Friday, April 15, 2016

Wild Card by Megan Slayer

Following his heart and passion will be his biggest role of all.

Kris Hunter wants out. He’s done pornographic films for the last six years. The pay’s been good, but his creativity is nearly dead. His passion is to act and to be a star on the big screen in mainstream films. When he auditions for famed casting director, Zayn Mason, he’s convinced he’s on the right path. He doesn’t want to take the casting couch route to success, but he certainly wants Zayn in his bed. Can he follow his dreams and the man he desires or will forces beyond his control derail his progress?

Zayn Mason sees the potential in Kris. As a casting director, he looks for the right actor to fill the roles in movies. He’s seen plenty of talent come and go, but no one stirs his soul both creatively and physically like Kris. But Zayn knows the pitfalls of the movie industry. Crossing over from porn isn’t easy and Hollywood isn’t always forgiving. Besides, he’s got demons of his own. Can these men get beyond their pasts and find a future together under the bright lights of the silver screen?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of voyerism and intimacy with multiple partners.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 Stars
Kris longs to be an actor outside of skin flicks, and he's in a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. He began acting in porn to pay the bills, and now no one will hire him, no matter how many casting calls he makes or how good of an actor he may be...until he meets a casting director who is willing to give him a chance.

After getting a callback, Kris has never gotten this far in the industry. Even with the casting director on his side, he can't get past the producer who has turned him down time after time. Zayn (the casting director) won't give up on Kris, and takes him under his wing as his personal pet project, while trying to ignore the heat building between them.

First impressions are everything. The lust is instantaneous between the two, both fantasizing about the other after a few minutes of interaction. Both already longing for more than they have been living, and wondering if the other could give them what they need.

Wild Card is a sweet, fluffy story which will no doubt please many of a MM romance reader, with a grittier underlying storyline of the pitfalls of the porn industry and how it follows you even after you leave it behind. Both characters have a compelling backstory. Added to that is a pooch, and any book with a dog is a winner in my opinion.

Truth be told, I never connected with either Kris or Zayn, and that's on me, not the author. I read the book but never delved too deeply into it to get emotionally involved. I personally need a buildup, where the reader learns about the characters as they learn about one another. But with Kris and Zayn already feeling forevers upon meeting one another, even if they didn't admit it to the other, I was emotionally distanced. The flow of the dialogue wasn't to my tastes, not quite flowing naturally.

Simply put, I was not the intended audience of Wild Card, and no doubt its audience won't be able to get enough of Kris & Zayn.

When she's not writing the stories in her head, bestselling author, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.

When she’s not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school. She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best. The cabana boys are willing to serve, unless she needs them. She always need them.

So be nice to Javier or he will bite on command.

She also masquerades under the name Wendi Zwaduk.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wild Card by Megan Slayer to read and review.

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