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Tabloid Star (Tabloid Star #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,278 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
One hot night, one freeze frame and one shocking surprise.

As a bartender at the Lucky Seven club, Josh Bauer could take a different guy home every night if he wanted to. Working three jobs, however, makes it hard to connect with anyone. One man, though, is too much temptation to resist. A steamy encounter in a back alley leads to an explosive night of sex in Josh s bed a b
ebook, 147 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Samhain Publishing (first published 2009)
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Sep 05, 2009 Daisiemae rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: TA Chase Fans, Anyone who loves a great homoerotic romance
Recommended to Daisiemae by: I love the author's other books.
I was going to hold off reading Tabloid Star by T.A. Chase for a rainy day. For some reason I have a tendency to do that with certain authors. I hold off reading their books until I need a really good pick me up, or I know I’m in the mood to read something I know I’ll love. This wasn’t so when I bought Tabloid Star! I immediately had to read it, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

Josh Bauer is a very responsible man. He works three jobs to support himself, and to give most of the earnin
May 13, 2013 Bev rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bev by: Tina

I really enjoyed this book by an author I hadn't taken a chance on before. 4 stars

Ryan Kellar is an aspiring actor, has appeared in his first movie which is apparently set to be a blockbuster, and although not closeted per se, doesn't advertise the fact that he's gay. He goes to the 'Lucky Seven' club one night with his best friend, and his life changes after an encounter in an alley with Josh, one of the barmen at the club.

Nice, light read. There is a plot, and I did guess who was keeping the
Elisa Rolle
T.A. Chase hits a sure point with this novel with me, since the show business theme is one of my favorite, probably due to the fact that I love to see an happily ever after where usually I don't find them, and since I know that, despite some good changings happening in the movie industry, it's still not easy to be out and proud, and the stars who decide to be have not easy life.

So basically this is a cinderfella type of story, with the big Hollywood star, Ryan, who falls in love for the poor ba
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
01/18/13: Revised rating after a couple of years of reading m/m: from 4 to 3.

It was more a 3.5 stars but once I finished the book, I found that I was quite fond of the guys, in different ways, so I'll give it 4.

I liked Ryan because, even if he knew he was risking his career, he was not willing to search for a compromise. I liked Josh because he was very practical and he found the way to get Ryan and himself out of trouble, showing that he might not be rich, but he was resourceful.

The secondary c
Brenda (b)
This was another wonderful story from T.A. Chase. He creates the best characters and I find myself wishing they were people I knew in real life. The mystery of who took the pictures was secondary to Ryan & Josh's love story, but I was drawn into it. First I thought it was one person, then I thought it might me another and again I went back to my first guess.
May 02, 2013 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: romance

3,5 stars. :)

'Tabloid Star' is about Josh Bauer who is working three jobs to support his sister and his nephew. One night he has sex with an anonymous guy. The next day he finds his picture on the front page of a tabloid. Apparently his one-night stand isn't as anonymous as he thought he was. It's Ryan Kellar, an uprising actor, who isn't keen of the paparazzi photos of his indiscretion...

The story is a pretty good read, the MC's are likeable, the settings and the secondary characters interestin
Ms. Nikki
Mar 09, 2010 Ms. Nikki rated it it was ok
The 1st 3rd of the book was pretty good, until the Tabloid incident happened. It reminded me of a Soap Opera. Lots of discussions and explaining, giving me blow by blow details instead of showing me. The whole, why do you call me Bear thing, just blew it for me. Josh and the whole scene with his sister was so "False." Yeah, that's it. This book is for the starving reader who just needs something to read right now. Gratification not guaranteed.
Sep 19, 2011 Alina rated it it was amazing
Another good book from T.A. Chase!
I just love her stories - likeable main characters, interesting settings, diverse secondary characters and not much angst, which I wholeheartedly approve! They're nice and warm and I like to reread them :)

Oh and I was happy to see more of Garrett and CJ from Love of Sports series, and to know about CJ's career choice after all. Glad to see him on a car tv-show :)
Sep 14, 2012 Seraph rated it it was ok
This is an example of a story that transfers the traditional male/female dynamic of a hetero relationship - and a boring one at that - into a male/male relationship. Why, oh why? If you want to write about men, why make them behave like women? If you want to create characters, why make them stereotypes? Whimpery Ryan is nothing else but the cute little (virginal) girl who only waits for the big strong hero to sweep her, pardon, him off her/his feet.
Oh, and of course the showbusiness theme is al
Dec 03, 2010 Camilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: pdf
The first word that comes to mind after finishing this story is:


I dont know if thats a word, but hey, it works for me.. ;o)

Aww, I really loved this story.. So freakin cute.. I absolutly fell in love with both Josh and Ryan..

I loved how dom Josh started out and how he changed as the story moved forward... Oh, of course he's still a dom, but what a great "reward" he gave Ryan at the end, huh? ;o)

I thought this had a great combination of emotions and hot sex.. And when I say hot sex, thats
Skye Blue
Mar 07, 2013 Skye Blue rated it liked it
Recommended to Skye Blue by: Brooklyn

There was not as much drama and angst as I was expecting. Which is good, it would have been overpowering.

I'm mixed on the use of condoms, even for bj's. On one hand, I commend the author for taking safe sex seriously. On the other...latex taste...eeewwww. But, it's good to promote safety.

Overall, it was pretty good. But I didn't enjoy as much as other books by the author.
But I did enjoy it.

Aug 22, 2011 Darkm rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
The story in this book was interesting and well written, as well as the characters.

Something I really appreciated was how the autism of one of the secondary characters was described:
"I'm not deluding myself into thinking Pedro's a normal boy, Ryan. It's just that his brain is wired differently than yours and mine. Pedro's autistic, but he's not stupid or handicapped"
Jun 07, 2014 Brooklyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brooklyn by: Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Shelves: borrowed, mm-romance
I expected Ryan's celebrity status to be more of an issue than it was. I was expecting backlash from Raz or for Geraldo to be more of a problem. Instead everything was resolved easily without too much drama. I'm not sure about that. But I like this couple together. I like their almost insta-love and the way they seemed to connect pretty quickly.
Trisha Harrington
This was a really nice sweet book. I loved Josh and Ryan and the way their relationship developed. I also loved the way they stood by each other in the end. I am a huge fan of T.A Chase and this was another of his books that I adored. Great read :)
Oct 29, 2009 Betryal rated it it was amazing
It was a good write. I liked it, but something was missing and needed and I can't figure out what just yet. Maybe cause it was too simple? Not sure, but I will admit that I'd definitely like to see more of these two in another book sequence.
Jun 14, 2017 Karen rated it liked it
2.5 stars--I just could not get into this one. I'm not sure what it was, but I never connected with the MCs and never warmed up to their story. It filled a requirement for a reading challenge, otherwise I might not have finished it.
Emerald Jaguar
Sep 01, 2009 Emerald Jaguar rated it liked it
Bottom line up front:
It didn't suck. Much.

The rest:
Ryan is an actor who happens to be gay. He's rather amusingly lead astray quite often by his best friend, Bill. Finally, a gay man with a best friend who isn't an annoying, shrill, fag hag trying to live vicariously through strictly dickly men! Bill is completely straight, but doesn't seem to mind in the slightest that Ryan likes dangly bits that aren't boobs. The two go out on a wild drinking spree one night, and Bill actually encourages Ryan
Bergur Arnar
Mar 13, 2016 Bergur Arnar rated it liked it
I liked it and really enjoyed it, but there were a couple of things I was annoyed with;
My first complaint is that the second half of the book was way too fast-paced. I had no idea of how much time had gone by between chapters - hours? days? weeks? months? And I also found it to be a bit too much insta-love (view spoiler)
My second complaint (and believe me, I have never complained about this before) is that there was too little sex.
Joyfully Jay
Aug 23, 2014 Joyfully Jay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

I fell in love with Josh from the moment he was introduced. He’s fun and flirty, but with a solid head on his shoulders and a really strong moral compass. He the perfect example of a well-rounded character. I loved the way he cares about those in his circle, his love of his family, and the way he connected with Ryan. I have to admit that I got a little melty when the reason he works so hard is revealed. He’s maybe even a little bit too perfect, with hardly a flaw
Jan 12, 2013 Wendy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, romance, gay, e-book, 2013
This book starts with an interesting premise and a ton of potential, but then fails to live up to any of it. Only one of the heroes (Josh) gets any kind of rounding as a character: he works three jobs, has a sister and a nephew who he works to support and keep safe from the sister's vicious ex-husband, and has actual relationships with the people around him. Ryan, an up-and-coming actor, has relationships with only two other people, and we learn nothing of his origins.

Josh and Ryan meet at a ba
josh, a bartender at a gay club, hooks up with ryan in the alleyway behind his club during his break, and then takes ryan home. the next day, pictures show up in the tabloids of the two of them and josh realizes his one night hook-up is not what he seems.
ryan is an actor on the cusp of super-stardom, starring in a new action film. when he sees the tabloid pictures, he thinks that he was set up by the sexy bartender and confronts him.

what i liked: i liked the fact that both ryan and jo
Dec 18, 2012 Karel rated it did not like it
Shelves: nomance
I'd like to put a disclaimer that unlike the other books rated one star in my bookshelf, there's nothing wrong with this one.

It's me, not you, dear book. Really.

This book was just boring for me. The first part was great; the relationship, the doubts, the sizzling distrust was a set up for uber awesome. And then suddenly it just went downhill. I found myself trapped into reading about people I don't care about, but am supposed to.

Erin and Pedro was meh. I wanted to feel for them; I didn't. Chad a
Revised after a couple of years...

Holy plot holes Batman! ... how did I miss all the minor, yet irritating issues with this story the first time round? ... metaphors that sounded right but in actual fact were wrong ... weird adjective use that when you stopped and thought about it, made you go "What. The. Fuckity. Fuck?" ... having said that, it is better than some of the dross I've read so is probably still worth the ★★★ ... would be awesome if this one was re-edited and re-released.

Original re
Main Characters: Josh Bauer & Ryan Kellar
Key Themes: In the Closet, Coming Out
Location: West Hollywood & San Francisco Bay Area, California

Josh is badass - he was in a gang at 15 years old, is bald and covered in tattoos, and works three jobs – as a bartender, a construction worker and a waiter. He is also a bear and a bit of a flirt. Ryan is Hollywood’s newest action hero heartthrob and he is deep in the closet.

Both MCs were a bit dull, emotionally erratic and a bit silly (Ryan wore a
Jul 27, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
Firstly, I know it's Hollywood or whatever, but i don't think practically every guy you meet will be gay. Josh, Ryan, Garrett, cj, Pete, tommy, Simpson, mark and Vance. I know being homosexual isn't uncommon, especially in Hollywood, but I really don't think it is as common as this book portrayed it. And theyre almost all in lust with josh. who even likes baldness? Who shaves their head on purpose when they have nice hair, which I'm assuming josh did. I know it said he was older, but I don't thi ...more
Another one of those books that I can appreciate the thought behind of but feel it just didn't translate too well when put into words. I think this is one of the author's earliest works so that might explain (at least) part of it.

The concept is nothing new: newly risen star actor and regular Joe meet, get hot and heavy, and then there's drama. I felt I didn't get enough information about neither main character to actually form an opinion about them, they were very bland, as were all the side cha
Jan 20, 2010 Geoffrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
Overall this is a fun story. It starts a little slow but gets interesting fairly quickly. It opens with Josh and Ryan meeting, getting nasty and going their separate ways. With the introduction of paparazzi photos of their indiscretion, the actual story takes off. There are hidden cameramen, family harassment, stress, arguments and fights to get the ball rolling. And, once it got going, it was pretty fun.

Before the book's climax, it wasn't too difficult to sort out who was behind the photo stalk
3.5 stars - This was an enjoyable read with an interesting story and great main characters. Josh was exactly my type of character too, both in looks and personality. Although he did say the word 'honey' a bit too often for my liking (it wasn't a problem for the last half of the book, but very noticeable to me for the first few chapters). Raz really was a piece of work. I wanted to slap him almost from the beginning – I can’t believe Ryan let him get away with the homophobic and downright shitty ...more
Sep 04, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt-fiction
Tabloid Star by T.A. Chase was a pretty good read. I am quite sure the authors description of Josh was not meant to conjure up visions of Samuel Colt, but it did for me. heh. So, with visions of my current crush Samuel in my head I read on with much glee and sweaty palms. While some parts of the book felt less well scripted than others and there was much angst and drama, I did enjoy this for the most part. All that muscled, man chest goodness is good.
Aug 05, 2015 mah1 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scribd
I put ff reading this story because I honestly thought I would love it and wanted to save it. Unfortunately I ended up being wrong.

The set up offered some interesting possibilities, yet the book was pretty straight forward. I'm pretty sure alot of people love a book like this, but for me it had too little conflict. Also, while I do love tropes, the poor-sister-with-the-abusive-ex-who-needs-to-be-supported-by-her-brother isn't one of them.

Two stars, but this is simply a matter of taste. I must
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