Catch a Tiger by the Tail
One Scoop or Two Series
June 15, 2020
Catch a Tiger by the Tail is a fake-boyfriend age-gap rom-con. It’s a fun and flirty summer romance, part of the One Scoop or Two stories from The Wild Rose Press. The novella is releasing June 15th.
Thomas Walsh knows the number one rule in the film industry. Don’t get involved with the talent. But resisting the urge to take the big screen to the bedroom can be hell when the lead actor on the set looks good enough to eat…one slow lick at a time.
Peter Erickson’s latest role as a gay man hits a little too close to home. He’s still in the closet and secretly grieving the death of his lover. Then an enchanting production assistant catches his eye, and he’s surprised by the instant attraction that stirs more than his wounded soul.
When the two men are caught on camera in a very intimate pose, both Thomas and Peter are afraid they’ve caught a tiger by the tail.
~ * ~ Amy‘s Review ~ * ~
If you’re looking for a sweet, semi-short story look no further. There is some angst, but it doesn’t outdo the fluffy parts. I will say if discussing a past history of sexual assault is a trigger for you, you may need to approach this book with caution.
Who doesn’t fantasize about dating or falling in love with a movie star? Anyone? Anyone? (Be honest). You’d think being a PA on set would eventually knock that thought clear out of one’s head, but that’s not the case for Thomas. At least, not when it comes to Peter. The two hit it off right from their first introduction. Despite being on the opposite side of the cameras, they have more in common than they’d think.
The writing stayed consistent throughout, and I enjoyed the different characters in the book. I’m hoping maybe we’ll get to see more of Cole in the future. He’d make an interesting main character for sure, and I was left feeling very curious about him. As far as Thomas and Peter go, I’m not sure who I like more, so I will call it a draw. Overall, this is a great addition to my library, and I would definitely recommend it.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***
~ * ~ Annie‘s Review ~ * ~
Catch a Tiger by the Tail is an enjoyable double coming out novella featuring a May-December pairing. This one had that short story feel to it- a basic romance with likable characters and a speedier pace. While the brevity meant parts of the relationship and characters were a bit underdeveloped, I still really enjoyed the story.
The set-up to Catch a Tiger by the Tail is interesting. There are a number of characters introduced in quick succession and I had a bit of trouble discerning who to focus on initially. However, once Peter and Thomas moved to center stage, I was undoubtedly rooting for their happily-ever-after. Though neither man was out, the book didn’t spend too much time focusing on this plotline nor the emotions attached to coming out. Instead, Catch a Tiger by the Tail really explored a relationship’s starting point after the men entered into a fake relationship for publicity’s sake.
I’d recommend To Catch a Tiger by the Tail to fans of low angst romances, especially readers who like pairings between celebs and non-celebs. If you’re looking for a quick, enjoyable read that keeps the conflict to a minimum, this is a great pick!
~ * ~ Jo‘s Review ~ * ~
This is a coming of the closet story for both main characters but their situations are very different. Peter is a popular actor who has been kept in the closet not because of his fame but by a partner who recently died and refused to be out. Thomas is a younger PA on the film set who after a traumatic experience which coincided with the loss of his brother, has not felt able to explore this side of himself. They meet on the set and there is an attraction. But before they can explore further, a photo unexpectedly outs them and they must decide what to do.
The story is generally light although the author does handle Thomas’s trauma sympathetically and this helps add a little weight and understanding to his decisions. The guys are sweet and there’s definitely chemistry between them. I also liked the side characters, especially the other lead actor Cole who brought a little humour and rascal-ness to the plot.
My only slight niggle is the timings on the book are a bit erratic, things feel like they are taking time then you realise it’s on a few days. This is true in the epilogue, too, but I do like seeing the HEA and this is a sweet one.
Overall an enjoyable, easy read that made me smile.
* Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. *