Book Blurb :
When the bright lights and flashing cameras of Hollywood capture your every move, how can you fulfill your deepest desires? For Zack Greene, a formerly out-of-control actor, and Steve Michaels, the director who unearthed the heart of the man beneath the ego, it’s a constant struggle.
In public, Steve and Zack are the picture of professional partners. However, behind closed doors, their partnership is taken to a new level. They engage in a carefully constructed Dom/sub relationship that not only brings them pleasure, but keeps Zack from slipping back into his wild ways.
Their delicate balance is thrown askew when a producer on the show threatens to expose their lifestyle, while taking advantage of Zack in a moment of vulnerability. Will Steve be able to ease the pain and save the love they share? Or will they come apart when they need each other most?
Steve Michaels is a director of a television show called Ben’s Life. The show is filmed in Studio B. The story begins with a shooting of a new scene. The whole crew is filming an important scene in which Ben (aka Zack) and Melody (aka Amy) are becoming a couple.
Zack is Steve’s long-time boyfriend, even if no one knows about their relationship, they have been together for three years. Steve and Zack met during auditions for Ben’s Life. At the start, Steve regarded Zack as a spoiled brat who got everything from his good looks, but after getting to know Zack better, Steve saw how wrong he was with his initial assumption.
Later that night in their own home, Zack is punished for disrupting the final scene and talking back to Steve before the whole crew. He is punished with Forty hand swats.
This is how first couple of pages start in this story. My first thought was, why does it start off in middle of a three year old relationship? It would be better if we had a prologue detailing how both main characters met. This would make the storyline reliable and deeper. Here, we don’t have a conservative relationship but one with BDSM theme. Steve and Zack practice a Dom/Sub relationship or they rather think they are, playing the roles in their own home for three years now.
The main storyline circles around an idiot, Richard Glenn, the producer of the show, who becomes obsessed with Zack. Rich wants to show Zack what a real Dom is supposed to be, a strict taskmaster and to be obeyed at all times. In my opinion, we have too little information about Richard as a character. His role of a villain isn’t sincere or realistic. Why would a producer out of blue play for an actor and even molest him in him own trailer? This part of a plot didn’t really make a sense to me. I couldn’t connect with it.
In my opinion, this story lacks for better development. I really didn’t feel a true Dom/Sub relationship between Steve and Zack. It’s more a role they both play. I couldn’t understand why Zack hid his own past. It’s not as Zack would need to hide his past because he was a criminal or something worse. How can a relationship work when you don’t tell your Dom/ significant other all about your past? There are those small negative points which made this story too bland and remote.
The main storyline is too vague and undeveloped, I’m sure it could be way better. I’m giving 3 couples.
Pubisher : Lazy Day Publishing
Source : Manic Readers
Release Date: June 20th 2012
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