Reviewed by Kimberley
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires # 16
AUTHOR: M.J. O’Shea
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2016
Lights, camera, lies.
Kerry Pickering has a problem. As a publicist for Hollywood bad boy Jericho Knox, it’s Kerry’s job to keep Jericho in the news. So far, Jericho’s partying and public escapades have made it easy. But Jericho has a secret, and when that secret is revealed in the most spectacularly disastrous way, it’s up to Kerry to spin it.
The team decides the best course of action is to make the public fall in love—with Jericho’s secret committed relationship. The one that doesn’t exist. Yet.
The team wants someone they can trust. Someone in the inner circle. That someone is Kerry. But what will happen when Kerry realizes that for him, the romance is no longer pretend? Can Jericho love him back, or is he just playing a role?
I really wanted to like this story; I tried desperately to find something, anything about the actual story that I did like but alas, the only thing that appealed to me was the cover.
The blurb of the story sounded promising but the contents within then book was for me, lacking. The story is one that is common in Hollywood with actors, their agents, their fake relationships and images all designed to make them appear to be something that they aren’t, everything you can read about in a Hollywood tabloid. It’s not my thing but I decided to give it a shot.
This is a story that’s been seen and told many times before: bad boy actor gets themselves into trouble and their PR team/agents work overtime to clean it up and spin it into something else. The only difference in this is that a M/M suit has been put on it. Even that wasn’t enough to obtain and maintain my interest.
Jericho wasn’t a likable character to me. He was a spoiled, obnoxious arrogant ass. Even though I kind of understood why he was this way but it still didn’t endear me to him.
Kerry on the other hand was a nice, hardworking guy who sort of gets sucked into this ridiculous scheme to save Jericho’s reputation and fledgling career.
This is a story that’s been done before and there wasn’t anything fresh and new about it. The characters, along with the dialogue felt stilted, the plot and storyline has been done to death so it felt forced…it just didn’t appeal to me at all.
An unlikeable character and a storyline that has been done too many times made this story a bit of a struggle to finish.