Series: Gin & Jazz, Book #2
Author: Morticia Knight
Genre: Historical Romance (1920s)
Length: Novel (216 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound (November 29th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
Blurb: Jack is on the verge of silent film stardom, but Hollywood glory won’t heal his broken heart. But the seductive screen idol—Roman Pasquale—sweeps Jack away, and makes him his own. Will Roman’s obsessive love finally bring Jack true happiness?
Jack is devastated by the loss of Nick, his best friend and lover. His only other friend, new Hollywood star Trixie Fox, comes to his rescue. What he doesn’t know, is that she’s also helping Roman Pasquale in his carefully planned seduction of the shy and innocent Jack.
Suave film screen idol—Roman Pasquale—has been obsessed by Jack Stone from the moment he spotted him at a Global Studios party. He will stop at nothing until the golden-haired young man belongs to him. An expert at getting what he wants, Roman plans every wicked word, look and move to bring him closer to achieving his prize.
Jack is on the brink of stardom, and can’t believe that his movie star crush, Roman Pasquale, is taking an interest in him. But he resists the older, more sophisticated man’s attempts at seducing him. After all, he still loves Nick, and just isn’t ready to try again with anyone else. But when Roman turns on the charm, Jack is tempted. Can Roman replace Nick in Jack’s heart? Or is the magical world of the great Roman Pasquale all an illusion?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of drug use, reference to a prior rape not shown and scene of M/M/M/M.
Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/razzle-dazzle
Review: *The ramifications of everything that happened in book 1, Hollywood Bound, are realized in this second installment of the series. I strongly suggest you read book 1 before you dive into this book.*
With Nick gone, Jack is alone and devastated. But he has caught the attention of fellow actor, Roman Pasquale, who will stop at nothing to claim him. It’s hard to forget your first love, but when you have a dashing and sexy older man vying for your attention and professing his love for you, that second chance is awful appealing.
Roman is successful, sophisticated and determined. He has the means and the time to woo young Jack. He is used to getting what he wants but he realizes he has to tread lightly where Jack is concerned. He courts the young man with lavish dinners, expensive gifts, and romantic rendezvous. Jack is good at resisting in the beginning, but Roman’s determination is evident and soon enough he wiggles his way under Jacks skin, and into his heart.
I’m sensing a trend here. As with the character of Nick in book 1, Roman blurred the line of likeability, but you can tell that he truly loves Jack and understand the motives behind his actions. Roman comes across as obsessive, possessive and destructive. But underneath all his bravado, you can see the depth of his feelings, which are sometimes clouded by insecurity. Jack can see beyond the bravado and see the man who he’s falling in love with.
I absolutely loved the way Jack made Roman work for it. The seduction was a slow burn with an explosive pay off when Roman finally got Jack into his bed. But can Jack keep up with the high maintenance actor that has a knack for getting what he wants? Knight stayed true to the backdrop she created in Hollywood Bound as well. Speak Easy’s, Gin Joints and Bowler Hats are just a few of the props used to allow the reader to adapt to the era.
The cliffhanger in this book is not as jaw dropping as the first, but it’s still a doosey. I cannot wait for book three to see who Jack is going to choose. Nick or Roman? I’m usually confirmed in my opinion about who should be where in a love triangle. But Knight has me so torn! I could see Jack with either one of these men, for completely different reasons. If you haven’t read this series, you really should. It’s sinfully sexy and I’d hate for you to miss out on something so good.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews*