In my quest to read more new to me authors this year, with an emphasis on diverse/own voices, I found a real winner in Mia Sosa's Acting on Impulse, the first story in her Love on Cue series. I usually stay clear of the 'rich Hollywood movie star falls for ordinary citizen' type of story but the synopsis for this one makes it clear that the heroine isn't going be swayed by stardom. From the meet-cute (which doesn't end well for the hero) to the finale it's a delight all the way through. Carter Stone went through a difficult physical regimen to get himself in the right shape to portray a struggling drug addict. The unauthorized release of tabloid fodder pictures taken by an unscrupulous doctor have him heading to Aruba to escape the press. His seat mate catches his eye immediately, though in his haste to impress the beautiful woman next to him he forgets that his current image is far from a catch. Awkward! Once landed, they strike up an honest friendship – with the exception of his not revealing his true identity. It's refreshing for him to be seen as a man and not as an actor, but his secret is revealed just in time to wreck what they've been building.
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