TITLE: Tabloid Star
AUTHOR: T.A. Chase
PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing
Review by Carole
As a bartender at the Lucky Seven club, Josh Bauer could take a different guy home every night … if he wanted to. Working three jobs, however, makes it hard to connect with anyone. One man, though, is too much temptation to resist. A steamy encounter in a back alley leads to an explosive night of sex in Josh’s bed ~ a bed he isn’t surprised to find empty the next morning.
What does surprise him, though, is the front page of a tabloid. Apparently his one-night stand isn’t as anonymous as he thought it was.
Ryan Kellar’s career is taking off. Advance buzz about his movie says it’s a blockbuster, and going home with the gorgeous bartender is the perfect way to celebrate. And he thought he’d gotten away clean ~ until the picture in the paper shocks him into reality. Was Josh really just playing … or playing him for a fool?
Trust isn’t big on their list right now, but as their worlds fall apart, it’s all they have. At least until they figure out who took the picture. And why.
Tabloid Star is set in the same world at T.A. Chase’s High Line and Out of Bounds, although it is significantly separate, and reads like a stand-alone novel. You wouldn’t make the connection unless you recognized the names of the characters from the previous books who show up in bit parts ~ but it is fun to see those guys again!
Ryan Kellar is a closeted gay upcoming movie star. Josh is a bartender/construction worker/waiter working three jobs to help support his sister and her autistic child. Doesn’t sound like they’d have much in common, but the attraction is immediate and a hot alley-behind-the-bar encounter ensues. Unfortunately, Ryan is being stalked by paparazzi and they end up on the front page of the tabloids.
This is a classic case of “life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” The flash of the camera is a life changing experience for both. What good can come out of a disaster like this for both men?
T.A. Chase has done an unusually good job of creating colorful, well-fleshed out (pun intended), believable characters. The plot is intricate, quick-moving and sexy. It just doesn’t get much better than that. I think you will enjoy Tabloid Star.