Title: All I’ll Ever Need
Author: JP Bowie
Length: Novel (53K words)
Publisher: Totally Bound (Mark 13th, 2015) Early download available 02/13/15
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: All Edward Conway needs is someone to love, and in sexy Puerto Rican Alex Martinez, he may have found that someone—until a wild party threatens to take everything from him.
When Edward Conway came out to his family, he never imagined their reaction would be to shut him out of their lives. Searching for acceptance, he leaves his hometown hoping to find a new life in Los Angeles. Finally daring to enter a gay bar by himself, he meets Alex Martinez, a celebrity’s publicity agent, and the two men connect on all kinds of levels. Despite the pressure of Alex’s job, which takes him out of town soon after he and Edward connect, Edward feels he may just have met the man who can give him something to live for.
Things look good until Edward’s wild roommate Troy, needs a lift to a party where ‘sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’ are the order of the day. Reluctantly Edward agrees to drive Troy to the party, but before he can leave, he becomes the victim of a vicious incident that could shatter the hopes he had for the future.
Alex is there to lend support but he is haunted by a tragic past, and in the present is torn between an old loyalty and the wish to make Edward a lasting part of his life.
Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/all-ill-ever-need
Review: I really enjoy reading JP Bowie’s writing. He always writes a fun and engaging story and All I’ll Ever Need is certainly no different. And a man who can crowbar two of my favourite authors (John Grisham and Diana Gabaldon) into a book has to get marks there too! Speaking of sticking some pop culture references, it’s somewhat charming to even get a real life celebrity “cameo”.
Though, damn it, through this entire book I had the Matchbox 20 song, similarly named ‘That’s All That I Need’, stuck in my head since reading the title of this book. But since I like the band and the song, that’s okay, it’s just on an album I’ve not heard in years!
This isn’t your usual Hollywood romance, MM or otherwise, which is what really sets it apart. In fact, it’s Hollywood mixed with small-town-boy-moving-to-big-city mixed with growing up mixed with sex-drugs-and-rock ‘n’ roll. There is a lot of fun but there is also one serious issue prominent throughout: drug use.
This is about small town Southern boy, Edward, moving to LA – he just wanted, needed, to get away from his Bible-bashing, narrow-minded family and so-called friends after admitting he was gay. LA was just like a beacon of hope with multitudes of gay bars and same-sex marriage. In LA he meets, Alex. Alex works in PR for the rich and famous, one of his closest friends is an actress, which is the start of his complicated past so I won’t say any more.
Edward and Alex have some stunning chemistry. In fact, their issues don’t come from each other but from the people around them directly impacting on their lives. Their pasts do come into play somewhat but it is the people of the “here and now” that are most instrumental to the plot of this book. That being said, the minor characters involved are for the most part very interesting.
I have to admit I particularly liked the development in minor character, Troy, who started out as Edward’s obnoxious and not at all nice housemate. Another two honourable mentions for minor characters is Mark McLennan and Lena Miles (you’ll just have to read why they got the mention here!).
Overall, if you love a good Hollywood, this is a brilliant one to go for. It doesn’t involve famous though fictional big actors or directors, but the feeling is still there. If you like, the boy moving to the city type of thing, this is especially for you.
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