Author: Iyana Jenna
Reviewed by: Lexi
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781611529845
Summary: When actor Sean O’Reilly receives a flower bouquet containing a single black rose on set, he assumes they’re from his boyfriend Nate. But they aren’t. Flowers keep arriving for him after that, each with a black rose in the arrangement. Soon other things arrive as well, such as photos and a recording of Sean’s voice. As the number of flowers dwindle with each bouquet, Sean begins to worry they’re supposed to be some kind of a countdown … but to what?
Fan Gene Scott worships Sean. He maintains a blog dedicated to the actor and writes out all his fantasies there. He wants Sean to belong to him, and only him, and he’ll do anything to make the actor his own. He can’t accept the fact that Sean has a boyfriend. To Gene, Nate might as well not exist.
Despite increased security and all efforts to keep him safe, Sean vanishes, and Nate feels as if his world has come tumbling down. When the police response is too slow for him, Nate enlists the help of his producer and bodyguard to find Sean. Will he manage to find his lover before Sean disappears forever? Or will Gene finally get what he’s always dreamed of, and make Sean the love of his life, instead?
Review: It has been a very long time since I read a book written in present tense. Even though it took me a little to become used to the style, I enjoyed the story overall. The book reads a bit like watching an action movie. Though the effect was intriguing, I wasn’t able to sink into the characters as much as I wanted.
Sean and his partner, Nate, are movie stars. The studio is very accommodating with the two men with no stigma for them being in a committed relationship. Sean received a gift of a bouquet of flowers and hidden in the middle is a single black rose. He thought the gift was from Nate and immediately calls only to discover a stranger invaded his privacy.
Over the course of the story a mystery slowly evolves starting with the mysterious, hair-raising gifts and how they are being delivered with no one noticing. When Sean disappears it becomes a race to find him before Sean is brought back in a body bag.
The fan, Gene, is unhinged and on the edge. It was easy to see his imbalance and to understand why by the people in his life put up with him… to a point. I found the ending with Sean and Nate very realistic and was happy that issues weren’t swept underneath the rug. I liked Nate’s tenacity, how he didn’t stop looking or give up. The one thing I did miss through the whole story was learning why Nate and Sean loved each other. They are in a committed relationship when the story starts but there aren’t any hints or back story to what makes them crazy about each other.
If you enjoy satisfying quick reads, movie stars, fast paced action, death defying near misses, a boyfriend who doesn’t give up, and secret messages in bouquets of flowers with a hint of mystery then you may enjoy A Single Black Rose.