Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: In Soft Focus
AUTHOR: Michele Shriver
PUBLISHER: SMC Publishing
LENGTH: 135 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 6th, 2017
Reece White is the hottest director in the movie business, with two Oscars adorning the mantle of his Hollywood Hills home. He has it all…except love….
Courtland Landry is looking to be the next big thing on the silver screen, and the lead role in a famed director’s newest movie is just what he needs to get there. The trouble is, he’s still living a lie. Is it possible to have fame and love, or will he have to choose?
I think my least favorite types of books are the ones where one or both main characters are instantly in love with no reason given as to why. There’s really no emotional build-up between these two characters. They work together; ones in the closet and the other seem to have a crush, the next thing I knew love was being hinted at. I didn’t get it. It wasn’t believable. I was also not a big fan of the flashback style in which this story was written. I was already frustrated not feeling a connection with the characters then the flashback/flash-forward thing didn’t help at all.
Reece White, an award winning Director has just offered Courtland Landry the job of his dreams, lead actor in a very promising upcoming movie. What Courtland doesn’t know but soon realizes is aside from the fact that Reece truly believes Court is talented he also has feelings that go beyond professional. Courtland attracted to Reece as well jumps at the opportunity to be more. But Court is deep in the closet and scared to damage his career before it truly starts.
There’s sneaking around, homophobic managers, snarky side characters and some silly machinations. Overall, this didn’t really work for me. Maybe more relationship buildup and character development would have helped. I couldn’t get into this, unfortunately.