His Leading Man by Ashlyn Kane ~ Audio Review

Ashlyn Kane - His Leading Man Audio Cover 8h4vr4Title: His Leading Man

Series: Dreamspun Desires 59

Author: Ashlyn Kane

Narrator: Kenneth Obi

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 5 hrs, 22 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (16th August 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: 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 hot-test 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 cherish-es.
Will the credits roll before their ride into the sunset?

Purchase Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: His Leading Man by Ashlynn Kane is from the Dreamspun Desires line, so the blurb (and the story) was exactly what I expected, a really light, sweet romance. This is a fairytale Hollywood romance between one of the most popular, in demand actors, and the indie screenwriter/script doctor he cons into playing his leading man. I’m pretty sure I know the author, Ashlynn Kane, from Dreamspun Desire stories – I really don’t know – but the story was enough to draw me since I have read this before and enjoyed it. I was just super keen to hear the audio.

The narration is done by Kenneth Obi. I know his work mostly from listening to Dreamspun Desire and Dreamspun Beyond audios and I haven’t come across a performance that I didn’t like. Not so long ago Obi was a new narrator to me, but I have now come to look forward to listening to his work. He’s really good at injecting the necessary emotion, the highs and the lows and keep me engrossed.
The story surrounds Drew Beaumont, a Hollywood superstar and Steve, a script doctor and script writer who wants to make his own way in the world without depending on the popularity of his family.

Drew Beaumont has been cast as all the usual hero and romantic roles before. He wants to get his teeth into something different, something that will challenge him as an actor. He finds that when he reads the script of an unknown screenwriter. It’s something of a buddy comedy that ends with a gay romance. Drew wants to star in this movie and make it happen at any cost. The only problem is that he can’t find an actor that fits the role of his best friend/love interest. And so that is when he manages to get his agent (and a good friend to Steve) to convince the writer, Steve Sopol, to add acting to his repertoire.

Steve isn’t an international man of mystery, or someone with stars in their eyes or a shady past. There are a couple of surprising revelations about Steve, but other than that, he is a nice, down to earth sort of guy. He does live with his mother, who is always flitting around, but that does not make him a mama’s boy in the least.

Steve and Drew have a wonderful instant chemistry but thankfully they foster it and don’t rush into romance or any I-love-yous. If you don’t like insta-love, this book will still appeal. They need to navigate their way through Hollywood to become that fairytale couple that it was obvious they would become. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good Hollywood style romance.

His Leading Man by Ashlynn Kane

Title: His Leading Man

Series: Dreamspun Desires 59

Author: Ashlynn Kane

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (222 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (5th June 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Blurb: He wrote a comedy. Fate directed a romance.

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?

ISBN: 978-1-64080-108-0

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: His Leading Man is a super sweet, fairy tale Hollywood romance between one of the most popular, in demand actors, and the indie screenwriter/script doctor he cons into playing his leading man. I’m fairly sure I’ve read books by Ashlynn Kane before, but I don’t really remember. However, I was all for the book after reading the blurb. I needed something light and fluffy after reading what seemed like a million Dreamspun Beyond that had mages/wizards/witches (honestly, I never realized that I could read too much about mages).

What you read in the blurb is exactly what you get in the book. There is no mystery to solve or no massive drama that blows up unexpectedly before the two MCs find their way together.

Drew Beaumont is the Hollywood superstar of the book. He has been cast as all the usual hero and romantic roles before. He wants to get his teeth into something different, something that will challenge him as an actor. He finds that when he reads the script of an unknown screenwriter. It’s something of a buddy comedy that ends with a gay romance. Drew wants to star in this movie and make it happen at any cost. The only problem is that he can’t find an actor that fits the role of his best friend/love interest. And so that is when he manages to get his agent (and a good friend to Steve) to convince the writer, Steve Sopol, to add acting to his repertoire.

Steve isn’t an international man of mystery, or someone with stars in their eyes or a shady past. There are a couple of surprising revelations about Steve, but other than that, he is a nice, down to earth sort of guy. He does live with his mother, who is always flitting around, but that does not make him a mama’s boy in the least. He and Drew have a wonderful instant chemistry but thankfully they foster it and don’t rush into romance or any I-love-yous. They need to navigate their way through Hollywood to become that fairy tale couple that it was obvious they would become.

Hex and Candy by Ashlyn Kane

Title: Hex and Candy

Series: Strange Bedfellows 01 / Dreamspun Beyond 26

Author: Ashlyn Kane

Genre: Paranormal, Witchcraft

Length: Novel (214 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (21st August 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Blurb: True love’s kiss can break the curse. But then what?

Cole Alpin runs a small-town candy store. He visits his grandmother twice a week. And sometimes he breaks curses.

Leo Ericson’s curse is obvious right away, spiderwebbing across his very nice body. Though something about it worries Cole, he agrees to help—with little idea of what he’s getting into.

Leo is a serial monogamist, but his vampire ex has taken dating off the table with his nasty spell, and Leo needs Cole’s companionship as much as his help. When the hex proves to be only the beginning of his problems, Leo seeks refuge at Cole’s place. Too bad magic prevents him from finding refuge in Cole’s arms.

Cole’s never had a boyfriend, so how can he recognize true love? And there’s still the matter of the one responsible for their troubles in the first place….

ISBN: 978-1-64080-739-6

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Hex and Candy is the first book in a new paranormal series by Ashlyn Kane called Strange Bedfellows. I’m not entirely sure on my feelings about continuing with the series, because although I did find this an enjoyable read and a great way to pass some time relaxing, I can’t say that I was utterly blown away by the story. Also, I had the song Sex and Candy running through my head the entire time I read this and then wrote this review.

Hex and Candy is the sweet love story between candy-maker and witch, Cole Aplin, and a human who had been completely clueless about the paranormal world until recently, Leo Ericson. Cole runs his candy store by day and on the side he breaks hexes/curses put on the unwitting, which is how he meets Leo. Leo’s ex, a vampire no less, sought out another witch to put a revenge hex on Leo.

Meeting Leo changes Cole’s world. In fact, both their worlds are turned upside down. While the pair find a gentle love (the hex prevents anything physical happening straight away) the two guys are sent on a roller coaster adventure about how and why Leo was hexed and how this all ultimately links to Cole and his family.

This was a fun and reasonably enjoyable romance. Fans of the genre will be sure to get some enjoyment out of it, particularly those familiar with the type of book featured in Dreamspun Beyond. There seem to be a lot of books currently being published in that house line featuring witches/mages/wizards, which I suppose is a change from all the shifter romances, which are totally my guilty pleasure anyway. I’m just not so sure at this point if witches are my book kink, equally or more so as my love for shifter books.

Babe in The Woodshop by Ashlyn Kane, Claudia Mayrant & C.J. Burke, Interview & Excerpt!

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Hi peeps, we have Ashlyn Kane, Claudia Myrant and C.J. Burke popping in today with their upcoming release Babe in the Woodshop, we have a fantastic interview with the trio of authors and a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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Babe in The Woodshop

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Ashlyn Kane, Claudia Mayrant & C.J. Burke

When long hours and crushing stress push Bellamy Alexander to his breaking point, he walks away from his consulting job and drives until he runs out of gas. Fortune deposits him in front of Antonio’s, a place with decent pizza and an opening for a delivery boy. Even better, he finds an apartment right across the street from his new job. And best of all, Chris McGregor, the property manager who runs the custom furniture shop below Bell’s new digs, is super hot—and super into Bell.

It seems too good to be true—and maybe it is. Things aren’t exactly going smoothly. Bell avoids telling his mother the truth about his new job because he doesn’t want to hear how he should go back to the corporate world. On the other hand, he doesn’t think he wants to deliver pizza forever either. He’d like to think about settling down, but Chris runs hot and cold. Between Bell’s uncertainty and the hang-ups Chris refuses to talk about, they have their work cut out for them. Fortune may have caused their paths to dovetail, but it will take more than wood glue to hold them together.

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American Love Songs (Audiobook) by Ashlyn Kane

AmericanLoveSongsAUDlgTitle:  American Love Songs

Author: Ashlyn Kane 

Genre:   Contemporary Romance

Length:  6 hours and 49 minutes

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (June 1st 2012)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   Jake Brenner has too many wild oats to sow to fall in love—or so he claims. Besides, he’s much too busy with his band, the Wayward Sons, to go looking for romance. His reticence has nothing to do with his embarrassing crush on Chris, the band’s lead singer and Jake’s erstwhile best friend. But that was before enigmatic wanderer Parker McAvoy signed on as the band’s new lead guitarist.

He can only deny his attraction to sweet, dorky Parker for so long before the urge to do something about it becomes impossible to ignore. The trouble is, Parker knows all about Jake’s philandering ways—and oh, yeah, he’s not gay. Or so Jake thinks until a string of related events provides encouraging new insight. Can he convince Parker to overlook his colorful past and give him a chance? Or will this love song fade out before it even begins?

Product Link through Dreamspinner: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3025&cPath=201

Product Link through Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/American-Love-Songs-Audiobook/B0087S9CFG?productID=BK_DRSP_000035

Reviewer:   Tams

Review: Jake Brenner is a guitarist with the up and coming rock band, The Wayward Sons. He also runs the bands blog, so he is the voice for the other members of the band. The openly gay twenty year old college dropout is the glue that holds the band together. He’s held a secret crush for his best friend and lead singer, Chris, for as long as he can remember. The threesome has an odd and quirky friendship that is put to the test when Chris sleeps with Jimmy’s girlfriend. Said girlfriend is also their guitarist. Bros before Ho’s! So the band is in need of a new guitarist.

Parker is enigmatic and shy, but he is one hell of a guitarist. He stumbles upon Jake one afternoon and a case of mistaken identity makes Parker the newest member of TWS. Parker and Jake soon become roommates and best friends, and somewhere along the way Jake’s feelings for Parker grow into so much more. But Parker is straight, right? A heavy petting session and a kiss that curls Jake’s toes leave him thinking that Parker may not be as straight as he seems. When a secret from Parkers past is uncovered and Jake’s true feelings are made known, will their friendship withstand the aftermath?

The narrator’s high pitches and excitability as the character of Jake really brought him to life for me. Most chapters started out with a blog post, as Jake keeps the bands fans posted on their current whereabouts and escapades. The guys in the band bond over Xbox, beer and various relationships throughout the book. It was such a joy to listen to Jake tell the story of TWS as they fought their way up from a garage band to a major headliner and eventually award-winning band.

I was a little disappointed that it took Jake and Parker until damn near the end of the book before they seriously consummated their relationship. The fact that they were absolutely adorable along the way made up for some of my aggravation at the anticipation. Perhaps that was the authors point though. They do have a couple of extremely hot and sexy make out sessions before they finally do the deed. And when they do finally let themselves go with each other, it is utterly fantastic!

Fans of Rock & Roll love stories will adore this book. I’m saving this one to my iPod to go back and visit with these characters again.