Book Reviews

An Actor's Guide to Romance by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 19-February-2018

Book Blurb

When long-time theatrical enemies are cast as lovers, their late-night rehearsal brings a whole new meaning to method acting.

For twenty years, Adam Fisher and Thomas Fox have been the best of enemies. From their first meeting at drama school to shared stages, shared bills and a competition to amass the most illustrious awards, they have been the names on every theatregoers’ lips. Separately they can sell out an entire run in an hour, so when they’re cast as lovers in London’s hottest new play, the tickets are gone in minutes.


But for rakish Adam and gentlemanly Thomas, the small matter of their first on-stage kiss is causing a headache for everyone. Over a bottle of wine on one rainy night in the city, these two acting legends will do whatever it takes to banish their first-night nerves. After all, as everyone knows, the show must go on!


Book Review

“It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies - because you never know when you'll have to work with them.” ~ Lana Turner

From the time they first met, Adam Fisher and Thomas Fox, of 'An Actor's Guide to Romance', have been competing with each other for no good reason. Both are excellent at their craft and have the credits to prove it. When they are cast in the same play, it's awesome for their audiences but presents a real dilemma for the actors. Their resentment toward each other, blocks their creativity. Something as simple as kissing fills them with angst. In order to be successful, they have to switch gears and act like lovers. For Adam and Thomas, who have always considered themselves enemies, it's a monumental task. They have to find a way to make it work. After all, they are professionals and have an obligation to their fans to perform.

In a desperate attempt to settle their differences and get on with the show, Thomas calls Adam to suggest they get together to overcome their stumbling block kiss. After enduring what seems like hours of jibing from the incorrigible Adam, Thomas is at his apartment door, with a bottle of wine in his hand, determined to get through this without ruining anyone's career or disappointing any of their devotees. It's the first time they have ever been alone together, without the benefit of an audience, so to speak, and they are both a bit uneasy, especially Adam who can't seem to stop “acting” and just be himself. Finally, Thomas calls him on it and brings up the question of why they treat each other the way they do when it's obvious that they admire each other's talent and achievements. It gives Adam pause. They begin to practice “the kiss” and are shocked at how natural it seems when they put resentment and competition aside. In order to give the best performance possible, Adam and Thomas decide that what they need is a great deal more “in-depth rehearsal”.

This is a witty, sexy, enemy-to-lovers story. Adam and Thomas are delightfully different men who have wasted years in an adversarial relationship. Adam, with his jibes and insults toward Thomas, reminds me of the little boy who adores the little girl in his class, but does everything he can to irritate her because he doesn't know any other way to get her attention. If you enjoy stories with sensual romps, in which rivals become bedfellows, then you may enjoy this tale. Thanks, Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead, for this entertaining story with a very pleasurable ending.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 32 pages/10353 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-January-2018
Price $0.99 ebook
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