Author: S.R. Lane
Publisher: Carina Adores
Release Date: May 31, 2022
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Film Industry
Page Count: 320
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Nicholas Madden is an intensely private closeted Hollywood actor, known as the Big Bad Wolf for his short-fuse temper during filming. He is passionate about his work and starring as Frederick in the film version of The Throne has been his dream for years, He is committed to the production and less than thrilled that the crucial role of Angelo is played by Chris Lavelle, a model/influencer in his first role.
The Throne is a (fictional) literary classic about a non-tragic gay relationship set in Paris' Belle Epoque era (1880's or so) and the movie is filming in Paris. So far, so good. I happen to adore books that center around the film industry, and the author does a great job of telling the story with the use of fictional blog posts, tweets, EW-style interviews, press releases, etc. It's a great way to provide all sorts of information and details without long info-dumps.
It's hate at first sight for Nicholas, while Chris is intrigued by the man behind the mask and myth. And of course, this wouldn't be a M/M romance novel if there wasn't a happy ending in the offing, but the way the two MCs slowly begin to respect one another, and eventually find a deeper connection is really charming and fun to read.
Nicholas and Chris get to know each other in the most personal way possible - while filming passionate love scenes and dramatic fights. Their eventual off-camera relationship feels a bit rushed and unfleshed out after all the lead-up; however, overall I liked the way the author carefully revealed the kind and caring core that Nicholas hid so well, and especially the strength of Chris' character. And of course, the Paris setting is nicely done.
4 stars for Eight Weeks in Paris and I hope to read more from S.R. Lane!
I received an ARC from the Publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.