When his whirlwind life in LA became too much, Liam Barton escaped to Solitude, a Utah ski resort. Not only did Liam leave his career as a gay porn star, he said good-bye to Gael Torres, his costar at Woodspring Manor Entertainment.
Rumors run rampant that Liam is dead. But Gael doesn’t believe the gossip. Knowing something is wrong with Liam, Gael hunts him down to get his answers.
Liam is shocked when Gael turns up in Solitude and takes up residence. To Liam’s chagrin, Gael is determined to stick around to help Liam through whatever spooked him enough to run away. As Gael breaks through Liam’s armor, both men begin to realize that no matter what life throws their way, they don’t have to deal with it alone.
Liam and Gael meet while shooting porn in LA. Gael is “involved” off-screen with another co-star, John, and Liam flees LA when he thinks he’s getting too involved with Gael, who he thinks is off limits.
In Utah, Liam works as a bartender full time and hooker part time. Gael eventually finds him there and works to convince him that he and John were never really a couple and that he and Liam should try to make a go of it.
Eventually the two work out an arrangement that suits them both, and the book ends on a definite HFN or a weak HEA.
This is not your typical porn star love story. (I’m laughing as I write that, but there are several of these stories out there, so I’m sure you know what I mean.) In most of the porn star books we find the MCs wrapping up their love story by quitting the industry and “turning a new leaf”. I really appreciated that neither Gael nor Liam ever feels that their profession is something to run away from. If not completely comfortable, it felt honest.
I also really liked that Liam’s character finds his own strength and coping mechanisms that are not revolving around what Gael does or having Gael “fix” him. All the way to the end Liam keeps his own bedroom and though the romantic in me would love for him to have healed more than that, I appreciated the realism of that. There are lots of relationships in the world, full of love, passion and intensity, that don’t conform to romantic ideals and this is one of them.
I thought it was a good look at life after an abusive childhood and as Liam says, it can’t ever be undone, but it doesn’t have to define who he is today.
There were things about the story that bugged me, some inconsistencies here and there, but for the most part I felt both authors did a tremendous job of portraying an imperfect love between imperfect characters in a way that was both sweet and realistic.
I highly recommend this book and give it a 4.5 of 5 stars.
Copy Provided for honest review