Friday, August 16, 2019

Kaden by RJ Scott & Meredith Russell Blog Tour

When the lines between pretense and reality blur, can the actor and the boyfriend-for-hire discover something real?

Ryan Levesque is Hollywood’s newest blue-eyed boy. Moving from soap operas to the big screen has paid off for the kid from Minnesota, and he’s hot property. But, when a video from the lowest point of his past is shared on social media everything begins to unravel and old hurts resurface. His agent suggests a way out of the mess, and he jumps at the chance to make things right by pretending he’s in a committed, loving relationship with the tall, dark, sexy boyfriend for hire, Kaden. Only, he never counted on the impact Kaden would have on his life or his career.

When Kaden Moore’s next assignment lands in his lap, he’s expecting nothing more than a self-centered celebrity who’s messed up. Kaden’s new role is that of Hollywood A-lister Ryan Levesque’s boyfriend, a PR stunt concocted by his agents to restore the actor’s dented popularity. Kaden is aware of the video that surfaced from Ryan’s past, and though it raises questions about what kind of man Ryan is, it’s not any of Kaden’s business. Kaden has been pretending his entire life and knows he can show the troublesome actor a thing or two about the world beyond the Hollywood bubble. But maybe Kaden isn’t as clued up as he thinks, especially when it comes to the heart and love.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the second book in the series, and whilst I would recommend Darcy (book on) to you, there is no need to read them in order, in my opinion.

Kaden had a difficult start in life, but now that he supplements his income working for his cousin, he is able to push the trust and love sides of life to the edge of his mind. He had no reason to imagine that would change anytime soon, but meeting his latest hirer brings things to the fore. Ryan too has some painful things in his past, and whilst neither is keen on sharing, they somehow get each other, and slowly start to consider how things could be.

I say slowly, but actually the story is mainly set over about a week, and yet never did it feel rushed – I only really came to think about timing as I was writing this review! We are so in synch with the characters as they wake up to the possibilities that time becomes a rather inconsequential part of the tale. I loved being transported away from today and into their meaningful, unexpected, and caring relationship.

Read in one sitting as I could not have put it down, this is a lovely book which I plan on rereading when I need a comfortable friend to hand.

At the start of this story, I was sure it was going to be a predictably fluffy, Hollywood fantasy romance. And it is. But at the halfway point, a much more sinister and less predictable Me Too storyline is introduced that really took me by surprise. I’m still not entirely sure the combination works but perhaps we are living in a time where even escapist romance needs tempering with a little bit of ugly realism.

I chose this story as a fluffy holiday read – and it kinda works. Ryan is a misunderstood Hollywood star and Kaden’s a white hat hacker who moonlights as an escort. They are both fantasy characters. Ryan’s initial surliness hides hurt and insecurity, and it is Kaden’s job to make his life easier. For much of the book, the relationship is necessarily one sided. Kaden is paid to serve Ryan as a perfect boyfriend. It’s a wonderful fantasy but not a perfect relationship. I felt like Kaden’s needs and desires were often sidelined and the lines between reality and Kaden’s job were blurry. This is a relatively low heat read with a long, slow-burn romance.

At times, the Me Too part of this story feels like it belongs in a different book. Fluffy romance writing has to end with a neatly packaged happily ever after but the sad reality is that Me Too hasn’t actually changed much in the past couple of years. It’s an important, complex topic but I’m not sure the parameters or genre of this story do it justice.

Also Available in the Boyfriend for Hire Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Also Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Darcy Blog Tour.

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

She’s always thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers.

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Meredith Russell lives in the heart of England. An avid fan of many story genres, she enjoys nothing less than a happy ending. She believes in heroes and romance and strives to reflect this in her writing. Sharing her imagination and passion for stories and characters is a dream Meredith is excited to turn into reality.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Kaden (Boyfriend for Hire #2) by RJ Scott & Meredith Russell to read and review for this tour.

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