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Tarnished Gold (Tarnished #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  89 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
In 1915, starstruck Jack Abadie strikes out for the gilded streets of the most sinful town in the country—Hollywood. With him, he takes a secret that his country hometown would never understand.

After years of hard work and a chance invitation to a gay gentlemen's club, Jack is discovered. Soon, his talent, matinee idol good looks, and affable personality propel him to the
Paperback, 350 pages
Published March 25th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
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Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing


I loved this book. Loved it!. Just beautiful. And the research, phenomenal. I like stories of old Hollywood. I look at people who have been in the business for five minutes nowadays and have a auto/biography out and I just think pfft.
Tarnished Gold, which was perfectly named by the way, is ostensibly about enduring love and romance between two men in a time when gay couples hid who they were for fear of loss. Two men who were proud of who they were and what they had. It is set during the lead u
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars.

I LOVE the premise of this novel. A saga set in Hollywood’s golden age, following the rise of a poor country boy to Hollywood stardom.
Jack Abadie’s story is an all American dream – a rags to riches tale that reads like a biography. The author has done her homework in terms of setting, dialog and Hollywood movie history and those interested in the era would approve.

Addams takes us through the events of Jack’s life in point by point form, which too often reads like a newspaper article. R
Heather C
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Set in the midst of scandals and controversies that heavily impacted the Hollywood film industry during the 1920s, Brita Addams has woven a beautiful story proving that loyalty and love truly can conquer all.

Honestly, I don't think I would have ever chosen to read this book if I hadn't been asked to review it. Historical romances usually aren't my thing, especially American ones, so thanks tremendously for Sid's blog, or I probably never would have discovered this wonderful story. For some weir
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I don’t know that I’ve read another book in this genre quite like “Tarnished Gold”. The book is inspired by the first openly out gay actor in Hollywood. Be sure to read the author notes after the epilogue as I found it added to the essence of the story.

The story spans from 1917 to 1955 following Jack Abadie, a Louisiana farm boy, who runs off to Hollywood to realize his dream of being a star. He’s lucking in finding both a place to live and a job promptly after his arrival in the city.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Review posted on World of Diversity Fiction

This is the first book I have read by Brita Addams and it will not be my last.

Right from the beginning I was drawn in and I stayed there til the very end. I didn’t want to put this book down. The author has written a beautiful story of a Hollywood gone by, a time when on the outside everything looked glamorous and easy but on the inside things weren’t easy. A time when everyone and everything was suspect, where actors and studio employees were made to s
I love this period of time!



I’m very fond of historical m/m stories. Since I read Bonds of Earth I look for them in recommendations, lists and the like. It could be because the forbidden is very attractive, isn’t it? Or maybe I like two knights in shining armour. Or it’s just, I love reading about not-tedious history!

Anyway, when I discovered this one with the cover in black and white my inner self screamed YES! I spent a lot of time reading this book because I was in exams period. I was reading
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the authro in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews LLC
5 kisses, 1 pepper M/M, oral and anal sex, toys

On his twentieth birthday, Jack Abadie decided he wants a different life for himself instead of working on his father's sugar plantation. Jack wants to go to California to become an actor. After being in Hollywood for five years, Jack is still waiting tables with little time off to pursue
Sammy Goode
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it

This review is a difficult one for me. I am a fan of Brita Adams. I have read much of her work and have enjoyed it, without fail. So I leapt on this new book of hers, Tarnished Gold, and was intrigued about its subject matter—a silent movie star’s rise to fame and his introduction to the “gay” side of Hollywood.

Let me begin by recapping the story, which admittedly was a sprawling saga that spanned almost the entire life of Jack Abadie, a poor farm boy from Louisiana that had aspirations to one
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Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance, historical
A Cajun lad follows his dream to Hollywood, and stardom places him in the ranks alongside celebrities such as Navarro, Valentino and Barrymore … “Who?” you ask. You’ll need to be an aficionado of Hollywood’s Golden Age to know these names -- they were America’s idols long before movies learned to talk.

Way back in the 1970s, I became fascinated not only by movies but by the filmmaking process. Hollywood history became a fabulous new realm filled with names like Errol Flynn, James Cagney, Spencer
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it

NOTE: I purchased the book on my own.

I enjoyed the story of Jack and Wyatt, but at times it ran surprisingly low on conflict. The story takes place during almost twenty years of Jack's life and the epilogue jumps almost twenty five years more ahead. It is an epic story of a young man of amazing strength finding his place in Hollywood and staying strong to who he was no matter what life was throwing at him. I thought it was written and resear
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tarnished Gold is an intense read from the beginning and deals with one man's desire to become famous while never selling himself out. He stays true to himself, no matter what society thinks, to forge a trailblazing path with the man he loves by his side.

Before I give my in-depth perceptions of this story, let me start off by saying that this book is long. A lot happens, not only to the main characters but a slew of secondary characters who deal with similar life issues as the protagonist, so th
Becky Condit
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brita Addams has written a sweeping saga about the Golden Age of Hollywood. In Tarnished Gold, by following the career of Jack Abadie, she gives us a glimpse at the history of movies from the early days of the silent films-or "flickers" as they were called-through the "Roaring Twenties", up to the start of the 1930s. The blurb covers the very basic facts of the book, but to really, really appreciate the glorious whole of this eloquently written saga, you must read it for yourself.

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Don Bradshaw
I loved this excellent story of old Hollywood in the 1920 and early 30s. Jack Abadie is a young man who in 1917 makes his way from rural Louisiana to Hollywood looking to become a star. He is discovered by Eric Ballance, a well known director. Jack stars in his first eleven minute short called A Charmed Life with his coo star Lita Hudson. The public falls for the duo and A Charmed Life is made into a serial. Suddenly Jack is the studio's biggest star but his life feels empty without someone to ...more
Shelby P
May 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, historical
This book was very well written, let me say that first. I was intrigued with Jack's story and was engaged with the story until about the 25% mark. Not sure what happened but I got bored. The story felt really detailed after a while with all the parties and celebrating Jack's birthday all the time.

I did feel like I was transported back in time and it was nice to get a feel of what old Hollywood was like. At some point I started not liking Jack and then I constantly kept putting the book down. Er
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
What's that line from Whiplash? Not my tempo? This wasn't my tempo. The pace was a little too slow, the novel was a little too long, and the story was a little too repetitive. I enjoyed this novel initially and the story of a gay man trying to have an open relationship in Hollywood during the 1920s was interesting, but Jack and Wyatt just didn't hold my interest and I struggled to finish this one. Wyatt came off as too much of a doormat and Jack acted like his money (once he had some) could get ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
There were definitely elements of this novel that I really liked. But afar from the Hollywood glamour it seems in this authors mind there was alot of "Love that included much abuse, spanking and such." Now I know alot of people get into that but for me it totally took away from the romance of the story no matter now much she attempted to surround it with submission means Love. That element didn't work for me at all.
However had she stuck to the Hollywood stuff and mixed it with romance, more than


I really LOVE the premise (1900s Hollywood glamour!) and I can't believe I'm saying this but I found the novel too long! I just lost interest. The other thing that didn't work for me is the bdsm element (Jack's behavior in particular!), I found it to be annoying and unnecessary. What a shame!
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Well written but about twice as long as it needed to be. While the hints of BD/SM were fine with the character of Eric, they did not make sense with the characters of Jack and Wyatt and in fact were completely out of place and forced with them. The author did a good job of showing a broad range of the history of 1920's and 1930's Hollywood.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, m-m
Gay male star in 20s Hollywood.

Massively uneven. Some good parts, definitely, but overall no. The main relationship was unconvincing, too many anachronisms in how it was handling queer people, and a really weird handling of some kind of stone thing. Okay overall, but could have been better.
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Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, romance
The idea was good, but the book wasn't written very well - too long (not that I mind long stories, if they're filled with something interesting, but this just felt stretched out) and repetitive, and some parts just didn't make sense to me. Still, a nice insight into the history of Hollywood.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
~~~~~~~~~~Mild Spoilers!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I love romances set in the early 20th century. Flappers, prohibition, blossoming film industry,
the newly dawned age of the telephone, electricity and indoor plumbing. The theme is intoxicating and one of my favorite era's. Add to that a wonderful m/m romance and I'm in heaven.
This book started out so wonderful. Jack was a boy from Lousiana who was dazzled "flickers" and
ran away to Los Angeles to become a star. It took him a few years but he did it.
The overal
Alexis Ames
Mar 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Christopher Moss
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Based loosely on the story of actor William Haines and his partner, Jimmy Shields, Joan Crawford once said of the two men, “They are the happiest couple in Hollywood”. Ms. Addams has resculpted the story to make it fictional, and a fine MM romance it is.
The story takes place at the time movies were just about to go to talkies, something that changed Hollywood forever. The main character, Jack Abadie, is a likable expat of New Orleans who manages to get discovered partly thanks to his being gay,
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Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I don’t know that I’ve read another book in this genre quite like “Tarnished Gold”. The book is loosely based on the first openly out gay actor in Hollywood. Be sure to read the author notes after the epilogue as I found it added to the essence of the story.

The story spans from 1917 to 1955 following Jack Abadie, a Louisiana farm boy, who runs off to Hollywood to realize his dream of being a star. He’s lucking in finding both a place to live and a job promptly after his arrival in the c
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written historical about old Hollywood. Set largely in the 20s and 30s, Jack Abadie leaves his Louisiana farm far behind and sets out for California leaving his family behind. He ends up meeting a director who takes him under his wing and ends up making him one of the biggest stars of the decade.

As he is leaving on an eight month tour to promote his films, he meets Wyatt Maitland at an event at Grauman's Theater. Even though they don't get to talk long, Jack knows that this is a man
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4.5 Stars

In Tarnished Gold Brita Addams gives us a wonderfully epic story of a young gay Louisiana man’s journey from the country surrounding New Orleans to stardom in 1920’s Hollywood. While it is still hard today for some Hollywood stars to live an openly gay lifestyle, it is hard to imagine the difficulty in which the stars of the past had to live.

This book is separated in three parts Jack’s leaving Louisiana and establishing a life for him
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This story was absolutely wonderful, the author truly did a fabulous job. This story takes you back and makes you feel as if you were actually living during this era. Tarnished Gold was very thorough and the characters were well developed. You do not feel like you are missing anything in this book. There was one part in the book that made me want to cry, my heart was very saddened regarding this one character and I think I mourned him for rest of the book, the same as the characters in the book. ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it

It starts well and then it gets repetitive (parties, movie premieres, shopping for presents), sappy and in general long winded. The mild BDSM could have been avoided IMO, because it doesn't seem to be congenial to both Jack and Wyatt.

Uprounded to 3 stars because of the evidently well done research. Although I wonder if the acceptance of gay people was really so widespread in the movie industry then.
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