Saturday, April 9, 2016

Review: Prince of the Playhouse by Tara Lain

Prince of the Playhouse 
(Love in Laguna #3)
By Tara Lain


Driven by his desire to become a successful fashion designer and concerned with hiding his questionable past, Ru Maitland lets his obsession with action movie star Gray Anson on the big screen replace his social life. Then obsession and reality collide when Ru is asked to design fashion costumes for a special performance of Hamlet at the Playhouse in Laguna starring none other than Gray Anson. Gray turns out to be a compelling mix of shy and brash and, despite a high profile engagement to a female socialite, the signals Gray sends Ru have his libido doing the salsa.

Gray Anson has what most people only dream of—great wealth, huge fame, a job he loves. For that, he’s given up any semblance of privacy and the right to say no to the thousands of people who depend on him and the millions who love him. He sees everything he’s ever wanted just outside the bubble of his life, but how can he make the compromises needed to embrace it? When Ru’s shady past crashes into Gray’s paparazzi-haunted present, both men have to learn that sometimes the only acceptable compromise is the truth. 

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Oh, what a tangled web you like to weave, Ms. Lain! And superbly so, I might add. 

Ru Maitland doesn't let many people come close to him, and even his best friends don't know everything about him. Maybe because of that, he's fallen hard for an impossible, action-mega-star Gray Anson. When Ru's designs gain notoriety and he's asked to make the costumes in a new Hamlet adaptation, he's not certain he should accept, but when he learns that Gray is going to play Hamlet, he just can't say no. 

Many persons depend on Gray keeping his sexuality under wraps, but when he meets Ru, he slowly starts to question if it's really worth it. 

I loved Ru right from the start. He's a fascinating character! I really liked the secondary storyline with the gang, as well, and how it all played out, it was action-packed and very intriguing. 

I adored Gray's mom, as well. She was outstanding and there were a few scenes where I literally clapped for her! She was that good! 

It took me a bit to warm up to Gray, and frankly, at first, I almost wished Ms. Lain had paired Ru with Merle instead, but he more than made up for everything in the end. 

All in all, a very solid addition to the Love in Laguna series! The romance, the hot sex, the action and the emotions packed in this book make for a very good read! 

Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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