Friday, November 29, 2013

S.E.X. Review~ Razzle Dazzle by Morticia Knight

Book Two in the Gin & Jazz series.

Jack is on the verge of silent film stardom, but Hollywood glory won’t heal his broken heart. But the seductive screen idol—Roman Pasquale—sweeps Jack away, and makes him his own. Will Roman’s obsessive love finally bring Jack true happiness?

Jack is devastated by the loss of Nick, his best friend and lover. His only other friend, new Hollywood star Trixie Fox, comes to his rescue. What he doesn’t know, is that she’s also helping Roman Pasquale in his carefully planned seduction of the shy and innocent Jack.

Suave film screen idol—Roman Pasquale—has been obsessed by Jack Stone from the moment he spotted him at a Global Studios party. He will stop at nothing until the golden-haired young man belongs to him. An expert at getting what he wants, Roman plans every wicked word, look and move to bring him closer to achieving his prize.

Jack is on the brink of stardom, and can’t believe that his movie star crush, Roman Pasquale, is taking an interest in him. But he resists the older, more sophisticated man’s attempts at seducing him. After all, he still loves Nick, and just isn’t ready to try again with anyone else. But when Roman turns on the charm, Jack is tempted. Can Roman replace Nick in Jack’s heart? Or is the magical world of the great Roman Pasquale all an illusion?

Morticia Knight has done it again and left me wanting more as I read her second book in the Gin and Jazz series, Razzle Dazzle. Once again we are endeared to Jack as he was attempting to rebuild his life without Nick. Enter film star and playboy Roman Pasquale to sweep Jack off his feet and into a tenuous relationship.

Razzle Dazzle delivered seduction and intrigue as Jack fell into the hands of Roman and the silent film industry. Roman became smitten with Jack in the first book, Hollywood Bound and perused him until Jack relented.

I have not decided if I like Roman as of yet. Ms. Knight has given us a glimpse into his past which may dictate his present behavior, but Roman’s unsavoriness emanated through the pages. His portrayal is one of adoration and misguided love towards Jack and no spoilers, but I dare say slightly psychologically abusive.

Jack, still very much the naïve young man in a city of sharks has gone from the fold of Nick’s arms to Roman’s. Still not completely coming into his own, Jack was easily led and swayed.

Razzle Dazzle conveyed the limelight of Hollywood glamour parallel to the seediness found in stardom. Drugs, uninhibited sex and treachery ran amok even in the silent film era and friends were not always friends as depicted by Trixie Fox.

Ms. Knight has captivated my attention with her awareness of detail as she described the era, the language and the feelings evoked. Book three? I relish my sanity as I await the next installment.

Definite S.E.X.
A five handcuff review

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