A Realistic Romance
Author: Andi Anderson
Merrick Kitchi was once a famous rock and roll star. Now at the ripe old age of thirty-two, he’s quickly becoming a has-been in the fickle music industry. Desperate to rise to the top again, he agrees to meet with some network executives to discuss participating in a reality television show. To his dismay, he finds out his roommate, Samuel Meriwether, is not only the sexiest thing he’s ever seen on two legs, but he’s gay as well. This is a problem for Merrick, who has kept his homosexuality a secret. Desperate to be a household name again, he agrees to become roommates with the sexy Sammy, vowing to keep his hands and his secret to himself.
No one is more surprised than Samuel when he is chosen to be roommates with the sexy Merrick Kitchi. He’s not sure what a gay librarian and a womanizer like Merrick will have in common, but he’s willing to give it a shot. Soon Samuel realizes there’s more to Merrick than meets the eye and not only do they become good friends, but there’s an attraction between them that neither man can deny. As their feelings and attraction to each other grows, will Merrick be able to step out of the closet and into the light, or will fear of the unknown keep him deep inside?
Merrick sat on the kitchen counter and strummed his guitar. He was having a hard time concentrating on writing his newest song because Sammy was humming along and shaking that luscious ass as he cut up vegetables for their salad.
Sammy really was the most attractive man he'd ever been around. His loving disposition and giving nature never ceased to amaze him. Not to mention he really was the sexiest thing on two legs that Merrick had ever seen.
Today he wore his favourite tight jeans that rode low on his slender hips. There were holes at each knee and a rather large one strategically placed under his right butt cheek. His light blue t-shit was tight and the length barely came to the top of his jeans. So every time Sammy bent over to get something or he shook that gorgeous ass, Merrick was rewarded with a vision of his soft, pale skin.
It was driving him and his interested prick crazy.
He had to fight the urge to jump off the counter, grab Sammy and kiss him senseless. Instead, he watched Sammy finish cutting up a carrot and toss it into the big yellow bowl beside him. Periodically Sammy would munch on a piece of something he just finished cutting up like he was doing with a piece of carrot he had neglected to put in the bowl.
"That looks good. I wanna piece."
© Andi Anderson
I read Andi Anderson first offering into the publishing world just before Christmas last year and I thoroughly enjoyed it, when A REALISTIC ROMANCE was offered up for review I jumped at the chance, why?
Because I loved her voice in the first book and I was really longing for something new from her. The bulk of this story surrounds Rock and Roll star Merrick Kitchi whose popularity is fading with the public and in a dramatic need to get his name out and about again he had reluctantly agreed to take part in a reality show with one of the common people so to speak.
Merrick is not enamoured of the whole idea and more for personal and private reasons than anything else but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do when you are between a rock and a hard place. Merrick is suppose to spend some time with gay and out Samuel Meriwether, who he immediately starts calling Sammy on account of how cute he is.
Samuel is just chuffed at winning the chance to shack up with Merrick more than anything else and he was all geared up to make the most of his time with the fading rock star during the show. Merrick is so much more than he ever imagined he could be and he was having fun knowing this man.
When a budding friendship leads to a spark of attraction Merrick and Sammy both have different ideas of how the next step should be taken.
Ms Anderson style has not changed, her pace is still quick and she just goes with simply. That is not a bad thing, as the plotline she is going with is clear, clean and without any drama or dramatics so I was left to enjoy the characters and their internal struggles to man up or just to be themselves in an enclosed environment.
One or two characters were introduced that really only broke up some of the delicious tension that was happening between Merrick and Sammy. The main characters themselves were very open and gave a realistic performance and probably because they were so forthright in the information that they gave I really liked them from the first moment I met them.
Some bits of this book had the expected predictables but nothing too common place to take away from the simplicity that I think the author was going for with this story.
Coming in at 150 pages, which is just enough page time to give some definition to the insta romance that happens in the “under the camera “ situation that both men find themselves in – was enough to satisfy me.
The backdrop of A REALISTIC ROMANCE was one I was also eager to see how Ms Anderson gets on with, while I am not a fan of reality shows at all – my first thought on finishing this book was that I was actually quite pleased by how the author showed some of the positives and the negative and adding in some of the stereotypical if truth be told.
All in all A REALISTIC ROMANCE was a sweet read that did just what it was suppose to, introduce me to two characters that easily grew on me, bumped a plotline that is not often seem in this genre and make sure I had a HEA and is left with a grin on my face.
What more could I ask for.