Monday, April 6, 2015

ARC Review: Acting on Love (Conquest 8) by S.J. Frost

Brandon Alexander has risen to the top of theatre in Chicago, but when you reach the top, there’s usually only one way left to go. Funding fell through on the latest play he was to star in and now he finds himself an unemployed actor. Coming fresh off a bad audition, he wonders if his time in the spotlight is over. But what worries him more, is not making the man he loves proud of him.

Shunichi Miyamoto runs a highly successful dojo. He had always let work be the focus of his life, until over a year ago, the man of his dreams walked into the dojo to rekindle his passion for karate, and it led to further passions between him and Brandon. He knows Brandon is worried about his career, but he loves him, he’s proud of him, and he’ll do anything for Brandon’s happiness.

Both Brandon and Shunichi want to spend their lives together, but when a new opportunity comes to Brandon, he must decide whether to follow his career dreams or to act on his love for Shunichi.

Dani's rating:

This is a nice, easy story about an established couple.Brandon, a stage actor, and Shunichi, a sensei who owns a successful dojo, have been together for one year and are closer than ever.

Brandon is frustrated because he's no longer getting the top acting roles. After one particularly bad audition, he feels like he's disappointing Shun and maybe Shun would be better of without him.

Thankfully, this overdone plot point is dropped almost immediately, as Brandon comes to his senses after being away from Shun for fewer than 24 hours.

I have not read the previous books in this series, but Acting on Love worked fine as a standalone. MCs from the other books came and went, but I was able to follow Shun and Brandon's relationship.

There was also enough smex to make me happy. I drooled over Shun washing dishes wearing only a white jockstrap while Brandon takes him from behind against the counter.



Sorry, where was I?

This is a sweet story with a drop of mild angst. Brandon and Shun are good at compromising, which bodes well for their future. There's a gorgeous epilogue and a sparkling HEA.

In a way, the story is TOO easy. We get a HEA on top of a HEA. Everything goes smoothly, so there's no real tension. The MCs are so nice and so good to each other, they feel a little cookie-cutter. This is probably why I tend to avoid established couple stories.

This one is cute though and won't disappoint fans of the series.

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