ROMANCE

Up North

Allison Temple Bks. (Compass Stars, Bk. 1). Jul. 2021. 268p. ISBN 9781777245177. pap. $999. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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The last job fisherman Jack Spencer wanted to take was a stint as a guide at an exclusive resort, but he needed the money to help his sister and nephew. And how hard could it be since the entire resort was reserved for one client? The last place A-lister Damian Marshall wants to hide out is the wilds of Alaska, but after a screaming match with his director at Cannes, his manager insists he lay low for a while. No one in Hollywood knows he’s gay or that his director was a bad choice for a lover, and he wants to keep it that way. Then he meets Jack, who thinks he’s a bodyguard to the man who is actually his assistant, and suddenly he can be “David,” his real name, again. But Damian is a hot story, and not even the wilds of Alaska can keep the paparazzi from catching him in a compromising situation. Now he has to decide if he wants to be Damian or David, and convince Jack he’s worth the trouble.
VERDICT Temple (Out & About) launches the “Compass Stars” series about actors and their loves with a solid, enjoyable read. Jack’s lack of knowledge about movies and Hollywood is hard to buy in this age of social media, but Temple does an excellent job of making it believable. Recommended.
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