Crossing the Line by MD Saperstein and Andria Large


22596837Parker Hamilton – movie star! That’s what the world knows about me. Oscar winner, prominent bloodline, playboy. But there is so much more to me. My friends are my real family, and they are what matters most. But I’d be lying if I said that I’m not concerned about my reputation. Everyone who lives in the spotlight is.

Listen, I can play any role – drama, comedy, romance. You name it. I can act my ass off, and I have the proof on a shelf in my office. But when my agent calls me into his office to offer me the role of a lifetime, I am hesitant. Not only would I have to act opposite Chance Steele, the most egotistical schmuck I know, but we would also have to pretend to be intimate. Really intimate. As in gay lovers.

Now, don’t get me wrong; I am as open-minded as they come. People can love whom they want, screw whom they want, even marry whom they want. But when you ask me to make out with a dude, pretend to roll around in a bed with him, well, that’s where I draw the line. Maybe.

Sometimes lines are blurry. And sometimes lines are just meant to be crossed.

Crossing the Line is book 3 of the Taboo Love series and picks up where Unmasking Charlotte left off. As with Hey There, Delilah and Unmasking Charlotte, it is a standalone – so don’t worry if you haven’t read them yet – with a HEA. That means no cliffhanger! Oh, and expect to see some of your favorite characters.

BUY LINK: Amazon

REVIEWER: Dolorianne, 4

REVIEW:

So many “rules” were broken in Crossing the Line that it should not have been such an entertaining read to a cynic like me. Characters talked to the reader with overlapping POV’s. An accelerated timeline and somewhat surface storyline because there was more telling than showing. A pseudo-GFY, is he or isn’t he, theme. Split phrases and a few misplaced commas. Being book three of a series in which I hadn’t read either of the prior books. Convenient and cliché romance elements. Some of the dialogue during the conflict resolution became sugary enough that I couldn’t actually imagine anyone saying the words in real life.

This should not have worked. But it did.

Parker and Chance are actors who haven’t gotten along in the ten years they’ve known each other, but are now teamed up to play the leads in what can only be described as the big screen adaptation of Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux’s popular Cut & Run series – though not specifically named so in the book. Bits of Parker and Chance’s personalities and earlier interaction even remind me of Ty and Zane, though their character development and backstories are very different. They are competitive, snarky, playful, and surprisingly sweet. I like the “surprise” gay idea more than an actual GFY theme, though there is a very thin line between the two. Here, we have two men who avoided the knowledge about themselves until forced to take the blinders off, which to me makes it less GFY and more revealing of their true selves.

There is a small mention of sexual violence in the beginning of the book. It is obvious but subtle, letting the reader know how it shaped the character, while at the same time making it clear that the character dealt with the events. While I don’t think it was completely necessary, the subject was initially handled well. It was brought up briefly later as the characters became closer, and I didn’t have a problem with that either. My only issue is that during the love interest’s dealing with this new information about his boyfriend, he is comparing it to a female friend’s experience that is included in one (or both) of the previous books in this story. Many readers, myself included, avoid rape and other sexual violence in books and this series seems to make a habit of it. Very disappointed about that.

Because this is book three, two other couples are heavily involved with this story, mainly as Parker’s close friends. They are both M/F pairings, which is why I skipped reading their stories, but I felt the relationships were properly recapped enough so that I understood everyone’s place without getting lost. There is also a sex club involved. Club M is as much a character as a place because its concept is not something I’ve seen before and it is often used as a clever way to move the story forward.

After everything, I’m not sure what you, the reader of this review, have gotten from this review. I admit it is a little all over the place. I guess, in a good way, the book is a little like that as well. The characters play with each other, talk over each other, and fight with each other. The predictability of some of the events are shaken up by the timeline – you might know it’s coming but it’s rarely in the order you might expect. The interaction between the entire cast seemed to take on a playful feel no matter what was going on that I read it with a smile on my face. While it is not my usual read, I’m glad I took a chance on this one.

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