Review – Summer Stock by Vanessa North

A wonderful romance, an exciting epilogue, and best of all two people finding love despite the odds, I loved Summer Stock. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

Blurb:
Tabloid scandals have driven TV star Ryan Hertzog to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where he’s hiding out doing summer stock at his cousin’s seaside theater. When a hookup with local handyman Trey Donovan results in Ryan being photographed butt naked, he vows to keep his pants on and his hands off Trey. How was he supposed to know Trey would turn out to be the summer stock set builder?

Trey isn’t looking for a relationship; he’s still recovering from the emotional fallout of an abusive marriage. But Ryan’s laughter draws him in again and again, and he’s not about to say no to fooling around.

As the summer heats up, the paparazzi catch Ryan in increasingly compromising situations. Ryan might be too much drama for a summer fling—and Trey might be just an intermission from Ryan’s Hollywood life. But if they take their cues from Shakespeare, all’s well that ends well.
A Hollywood D-list celebrity banished to his hometown in North Carolina to clean up his image, a carpenter and set designer trying to move on with his life, lots of colorful and interesting characters (including a scene stealing dog), some seriously hot, sexy times all made Vanessa North’s Summer Stock an exciting and entertaining romance.

The last place Ryan thought he’d be spending the summer is in Banker’s Shoals North Carolina, but on the advice of his manager and agent he is home and doing Shakespeare in his cousin’s theater. While he’s not necessarily excited to be back home; he loves playing these characters again and getting back into “real’ acting. Ryan genuinely loved acting and even though he is well known, he was good non starring roles because for him it was about the art. I loved how he mentored the other actors and really wanted the productions to be the best they could be.

For years Trey has built the sets and been a part of the theater so it surprises him when he finds his one night stand at rehearsals and when he finds out he’s his friend’s cousin and a Hollywood star. Trey is a survivor and struggles with letting anyone get too close, but he is drawn to Ryan and can’t seem to get him out of his head. Being that Ryan isn’t “out” as bisexual, things get very interesting, very quickly.

I very much enjoyed this story and seeing everything that goes into a summer stock production. All the characters were interesting and Trey and Ryan were both very flawed. What I appreciated was that we saw both of these men grow throughout this story and become better versions of themselves.

Ms. North turns up the heat in this one and I would classify it as an erotic romance and that’s not a bad thing, but for those readers who don’t like extra steam with their sexy times you might be a bit surprised by this book. Me, I loved it!

I have to give a shout out to Trey’s dog, a Newfoundland who completely stole every scene he was in. Ferdinand aka Ferdy was huge, precious, and despite his size basically a big ol’ puppy who definitely loves chewing things up, especially underwear of unsuspecting guests.

A wonderful romance, an exciting epilogue (which gives me hope for more books to come), and best of all two people finding love despite the odds, I loved Summer Stock.

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