TITLE: The Last Nights of the Frangipani Hotel
SERIES: The Actor’s Circle #2
AUTHOR: Bey Deckard
LENGTH: 79 Pages
Novella (23 000 words)
Genre(s): Out for you, Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
All James wanted was a little solitude at his favourite resort: bright sunshine overhead, soft, white sand underfoot, and a hammock to read in while the warm breeze rustles through the coconut palms and almond trees. However, when an old acquaintance shows up, and James is obliged to share “his” beach, a profound exchange over a bottle of rum leads to a lust-fuelled encounter in the dark.
Reeling from the intensity of the drunken tryst, James decides to cut his vacation short rather than face what he’s kept hidden under mountains of denial.
However, his escape is thwarted when Rudie, handsome and plainspoken, calls him out on his behaviour and makes him see that life needn’t be spent running away from his desires.
Set at a rundown old resort on a small Caribbean island, The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel is a story about letting go of fear and learning that passion and love can be found in the most unexpected of places.
This book really pulled on my heart strings. It was hot, but also so very romantic. The story begins when James realizes he’s sharing his secluded beach with another guy, Rudie, who happens to be an actor like himself. He’s irritated at first but after drinking and reminiscing, they end up in bed together. James feels bad about it afterward. He’s had encounters with men before, but he’s far from being out and still feels guilty. Rudie puts him at ease and helps James to feel more comfortable about himself and his sexuality. Their vacation is highly erotic, but also changes something fundamental in James.
This is the type of book that when you put it down, you just can’t read anything else for a while. It gave me such a warm feeling that I wanted the story not to end. I loved how James grew and how he learned to accept himself, and I especially loved the ending. I really was worried for a while about how things would turn out, but with how it ended, I couldn’t ask for anything better. This book was a standalone, but there was a nice little tie in with the first book in this series that made me smile. Though I started reading Bey Deckard’s books for the dark fantasy aspects, I admit to being equally enthralled with his romantic works. I look forward to reading future installments of The Actor’s Circle. I recommend this book to anyone who loves coming out/self-discovery themes and m/m romance.
RATING: Crazy about it!
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