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In The Spotlight by [Husk, Shona]
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Length: 135 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A diva who lives for the spotlight, a sailor deeply in the closet, a love that will change them both

Ripley Malone is returning to Perth in triumph. A principal ballet dancer in a production that has critics raving, he is an unqualified success, and all the small-minded  people that made his life hell can kiss his lycra-covered ass. But behind the makeup and the glitter and the costumes, Ripley is beginning to tire, tire of the competition, the drive, the endless parade of meaningless lovers.

For Pierce Lovell, joining the Navy was a way out of rural Victoria, but becoming a submariner comes with its own set of challenges. The close living quarters and long months away are awkward enough without adding any extra tension around his sexuality. The fear is probably in his head, but he isn’t taking any chances with his career. He gets by on anonymous one-night-stands every time they come to shore and keeps his heart well-shielded. But one night with Ripley opens the tantalising possibility of more.  

Through a mistake Ripley is injured. He can’t dance. His wings are clipped and he crashes down and hits the earth hard. Pierce knows their affair can’t possibly end in anything but heartache, but he can’t stay away. As Ripley heals and reassesses his life, he is determined not to make the same mistakes again. That means letting someone see the vulnerable side of him. But vulnerability for Pierce could cost him everything



Praise for IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

'Such an exciting and wonderful book! I couldn't wait to read every page and see what was going to happen next.' — Jennifer Yarbrough (Netgalley)



'A fun, sexy romance of just the right length. Hot, but not overly explicit.' — Orchid and Peach Cocktails (Netgalley)


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LRPKN1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #693,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars , lots to think about but a bit lacking from the romance side for me. 26 October 2016
By Jeannie Zelos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In the Spotlight,  Shona Husk

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: M/M Romance, 

 Liked the sound of this and it was a read I enjoyed, but...just didn’t love it.

I so felt for Pierce, religious parents who don’t recognise anything other than heterosexuality, and in a profession where men are all supposed to be rabidly conventional when it comes to sex.
We might be able to change the Law, sadly we can’t change peoples perceptions, and the Services are one of those where being different isn’t good, standing out from the crowd, in any way isn’t easy, but to be gay, nope, Peirce is pretty convinced it’ll not go down well. After the experience with his family he’s keeping his sexuality to himself and sticking to anonymous hook-ups every now and then.

Ripley, he’s totally the opposite. He knew he’d be a dancer from very early on in the same way as he knew he was Gay, his family have grown up with it, and his colleagues all know he gay and don’t care.
Its a more liberal profession when it comes to sexuality, so long as you have talent and work all else seems to be fine.
His relationship with his brother isn’t good, but his parents have always been supportive. There’s a dark secret lurking there though, a shadow that hangs over the family and affects them all. When he’s injured it makes him take a harder look at himself and what he’s been running from these past few years.

You’d think they’re total opposites but as it happens they are fiercely attracted, and the one night leads to two, leads to staying over, meeting Ripley’s family and more.
Pierce needs to make a decision though, he can’t keep Ripley as a dark secret if they’re going to be more to each other, but can he bring himself to tell people he’s Gay, having let them think otherwise for so long.

Its a good story, bringing in the fear of how people react to anyone a bit different, how different professions regard homosexuality, what it means to have the support – or not – of family and of course that secret, how hard it is for families faced with issues like that, how it strains them.
Though its got a lot of things to interest me and I enjoyed musing about them, and how in the real world things work, I wasn’t really convinced by the romance between Ripley and Pierce, and I did feel that part didn't really have the fireworks and drama I need from a romance read.
Its quiet a short book though, so with everything else its difficult to get too much in without overloading and detracting from the rest of the story.
For me if it was longer and the romance developed this would have been a five, as it is its a three and a half.

Stars: Three and a half, lots to think about but a bit lacking from the romance side for me.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Two souls out for a short term thing may just find commitment in one another! 26 October 2016
By Jennifer @ Battery Operated Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've never had the pleasure of reading a book by Shona Husk prior to picking up In The Spotlight and I'm happy to say this will not be my last. You know I love me some M/M and though the heat was lacking in this one, the love story was beautifully written.

Ripley Malone is back in Australia with his ballet company doing a show where he's the star. Out for a night of frivolity with a friend, he decides to take a chance and grab someone to go home with. Pierce Lovell is a Sailor who is home for a while and finds himself out on the town ditching his friends in favor of some alone time when he finds himself eyeing up the sexy drink of water dancing it up like a pro in the crowded night club.

Pierce is in the closet and let's just say Ripley has probably never seen the inside of a closet. The boy knows what he wants and one night stands is usually all he has to offer so when he finds himself proposing a two week tryst while he's in town he can't help but wonder what it is about this sexy Sailor that has him thinking about more than just ballet in the long term. Pierce doesn't think coming out to his buddies at work is the best idea especially when they all live in such tight quarters when on the sub together. So he let's them assume he has a girlfriend and allows himself to get caught up in a relationship he knows will destroy him as soon as Ripley leaves to go back to the U.S.

Misunderstandings and accidents happen and it's the communication that is used that allows these two a way to find a road through their differences both personally and professionally. As I've said, the heat wasn't there and sure it was missed but the romance between the characters built and held this story. Yes, the story for me was riddled with editing errors and formatting issues which very well could have been the advance copy that was received and not in the final version. The story is told as more a stream of consciousness from both characters POV's which I understand can be off putting for some but wasn't an issue for me. I rather enjoyed this and can't wait to see what Shona brings us next!

Recommended!
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Romance 26 October 2016
By Foxylutely Books! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really liked the premise of this m/m romance. A flighty ballet star dancer and an enigmatic sailor? Interesting enough to reel me in.

Ripley is returning to his home turf in Australia after making it big in the ballet world back in LA. But being back home brings him close to his family again nd the noose he and his brother have hanging over their heads to be dealt the same fate their father has. In addition to that he feels pressure to keep his reputation of a rising star whilst also combating niggling injury.

Pierce is a firmly in the closet submariner which let’s be honest is not an ideal job to have when living in extreme close quarters to his male colleagues. He gets by keeping his sexuality a secret by having one night stand hook ups. But on that one night in the gay club he see the attractive guy dancing and feels an invisible pull towards him. When they get chatting at the bar it becomes a trigger to acceptance that sometimes the way you plan for your future can be changed in the blink of an eye and how to take chances when they reveal themselves to you.
I found this quite endearing and was invested in Ripley and Pierce. I thought that the difficult subject matter of a debilitating illness was smoothly executed, especially around the waiting for the outcome for Ripley. I also loved how the brothers who in the past had been at loggerheads with each other found a common ground to heal jealousies of their youth. The camaraderie of Pierce’s crew was also a delight, especially once he reveals his ‘girlfriend’

The storyline was a little bit stilted in parts but overall I did engage with this sweet duo. The between the sheets action wasn’t overly sexual and in your face but I didn’t actually mind that as I still felt the love between the two. I would have liked more resolution at the ending but I still ended with a smile. Three and a half stars.
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read... 27 October 2016
By Bayou Book Junkie-Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ripley is back home in Australia after eight years, now as the principal male dancer in a modern ballet company. He's living his dream, for the most part, and yet, he's getting tired of it all.

Pierce is a closeted submariner, unsure if he'd ever be able to come out to his workmates after the way his own family reacted to the news of him being gay. Meeting Ripley is like a shock to his system and although Pierce knows he should stay away, he simply can't resist the alluring dancer.

While Ripley wasn't looking for something serious, he is unable to stop his growing feelings for Pierce, although he's not fond of being his dirty little secret, even if just for the few weeks his company will remain in Perth. An unexpected injury and the threat of an illness might change things for them both, though.

So, I have to admit that at first (around 35% or so of the book), I wasn't too sure I was going to like this book, the writing was a bit choppy and didn't flow as naturally as I'd have liked. However, both Ripley and Pierce were very likable and before I realized, I got swept into their world, cheering them on through their successes, nearly crying over the difficulties they faced and being overall happy for them being able to get over most of their troubles. While this book has a HFN that was a little too open for me, it was still a nice, solid, enjoyable read.

Rating: 3.5 Stars!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars *~* 3 Dancing stars*~* 26 October 2016
By kingsfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There was a bit of a rough go with this book. I am not one to start something and not finish. I almost did with this book. It felt like thoughts weren't finished. This author is new for me and I was looking forward to it.

I did like the premise him being a ballet dance to the rugged navy man. I have come to the conclusion that I really don’t like it when people have to hide who they are.

That being said this book did nothing for me. I couldn’t connect with either MC. You have the ballet dancer that is out and proud and the navy man that doesn’t want to share his desires or beliefs with his men. Yes he worked at getting closer to that. I get that it must be hard. The “dont ask, dont tell” thing. Pierce meets Ripley when he comes to Australia to perform. It wasn’t that though, I have read books like. The sex was there but not . It was the writing. I don’t mind drama and angst, but would it makes for a good story. The drama here about injury and illness and how he deals with his depression. I felt short changed with the ending. It felt off not complete to me.

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