Book Reviews

Sweet & Sour Soap by Susan Laine at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-January-2016

Book Blurb

Andrew “Mac” McGuire and Dylan Keane are twenty-something heartthrobs in a weekly early evening soap opera called The Lighthouse. They are best buddies on and off the set.

To boost ratings, however, the producers and writers decide to court certain sexual orientation demographics which they consider to be trendy and affluent. This order translates into changing the two young men’s roles on the show from bad boy and cute geek close friends…into lovers.

As Mac and Dylan start rehearsing the gay intimacies needed for believable portrayals of their new storylines, their fictitious roles and real lives get tangled up. One erotic experiment paves the way for the next sensual scene. Neither one wishes to stop their sweet and spicy journey of exploration.

All too soon, though, neither one is able to tell who is falling in love—their characters or their true selves.


Book Review

Soap operas may have a lot of faults, but they can also be tremendously entertaining. What with all the exaggerated angst, drama, predictable accidents, and plot line twists, I think you either love them or hate them. I don’t exactly follow any of them currently, but I have done so in the past, and still enjoy books that follow the same lines or ones that make fun of them. For that reason, ‘Sweet and Sour Soap’ with its additional gay twist had me curious. It’s not the first book about actors who have to play gay characters only to find the romance leaking into their real world relationship, but it is one of the most fun ones I have read. What I particularly liked was the interjection of scenes from the soap that mirrored the drama in the actors’ real lives, and the evil scheming of the show’s producers going on in the background – undetected by me until the second half of the book.

Mac and Dylan are best friends on and off the set. They have worked together for a few years and think nothing much can come between them, but when the producers throw them a curveball, telling them their characters discover they love each other, all emotional hell breaks loose. It may start out as an “innocent” rehearsal of their on-screen kissing scenes, but they soon realize a lot more may be going on. One thing leads to another, and soon Mac and Dylan are in over their heads. As for the show? Things are even more tumultuous than usual as “soap art” imitates life – but only to a point.

If you like soap operas and the stories that follow the same rules, if two men struggling with their feelings for each other suddenly changing sound interesting, and if you’re looking for a read full of angst, drama, unlikely coincidences, plot twists, a storybook-like happy ending, and some very entertaining and sometimes hot love scenes, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 100 pgaes/25640 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-December-2015
Price $3.99 ebook
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