Book Reviews

Encore (Famous 4) by Eden Finley

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 07-October-2021

Book Blurb

Never make a bet with Jordan Brooks. That’s how I’ve ended up here, doing a movie that risks my entire acting career.

Taking on a gay role when I’m straight is problematic in its own right, but when production gets put on hold, and a fabricated story breaks out in the media, Jordan and I have to go into hiding.

Our livelihoods are put on the line all because of an ill-timed photo and Jordan’s bitter ex-boyfriend.

Scandals, lies, and PR nightmares. Welcome to Hollywood.

Why am I always drawn to the straight ones? You’d think I’d learn my lesson, but when our movie is delayed, I repeat old patterns.

My plan to bury my hurt and anger toward my ex by “method acting” with Blake Monroe is foolish. But Blake is as irresistible as he is good-looking, and he settles into his role easier than I thought he would. In fact, he likes it a little too much.

There are too many PR problems hooking up with Blake for real would bring, especially when the media thinks he’s the reason my relationship fell apart. Yet, I can’t walk away from him, and it seems, he can’t walk away from me either.


Book Review

“All that is left to bring you pain, are the memories. If you face those, you’ll be free. You can’t spend the rest of your life hiding from yourself; always afraid that your memories will incapacitate you, and they will if you continue to bury them.” ~ J.D. Stroube, Caged in Darkness


After losing a bet, Blake Monroe, of ‘Encore’ by Eden Finley, has to take a movie role as a gay character. Blake is skeptical about how he, a straight man, will generate the necessary chemistry between him and his gay costar, Jordan, who thinks he can help with that by taking Blake to a gay bar. The experience is enlightening in a way Blake could never have expected. Maybe he is not as straight as he thought.


Jordan has a dangerous habit of becoming involved with emotionally unavailable men who are interested in exploring their sexuality. He “teaches them the ropes” involving gay sex, hoping that they are “the one”, then loses them when the “real one” comes along. His latest lover, Ben, the director of their film, is another example of this problem. When Jordan finds out that Ben is cheating on him, he turns to Blake for emotional support. An innocent hand-holding moment becomes fodder for the paparazzi. Suddenly, Blake is “outed,” and Jordan becomes the cheater instead of Ben.


Blake and Jordan need to lie low for a while; Blake’s bandmates take them to Montana for a work session for their upcoming album and comeback tour. It’s a great place to hang out. Since Blake is still having trouble acting like a gay man, Jordan suggests pretending to be a couple so he can get used to the intimacy involved. His visceral reaction confuses Blake. They make another bet. Jordan bets Blake that they will have sex before they leave. If Blake can resist his advances, then Jordan will owe him any favor he chooses.


I liked Blake and was looking forward to his story. It was a surprise that Jordan was his love interest. It took me a while to warm up to Jordan but when I learned more about him, I understood that his attitude was more defensive rather than deliberate. Blake’s open-mindedness about not being “completely” straight was refreshing and hard to accept at the same time. The important thing is that they both faced their issues and worked together to create a close, loving relationship. 



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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 287 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-September-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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