Title: Kaden (Boyfriend for Hire #2)
Author: RJ Scott And Meredith Russell
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Release Date: August 10, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Gay Romance
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When the lines between pretense and reality blur, can the actor and the boyfriend-for-hire discover something real?
Ryan Levesque is Hollywood’s newest blue-eyed boy. Moving from soap operas to the big screen has paid off for the kid from Minnesota, and he’s hot property. But, when a video from the lowest point of his past is shared on social media everything begins to unravel and old hurts resurface. His agent suggests a way out of the mess, and he jumps at the chance to make things right by pretending he’s in a committed, loving relationship with the tall, dark, sexy boyfriend for hire, Kaden. Only, he never counted on the impact Kaden would have on his life or his career.
When Kaden Moore’s next assignment lands in his lap, he’s expecting nothing more than a self-centered celebrity who’s messed up. Kaden’s new role is that of Hollywood A-lister Ryan Levesque’s boyfriend, a PR stunt concocted by his agents to restore the actor’s dented popularity. Kaden is aware of the video that surfaced from Ryan’s past, and though it raises questions about what kind of man Ryan is, it’s not any of Kaden’s business. Kaden has been pretending his entire life and knows he can show the troublesome actor a thing or two about the world beyond the Hollywood bubble. But maybe Kaden isn’t as clued up as he thinks, especially when it comes to the heart and love.
Welcome to Kaden, Boyfriend for Hire, a novel that can, non-pejoratively, be referred
to as a “summer read.” Put another way, it’s much like skim milk – everything you expect,
nutritionally, but unlikely to burden your digestive system.
The characters are all right out of central casting: a young, up-and-coming movie star; a
sexy, paid companion-for-show; a majorly psychotic ex-boyfriend; a romantically (and
physically) damaged good friend. These “ingredients” are stirred into a moderately
quick-cooked stew, and the resulting flavor is sufficiently satisfying as to justify the time
Our heroes’ back stories, as revealed, will fully explicate them to the reader. They are genuinely
nice folks, and it is easy to root for them. No fear: the HEA is never in doubt.
And, expecting a suitable comeuppance of our villain, it may be necessary to squelch the
temptation to hiss and boo at his appearances.
Our HEA is attained just as the main characters realize their individual past damages and
find hope in each other. The sex is nice (and here, such feint praise is appropriate.
The overuse of food allusions by the reviewer seems justly appropriate to this snack of a read.
Kaden is a pleasant bite!