Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Lisa
The end of a successful Broadway run for lauded actor Kendall Monroe means that he will be on the lookout for a new project. Kendall can’t help wondering however if this wasn’t a good time to step back for at least a little while. His long term relationship with best selling author Johnny Harker isn’t what it used to be. At one time they were both struggling young men beginning their careers, passionately in love, but these days they’re more like ships passing in the night.
No sooner does Kendall consider taking time off his agent calls with a lead role in a Hollywood feature film. In the past he’s stuck with Broadway and shunned the West Coast, but the role of a man in a life and death situation is too well written to ignore. Contending with a jerk Director, a bitchy actress, and surrounded by strangers for three or four months might give the partners time to put things in perspective.
Filming a man on the edge, facing death suddenly somehow becomes reality for the actor. It started with mystery roses and ends with Kendall reflecting on his love for Johnny as his life slips away. Alone in the desert, stranded and slowly dying Kendall has no hope of survival. Only his memories of better times keep him hanging on…
Dramatic and powerful, Stranded is a suspenseful from the get-go. Kendall’s journey isn’t an easy one. Successful in his professional life, his personal one is drifting apart before his eyes. Stranded tells the present, the past, and the nightmare Kendall’s life becomes. The reader is right there with Kendall as he struggles to survive and thinks about his early days with Johnny. Compelling and intense. Stranded hits the bullseye.