Sunday, September 1, 2013

Acting Out (Hollywood Series book 2) 4 Stars

Acting Out (Hollywood #2)Acting Out by Tibby Armstrong

Available at Loose Id and Amazon
ebook, 1st Edition
Published May 8th 2012 by Loose Id (first published May 7th 2012)
ISBN 161118858X (ISBN13: 9781611188585)
edition language English

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4 very solid Stars!

The Blurb: Jeremy Ash, aspiring actor, is single, gorgeous...and openly, quietly gay. When he lands a starring role opposite America's favorite former child star, 21-year old Kit Harris, he's ecstatic and more than a little attracted to the enigmatic star.

Kit Harris's career has been flagging and his agent promises this new film, an edgy coming out story with a famed director, is just the thing to get it back on track. The problem is that the film is relatively intimate in nature, and Kit's definitely not gay. He's not even slightly bent.

When the two men collide in a crushing first test kiss, Kit's left reeling and Jeremy's left wanting, and both are left gasping for air. And that was just the screen test. When filming starts and the two men are brought into close proximity every day, passions ignite and souls collide--both on screen and off. The two men find that the only way to assuage their mutual lust is to give in to it. Kit's sure this strange new attraction will run its course; Jeremy's hoping it never has to end.

But when a manipulative model obtains salacious film footage of the two men in bed, Kit's prepared to do whatever it takes to save his career. But how far is too far to push the boundaries of love and how long can one man hide from himself?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.

I’ve been living inside Tibby Armstrong’s Hollywood-land lately. I’ve stopped and taken a few breaks, but I haven’t really left. These books are very absorbing. If you like to know your characters inside and out, this series is for you. Personally, I fell for Jeremy and Ash, completely.


In book 2 we meet Kit and Jeremy, two young actors who portray Aaron and Greg (from book 1 – No Apologies) in Greg Falkner’s film.

It’s an interesting, interwoven bit of storytelling that sheds light on previously unanswered questions; at the same time exploring a budding, coming out relationship under the Hollywood spotlight.


"Aaron's appeal is in how unaware he is of his beauty. How...willing he is to be selfless in everything he does."
It takes a minute to place Kit and Jeremy. You want to understand their place in the story and the film individually, however, as Greg’s doppelganger and total newcomer to Hollywood, Jeremy struggles to know his place too.

Watching Kit play the part of 'Kit' struck Jeremy as surreal. The Kit walking next to him had a resonant laugh deeper and more full-bodied than the blue-label whiskey he seemed so fond of, a toe-curling smile, and the ability to shatter Jeremy's internal universe with one well-placed kiss.
Switching to Kit’s perspective it’s easy to see all the behind-the-scenes politics surrounding stardom. It’s also easy to see how and why he feels so deeply for Jeremy.


Ms. Armstrong’s writing skills are much improved in this book. This is an author that works to bring her words richness and flavor. As I said above, I’ve been living inside this world and it’s because of the writing and the character development. I love watching an author just get, even better.

Lifting his head, he took in the sublime wreckage of Jeremy's expression and grinned. Yeah, he'd done it right.
The struggles are unique, the solutions realistic and the love scenes are beautiful and sexy. I think any m/m romance reader will find this a rich and fulfilling addition to the Hollywood series.

HFN ending.

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I would like to thank Tibby Armstrong for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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