Thursday, June 8, 2017

Release Blitz: Something Like the Real Thing by Hanna Dare (Review + Freebie Link)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 60,000 words

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Sing Out Series

Life In A Nowhere Town (Book #1) (See Below)
California Schemin' (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Man Who Told The World (Book #3) Amazon US | Amazon UK


He always has a plan…

Jesse Preston is exactly where he always wanted to be: in LA, recording an album. So why does he feel like he’s about to lose everything? One thing he’s sure of is that he needs to keep his bisexuality hidden… but he never planned on falling for someone. Not just anyone—a TV star who’s one half of a famous, and straight, celebrity couple.

One kiss can change everything…

Grayson Adler is used to pretending. He’s an actor after all. So when he’s asked to keep his break-up with his troubled co-star a secret he has no problem playing along. He also has no problem showing Jesse around LA. Grayson likes spending time with him, likes making him laugh, likes him more than he’d ever expected. But they’re just friends, right?

In a town where everybody’s got secrets, how can they be sure of what’s real?

This novel can be read as a standalone. It’s complete at 60,000 words, with no cliffhanger and no cheating. It does feature ping-pong, hats, dance breaks, and explicit scenes between adult men.


Grayson came to stand close and Jesse had to take a sudden intake of air as the force of Grayson's gaze locked on. His eyes—brown, or this close, revealed to be hazel and shot through with green-gold streaks—were on Jesse's and nothing could make him look away.

"I shouldn't have left things like that. I shouldn't have left."

"It's okay," Jesse started to say, but Grayson kept going.

"No. You need to know something. I don't have a girlfriend. I mean, I did, but Annabel and I broke up months ago. I'm supposed to keep it quiet so she doesn't have to deal with the press, and so the studio can keep promoting us as a couple on and off the show. Annabel's fragile right now so I don't mind it being a secret… except I don't like lying to you. I really don't like it. And I think I've been doing it a lot because you weren't wrong before. I was hitting on you, I just didn't realize it. This is stupid because twenty-four is too old to be having a sudden sexual awakening—except thinking back, maybe I've always been looking at guys along with girls? I just thought it was a professional interest in studying their bodies. And I did play the love interest of a boy on a family cable drama when I was sixteen. I really liked our kissing scenes, but I was going through a Method phase at the time, so I thought it was about inhabiting the character. My role was only a three-episode arc though, and I had a girlfriend, so I never really got to explore what it might mean—"

Jesse realized that Grayson showed no signs of slowing down or even taking a breath, so he did the most obvious thing and kissed him.

4 Stars!

I'll start by saying I haven't read the first three books, and while Connor is prominently featured in Something Like The Real Thing, I never felt lost. This can be read as a standalone, although I haven't read them, I'll definitely be checking out the first three books.

Jesse is coming off the high of winning the reality show, Singing Sensation, a singing competition. He's now in the studio working on his first album, but the execs aren't happy with it, and frankly, neither is Jesse. He doesn't feel it's going in the direction he wants. The music doesn't feel like "him".

Grayson, a successful actor, is tired of playing a high school student at the age of twenty-four. He feels stuck, not only with his career, but his love life as well. Although they've been broken-up for quite some time, their fans still think he's dating his co-star Annabelle. Grayson has always considered himself straight. Well, maybe he's looked at a few guys in the past, but he's never wanted to be with one, until he meets Jesse.

I really enjoyed this story. The main characters were very likable and you had no choice but to root for them to get their happy ending. My heart broke for both of them. The entertainment industry is tough, but when you're bi and still in the closet, as both Jesse and Grayson are, it makes it just that much harder. I adored watching Jesse and Grayson fall in love. The pace of their relationship felt natural and realistic, although I thought Grayson was a bit too accepting of his new-found sexuality. I wish he had struggled more, I think it would have made the situation more believable.

The characters are well-developed and the story is well-written. It's a quick and easy read that moved at a good pace. I really like Connor and I'll definitely be picking up his book. I'm looking forward to getting to know him and Derek better and see how they came to be. All in all, this was an enjoyable story filled with friendship, love, acceptance and some steamy sexy times. Very recommendable!

* Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. *

Author Bio

A writer-for-hire for more than ten years, Hanna Dare now writes what she loves to read: well-written, character-driven stories of men exploring their identities and discovering their own unique kind of happily ever afters… usually through sexytimes.

You can download Life In A Nowhere Town (Sing Out #1) for FREE until Saturday June 10 HERE!

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