Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Drew Beaumont is bored of the same old roles: action hero, supervillain, romantic lead. He’s not going to let a fresh gay buddy comedy languish just because they can’t find him the right costar. No, Drew bats his eyelashes and convinces everyone that the movie’s writer should play Drew’s not-so-straight man.
Aspiring writer Steve Sopol has never had a screenplay optioned. Now one of Hollywood’s hottest properties wants to be in a movie Steve hasn’t finished writing—and he wants Steve as his costar. Turns out the chemistry between them is undeniable—on and offscreen.
Drew swore off dating in the biz, but Steve is the whole package: sharp, funny, humble, and cute. For Steve, though, giving in to the movie magic means the end of the privacy he cherishes. Will the credits roll before their ride into the sunset?
Sometimes all you want is an extremely well written angst free romance. One completely lacking in murderous ex lovers, psychotic stalkers, or even the normal life driven “why did it happen to me/them” elements that realistically thread through some contemporary novels these days. Sometimes, I just want happy. A well plotted story, full of multidimensional characters who were easy to connect with, and, had a journey towards HEA that just pulled me in for hours.
His Leading Man by Ashlyn Kane is that story. Two intelligent, nice, hardworking men who find each other at the right time in their lives and it works. It was so enjoyable! I fell effortlessly into the tale of actor Drew Beaumont and writer Steve Sopol on the set of Steve’s low budget movie Dog Gone that he’s written. It’s Steven’s first screen play and his big break into movies as a writer. For Drew? This low budget film represents something different. Smartly written, dialog his loves, as well the the comedic character and tone of the story? And LGBT storyline? It’s something he’s been looking to play.
Ashlyn Kane brings us right into the dynamics of creating a low budget movie, writing a screenplay and acting, all the while as two men discover each other and fall in love. We get both points of view, a cautious relationship that moves from friendship to dating to love, and with each step, I fell in love with this couple and this story even more.
I first read Ashlyn Kane from her hockey books but it had been a while since I’d last turned a page of one of those. What a delight to rediscover her and her stories again in His Leading Man. This just showed me what I’ve been missing. Now I’m off to see what else she’s been writing in the interim.
Do you love contemporary romance? One’s guaranteed to reach into your heart with a sweetness and lightheartedness that will make your day? Then I recommend His Leading Man by Ashlyn Kane to fit the bill.
Cover art: Bree Archer. Light, fun, and romantic. It works for the character and tone of the story. Perfect.
ebook, 222 pages
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleHis Leading Man