Sweet and innocent 19-year-old Jack has loved the older and more streetwise Nick from almost the first time he met him. Nick has taken care of him ever since Jack arrived in New York after he was beaten and thrown out of the boy's orphanage for messing around with one of the guys there. They share a passion for silent films and have dreams of heading west to make their fortunes building sets for the studios. If only Nick felt the same passion for Jack, and wasn't already engaged to a gal back in Philly. Nick's temper sometimes gets the best of him, but that's only because he worries about Jack—Nick is all the poor kid has. But he's also terrified about the way he's been feeling towards Jack lately. They're the kinds of feelings he should be having for his fiancée—Penelope—and never for a man. His only goal is to get them both to Hollywood, where he's sure they'll be rolling in the dough in no time, and where everything will all work out the way it should. Hollywood isn't exactly what they'd thought it would be. There are plenty of gin joints, jazz, money, parties and sex—but everything comes with a hefty price. Everyone they meet—from Trixie Fox, the ditzy up and coming starlet, to Bernie, the foreman who gets them their first studio job—seems to have a hidden agenda. Can the newfound love between Jack and Nick survive the tawdry mess that makes up the glitz and glamour of the celluloid kingdom, or will their own secrets tear them apart forever?
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Morticia Knight is the author of the Sin City Uniforms series and the Kiss of Leather series.
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Hollywood Bound based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Very hard for me to write a review for Hollywood Bound without any spoiler reveals so I'll just say that I can't help but love Jack, I just want to bundle him up and transport him to the present day real world so I can smother him with hugs. And despite how certain circumstances play out, my heart goes out to Nick, I may not agree with all his decisions but I could definitely sympathize with his motives. Overall Series Review and Rating: 5 Stars As a series, Gin and Jazz is first rate fiction. Some people might not care for the cliffhangers of books 1, 2, & 3 but I found the cliffies to be perfectly fitting for the 1920s Hollywood setting. Even though Hollywood Serials didn't really come into favor until the 1930s I found Jack's story to be the epitome of the serial(minus the action/adventure) cliffhanger and would have been disappointed had the author not gone that route. As for books 5, 6, & 7, each book is a standalone as it centers on a different couple but it really needs to be read in order in my opinion. Although I have featured Morticia Knight on my blog before, this is actually the first of her writings that I have read but it won't be the last. As for the historical aspect, I loved the attention to detail that the author has done, it really helps add to enjoyment of the series.
(This book was received free in return for an honest review.) The historical nature of the story was amazing. 1920's Prohibition, gin joints, jazz, flappers...black and white talkies. From the bright lights of Broadway to the "glamour" of the Hollywood Studios, Ms. Knight did a fine job of bringing it all to life. Jack and Nick, the main protagonists, are set workers on Broadway. Nick had taken Jack under his wing after Jack had been thrown out of the foster home he had been living in for being gay. They live and work together and finally jump the train to follow their dream to Hollywood and work in the movie studios there. In Hollywood they meet up with Trixie, a 'working' girl trying to become an actress. Jack and Nick finally manage to get jobs at Global Studios, but it comes at a cost to Nick of providing 'favors' to the boss. Trixie introduces Jack and Nick to the finer things in life and there-in begins the downfall of their relationship. I had really gotten invested in Jack and Nick's characters, even hating Nick at one point for "selling" his body in order to protect Jack. Upon finishing this story my only thought was, "No....!" Such a cliff-hanger of an ending.