Wendy and Dana review ‘Catch a Tiger by the Tail’ (One Scoop or Two) by Gabbi Grey, Narrated by Michael Dean. Released 5/27/2021, 3 hours, 44 minutes, Published by Gabbi Grey. (Ebook released by The Wild Rose Press, Inc. June 15, 2020. 100 pages in length)
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.
Dana~ This is the second book I have listened to by Gabbi Grey and it was such a different experience. I liked the author’s other audio release with it’s paranormal/magical twist, but this one felt a little more lighthearted. Though one of the characters does have an act of violence that happened to him in the past that lends a bit of somberness. Overall, though this felt really sweet and satisfying.
We meet Thomas first and there seems to be a little strain between him and his family. The reason isn’t clear immediately, though it does get explained later. He works as a production assistant and lives in Vancouver. He’s gay but not out. His one and only experience was horrific and led to the death of someone important to him. I did feel sympathy for him, but if wasn’t for the loss he suffered as a result, I didn’t think he seem to be mired in the assault that took place.
Peter is a Hollywood celebrity who was in a long term gay relationship but his equally famous partner wanted nothing to do with coming out. After his partner died, he hasn’t had any desire to come out on his own. He is a decent sort who is easy to get along with, work with and he values the advice of the production assistant, Thomas, even though their roles on set are very different.
When a friendly outing between the two, gets photographed by the media and it appears more intimate than it actually was, the two think about fake dating. Though it’s never really fake because there was definite interest between them. It’s a bit of an insta-love story, but it worked for me. Sometimes it’s nice when couples don’t have a lot of obstacles in the way of their happiness.
Michael Dean narrated this book and I thought he did an excellent job. He always delivers a reliable and enjoyable performance. The book was short and sweet, and I can’t wait to see what Gabbi Grey has to offer next.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Wendy~ I read the ebook version when it first released, you can read my review HERE.
I’m always surprised by the different take I get when I listen to a book compared to when I read it. I’m going to start with the narration, Michael Dean is a fantastic choice for this book. He has great voices and emotes brilliantly. I truly felt the emotions of the characters as he spoke.
My thoughts when I read the book was “How sweet” and I got that from listening too, but I also felt a bit more of the anxiety of what it must be like for Thomas and Peter as closeted men. Coming out didn’t turn out to be a choice for them, however I was so impressed that they owned up to the fact that yes, they were indeed gay (even if it started out not being 100% completely honest). That they were in their particular industry was helpful I think in embracing who they are.
Thomas… man, he really has some stuff that he’s holding DEEP inside. He’s so sweet and hard working, ambitious and loyal but, yeah, his stuff definitely affects how he goes about his relationships. And by that I mean ALL of his relationships. The way he is with his mother, father and sister absolutely breaks my heart. I think that Peter went a long way in helping him start to heal.
Peter, he’s also got some heartbreaking stuff that drives him. Actors must be some of the hardest working people there are. To be successful in the craft they have to be so dedicated and Peter really is. He’s made it to the top and is working with the A-listers. When he’s blind-sided by a change in the script, he does what any actor of his caliber would do… he says bring it! It was nice to see him get to play the role even while I think it challenged him to be in a more freeing, true to life(ish) role. And there are some freeing *snickers* and challenging parts to be played for sure!
Working for the government by day, she spends her nights writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances…and while she firmly believes in happy endings, she also believes in making her characters suffer before finding their true love.
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