Saturday, April 23, 2016

Review: The Runaway Model by Parker Avrile


From street kid to top model...
Kyle's music blog gets a boost from rumors about his affair with a closeted rock star, but his followers have no idea of the reality of his life on the streets of Vegas. Men? He only lets them get close enough to pick their pockets.

Until Bryce-- a wildcatter who struck it rich in North Dakota. He wants one last wild weekend without the bodyguards hovering. The hustler with the sexy English accent seems perfect for no-strings sex. But now Bryce can't get Kyle out of his head. Especially since that tempting smile is suddenly on every other magazine cover...

Kyle can steal a heart as easily as a precious sapphire. But can he keep the heart he stole once the truth is out about his past? 

If you like contemporary gay romance with real characters in a setting that's a little glitzy and a little gritty, you'll love The Runaway Model. This full-length 75,000 novel is a complete in one volume, and it's absolutely cliffhanger free.

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*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Kyle runs away from his home in England to escape from his Maths teacher/stalker, who doesn't seem to know what student/teacher boundaries are. He escapes to Las Vegas, where at 16 he continues to try to make a name for himself as a music blogger for Stoney Rockland. 

Fast forward two years and Kyle is still living in Vegas, practically homeless, but getting by hustling and pickpocketing, when he meets Bryce, a millionaire wildcatter. They share a torrid affair, but Kyle is determined to follow Stoney's tour, so they part ways. Will they ever meet again? 

I liked the book at the beginning. It was a nice set-up and I liked Kyle for the most part. He's a great character, very likable and compelling.

I think my problem with this book is that the author gave too much 'screen time' to the action and too little to the romance, so aside from some hot scenes between Kyle and Bryce when they met, I didn't really see a progression in their relationship, if it can even be called that. I truly didn't understand why Bryce would just drop everything just because Kyle called him, especially after the way they parted ways both times, or why Bryce would have a veritable army at his disposal when he was an oil company CEO or why it was necessary to stress over and over that Bryce was worth 500 million. I got it the first time, I didn't need to be told more than that. I would've loved to see a bit more of them as a couple, and not just having sex, but actually building something. 

The stalker subplot was a bit out there and over the top, and I was left with some questions regarding Roman after the end. 

The book had a lot of promise, but I think the subplot kind of took over and at some point, it made the author lose her way, which was a pity. Still, if you suspend your disbelief, it's an entertaining read. I'm intrigued enough to read the next installment in the series, for which I'll hopefully post my review next week. 

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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