Title : Stranded
Author : Andrew Grey
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 204 pages (e-book)
Published : July 15, 2013
Kendall Monroe is handcuffed to a car in the desert.
Is this life imitating art or art imitating life? The only thing he’s sure of is that the situation he finds himself in is a copy of a scene he filmed earlier, only this time, there is no director yelling “cut” and no crew to rescue him. Terrified for his life, Kendall takes comfort remembering happier times with his longtime lover, Johnny. He hasn’t seen Johnny in weeks since Johnny stayed behind to finish his latest best-selling novel.
As he attempts to survive scorching-hot days and freezing nights, Kendall tries to figure out who did this to him. Could it be Johnny, or the research assistant he suspects Johnny is having an affair with? Both options fill him with bitterness. Or is it a more likely suspect? Kendall has a stalker who sends him flowers and always seems to know where he is. But what does this stranger have to gain by leaving Kendall stranded in the middle of nowhere?
Kendall Monroe is a star. Well, on Broadway, anyway. He just finished doing his last show, and wonders what will come next for him. I’m pretty sure had he known what was in store for him, he would have said no, and he would have said it while running in the other direction.
There are three different plots in this story, which come together quite nicely.
First we have the movie: Kendall was just offered the star role in a movie called Stranded. The movie is about a man who gets handcuffed to his steering wheel and left for dead in the desert. There is a couple of problems with that though, #1: Kendall is claustrophobic. #2. He will be gone for three months, which means he will be away from his partner, who he believes might be having an affair on him. Now, saying that, we come to plot #2 which is Kendall & Johnny’s relationship. Things between these two guys are very strained. Between work schedules and just getting comfortable in their relationship, they have lost their way. Though it wasn’t always like that. We get flashbacks to the beginning of their relationship. I’m usually not one who’s ever been thrilled with flashbacks, but I really enjoyed the way the author put them into the story, because the beginning of their relationship was truly beautiful. You can see right from the first moment that these two met, that they were meant for each other.
“I love you, Kendall, and that will never change, no matter what. And I’m going to be out there in the front row, cheering you on. So when you hear that first clap, know it’s from me.”
So sweet these two are. But, enough of that let’s get back to their relationship. I thought reading about their relationship was going to kill me. At 50% I was so close to skipping through the book just to see what was going to happen. I swear my stomach was in knots and I was close to having a melt down. Every phone call that Kendall made to Johnny, broke my heart. Each time Johnny didn’t pick up or said he was doing research just about did me in.
Now, plot #3 was the stalker. Kendall first realizes he has a stalker when he keeps getting these roses in his dressing room. At first he thought they might be coming from Johnny but then when the roses start showing up in his car, he thinks otherwise. Then things really start to escalate when someone trashes his dressing room. This stalker is not happy with Kendall, and is making it known.
This was a fantastic story. Quite different then what I’m used to reading from this author. I had an upset stomach from the romance part, I cried over the things that Kendall went through from his stalker, and I actually enjoyed the movie making stuff. So, upset stomach, crying, and enjoyment. Yup, that’s a pretty perfect read to me.
Rated 4.5 stars by Jen