There’s something magical about the stage, the way the atmosphere casts you under its spell as the actors bring stories to life. Also, when the theater is empty and all is shadowy and quiet, it’s the perfect setting for a ghost story…
The thrill of discovering a really great story never gets old. Sometimes a novel lands in my inbox that literally seizes me by the heart, squeezing far too painfully at times, and refusing to loosen its grip until I reach the last page. The book I’m giving away today was one of those.
I LOVE this theater. Sure, it’s not in such a hot neighborhood. You have to fight off the junkies and whores just to get in the door, but it has history. The guy who built it was hot for an ancient movie called The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Well, I guess it was a new movie when this baby was built. Anyway, the star of that movie was Charles Laughton, hence the name of the theater: the Laughton.
I’ve had a love of the stage for as long as I can remember, as well as a fascination with the supernatural. It’s little wonder then that the Gothic atmosphere running through this novel struck a chord with me. The Laughton, the eerie movie palace where much of the story takes place, immediately sets the tone with its shadowy corners and the gargoyles that seem to follow you with their eyes. It’s clear that Russell j. Sanders has a real affinity with the theater, his passion both for its magic and its inner workings evident in his every word.
Graduating senior, theater lighting wunderkind, and closeted gay, Nick Fortunati volunteers with The Streetwise Players in the dark corners of The Laughton, a creepy old movie palace decorated in Grand Guignol style. But his father wishes Nick would use his intellect and his scholarship to become a biotech engineer and earn a prosperous living for his future family. Nick loves his dad and wants to please him, but he dreams of a career in theater. And he wants a male lover. Unfortunately, his homophobic father won’t approve of either.
I can’t think of a more fitting title for this book. Rush is one of those novels that seized me by the heart, squeezing to the point of pain at times, but ultimately leaving me with an enormous sense of well-being and the knowledge that my heart was in safe hands. It’s a character-driven story, following the complex romance between two real and immensely likable heroes, and I found myself caught up in their emotional struggle from the outset.
For the love of the game.
Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. Tough and athletic, he is a great college player who enjoys the hard hits and the sweaty grind of the gridiron. But when Brandon is injured, only one person can help him get back on track-a forbidden love he’s desperately tried to put behind him.
The struggle to come to terms with sexuality is a subject close to the hearts of so many, and the hero in the novel I’m giving away today understands this struggle only too well.
Good food and beautiful boys…two of my biggest passions in life. Give me a beautiful boy who also happens to be a genius in the kitchen and I’m in heaven. The book I’m giving away today combines sexy young men with descriptions of sumptuous dishes, and so it’s little wonder I was compelled to pick it up.