Title: Blue Hair and 7 PAs
Publisher: Torquere Press
Characters: Vinnie, James Spencer
When Vinnie came to LA, he was following his dream of becoming a movie star. After a few months, however, he finds himself in the employ of one — as personal assistant to James Spencer. The job is an odd one, a mix of nanny, minder, and best friend. The oddest part yet might hide behind the closed door James forbade Vinnie to open at the very moment he handed him the key.
As James’ and Vinnie’s friendship grows, so does Vinnie’s curiosity, and right when everything finally starts coming together he succumbs, opening the door at the risk of losing it all.
Though short, this is an absolutely wonderful little romance. Vinnie is a wanna-be actor who out of necessity ends up becoming the personal assistant—the seventh, in fact—for a big time movie star, James. What James needs is a friend who keeps his feet on the ground and his head clean from drugs, and for a while that works. But at James’s grand house there’s a door that Vinnie is not allowed to open under any circumstances. What happens if he decides to unlock James’s secret?
The writing is solid, easy to follow and pleasant to read, and the slow build of the attraction between the two men is done with erotic subtlety. And then there’s the mystery, fairytale style. Every time Vinnie sees James exit the locked room James is stricken, and in the end Vinnie can’t help himself, wanting so badly to help James. The issue of trust and the need to help someone in distress wage war inside Vinnie, and we sympathize with both men.
This was the first story I’ve read by Kallysten but it won’t be the last. This was too sweet and intriguing. Bringing a familiar fairytale theme to a contemporary setting takes skill and imagination, and I’d say this story delivers. Blue-haired James and the inquisitive, warm Vinnie will steal your hearts, I guarantee. I recommend.
Reviewed By: Susan