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Review, Excerpt, Giveaway ~ Prince of the Playhouse by Tara Lain


Title: Prince of the Playhouse 
(Love in Laguna #3)
Author: Tara Lain
Genre: Romance, M/M, Contemporary
Published: April 4th 2016
Book Description:


Driven by his desire to become a successful fashion designer and concerned with hiding his questionable past, Ru Maitland lets his 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.
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I think this was a really good story. Sweet, sexy and fun which is a great combination. It involves some difficult situations and I love how the men support each other and that it isn’t ‘insta love’. It’s a gradual thing that builds up and is just great.

I read this fine as a standalone, so I assume that all the books in the series can be read as such, but it does mention characters from other books, so I think it would be fun to read all of them just to get a deeper connection with the other characters.

*Received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review*

Four Stars

Excerpt (Steamy)


For Gray, looking clumsy almost never happened. Except at this moment. He tried to pull off his
belt and shove down his jeans so fast, he forgot to take off his $400 leather sneakers, resulting
in a bumbling pretzel crashing onto the bed, bound up in denim ankle cuffs.
Ru laughed and got a frown from Gray. “Don’t just stand there. Take off the damned shoes.” He
smiled. “Please.”
Ru removed the beautiful shoes, tossed them aside, then grabbed Gray’s jeans and yanked them
off, leaving him in only a pair of baby-blue bikini briefs. Ru chortled. “Oh yeah, you’re gay.”
“I wore them just for you.” Gray bobbed his butt and had them off so fast Ru barely got to
admire them. Then he pulled his long-sleeved T-shirt over his head and tossed it on the floor.
Oh man, what a body. Lean and ripped, even more beautiful than the movies revealed. To say
nothing of that mind-bending cock.
“Lie on your back.” Admiring the impressive length and breadth of Gray’s full upright position,
Ru sauntered to the nightstand and carefully removed the foil and the cage from the
champagne bottle, then popped the cork. Gray’s dick bobbed in time. Ru poured some
champagne into one of the glasses and sat next to Gray, who appeared to be bouncing in place
in anticipation. With a twirl of one finger, he swirled the champagne, then slid the wet digit
across Gray’s beautiful lips.
An anxious tongue emerged and licked the liquid. “Ummm. I could really get into champagne if
you deliver it that way.”
“Ah, I’ve barely begun to display my champagne-delivery skills.” He wet his finger again and
made a circle around Gray’s hard-as-a-diamond nipple, then laved it with his tongue before
sucking the champagne-flavored nub into his mouth.
Gray gasped, and his hips rose from the bed.
Ru pulled back and chuckled. “Don’t get too excited yet. We have far to go.” He poured a splash
of liquid into the center of Gray’s breastbone and watched it dribble down and collect in his
innie. Oh yes, what a way to consume alcohol. He followed the lines of bubbly from the swell of
Gray’s pecs down to his navel. That put his lips dangerously close to the prime target area, and
Gray knew it. His cockhead stretched up beyond his belly button but curved slightly to the right,
giving Ru just enough space to nuzzle in and gather the liquid on his tongue.
Gray twisted so his dick slapped against Ru’s cheek.
Ru chuckled. “A little impatient, are we?”
“Come on!”
“Come on what, darling?”
“Suck it, please. Please.”
“Oh, you ask so sweetly. How can I resist?” He shifted an inch and stuck out his tongue until it
gathered precum dripping from Gray’s penis, then licked some more champagne from his belly.
“More, please.”
“More? Hmmm.” He poured a stream of champagne right on Gray’s cock, which got a giggle and
hip bounce from the cock owner. “Goin’ down.”



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About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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