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Hidden Amongst Stars (Don't Read in the Closet Events)

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1950's, film stars tied to the studio system, celebrities with images to maintain, lovers. One of these things is not like the other. Stealing every chance together they can. Staving off broken hearts as long as possible. One believes in love; one is afraid to.

Photo Description: In nostalgic black-and-white, two men with eyes closed share a private moment again
ebook, 10 pages
Published July 11th 2011 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads
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5 years in 10 pages – hardly enough for a decent story. Again, here is a story that is not suitable for a novella.

The first scene was engaging and vivid, but after that the story became superficial, with huge plot holes. It was like a summary of a novel, spiked with short dialogues, and sadly zero erotica.

* 1 hollywood star *

"What's an image worth?" (...)
"What's a broken heart worth?"

Well, that were moments wasted...

I hate time line jumps.


A short story in the collection"Don't Read in the Closet, Volume Two"from the MM Romance Group Hot Summer Event 2011.

ClickHEREfor the story online orHEREto downloadthe whole collection for your reading device.

Picture and prompt:

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Britta ★ Nachteule ★

***Read as part of the free Don't Read in the Closet: Volume Two anthology. Story #7***

Without the fade to blacks and the time jumps it could have been great. But as it is now it's more like some appetizer for a full length novel.
Jul 16, 2011 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt-gay, romance, free
What you would do, if must pay the highest price to have a success career? If the price you must pay is your happiness?

David is a rising star in Hollywood. Robert is already a famous actor, in the top of his career.

What two men can desire other than fame and money? They both have it all! Big houses... a large group of friends... why they are not happy? They must only pretend they are not lovers... they don't want each other... they must act, also in real life, denying they are gay.

Keep living.
Story Prompt:
1950's, film stars tied to the studio system, celebrities with images to maintain, lovers. One of these things is not like the other. Stealing every chance together they can. Staving off broken hearts as long as possible. One believes in love; one is afraid to.

Jul 19, 2011 CAS rated it really liked it
This is something that has always fascinated me, the very strict image requirements imposed on the actors of that era by the studios they were contracted to.
You captured that beautifully.
I really enjoyed this story, very much so.
Thanks for sharing. :)

Dec 16, 2011 Sadonna rated it liked it
Shelves: pdf, free, mm, anthology
Loved this. Really captured the feeling of the times and really makes you think about how many people must have had to live their lives as lies. Beautiful interpretation of the picture.

Dec 12, 2014 TayaJay rated it really liked it
This was a cute addition to Hot Summer Days event by MM Romance group. I been slowly but surely been making my way through the stories and sadly I have hundreds to go. This is a snack bite fiction which good but not fulfilling. I know this common thought when reading these shorts for these events is that you wish it was longer but rarely would author work on an expanded story. I simply love this story and wish there was more.
I remember commenting on this photo that it had a Rock Hudson feel to it... I guess it's no surprise that I really liked Rock's cameo appearance! Loved the whole old Hollywood glamour setting while capturing the likely harsh reality of behind the scenes. Thank you Nicole!
Wendy Ann
A very authentic feel for the time period and great characters! I could totally empathize with their difficulty in maintaining a public persona and having to hide their true relationship. I loved David's bravery in the end:) Great story!

Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
It was enjoyable but I don’t like the way it skipped years at a time and we never really got to know the characters or anything

Librarian Kate
Nov 09, 2011 Librarian Kate rated it really liked it
Short, concise, and very sweet. Not in the goopy way, but in the nothing-wasted, makes-you-say-awwww kind of way. For when you just gotta have the HEA...
Nice story and interesting look into actors working in the Hollywood studios of the 50's.
Ryan Loveless
Jul 18, 2011 Ryan Loveless rated it really liked it
Great capturing of "the way we were". :)
Jul 31, 2011 E rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story of choosing love over fame.
Cute and short, but surprisingly sad.

“Dreams die or change. You see the truth behind the glitz and the glamour, behind the walls and lights of Hollywood. Your heart gets broken one too many times and you lose the ability to believe in love and sometimes even in the reality of life. Days blend into one another; nights blend from one party to the next.”
Well i can say that between the years that we didn't get to see, i would have liked even the smallest pick, to at least have been able to see circumstances that made their relationship stronger, but i guess to had to be "short". It was kind of nice tho.
I would like a bit of a continuation tho, just to see where everything goes from here... ^_^
Dec 18, 2014 GlamLawyer rated it it was ok
2.5 stars nice plot idea but sadly it reads more like a blurb than a story.
Aug 31, 2013 France-Andrée rated it it was ok
I found the story too episodic for me, I didn't feel anything for the two lovers because we never get to meet them properly; they are only snapshots. It's really too bad because I think from the prompt and picture this could have been a very deep tortured story.
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