Book Reviews

Off the Page by Ryan Loveless at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-May-2013

Book Blurb

Christian, a popular romance writer, has created the perfect man. He's given the world Lord John Loring, a dashing roguish hero who has so consumed Christian's thoughts and time that his wife left him, claiming she couldn’t compete with his swashbuckling fantasy man. Christian couldn’t argue with her. After all, wasn’t an author supposed to love his characters?  But when he advertises for a housemate to share expenses, his new roommate turns out to have the same name as his literary creation.  Aside from being gorgeous, the similarities between John and Lord John stop there - until Christian realizes he’s using one as inspiration for the other.

 

Book Review

Cute with a side-order of funny, this story had me smiling from the start, and not just because the main character is a writer who takes inspiration from real life - with hilarious results. It was mostly because he does so without even acknowledging what is really going on. His new roommate, on the other hand, knows what he wants – thank God, or Christian would end up a lonely old bachelor with no real life.

Christian is a bit of a geek, focused only on his writing. I mean, his wife has left him because she's fed up with playing second fiddle to Christian's characters. That does not seem to bother him. He just gets a roommate to help with the mortgage. Curiously, the roommate is also called John, just like Christian's hero. The real-life John is very clumsy, but Christian just uses that as inspiration for his newest novel. I loved how he tries to ignore his growing feelings for John. Not that he succeeds for long!

John is a talented guy, and he is clearly interested in Christian. Well, it was clear to me, but Christian was too oblivious to notice. John tries a few interesting maneuvers to attempt to get Christian to react. Bringing him coffee, doing the laundry, inviting him to his band's performance… I thought he was being really creative. Finally he realizes what he needs to do: with Christian, as oblivious as he is, the only approach that will work is a straightforward seduction.

If you like stories about slightly withdrawn men who are being romanced without even noticing it, if you enjoy reading about sexy, playful guys, and if you're looking for a read full of romantic tension, then you will probably like this short story. It may be a little older at this point, but it most certainly isn't out of date! 
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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 28 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-April-2011
Price $1.49 ebook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/off-the-page-by-ryan-loveless-1285-b