Title: Creative Process
Author: Jodi Payne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 25th Sep, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 206
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Best-selling thriller author Reese Kelsey knows his career isn’t conducive to romance. He doesn’t work the normal nine-to-five, and sometimes his characters take hold and demand all his attention, causing him to neglect important appointments… and lovers. Rather than go through another heartbreak, Reese contents himself with his small circle of friends—fellow gay New York City artists—and his dedicated publicist, Chad.
Until he sees Owen Mercado lugging his cello toward the subway and impulsively offers him a ride.
Owen has worked long and hard for a career in the symphony, and success comes with a demanding schedule—something Reese understands. Their desires and lifestyles are surprisingly compatible, and Reese and Owen certainly set the bedroom on fire. They’re both carrying baggage, but they fit, and it’s hard not to hope for a future that once seemed impossible.
But when Reese’s work inevitably pulls him into its dark world and refuses to let go, Owen draws a hard line, and Reese discovers he can’t rely on good intentions alone. He will have to control the obsession that drove his other lovers away or risk losing Owen as well.
‘Creative Process’ by Jodi Payne depicts exactly what its name indicates: the creative exercise of two extremely talented and involved individuals and how it meshes along with their love lives and finally defines their relationship. I enjoyed the story especially the ‘Creative Process’ of our MC, Reese who is a thriller novelist with an intriguing and twisted mind.
Don’t be alarmed, this is not a dark/gory book. The gore, the killings and the murder mystery all happens in Reese’s head and it was a really great thing to experience.
Reese Kelsey is a best-selling thriller novelist and he is known for getting consumed by the characters and words and plot of his stories for more than days at a time. He is passionate about his work which reflects in the extreme success of his novels. But his success comes with a heavy price of failed relationships which always leaves Reese heartbroken and more and more wary of falling in love again. He is alone and not happy with it and has deemed his love-life as a lost cause. And then one night it all changes as he meets the handsome and beautiful musician, Owen Mercado. The chemistry between them sizzles and charges the air all around. Owen is smitten as well but Reese’s older insecurities rear their ugly heads just as things start to get rolling. Will Owen understand Reese’s idiosyncrasies and accept him as the way he is or will Reese have to go through heartbreak once again??? Read to find out!
This book perfectly describes the creative flow of an author and how one immerses oneself while creating something absolutely fantastic as a novel. I enjoyed the goings on behind Reese’s head while he is writing a thriller. It was a beautiful process but could also be frustrating and as in Reese’s case lead to failed relationships with accusations of being inattentive and not being involved enough.
Reese’s dilemma was real and I really enjoyed how he deals with all of his ‘abandonment’ issues while falling in love with Owen. The solutions did not come with pretty bows tied to them. Reese had to compromise a little and of course Owen had to understand and respect Reese’s creativity and give him his space when he is writing. The resolution was not a guaranteed happy ending but it was more of a ‘work in progress’ as is the case in real-life.
Owen is a talented musician and is very dedicated to his craft so he understands the drive behind Reese’s writing. He supports Reese and understands his creative process as they navigate their newly fledgling relationship. They were good together and I enjoyed their story a lot.
The romance part troubled me a little. Reese had trust issues so I was kind of surprised when he breaks out the ‘I Love You’s so quickly. There was chemistry of course but I did not get the overwhelming mushy feeling of love between Reese and Owen as they ‘fall into love’. It’s not that bad but I just felt that there was something missing.
I know it’s a romance novel and was actually about Reese and Owen but I just can’t help but keep wondering about Harris (Reese’s novel’s protagonist) and how he will deal with the serial killer. Reese, that devious bastard left me hanging with that shocking cliffhanger and now I am dying to know what will happen nextpouts If you are mystery lover like me, be warned that the story within the story ends in a cliffhanger!
Bottom line, I enjoyed this story. It can be described as ‘behind the scenes’/’making’ of a thriller novel with a little drama, loads of heat and of course, Love!