in rating.

Malcom was a trip. He does this book from his perspective so there are times he is actually talking to the reader. Or at least in the first chapter of the book anyway. Malcom has never been in love and is a struggling actor. His roommate which is also his best friend is Beth and she too is a struggling actress so they are there to lend each other support and back up one another when they both need it.

Beth’s brother is moving to town and needs a place to stay so of course Beth offers. Pry their place to stay. At first when Malcom hears about this he is not too thrilled about it, or at least he is not thrilled until he lays eyes on him.

Malcom knows crushing and lusting after Cory is going to get him no where because Cory is straigh. Well that is what he believes at least until Cory finally gets up the courage to tell Malcom that he is gay and that he really wants to be with Malcom. Malcolm is thrilled but everyone keeps asking him about being in love with Cory and Malcom not knowing what love truly feels like does not know if it is love or not.

Cory knows that Malcom is feeling is the same thing he is feeling, he is just waiting for Malcom to catch up. Things between these two men build including their acting careers. Each moment they spend with each other is another moment they fall harder for each other. Once Malcolm finally realizes what he is feeling for Cory is love it is as if everything finally falls into place for these two men.

This was a good read. But like I said I felt like something was missing. I think I may have figured out what it was. There was nothing hard about them getting together. It just happened and that was basically it. The only thing that could be considered turmoil would be Malcom trying to figure out if what he felt was love but even that did not cause any kind of grief really. It was just all too easy. Still regardless it was a comical, sweet read. And I did enjoy reading it.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.