Review: Susan Laine – Sweet and Sour Soap

sweetAuthor: Susan Laine
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: MM Performing Arts

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Andrew “Mac” McGuire and Dylan Keane are twenty-something heartthrobs in a weekly soap opera called The Lighthouse. They are best buddies on and off the set.

To boost ratings, however, the producers and writers decide to change the two young men’s roles on the show from bad boy and cute geek close friends…into lovers.

When Mac and Dylan start rehearsing the gay intimacies needed for believable portrayals of their new storylines, their fictitious roles and real lives get tangled up. One erotic experiment paves the way for the next sensual scene.

All too soon, neither one is able to tell who is falling in love—their characters or their true selves.
Review: As a teenage afficiando of General Hospital, the insane story lines of soaps are nothing new. I wasted a lot of afternoons ignoring homework and watching. Nor are the heartthrobs who populate those story lines. It is just cherry on the cake that in this one, I get a bad boy and a cutie getting together.
This is told in a back and forth between the soap storyline and the actual story, which I was leery of at first and then really got into, maybe due to my misspent time in front of the soaps. Soap story lines are so ridiculous, “…evil twin plotting to ruin Nell’s chances of becoming the first brain surgeon at twenty-wo and marrying that cross-dressing shipping tycoon from Australia…” If you’ve watched soaps, you probably won’t even question that. I didn’t.
This storyline, however, has our resident heartthrobs going in a new direction. Namely, falling for each other. At first, the guys are shocked, appalled and then suspicious. Why would the producers do this? When it becomes clear this is the path, the two decide to practice. They aren’t too good at it. I adored the first awesomely terrible kiss, because it seemed so real. And even more real when the practice, i.e., sex, begins to take a toll on their friendship. Dylan is trying but Mac, well, he’s confused.
The two have some decisions to make as they become aware of where their storyline is going.

My only grumble with this story is that I would have preferred less sex (unheard of, I know) because I would have loved more exploration of their lives changing. But this was minor and I thoroughly enjoyed Mac and Dylan trying to figure out what was what.

 

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