Title: Evan Sent
Author: J.P. Bowie
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 152 Pages
At a Glance: I like where Bowie took the plot, here, and twisted it into something suspenseful and dangerous for the two MCs. This is a thoroughly entertaining read!
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Fiction and reality become intertwined when a young movie actor playing the role of a detective finds himself in a real-life drama that threatens to bring a sudden end to his career.
Evan Ericson is young and beautiful, a former fashion model and a gifted actor. When he is offered the role of a detective in a new film noir indie movie, he jumps at the chance, certain that this is his opportunity to leave behind the notoriety of appearing in porn movies and his dependence on drugs.
Mark Henderson is an out-of-work actor searching for his big break. When, by sheer chance, he lands a part in a new indie movie, he can’t believe his luck. Nor can he believe it when he meets Evan Ericson. Sparks fly at their first encounter. When rehearsing their roles, Mark’s world is rocked by Evan’s kiss and a new Hollywood romance is born.
But things thought long buried in the past have a nasty habit of rearing their ugly heads, and being stalked and threatened by a manic drug dealer is not something either Evan or Mark envisaged in their future together. Will Hollywood magic be enough to keep them safe or will Evan’s bad-boy reputation tear them apart?
Reader Advisory: This book contains oblique references to child abuse, reference to sex abuse, domestic abuse.
Review: Mark Henderson left his hometown and an abusive relationship. Now, he’s down on his luck in Los Angeles. He’s been working as a waiter while trying to find work as an actor, but he’s lost that job, and it’s slim pickings as far as employment goes. Mark finally catches an acting break, though, and is offered the role of a gay man in an indie film—which isn’t really acting for him.
Evan Ericson went from modeling to starring in porn as Dean Masters, until he decided to walk away. He’s now working to get into mainstream movies, and hoping his past won’t cause a scandal that will deny him the chance.
Mark is somewhat enamored of Evan, and nervous when he finds that his role in the movie is that of the love interest to Evan’s character. After all, Evan is not only attractive but is confidant and experienced. Even though Mark and Evan get involved with each other quickly, Mark finds himself worried about his bad experiences, and he shares that with Evan. No matter what Mark’s past was like, though, Evan just has a special feeling that grows towards Mark as they try to spend quality time together.
Evan, being a stand-up guy, helps his friend Dareck, who’s involved with a loan shark and has left the country, and now, Evan’s not only being watched but he and Mark are being threatened and blackmailed. Evan calls in a favor from Dave Franklin, a cop and former friend, and they learn that Evan and Mark are up against a drug trafficker. When Dave comes up with the plans for a sting operation, Evan proves he’s willing to put his life on the line and do the best acting job ever to protect himself and Mark.
J.P. Bowie caught me by surprise with Evan Sent. He offers a great, in-depth look at Mark’s and Evan’s emotional pasts, and even though their connection happens quickly, these two characters are the perfect fit. The author takes us into the hectic world of producing movies, the long hours of hard work and the highs and lows for the actors, with a healthy cast of side characters. I like where Bowie took the plot, here, and twisted it into something suspenseful and dangerous for the two MCs. This is a thoroughly entertaining read!
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