Friday, 8 October 2010

Review - A Realistic Romance © Andi Anderson

A Realistic Romance

Author: Andi Anderson

Publisher:eXtasy Publishing

Genre: GLBT

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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

My Thoughts

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.

9 Speak To Me:

Tam on 8 October 2010 at 14:15 said...

I really enjoyed this one as well. I HATE reality shows. LOL Unless they involve cooking then I'm usually okay with it. :-) I thought bring in the producer at the end to stir the pot shows more of the "reality" of reality TV. A nice story although the watchers must have thought they had some serious gastro-intestinal issus the amount of time they spent in the bathroom. ;-)

Erotic Horizon on 8 October 2010 at 17:06 said...

I am glad I am not the only one who HATE reality shows..

I agree about that bathroom thing - but I went with it LOL... To be honest I thought the producer thing was really a nice touch - as I figure in that part of the entertainment industry they are more hands-on and probably cause more problem than they are worth..

:)

Chris on 8 October 2010 at 17:07 said...

This is on my TBB list. :)

Erotic Horizon on 8 October 2010 at 17:09 said...

If your TBR list looks like mine - it's just a toss of the dice which book will be read next...

:)

Andi on 8 October 2010 at 22:12 said...

Wow! Thank you for the thoughtful and wonderful review, EH:) Believe it or not, I'm not a fan of reality shows either. But, I would watch Merrick and Sammy's show like an addict if it was really on.
I had a big laugh when I read Tam's comment about viewers thinking the men must have some "serious gastro-intestinal issues" because they were in the bathroom all the time.
That never occured to me, but I think Tam might be right with that assumption. LOL!
Thanks again for reading and reviewing my book. Your opinion means a great deal to me and I'm extremely happy that you liked it:)
Have a great day!

Andi

Eyre on 9 October 2010 at 17:46 said...

Great review, EH, for a great story!

Lily on 10 October 2010 at 06:15 said...

I just read this a couple of days ago and really liked it. Great review, EH! :)

Erotic Horizon on 14 October 2010 at 20:56 said...

@Andi..

This was a treat of a book to read..

I thought the reality TV backdrop was a good choice to go with... not withstanding the bathroom thing - fun read....

Congrats on the release..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 14 October 2010 at 20:57 said...

@Lily &Eyre...

Glad this one worked for you ladies as well...

I am liking Andi's style alot...

:)