Author: Tara Lain
Narrator: K.C. Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 8 hours and 41 minutes
At a Glance: K.C. Kelly’s narration is top notch, and made this story better.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Driven by his desire to become a successful fashion designer and concerned with hiding his questionable past, Ru Maitland has let obsession with action movie star Gray Anson on the big screen replace his social life. Then obsession and reality collide when Ru is asked to design fashion costumes for a special performance of Hamlet at the Playhouse in Laguna starring none other than Gray Anson. Gray turns out to be a compelling mix of shy and brash and, despite a high profile engagement to a female socialite, the signals Gray sends Ru have his libido doing the salsa.
Gray Anson has what most people only dream of – great wealth, huge fame, a job he loves. For that, he’s given up any semblance of privacy and the right to say no to the thousands of people who depend on him and the millions who love him. He sees everything he’s ever wanted just outside the bubble of his life, but how can he make the compromises needed to embrace it? When Ru’s shady past crashes into Gray’s paparazzi-haunted present, both men have to learn that sometimes the only acceptable compromise is the truth.
Review: I’ve enjoyed the previous books in the Love in Luguna series, so I didn’t hesitate to give Prince of the Playhouse a listen when it came out in audio. I must say, after listening to the narration, I totally agree with Jules’ earlier review of the ebook. I was very disappointed that it took a couple of chapters for Ru and Gray to even meet. Not to mention, I couldn’t really connect to their chemistry with each other. This was a long read with very little to hold my attention.
Now, the pictures of Gray that Mrs. O, Ru’s neighbor, supplied to Ru, and the revealing of Ru’s gang history, were a perk in the story. But, for me, it was missing that romantic dance between two people getting to know each other, and the magic of their falling in love—which the two previous stories did so well.
As for K.C. Kelly’s narration of Prince of the Playhouse, as expected it was very well done. His voice characterizations and his pacing were top notch. His performance made the story itself better.
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