This contemporary erotic m/m romance provides an intriguing view of the challenges facing those in the movie industry, even as it chronicles the sizzling relationship that develops between a pair of men with vastly different backgrounds. Bryce’s search for resolution of past issues combined with the angst generated by misunderstandings arising from insecurity provides an intriguing story that is brightened by glimpses of the contrasting environments of Los Angeles and Bryce’s hometown in Minnesota. I love that, as usual, the characters are multilevel, with depths that are only gradually revealed, even as I wince at the history that has made some of them into the men they are. There are deliciously sensual scenes which are enhanced by others which underscore the intimacy that develops between the characters and heartwarming interludes which all combine to make this another delightful tale from an author who continues to prove her dexterity at penning a wonderfully entertaining tale about charismatic men.
“Second Act” by Kaje Harper is the story of actor Bryce Harper, whose trip home to resolve his conflicted feelings about a former lover has unexpected and complicated results. Meeting Dion LeClair sets off a chain reaction of events, but, despite his strong attraction to the charismatic man, Bryce is not ready to come out of the closet. Adding to his conflict is the gap in their economic statuses and the insecurities that each is battling. Bryce will have to evaluate what is truly important to someone whose career is centered around making fiction appear to be reality, and decide whether he can make his own dreams come true.
Sometimes you have to go home again.
When Bryce Edwards left Minnesota for the bright lights of Hollywood ten years ago, he was determined not to look back. He's built a solid acting career through his own hard work and talent. But when he finds himself unemployed right before Christmas, the memories he's been ignoring start to rise up and annoy him.
Maybe it's time to take a different approach; maybe it's time to confront his past and not just use it as motivation for his next angsty scene. If he can make peace with what happened back then— the small-town bigots who drove him away, and his first boyfriend who refused to leave with him— maybe he'll be free to move on to something better. He's not sure what “something better” will look like, but he's finally ready to get on a plane, go home, and find out.