Theatrical agent Payton Gowan meets with former classmate—and prospective client—Beckett Huntington with every intention of brushing him off. Beckett not only made high school a living hell for Payton, but he was also responsible for dashing Payton’s dreams of becoming a Broadway star.
Aspiring actor Beckett Huntington arrives in New York City on a wing and a prayer, struggling to land his first gig. He knows scoring Payton Gowan as an agent would be a great way to get his foot in the door, but with their history, getting the chance is going to be a tough sell.
Against Payton’s better judgment, he agrees to give Beckett a chance, only to discover—to his amazement—that Beckett actually does have talent.
Payton signs Beckett but can’t trust him—until Payton’s best friend, Val, is attacked. When Beckett is there for him, Payton begins to see another side to his former bully. Amidst attempts by a jealous agent to sabotage Beckett’s career and tear apart their blossoming love, Payton and Beckett must learn to let go of the past if they have any chance at playing out a future together.
“What I see in you and what you see in me is less important than what we see in ourselves. I can’t change what’s in the mirror. Only you can do that. Just like only I can change what I see.”
For some reason, that quote out of all the books that I have read this past year has stood out for me personally. I do think that it’s something that people need to remember, and it’s something that a lot of people forget.
When I first started this book, I was completely drawn into the relationship between Payton and Beckett. Something that everyone fears happening to them, meeting the person who bullied you in the past when you’re an adult. I do have to say that I did enjoy the way that Grey was able to create the relationship between the two men. And the best part was, it wasn’t an instant thing either; Payton still was dealing with his demons from his past.
Even with all of that, there was still something that just didn’t … work for me personally. I don’t know what it was, but I just couldn’t get into this story the way that I can with Grey’s books. There were some scenes where it felt very wordy, and that bothered me a bit as well.
Overall though, I do have to say that I did still enjoy this book, and it did stick with me, I would recommend that if you’re on the fence about it to get the sample and see how it goes for you. But I do want to say, if Val get’s his own story, I would want to read that.