Reviewed by Amber
AUTHOR: R.J. Scott
PUBLISHER: Love Lane Books
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 12th, 2017
An actor on possession charges, hell bent on destroying his own life meets a man who quietly works to make the world a better place.
Jacob Riley is a typical Hollywood former child star with issues. He has already done prison time and at the age of twenty-six has been arrested again.
Ethan Myers is the owner and manager of Macs, an education center providing teaching and learning to local low income families. Losing his partner to cancer leaves him lost and alone and he buries himself in his work to start to mend his broken heart.
Sparks fly when Jacob has to complete his community service at Macs. Their relationship grows against a background of disenfranchised street gang members, arson, the Oscars, and despite their prejudices.
Can Jacob Riley be saved?
Well, this was interesting. I liked this story but it did sort of fall apart for me about mid-way through. The first part of the book totally had me engaged. I loved to hate Jacob, what a brat. I appreciated that he had a support system that really wanted the best for him, despite his self-destructive tendencies. The enemies to friends/friends to lover’s scenario really worked with these two. They fought so hard but the passion was through the roof. There was a lot going on in the story gang violence, crazy characters, corporate machinations, and a romance that went from no strings sex to love fairly quickly.
Former child star and addict Jacob Riley is the epitome of entitled brat. His most recent run in with the law has resulted in a stint of community service. Jacob wants nothing to do with it and nothing to do with Ethan Myers who owns the center Jacob will be at.
Both men are at odds from the beginning but under the service and undeniable attraction is developing. Deciding to give in to their feelings Ethan and Myer take things slow to see if what they have together will last.
I think things sort of got too lovey-dovey too soon. I don’t think there needed to be so many curve balls thrown at these two characters. I don’t know if I believed Ethan or Jacob’s feelings. I was also kind of taken aback by Ethan drinking in front of Jacob, a recovery addict….what?
Overall, an ok story…started great…but some things just didn’t work for me.