|Kirk Bauer is a leading man with women falling at his feet. None of them have ever won his heart, they've just kept his body mostly happy. He's still looking for more with swinging parties and multiple partners. At one of the parties he decides to throw caution to the wind a little. He asks his friend Troy Camden if they can experiment with gay sex. Their experience sort of blows up in their face. It's much better than either expected and 1970s Hollywood doesn't accept gay men.
Barrie Abalard again gives us two strong leading characters with complex personalities. Troy seems like the weaker of the two as a cocaine sniffing man with his need for that wake up hair of the dog because he parties too hard. Kirk seems like the more responsible of the two and seems to have invested his income and made a major investment in hiding his secret desires. Once both men are unleashed and their sexuality finally admitted they seem to take more and more risks that lead to exposure. Troy proves his ingenuity with a unique way of taking the heat off their relationship.
Ms. Abalard gives us a great ending with the epilogue telling us about the course of the men's lives. This author has a gift of building storylines and dialogue that keep us enchanted with the story from first page to last. I couldn't help remembering Rock Hudson and the end of his career when it was revealed he had AIDS. The superb writer gives us a realistic look at the joys and pitfalls of celebrities who don't fit the mold expected by their fans.
Reviewer: Dee Dailey
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