Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Summer Stock
AUTHOR: Vanessa North
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 239 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 15th, 2017
Tabloid scandals have driven TV star Ryan Hertzog to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where he’s hiding out doing summer stock at his cousin’s seaside theater. When a hookup with local handyman Trey Donovan results in Ryan being photographed butt naked, he vows to keep his pants on and his hands off Trey. How was he supposed to know Trey would turn out to be the summer stock set builder?
Trey isn’t looking for a relationship; he’s still recovering from the emotional fallout of an abusive marriage. But Ryan’s laughter draws him in again and again, and he’s not about to say no to fooling around.
As the summer heats up, the paparazzi catch Ryan in increasingly compromising situations. Ryan might be too much drama for a summer fling—and Trey might be just an intermission from Ryan’s Hollywood life. But if they take their cues from Shakespeare, all’s well that ends well.
This story was exactly what I needed. I’ve only read one other story by Vanessa North and I loved it as well. But what I find truly remarkable is how unbelievably different both stories were but still amazing in their own right. I’m a fan of Vanessa North I’ve decided. She’s amazing at what she does…this story is full of such rich, deep characters and a captivating plot.
Ryan’s taking a break from Hollywood. After being caught numerous times in precarious situations by the paparazzi Ryan decides to tuck tail and go back home to North Carolina for a breather and also to help his cousin’s Theater Company with the summer Shakespearian play. While home Ryan knows he wants to enjoy his summer off playing in the local theater but he also wants to jumpstart his career back in Hollywood as well.
Local Trey doesn’t expect to meet a tourist that captivates him as much as Ryan does. But come to find out Ryan is no tourist he’s from the small North Carolina town that Trey lives in and he’s also in the play Trey’s building the sets for. Trey has scars, inside and out….he’s use to hiding behind his walls to try and keep himself safe.
After what both believe to be just a one-off, Trey and Ryan continue running into each other and are finding it harder and harder to keep their hands to themselves…so they don’t.
Trey knows Ryan is only there for the summers but as these things tend to go both men find themselves getting attached.
Throughout the story we’re introduced to such amazing characters. To the theater cast, Mason and Caro, and Ryan’s bestie Ali who I really thought would be heaps of drama and angst but turned out wonderful and supportive of Ryan.
This story was just the perfect mixture of sweetness and love and theater and drama and just…amazing!