Far From Hollywood

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Far From Hollywood

Jack Francis is the Sheriff in a town called Pookataw in Idaho. He is a gay man who keeps his sexuality a secret except for the select few around him. Then he comes across a troubled movie star who sparks Jack’s interest. Blake Tyler seems the opposite of Jack in many ways but the two quickly come together. They face the future together.

The beginning of the story leaves you wondering how the book will turn out. At the end of the first chapter, I was excited to finish the book. The author did a good job of drawing the reader in to her world. She did a great job of making it very realistic. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast in others. The main characters and the secondary characters were fascinating and true to life. I liked that both Blake and Jack had faults that they each had to deal with making them realistic. The one character that bugged me the most was Jack’s sister, Amy. She has issues that I would love to know more about.

The point of view alternated between Jack and Blake, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main story line seemed to be the developing relationship between Blake and Jack as Jack learns to cope with Blake’s career and coming out, as well and the threat to his niece. The characters seemed to fit the storyline except for Jack’s sister, Amy. She was very hard to get a good feel for. The level conflict was perfect and more would have overwhelmed the storyline. The dialogue between the characters was frank and distinct. The characters voice seemed to match not only the setting but also fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but the author takes the reader on a wonderful journey. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future.


Book Blurb for Far From Hollywood

Pretending to be someone else is easy. The hard part is keeping it real.

Sheriff Jack Francis finds the last thing he would expect in the small town of Pookataw Valley, Idaho—a gorgeous yet troubled movie star on a bender. Though Jack is intrigued, he can’t afford to draw attention to his sexuality and risk a scandal.

Former teen idol Blake Tyler thinks hiding in Pookataw Valley is perfect—it’s isolated, beautiful, and comes with a sexy sheriff eager to share Blake’s bed. When Hollywood arrives in Pookataw Valley as part of Blake’s PR efforts, Blake embraces the chance for a comeback, but Jack struggles to know what is real and what is faked for the camera.

If Jack wants to date America’s Sweetheart, he’ll have to make his private life public. Is he ready to share the spotlight?


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2015 4.00