Book Reviews

Pride and Panoramas by Asta Idonea in Starstruck Anthology at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-February-2018

Book Blurb

Cameraman Gregory Ward is thrilled when he’s chosen to work on a new drama based upon a recently discovered lost work by Jane Austen, especially since Alaric Devin, an actor Greg has loved for years, is playing the lead. However, Alaric is nothing like the dashing heroes he portrays in his period pieces; he’s haughty and unpleasant, and Gregory wants nothing to do with him. But when Alaric falls ill, he steps in to help, and they see that if they can both move beyond their hang-ups, friendship and love might be found outside of fiction.

Book Review

‘Pride and Panoramas’ is set in the world of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ – but not in the “historical” sense of being a story about times past and the society of the 19th century. No, this short read is very much a child of the early 21st century with its focus on a leading actor of some fame and one of the cameramen. They manage to create their own drama as they discover they may have more in common than anyone suspects.

Gregory used to be a fan of Alaric and has had more than one fantasy starring the dashing Mr. Darcy look-alike. But ever since he has seen the man in action day in and day out, he is no longer so enamored. Alaric is a pompous ar*e, if you ask Gregory. And yet – when Alaric is in trouble, Gregory is ready to help. That’s just the kind of nice guy he is.

Alaric has been playing in the same kind of movies since he was discovered, and he is tired of being typecast. His agent refuses to help, career-wise, has “mandated” Alaric stay in the closet so his huge female fanbase doesn’t turn away from him, the current movie has a plot that doesn’t ring quite true, and Alaric has, quite simply, had enough.

While Alaric was quite interested in Gregory all along but has to stay in the closet, Gregory is trying to stop ogling Alaric. Neither would have thought they might end up with each other, and it takes them creating their own rules, but they manage to figure out their own happy ending.

If you like stories about actors who overcome the limitations their job sometimes places on their personal life, if you want to see a real-life drama play out, and if you’re looking for an entertaining, sweet read that might just make you smile, then you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Short Story, 23 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2016
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle
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