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One hot night, one freeze frame and one shocking surprise.As a bartender at the Lucky Seven club, Josh Bauer could take a different guy home every night if he wanted to. Working three jobs, however, makes it hard to connect with anyone. One man, though, is too much temptation to resist. A steamy encounter in a back alley leads to an explosive night of sex in Josh s bed a bOne hot night, one freeze frame and one shocking surprise.As a bartender at the Lucky Seven club, Josh Bauer could take a different guy home every night if he wanted to. Working three jobs, however, makes it hard to connect with anyone. One man, though, is too much temptation to resist. A steamy encounter in a back alley leads to an explosive night of sex in Josh s bed a bed he isn't surprised to find empty the next morning.What does surprise him, though, is the front page of a tabloid. Apparently his one-night stand isn't as anonymous as he thought it was.Ryan Kellar's career is taking off. Advance buzz about his movie says it's a blockbuster, and going home with the gorgeous bartender is the perfect way to celebrate. And he thought he'd gotten away clean until the picture in the paper shocks him into reality. Was Josh really just playing or playing him for a fool?Trust isn't big on their list right now, but as their worlds fall apart, it's all they have. At least until they figure out who took the picture. And why "...

Title : Tabloid Star
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ISBN : 9781605046624
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Number of Pages : 147 Pages
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Tabloid Star Reviews

  • Daisiemae
    2018-12-08 09:40

    I was going to hold off reading Tabloid Star by T.A. Chase for a rainy day. For some reason I have a tendency to do that with certain authors. I hold off reading their books until I need a really good pick me up, or I know I’m in the mood to read something I know I’ll love. This wasn’t so when I bought Tabloid Star! I immediately had to read it, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.Josh Bauer is a very responsible man. He works three jobs to support himself, and to give most of the earnings he makes to his sister and her special needs son. Because of this, Josh hasn’t really had any relationships to speak of. Since one of his jobs is a bartender, he has a tendency to hook up with the clientele for a one night stand, but he’s never gotten emotionally involved with anyone. He simply just hasn’t met the right person, or had the time to put any effort into getting to know someone else to be involved with.When Josh lays eyes on a very handsome man at the bar he works at, he immediately tries to hook up with him. Flirtatious bantering soon leads to a compromising position in the dark alley just outside the bar where Josh works. Unable to immediately allow the handsome man to leave, he finds out the handsome mans name is Ryan, and persuades Ryan to stay until he’s off of work so they can go to Josh’s home for a little more playtime together. Just as planned, Ryan follows Josh home, and they have a night of passion and fun together. When Josh wakes up, Ryan is gone. Even though Josh is a little disappointed he expected Ryan to leave, so he tries to shrug it off and chalks the time they had together as something he’ll think back and remember fondly.What Josh didn’t expect was to see himself and Ryan on the front page of a gossip magazine in a passionate embrace for the world to see. What surprises Josh even more is Ryan isn’t just an anonymous face, he’s a pretty well known actor who has now been unofficially outted from the closet. Ryan Keller has been steadily becoming Hollywood’s “it” guy. The last thing he needs is a scandal just when he’s starting to become very successful. Even though whatever is on the front page today will soon be yesterday’s news, Ryan is furious that the compromising pictures of him and Josh have surfaced, and forced him somewhat out of the closet, because Ryan up to this point, has been very cautious and careful to keep his sexuality under wraps. He’s had to sacrifice a lot for his craft, including having any kind of meaningful relationship or a partner to come home too.Determined to find out who’s behind the camera, Ryan seeks Josh out just to see if Josh set him up and is somehow behind all of the publicity with disastrous results. As more pictures arise, both men are brought together to find out who is setting Ryan and Josh up. I loved this book! Mr. Chase has a very special way of connecting two people together who otherwise would ever give one another the time of day. I love watching Josh and Ryan’s relationship build from friendship to a love that won’t be denied. I thought both Josh and Ryan were very realistically written with human fears and flawed personalities. I loved how they are able to fight through what could have been a very negative situation and found a beautiful love that enhances their lives and gives them the happy ending that they deserve. ******Slight Spoiler******To top off an otherwise great book, we get a cameo with the heroes from the book High Line, Garrett and CJ! It was wonderful seeing those two continuing to be happy with one another, and even being an inspiration for Ryan and Josh’s relationship. This was a very happy surprise and it made the ending so much sweeter than I was prepared for.Solid 5 stars

  • Bev
    2018-11-17 08:56

    I really enjoyed this book by an author I hadn't taken a chance on before. 4 stars Ryan Kellar is an aspiring actor, has appeared in his first movie which is apparently set to be a blockbuster, and although not closeted per se, doesn't advertise the fact that he's gay. He goes to the 'Lucky Seven' club one night with his best friend, and his life changes after an encounter in an alley with Josh, one of the barmen at the club.Nice, light read. There is a plot, and I did guess who was keeping the newspapers informed, although it wasn't too difficult to work out. Hot and steamy in parts, I'm onto book 2 now.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2018-11-20 15:00

    T.A. Chase hits a sure point with this novel with me, since the show business theme is one of my favorite, probably due to the fact that I love to see an happily ever after where usually I don't find them, and since I know that, despite some good changings happening in the movie industry, it's still not easy to be out and proud, and the stars who decide to be have not easy life. So basically this is a cinderfella type of story, with the big Hollywood star, Ryan, who falls in love for the poor bartender, Josh, who has to work three jobs and has no time to be starstruck by the pretty actor. And here is maybe the most original point of the novel, T.A. Chase turns the table, and the cinderfella became the knight in shining armor, or better the big bear who will take good care of his lover. Josh can be the one with the less lucrative job, but he is not for sure the on a lower level than Ryan, on the contrary what draws Ryan to him is the feeling of being safe and sheltered in Josh's arm. This is a common point that I have already found in T.A. Chase's story: he is a favorite of mine since he often has characters living in the glittering world of the show business, or at least in an "in the spotlight" position, but those men are not unreachable or aloof, they are most of the time the boy next door who finds himself living in something bigger than him, and who still needs the comfort embrace of a lover. I like the mix of cuteness and coquetteness that is Ryan, and how he is ready to loosen up in the arms of the right lover. Not only in this case Ryan needs the safe shelter of his lover's arms, he is also a submissive for nature, and he wouldn't have been happy with a lover who looked upon to him like the leader in the relationship. Being Josh a self-assured man, he is perfect for Ryan: the inner strength of Josh well balances the difference in social status of the two men, and then, the difference is still fresh, since it's not long ago that Ryan was still a struggling actor came to Hollywood from a little province town. Again this is another common element in T.A. Chase's stories, the origins of his characters are simple and down to earth, and they have solid basis that allow them to remain with the head on their shoulders and not being corrupted by the big bad world. There is always an homey feeling in those books, even if we are dealing with movie stars or professional sports players. As I said, what probably I like most is that the story is a good and strong romance which leads steadily and fast towards a romantic happily ever after; the two heroes have to face some pretty bad moments, but they are never so bad to distract the reader from what is the main event, the love story. There was never one doubt that in a way or the other, the two men would have found a way to be together, and what started like a one single night of hot sex has good basis to become a last long relationship. Probably yes, what bonds Ryan and Josh in a good and strong knot is their perfect agreement in bed, and the fact to be the top in bed allows Josh to not feel like an addendum to Ryan; never once I felt him doubt his position (pun very much intended) with Ryan, if there were trouble for them, it was not due to their personal and sexual relationship, and the reader has plenty of proves in the good and numerous sex scenes, that, as usual, are detailed without being an exercise in style. Those are sex scenes you can read and enjoy without having to hurry up to seeing what happens next. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1605047767/?...

  • Emanuela ~plastic duck~
    2018-12-10 11:58

    01/18/13: Revised rating after a couple of years of reading m/m: from 4 to 3.It was more a 3.5 stars but once I finished the book, I found that I was quite fond of the guys, in different ways, so I'll give it 4.I liked Ryan because, even if he knew he was risking his career, he was not willing to search for a compromise. I liked Josh because he was very practical and he found the way to get Ryan and himself out of trouble, showing that he might not be rich, but he was resourceful.The secondary characters were interesting and I liked Ryan's friend, Bill, who is the voice of reason in a very stressful situation. The bad guy behind the tabloid pictures was given a strong homophobic connotation and I thought it was unbelievable that Ryan accepted all the name calling without reacting.The angst was never too much, even in the most difficult moments, because the two characters trusted each other. I think that the chemistry between Josh and Ryan was more told than shown and that's why I wasn't really impressed while reading the book.

  • Tina
    2018-11-10 13:37

    3,5 stars. :)'Tabloid Star' is about Josh Bauer who is working three jobs to support his sister and his nephew. One night he has sex with an anonymous guy. The next day he finds his picture on the front page of a tabloid. Apparently his one-night stand isn't as anonymous as he thought he was. It's Ryan Kellar, an uprising actor, who isn't keen of the paparazzi photos of his indiscretion...The story is a pretty good read, the MC's are likeable, the settings and the secondary characters interesting and there's not much angst. I did enjoy this for the most part. It's a sweet romance with hot love scenes, a light and fluffy read.

  • Ms. Nikki
    2018-12-05 09:41

    The 1st 3rd of the book was pretty good, until the Tabloid incident happened. It reminded me of a Soap Opera. Lots of discussions and explaining, giving me blow by blow details instead of showing me. The whole, why do you call me Bear thing, just blew it for me. Josh and the whole scene with his sister was so "False." Yeah, that's it. This book is for the starving reader who just needs something to read right now. Gratification not guaranteed.

  • Alina
    2018-11-18 08:57

    Another good book from T.A. Chase!I just love her stories - likeable main characters, interesting settings, diverse secondary characters and not much angst, which I wholeheartedly approve! They're nice and warm and I like to reread them :)Oh and I was happy to see more of Garrett and CJ from Love of Sports series, and to know about CJ's career choice after all. Glad to see him on a car tv-show :)

  • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
    2018-12-03 08:58

    2.3 StarsOMG, finishing this book almost sapped me of my will to live. I honestly didn't like most of it; the drama was ridiculous, the dialogue cringe-worthy, the characters barely 2 dimensional including that horrifically bad agent and his blatant homophobia. I almost expected him to stroke a greasy mustache while chucking, "Muwahahaha!" there when he's finally confronted. Also, the sentiment is appreciated but the Rainbow and Unicorn view of the public - as unconcerned with an actor's sexuality and completely accepting - is trite and unrealistic. I HATE that it does affect a lot of actors' careers and would like to think someday it won't matter, but it does, and to whiff it away like you're Obi-Wan? *eye-roll* Yeah, not until you're A-Level talent. Starring in one movie and getting a Golden Globe nomination? No. I'm not even sure that is D-List.About the only thing I appreciated was the inclusion of an autistic nephew, even if it felt like pandering since he's kind of a prop and not fleshed out as a character himself...and the topic commented on was a bit didactic. Also, stereotype much on the Hispanic gang-leader dad?One more thing: unless you're a performer in a drag-review, from the South, or are using it ironically...NO MAN should ever use "honey" as much as this MC did in referring to his love interest. ESPECIALLY if the boyfriend then starts calling said MC "Bear" because OMFG really? Honey & Bear? I kept thinking about Winnie the Pooh and that's just not conducive to the effort of trying to appreciate the (completely boring and uninspired) gay sex on page. Just, no. NO!

  • Seraph
    2018-11-13 10:32

    This is an example of a story that transfers the traditional male/female dynamic of a hetero relationship - and a boring one at that - into a male/male relationship. Why, oh why? If you want to write about men, why make them behave like women? If you want to create characters, why make them stereotypes? Whimpery Ryan is nothing else but the cute little (virginal) girl who only waits for the big strong hero to sweep her, pardon, him off her/his feet. Oh, and of course the showbusiness theme is always good to attract attention but the predictable plot doesn't do much to increase the appeal of this very average book. At least it's reasonably well written and the sex is quite hot. Altogether a story just a little on the bland side of bad.

  • Camilla
    2018-11-16 13:43

    The first word that comes to mind after finishing this story is:Awwww..I dont know if thats a word, but hey, it works for me.. ;o)Aww, I really loved this story.. So freakin cute.. I absolutly fell in love with both Josh and Ryan.. I loved how dom Josh started out and how he changed as the story moved forward... Oh, of course he's still a dom, but what a great "reward" he gave Ryan at the end, huh? ;o)I thought this had a great combination of emotions and hot sex.. And when I say hot sex, thats exactly what I mean.. Hot hot hot!All in all a great book..

  • Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
    2018-12-04 08:32

    Nice.There was not as much drama and angst as I was expecting. Which is good, it would have been overpowering.I'm mixed on the use of condoms, even for bj's. On one hand, I commend the author for taking safe sex seriously. On the other...latex taste...eeewwww. But, it's good to promote safety.Overall, it was pretty good. But I didn't enjoy as much as other books by the author.But I did enjoy it.

  • Darkm
    2018-12-06 08:39

    The story in this book was interesting and well written, as well as the characters. Something I really appreciated was how the autism of one of the secondary characters was described: "I'm not deluding myself into thinking Pedro's a normal boy, Ryan. It's just that his brain is wired differently than yours and mine. Pedro's autistic, but he's not stupid or handicapped"

  • Brooklyn
    2018-12-04 09:31

    I expected Ryan's celebrity status to be more of an issue than it was. I was expecting backlash from Raz or for Geraldo to be more of a problem. Instead everything was resolved easily without too much drama. I'm not sure about that. But I like this couple together. I like their almost insta-love and the way they seemed to connect pretty quickly.

  • Trisha Harrington
    2018-11-19 10:32

    This was a really nice sweet book. I loved Josh and Ryan and the way their relationship developed. I also loved the way they stood by each other in the end. I am a huge fan of T.A Chase and this was another of his books that I adored. Great read :)

  • Betryal
    2018-11-15 13:50

    It was a good write. I liked it, but something was missing and needed and I can't figure out what just yet. Maybe cause it was too simple? Not sure, but I will admit that I'd definitely like to see more of these two in another book sequence.

  • Karen
    2018-11-17 11:40

    2.5 stars--I just could not get into this one. I'm not sure what it was, but I never connected with the MCs and never warmed up to their story. It filled a requirement for a reading challenge, otherwise I might not have finished it.

  • Emerald Jaguar
    2018-11-27 09:00

    Bottom line up front:It didn't suck. Much. The rest:Ryan is an actor who happens to be gay. He's rather amusingly lead astray quite often by his best friend, Bill. Finally, a gay man with a best friend who isn't an annoying, shrill, fag hag trying to live vicariously through strictly dickly men! Bill is completely straight, but doesn't seem to mind in the slightest that Ryan likes dangly bits that aren't boobs. The two go out on a wild drinking spree one night, and Bill actually encourages Ryan to loosen up some and hook up with the cute bartender. I'd have liked to see Ryan show a little more initiative on his own, but as long as the end result is the same, who cares? He seems to be a bit conflicted about how much of his private life he's willing to share with his fans. On one hand, he's absolutely mortified when a tabloid runs pics of him sucking some random bartender off in a back alley, but then he kind of goes off half-cocked (heee!) and ends up in the papers again. This, despite a vicious tongue-lashing from his exceedingly aggravating agent. The inner conflict is shown again when Ryan regretfully pulls a coyote ugly and sneaks out of bed at dawn to avoid any of the morning after awkwardness. He's determined that his wonderful night with Josh has to be a one-off, because he's been sort of typecast as an action hero hunk, and gay doesn't exactly fit in with the typical Hollywood image.As usual, intentions aren't worth much. Ryan and Josh end up doing the nasty again, despite Ryan's suspicion that Josh might have set up the whole back alley thing to make money by selling out to sleazy tabloids. A quick background check shows there's reason to believe that Josh could really use the money.Josh's characterization is initially very vague, in keeping with Ryan's pov, since Ryan initially knew nothing about the guy he played suck-and-swallow with in the alley behind the bar Josh works at. However, I found it perplexing that Josh is working three jobs and somehow STILL finds time not only to sleep, but to hit the gym regularly to get that mandatory six pack that at least one character in m/m romances must have. And he seems to conveniently always have time off to bang Ryan through the mattress at a moment's notice. Fans who follow along with Chase's stories would likely be pleased at the Garrett/CJ (from High Line) cameo. The two popped up a time or two in the story to offer Ryan some timely tips.Tabloid Star isn't my least favorite Chase story, but it's not the best either. This has been a disappointing month of mediocre releases for an author who used to write such wonderful stories. Hopefully, this isn't a lasting trend.

  • Bergur Arnar
    2018-11-19 10:45

    I liked it and really enjoyed it, but there were a couple of things I was annoyed with;My first complaint is that the second half of the book was way too fast-paced. I had no idea of how much time had gone by between chapters - hours? days? weeks? months? And I also found it to be a bit too much insta-love (view spoiler)[after they took the trip to see Josh's sister. (hide spoiler)]My second complaint (and believe me, I have never complained about this before) is that there was too little sex. I would have loved to have more sex scenes in the book. My third and final complaint is the antagonist. Firstly, it was too obvious that he was the bad guy and secondly, everything about him was "evil", he was too typical to be real. Now, to the good stuff. I really liked this book and that's actually my main reason for my complaints - if those things had been okay, the book would have been perfect. I loved the MCs, they were great and they complimented each other in the relationship. I also loved the portrayal of autism in this book -that it isn't a 'problem' and that people with autism are perfect the way they are. I was really grateful for this portrayal of autism as some authors tend to get it wrong. I liked most of the background characters, like Erin, Pedro, Bill and Rachel but I did feel like there were too many gay characters in the book - it was a bit too far to have the security company guys gay as well. (but that's just my opinion)I loved Erin and I would love to read more about her and Pedro (view spoiler)[and maybe Chad? (hide spoiler)]I would have loved for this book to be longer, as that might have solved the problem of the second half being too fast-paced and it could have dwelved deeper into Josh' and Ryan's relationship. All in all: great characters, mediocre plot, good but could-have-been-better relationship between MCs, all-right background characters.3.0 stars

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-11-17 09:40

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 starsI fell in love with Josh from the moment he was introduced. He’s fun and flirty, but with a solid head on his shoulders and a really strong moral compass. He the perfect example of a well-rounded character. I loved the way he cares about those in his circle, his love of his family, and the way he connected with Ryan. I have to admit that I got a little melty when the reason he works so hard is revealed. He’s maybe even a little bit too perfect, with hardly a flaw to be seen. But it absolutely worked for him; he was just an all-around good guy who wants to do the right thing, doesn’t lie, and is supportive and caring. And he’s exactly what Ryan needs.And Ryan? Oh, this man is such a sweetheart. A young up and coming actor, he’s put his trust in his agent to guide his career, and it seems to be working. He landed a huge staring roll, and he’s becoming a household name. I love the way he doesn’t quite know how to handle things when the pictures show up in the tabloids. But he’s got a strong spine underneath, and he finds his footing quickly. Living his life in the closet hasn’t been easy, but no one would fault Ryan for his reasoning behind it. I really liked the way he came to his own decision about whether or not to come out and didn’t let what anyone else think about what he should do sway him. He stands up for himself when it really counts, and has no trouble leaning on Josh or his best friend Bill when he needs to.Read Kris' review in its entirety here.

  • Wendy
    2018-11-24 13:32

    This book starts with an interesting premise and a ton of potential, but then fails to live up to any of it. Only one of the heroes (Josh) gets any kind of rounding as a character: he works three jobs, has a sister and a nephew who he works to support and keep safe from the sister's vicious ex-husband, and has actual relationships with the people around him. Ryan, an up-and-coming actor, has relationships with only two other people, and we learn nothing of his origins. Josh and Ryan meet at a bar where Josh is working, and because this is a gay romance, they're making out (and more) in the alley behind the bar before the night is out. Photographs of this event are all over the tabloids by morning. And although the protagonists seem mystified how this could happen, no one who has seen even one episode of Scooby-Doo would be. Every potential for tension and conflict is either minimized or squandered. There is no examination of the "Ryan Kellar Kisses a Man in an Alley!" exposé on Ryan's employability or career, and the danger presented by Josh's sister's ex-husband pops like a soap bubble shortly before the end of the story. This book isn't about real people, it's a bit of fantasy involving mostly-perfect protagonists who meet and have a lot of sex (really, a lot of sex) and call that falling in love. All that sex doesn't leave much room for plot and characterization, really.The story is weak, and so is the writing, which is more telling than showing, and overly wordy.

  • UnusualChild{beppy}
    2018-12-10 11:33

    synopsis:josh, a bartender at a gay club, hooks up with ryan in the alleyway behind his club during his break, and then takes ryan home. the next day, pictures show up in the tabloids of the two of them and josh realizes his one night hook-up is not what he seems. ryan is an actor on the cusp of super-stardom, starring in a new action film. when he sees the tabloid pictures, he thinks that he was set up by the sexy bartender and confronts him. what i liked: i liked the fact that both ryan and josh felt that it was more than a one night stand, even while they were telling themselves that was all there was. the caring and intimacy that developed, even though it was very quickly, felt organic, like two people were just in the right place and time in their lives.what i didn't like: there is a line in the book that ryan thought that went something like "as long as i don't really remind people i'm gay and fly under the radar, they should accept me as an actor." i understand about keeping your personal life personal just to have something for yourself when you are in the spotlight, but this felt like it was giving the wrong message. if you want to kiss your boyfriend or husband in public, do so, because hetero couples do. it almost felt like he was ashamed of being gay with that one thought, even though he wasn't.

  • Karel
    2018-12-10 10:31

    I'd like to put a disclaimer that unlike the other books rated one star in my bookshelf, there's nothing wrong with this one.It's me, not you, dear book. Really.This book was just boring for me. The first part was great; the relationship, the doubts, the sizzling distrust was a set up for uber awesome. And then suddenly it just went downhill. I found myself trapped into reading about people I don't care about, but am supposed to.Erin and Pedro was meh. I wanted to feel for them; I didn't. Chad and Erin's hinted relationship felt lukewarm. I felt zero tension at the idea of Geraldo. The villain was so transparent, he was like a shoji screen. The latter half of the book was a maelstrom of activity I cared nothing for, with a plot that I had already unravelled. Normally I want something other than the main romance plot; in this one I wanted more of the romance, more angst, more doubt - hell, even a shorter story - if it meant not reading about these random people.... Like that other actor and his bf. Am I supposed to care? Because the book has to convince me, and this one didn't.

  • Beck
    2018-11-24 09:47

    Revised after a couple of years...Holy plot holes Batman! ... how did I miss all the minor, yet irritating issues with this story the first time round? ... metaphors that sounded right but in actual fact were wrong ... weird adjective use that when you stopped and thought about it, made you go "What. The. Fuckity. Fuck?" ... having said that, it is better than some of the dross I've read so is probably still worth the ★★★ ... would be awesome if this one was re-edited and re-released.Original review (2013) ...This is a ★★★☆ read that I have bumped up to ★★★★ ... The characters are nice, the smex is hot ... the thing that 'spoilt' the story for me is that the scenario is so very unlikely and unbelievable ... so much so that there were massive plot holes that common sense made difficult to ignore ... I've read the book multiple times now because I enjoy the characters as a couple but don't read this book expecting a well-crafted plot or you will potentially be disappointed ... this is essentially a bit of fluff that had delusions of grandeur ...

  • Kukko
    2018-11-28 07:41

    Main Characters: Josh Bauer & Ryan Kellar Key Themes: In the Closet, Coming OutLocation: West Hollywood & San Francisco Bay Area, CaliforniaJosh is badass - he was in a gang at 15 years old, is bald and covered in tattoos, and works three jobs – as a bartender, a construction worker and a waiter. He is also a bear and a bit of a flirt. Ryan is Hollywood’s newest action hero heartthrob and he is deep in the closet. Both MCs were a bit dull, emotionally erratic and a bit silly (Ryan wore a baseball cap and sunglasses to a Hollywood bar the night he meets Josh, so he won’t be recognized!)It is obvious from the start that this is a coming out story; unfortunately, the expected dramatic outing never actually took place. The story sort of fizzled …as opposed to sizzled! Mainly because it attempts to be “realistic” and whilst I liked the ‘realistic’ ending, I just did not connect with the MCs.

  • Karen
    2018-12-07 13:36

    Firstly, I know it's Hollywood or whatever, but i don't think practically every guy you meet will be gay. Josh, Ryan, Garrett, cj, Pete, tommy, Simpson, mark and Vance. I know being homosexual isn't uncommon, especially in Hollywood, but I really don't think it is as common as this book portrayed it. And theyre almost all in lust with josh. who even likes baldness? Who shaves their head on purpose when they have nice hair, which I'm assuming josh did. I know it said he was older, but I don't think he is balding old. And this book was so super sappy and cheesy and unrealistic. But for a guy that is trying to his his sexual preference, Ryan did a terrible job. He was kissing and holding hands and making out and groping josh in bright day light and public, while he knows he is being followed by a photographer and supposedly concerned about being outed as a celebrity, all the time.

  • Armi
    2018-11-29 08:57

    Another one of those books that I can appreciate the thought behind of but feel it just didn't translate too well when put into words. I think this is one of the author's earliest works so that might explain (at least) part of it.The concept is nothing new: newly risen star actor and regular Joe meet, get hot and heavy, and then there's drama. I felt I didn't get enough information about neither main character to actually form an opinion about them, they were very bland, as were all the side characters. Everything that happened was very neatly wrapped up; no side tracks, just take the easiest way through.The sex was the best part of the story, and for a recently short book there was quite a lot of it.Overall a nice read though it definitely didn't live up to my expectations.

  • Geoffrey
    2018-11-16 10:36

    Overall this is a fun story. It starts a little slow but gets interesting fairly quickly. It opens with Josh and Ryan meeting, getting nasty and going their separate ways. With the introduction of paparazzi photos of their indiscretion, the actual story takes off. There are hidden cameramen, family harassment, stress, arguments and fights to get the ball rolling. And, once it got going, it was pretty fun.Before the book's climax, it wasn't too difficult to sort out who was behind the photo stalking - although to be honest I was only half right...There are a few sub-plot elements that didn't seem necessary such as including Josh's ex-brother-in-law, but they weren't so prevalent as to get in the way.

  • Lauren
    2018-12-02 07:55

    3.5 stars - This was an enjoyable read with an interesting story and great main characters. Josh was exactly my type of character too, both in looks and personality. Although he did say the word 'honey' a bit too often for my liking (it wasn't a problem for the last half of the book, but very noticeable to me for the first few chapters). Raz really was a piece of work. I wanted to slap him almost from the beginning – I can’t believe Ryan let him get away with the homophobic and downright shitty attitude for so long. The other secondary characters such as Bill and Pete were interesting. I'd actually quite like to learn more about Pete ;) Overall, an entertaining and fun read.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-21 08:50

    Tabloid Star by T.A. Chase was a pretty good read. I am quite sure the authors description of Josh was not meant to conjure up visions of Samuel Colt, but it did for me. heh. So, with visions of my current crush Samuel in my head I read on with much glee and sweaty palms. While some parts of the book felt less well scripted than others and there was much angst and drama, I did enjoy this for the most part. All that muscled, man chest goodness is good. http://sharrow.wordpress.com/2009/09/...

  • mah1
    2018-11-28 07:47

    I put ff reading this story because I honestly thought I would love it and wanted to save it. Unfortunately I ended up being wrong. The set up offered some interesting possibilities, yet the book was pretty straight forward. I'm pretty sure alot of people love a book like this, but for me it had too little conflict. Also, while I do love tropes, the poor-sister-with-the-abusive-ex-who-needs-to-be-supported-by-her-brother isn't one of them. Two stars, but this is simply a matter of taste. I must admit though, that I am interested enough to probably read the sequel one day.