(Love in Los Angeles, Book 2)
by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ, Romance
The ties that bind…
Two years after the events of Starling, Cinderella story and star of The Fourth Estate J. Alex Cook is living happily ever after with his boyfriend, television writer Paul Marion Keane. But when Paul’s pilot, Winsome, AZ, gets picked up, the competing demands of their high-profile careers make them question their future together.
…can sometimes tear you apart.
As Paul becomes increasingly absent from their relationship, Alex tries to regain control of his private life and establish a career path independent of Fourth's enigmatic, and at times malevolent, showrunner Victor. But the delicate web of relationships that connects Alex, Paul, and their friends — including Alex's excitable ex-lover Liam and his no-nonsense fiancée Carly — threatens to unravel.
With the business of Hollywood making it hard to remember who he is when the whole world isn’t watching, Alex is forced to confront major changes in the fairytale life he never wanted as he discovers that love in Los Angeles often looks nothing like the movies.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Note: It is absolutely imperative that you read this series in order. This book will not make any sense if you don't, because the story-line and characters carry over without reviewing the back-story.
I absolutely adored Starling (Read my 5 star review) and eagerly awaited the release of DOVES. To say that I was shocked by the differences between the two stories would be an understatement.
Picking up two years after where STARLING left off, the first third is told in a primarily narrative writing style that I found extremely difficult to identify with. I stopped and started reading several times because I couldn't reconcile the characters I was so in love with the emotional distance that was portrayed.
Paul and Alex are an on the verge of achieving everything they hoped and dreamed for professionally, and rather than bringing them closer together, their grueling work schedules are driving them apart. This was heartbreaking for me to read, especially since there was little to no insight given into the two years of happiness that preceded this slow deterioration. Add in the fact that Victor, Liam and Carly's relationship has grown even more bizarre over time, and I felt lost and let down by my own expectations.
However, once I got past the first third of the story everything changed. Suddenly I was back on track and completely engaged as Paul, Alex, Victor, Liam and Carly began to open up. The writing changed to the complex storytelling and multiple character views that I experienced in Starling. This is where the brilliance of the beginning hit me... the distance found in the writing style mirrored the emotional state of the characters. What seemed to be a mistake suddenly made complete sense. Reader: please do not set this book aside due to the unexpected introduction!
As the characters work through their relationships, insecurities, strengths, weakness, successes, failures and flaws DOVES tells a story of human nature in its rawest form. The unique presentation and complex story-line is the hook that drew me into the drama that is Love in Los Angeles. Once again, I was captivated by the tangled web that makes this crazy family of characters work in spite of the overwhelming odds against them. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to reach into my eReader and strangle Victor, and I can't wait until Phoenix comes out in June.
|Starling (Love in Los Angeles, Book 1)|
Phoenix (Love in Los Angeles, Book 3)
Anticipated Publication: June 10, 2015
Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles is set in the film and television industry and published by Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella Midsummer, Book One of the Love’s Labour series, about a summerstock Shakespeare company, will be available from Dreamspinner Press in the Summer of 2015. Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller; Erin is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. They write stories and scripts about the intersection of private lives, fame, and desire.