Longing For Ecstasy

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Paul Trent has always been an outcast in his small town in Indiana, but during his senior year of high school, everything seems to change. He lands a role in the school play, starring opposite the handsome, rich, and popular Brian. Paul finally fits in: he loves acting, has friends, and has his first boyfriend, Brian. Unfortunately, after graduation, Brian leaves home for Hollywood to become an actor, devastating Paul. Four years later, Brian invites Paul to come and stay with him and his partner Larry, an important Hollywood producer. Paul can’t wait to get to Hollywood and become a movie star.

When Paul arrives, he jumps right into the West Hollywood club scene. Paul enjoys the dancing, drinking, drugs, and sex, but he wants something more meaningful. He wants to become a successful actor and he wants a real relationship with love and intimacy, not just casual sex. When he meets Tydus Anderson, the famous screenwriter, Paul begins to see what Hollywood is really like, a fickle, dangerous game.

While the novel is a good read with an interesting plot, hot sex scenes, and what feels like a personal tour of Hollywood behind closed doors, its main shortcoming is that it requires more careful editing. For example, there are frequent typos, such as “undistributed” instead of “undisturbed,” and frequent changes in verb tense.

The author creates some great characters, most notably Tydus and Larry, because he gets into their mental and emotional struggles. Tydus tries desperately to maintain his artistic integrity when faced with an opportunity to make a lot of money on a terrible movie. Larry knows how to make money, but he has a softer and more vulnerable side, his true love for Brian and his passion for making beautiful films. Anyone who loves movies or who is intrigued by the gritty underside of Hollywood will enjoy Longing for Ecstasy.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher CreateSpace
Publish Date 15-Apr-2013
ISBN 9781505891980
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Issue April 2015
Category Popular Fiction


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