Title: The Otto Digmore Difference (The Otto Digmore Series #1)
Author: Brent Hartinger
Publisher: BK Books
Release Date: February 21, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, actor, misunderstandings, unlikely love interest
Page Count: 228 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Otto Digmore is a 26-year-old gay guy with dreams of being a successful actor, and he’s finally getting some attention as a result of his supporting role on a struggling sitcom. But he’s also a burn survivor with scars on half his face, and all indications are that he’s just too different to ever find real Hollywood success.
Now he’s up for an amazing new role that could change everything. Problem is, he and his best friend Russel Middlebrook have to drive all the way across the country in order to get to the audition on time.
It’s hard to say which is worse: the fact that so many things go wrong, or that Russel, an aspiring screenwriter, keeps comparing their experiences to some kind of road trip movie.
There’s also the fact that Otto and Russel were once boyfriends, and Otto is starting to realize that he still might have romantic feelings for his best friend.
Just how far will Otto go to get the role, and maybe the guy, of his dreams?
This book really turned out to be such an inspiring read. I have not read the series that this book was a spinoff from, but Russel (who is the lead character in the other series) is a supporting role to the main character in this book. From his time in this book I can only imagine that his series was an amazing one also.
Otto is an actor that has just come off of his four to five month of true frame in a series he was cast in. For Otto he knows that this was an amazingly unbelievable opportunity because he is so different from other actors. Otto is a good-looking man but from an accident when he was 7 years old he was left scarred on one side of his face and part of his chest from a burn. So to be given this opportunity he was extremely grateful. Otto also realizes that he is a good actor but in reality he has a lot going against him at being cast in other roles but he is determined not to give up.
Otto’s agent is not that supportive when it comes to finding him a role that is not on the “freaky” side but more on the serious side. This is the type of actor Otto wants to be and knows that he is good at. So when his agent’s assistant tells him there is a role in a script that they just received at the agency that Greg believes Otto would be perfect for, Otto cannot wait to read the script to see what is so special about it.
From almost the beginning of the script Otto feels that he is perfect for the role and as it turns out he will do almost anything in order to be able to read for the role.
With a series of events Otto ends up on a road trip to read for the Julian Lockwood an Oscar-winning director. Along for the ride is Otto’s best friend, and at one time boyfriend, Russel. Along the way Otto knows that old feelings start to surface again for him where Russel is concerned but he also knows that it is impossible for him to ever admit the feelings to Russel cause he was recently married.
This road trip turned into something so much more for Otto then an acting opportunity. It turned into Otto realizing exactly who he is on the inside and what he is looking for in his life at the end of the day. And he may just able to get that but not from who he originally hoped it would come from, but from the least likely person.
This is only book one in the series and I expect each book to be better then the last. I really enjoyed this read. It was inspiring in the fact that people have to believe in themselves and not give up the things they want because of what is on the outside of that person as far as appearances goes but to trust and believe in themselves and to figure out who and what they have going on in the inside.
I really look forward to the next book in this series because I have a feeling that there is going to involve more some searching and hopefully a step closer in Otto finding his happily ever after.