3 stars Actor/Theatre adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Fade to black/No Steam Friends to lovers Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Hidden Lovers Homophobia m/m Medical Mid level angst Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words)

Tangled Web by SA Ozment

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents


By day Ashley Stevens is a dedicated nurse; by night he runs multiple social media sites for his crush and all-time favorite actor, Sebastian Gray. After a particularly grueling day at work, Ashley drinks away his misery while dreaming about being with Sebastian—only to realize it’s no dream when Sebastian actually contacts him.

Sebastian asks him to officially run his sites and Ashley is thrilled—right up until Sebastian makes it clear that he thinks Ashley is a girl. And maybe it’s the wine, or maybe it’s a fear that if Sebastian knew the truth, he wouldn’t want him, but Ashley never sets him straight. But keeping the secret becomes a nightmare as Ashley and Sebastian talk online night after night, forging a true connection. And the longer Ashley waits to tell the truth, the more tangled the lies become.

A plane ticket from Sebastian along with an invitation to meet in New York City for a fan event brings it all to a head. Ashley must face Sebastian and tell all, but he might not be the only one keeping secrets.


Ashley is a hard-core fan of an up and coming tv/movie star – Sebastian – who doesn’t do much (if anything) on social media so Ashley sets up an “unofficial” site and Face Book page. Though Ashley has contacted Sebastian’s manager, nobody has given him the “go” to make his site the “official” site. So Ashley is at first in total disbelief when out of the blue someone claiming to be Sebastian contacts him via Face Book telling him to go ahead and make the sites “official”. (Ashley’s a little tipsy that night and that doesn’t help anything either.) Finally, Sebastian convinces Ashley that he’s the real Sebastian and Ashley is overjoyed but… when Sebastian thinks that Ashley is a girl, he doesn’t correct the star for fear of losing what contact he’s gotten.

At first it’s no big deal. When will Ashley ever really get to meet Sebastian anyway and he’s a big star so he’s not ever going to really be part of Ashley’s life…right?

Well… they end up really clicking, and end up chatting – a lot – and becoming friends. By now it’s way too weird for Ashley to come clean but… suddenly Sebastian wants to meet Ashley and how is that going to go over?


I had mixed feelings about this. I wanted to suspend my disbelief and let go my doubts that Sebastian would become so buddy-buddy with just some “person” on the internet that he’d go so far as to send Ashley a plane ticket so they could meet in person… it could happen… right?

I also thought it was a bit strange how blasé Ashley was about having this “star” that he’s been crushing on forever as a BFF – even only on the internet – I think he’d be more freaked out about that.

I also feel that if they were so “close” a phone call would have been a far more likely scenario before a plane ticket…But… those are really details.

I loved the idea of these guys becoming fast friends and the whole “Cinderella” feel of two good guys finding love via the internet – I just felt cheated that we NEVER got to see them as a couple. NEVER.

Maybe this will have a sequel?

It just seemed so implausible and then, just when things are getting interesting, the story ends!

The writing was good, as was the editing and it had a ton of potential – it just didn’t pay out.

3 of 5 stars


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