Second Act by Kaje Harper

91eeO0Dd3lL._SL1500_Title: Second Act
Series: N/A
Author: Kaje Harper
Genre: Contemporary/ Hollywood/ Holiday
Length: Novel (236 pages)
Publisher: Kaje Harper (January 4th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Aerin
Blurb: Sometimes you have to go home again.

When Bryce Edwards left Minnesota for the bright lights of Hollywood ten years ago, he was determined not to look back. He’s built a solid acting career through his own hard work and talent. But when he finds himself unemployed right before Christmas, the memories he’s been ignoring start to rise up and annoy him.

Maybe it’s time to take a different approach; maybe it’s time to confront his past and not just use it as motivation for his next angsty scene. If he can make peace with what happened back then— the small-town bigots who drove him away, and his first boyfriend who refused to leave with him— maybe he’ll be free to move on to something better.

He’s not sure what “something better” will look like, but he’s finally ready to get on a plane, go home, and find out.

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Second-Act-Kaje-Harper-ebook/dp/B00RSOT67O

Review: I’m usually not a fan of Hollywood books because they simply don’t seem realistic enough. But Kaje Harper did an amazing job portraying the life of an actor as it really is. I loved the characters and the contrast between them, and after reading the blurb, I was sure Bryce’s love interest was his old friend/boyfriend. So imagine my shock when I realized how this story was going to develop. *thud*

I loved the characters; they weren’t perfect of course, which is a plus for me. Bryce is brittle, he’s lonely (in Hollywood of all places), doesn’t have many friends and he likes to keep to himself mostly because he’s not completely out of the closet.

He still needs to make peace with how his life came to an abrupt change as a teenager and with the way his relationship with his ex, Cody, ended over 10 years ago. So when he finds himself dropped from a movie, he heads back to Montana to try to make peace with Cody and hopefully put an end to the thoughts, regrets, and bitterness that still torment him.

Bryce was such a real, beautifully written character. He hasn’t made it big in Hollywood yet, even though he’s been trying his best for the past 10 years. He’s not rich; actually, he barely scrapes by, which is true with most people who try their luck in Hollywood.

It’s rare that they become stars overnight, most people work dead-end, low paying jobs in order to afford to pay their rent, let’s not even mention eating anything fancier than Romain noodles and P&B sandwiches. So for me, the realistically portrayed life of a struggling actor is the reason this book was such a success.

Once he returns to Montana, Bryce meets Dion. I liked the contrast between them; Dion was blonde, skinny, elegant, beautiful, while Bryce was tall dark and handsome, with a muscular body. I loved them together even more, although they needed a crash course in how to communicate with the person you love.

I liked Jacques and Cory as individuals and as a couple. I liked their relationship with each other and with those around them, and I was very happy with how Bryce and Cory made peace and rekindled their friendship.

If you normally get putt off books with a Hollywood theme, consider giving this book a chance. It’s very realistic and there’s neither overnight success nor spoiled, entitled actors. It’s a great book and I enjoyed reading it a lot; the book is not perfect but it kept me VERY interested (read as couldn’t put it down) so it deserves the high rating I gave.

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