Author: R.J. Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books Limited
Release Date: 4/12/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 150
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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?
4 stars for each moment!
I can’t believe I missed this book when it was originally published, but I’m sure glad I did so I had the opportunity to read the latest edition. I loved the overall concept of this story – a spoiled Hollywood brat (former child star) who has had significant addiction issues in the past, is checked into Mac’s – a place for him to serve out his community service instead of going to jail. Along the way Jacob’s entire perspective, personality, and life goals change drastically through the help of Ethan and Mac’s community.
This isn’t just a love story, but a transformational story that includes a lot of community involvement – there’s some gang activity, a young mother and her brother, a corporate takeover, and more. Essentially, you get immersed into what makes the community center the back-beat of the story – and why it’s so important for Ethan and then Jacob.
This is a great read for anyone who likes some grit with their romance, and doesn’t mind a complete life overhaul in the course of four months – it actually played well, and not “insta” much – other than the original lust. Overall, it was a fun read with some depth and curve balls – definitely worth the read!