Play Acting by Morticia Knight


Former screen idol, Roman Pasquale, struggles to survive in Hollywood as the silent film era comes to a close. But a fresh new playwright is in town and he wants Roman to be more than just his star.The past few years haven’t been kind to fading film star, Roman Pasquale. But then again, he was never very kind to anyone else either. He’s had time to reminisce on his mistakes and to accept responsibility for how he hurt others.
Now that Global Studios has turned their back on him, he’s had to sell his grand estate and start over in a modest apartment.

His former co-star, actress Maude Simons, suggests that he meet with new playwright, Max Vogel. Not only will he get the chance to be the star again, Roman can really use the money. What he doesn’t expect, is how strongly he’s attracted to the easy going, confident young man—and the very wicked thoughts he has about him.

Playwright and director, Max Vogel, is delighted that the great Roman Pasquale has agreed to star in his play. What he was unprepared for however, was the intense physical spark that ignited the moment they met. He’s been warned of Roman’s reputation for being difficult to work with, but he’s willing to take the risk—even though his career depends on the success of this one play.

Max needs to coax a heartfelt performance out of Roman and Roman needs to live up to his resolve to be a better man. But maybe the real issue is whether or not the director and actor can resist the passion they have for one another, a lust so strong that it catches them unaware. Is their lust really love? Or will the drive for success destroy any hope for a happily-ever-after?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of fisting and references to childhood rape.

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

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This book gets a 5 star from me for the simple fact that I couldn’t stand Roman. At all.  He was my jerkface, because that’s what he was, a complete jerkface.  But with this book? I couldn’t help but start to like him; he grew so much during the course of this story that it was almost as though he was a completely different person. 
As much as I didn’t want to though, I was left wondering what was going on with him after we had last seen him because he was the strong of a character.  However, as we got to know more about him, it made sense that he was so strong because of everything that he had been through.  I really do think that Max was a great match for him because even though Roman was a jerk, he did deserve happiness. 
Max’s character was also very strong; when it came to being with Roman, he didn’t just stand back and keep quiet, he was still able to voice his opinions and share what he wanted.  For that, I think that Ms.  Knight did a great job with him because it would take someone strong to be with Roman.  I also liked how she had two characters, who are complete opposites, yet they had so much in common, work things out between them.  They didn’t have to change who they were, but they were able to combine who they were and come out better in the long run.
I do think that this was a really great ending to the Gin and Jazz series, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great series to read!