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Running Lines: Hollywood Hopefuls Series Book One

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  40 reviews
“You know what I thought about while filming the dance sequences?” Grayson asked, his voice quiet despite them being alone in the room.

“What?” Finn’s voice was a soft whisper in reply.

“I thought about how much better it would be if you were the one dancing with me. I wanted you to be the one in my arms, and I wanted to be looking into those unbelievable blue eyes,” he sai
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Published January 26th 2021
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Kelsey Renae
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
*** I received an eArc from the author in exchange for an honest review.***

I really loved this fun, original and steamy love story. This story moved along at a natural pace and the relationship developed naturally throughout the story. As the reader, you are able to understand both character's motivations and root for successes.

Another great aspect of this story is how the main characters support each other and have amazing chemistry that really jumps off the page. This was a fun love story tha
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know this was Jeris’s first book until after I read it. I never would have guessed! It was well written and moved along nicely. The characters are relatable, even if they are celebrities.
The emotions really came across. I loved Finn and Lydia together- they’d be fun to hang out with. And Grayson has that lovely intense and broody actor vibe going on. Astrid was your typical stereotypical spoiled actress, and Kayla was a surprise.
I enjoyed it from start to finish, and will definitely be
Jeris Jean
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Running Lines is my debut novel, and, of course, I highly recommend it.

Finn is a Hollywood heartthrob of the teen-soap-star variety. He's looking to prove himself as more than just a pretty face (and amazing body) when he's cast on tv's biggest, most-popular drama, Frost Manor. It's his first "serious role," and he's going to show everyone what he's made of.

The only problem? He has a long-running and MASSIVE crush on Frost Manor's male lead, Grayson Winter, his new scene partner.

Grayson is an A
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The chemistry was instantly off the charts with this one! Finn is the newcomer to the show, eager to prove his acting chops on a popular period drama (and nursing a serious crush on his costar) and Grayson is the leading man who has little patience for the teenage soap opera star. That is until he is blown away by the younger man’s dedication and acting skill during a practice session running lines. These two are instant friends who quickly sizzle into more, once Grayson can quit comparing Finn ...more
Nissy Williams
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Running Lines is an all to familiar issue with what actors have to think when being out and having a love life that balances on what the writers, agents and some producers think personal lives should be lived. Running Lines is about two actors, Finn and Grayson, meet on a set and fall in love. Their chemistry is immediate. They start working together and they both shine. Out comes some rumors of their being together and boom, down goes the rules. It causes issues in/with their newfound love. Of ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is a great story about two Hollywood stars!
Finn is a teen star about to have an opportunity in a big drama show “Frost Manor” and wants to prove that he is more that a pretty face and nice body.
Grayson is a great actor and the star of the “Frost Manor” he is handsome, intelligent and with great ambitions.
Finn has a massive crush on Gray and is excited to meet him, He and Gray have a great chemistry in and out of the set, they star to get to know each other and you can feel their con
Amy Stauffer
A Great Find!

This was a new to me author, but there was just something about the blurb that drew me in. Once I started reading, I quickly fell in love with Finn and Grayson. I dare you to pick the book up and tell me you don’t agree. Grayson was dreamy, and Finn was the perfect boy next door. Together, their chemistry was magic.

This was a quick and easy read. It didn’t take long before I was lost in the story. This was the author’s first book, amend I’m here to say that I see great things ahead
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
This was SUCH a great m/m actor romance!!!!

I LOVED this m/m romance so much!! Author Jeris Jean gave us such a cute couple with Finn and Grayson! I loved their chemistry from the start, and their support for each other's careers was really nice to see. And then the smut was fantastic too! It was a slow burn with that, but the wait was worth it and it was sweet to see them want to wait.

I liked how the world's of acting was described in such detail, I enjoyed hearing about the action on camera an
Lisa Klein
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm seriously impressed that this is the author's first book (which I didn't even know until after I finished reading it.) Usually new authors have trouble with the flow of the story until their writing gets more developed, but that was not the case with this book. I read it straight through and didn't want it to end. I loved the characters, and am excited to see there’s going to be a book two, and the writing was really good. I can't wait to see what else Jeris Jean writes.

I received an advance
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed getting to know both Finn and Grayson, both who are perceived differently than who they are. Grayson thinks Finn is young, inexperienced, and doubts his ability to take the job seriously. Grayson is surprised by Finn's dedication and his wild attraction toward the younger man while Finn's crush on the older actor, which he's harbored for years, is turning into more as they work together. This is a sweet read with a lovely HEA. The characters are fully developed and I enjoyed the story. ...more
Audrey Pott
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great debut for Jeris, actors in a TV series were realistic, loveable characters except for one, humour, angst, an agent they both had and steamy hot scenes between Grayson and Finn. This is a keeper. Can’t wait to read Jeris’s next book.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book for my honest opinions of which I’m under no obligation to do so. I definitely recommend this book.
Janet Hunt
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was really good for a debut story by the author! Finn and Grayson get to know one another as they run lines together. They become friends that quickly becomes something more. The story was well written, very good actually! I’m voluntarily reviewing from an advance copy that I received.
Stephanie Carvalho
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was a nice surprise! From what I saw this is their first book, and a very good one! Finn & Grayson are really fun and enjoyable to read, with lots of chemistry and sexy hot times. The story flows, set on a really good rhythm - not too slow and not too fast - which worked perfectly fine for me. I will definitely read more from this author in the future!
Sarah Mitcham
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This epic series starter is the story of Finn who has starred in Luna's Cove for three years and has been a firm teen fan favourite and his long time crush and star of period drama Frost Manor, Grayson. Finn is blown away to have been given the chance to work on Frost Manor and finally work with Grayson. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series. Well done Jeris Jean. I loved this book, Congratulations. ...more
Ida Umphers
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved both the age gap and experience gap that formed the premise of this story. Both were very well and believably handled. Finn and Grayson both have ambitions to succeed as serious actors and Grayson never expected the emotions that Finn evokes when he joins the cast of Grayson's show. Finn gets the chance to work with the man he's had a crush on for ages, but his road isn't all fairy tale either as he's trying to break out of the teenage heartthrob ranks and prove himself as an adult actor ...more
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars... I was taken by the MCs in this book right away. Finn the young actor coming off a teen soap and Grayson, the older established actor and lead of the period drama Finn is now joining. Add to it that Grayson has been Finn’s long time crush. They are both wonderful characters and you really want to root for them and take their side the whole time. Even when they do self-sabotaging things, you want to just encourage them and push them towards a positive outcome.

I also really enjoyed tha
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
What a great first novel by this author and I am already looking forward to the sequel. Finn Everett is a 22 year old actor who got his start on a teen soap opera and is now looking to broaden his acting chops in a well-known period drama. An added bonus for him is that the leading actor on his new show is his longtime celebrity crush, Grayson Winter. Grayson has no time for the younger man until Finn needs someone to run lines with for his first day on set. The chemistry is immediate between th ...more
Go to Hollywood.
Get a part in a recurring television series with an actor you've admired for years.
Be come friends.
Find jealously is directed at you by an actress on the show.

If only you didn't have to hide your attraction because your agent and studio convince you that your job will be over if it is revealed.

New relationships are difficult enough without added pressure!

A sweet romance with lots of steam.
Lora Anderson
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend!

What wonderful read Running Lines was for me. The author developed the characters and story so well. The book drew me into the story right away. Her story line was great, detail was wonderful, love how she made me feel connected to ever character. Jeris Jean is a very talented writer with a bright future! I look forward to reading all that she writes in the future.
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Finn and Grayson, meet on a set and fall in love. They have an instant connection and chemistry that is off the charts.
Can they sustain a relationship under the spot light?
This is a sweet, sexy read with a wonderful HEA.
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from Jeris Jean!
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-tbr
I want to start with "bye-bye you overbearing wench"!
Don't want to name names to cause spoilers and such though I am curious why she did a couple of things but this isn't her story so...
Back to Finn our smexy lead and Grayson - you can think of him as a Mr.Darcy if you will, lol
Finn absolutely idolizes Grayson and now that he is face to face with him - he is a sputtering mess of goo confronted with so many what ifs -
Is he good enough?
Can he keep from embarrassing himself?
Wait what do you mea
Heather (AllTheJuicyBits)
I've found yet another great MM series to get excited about! Book 1 in the Hollywood Hopefuls series by Jeris Jean is the story of two fairly well-known actors who are cast together in a Downton Abbey-like TV Drama. Finn is the star of a teen soap called Luna's Cove, while Grayson is a "serious actor" who has big hopes of making the jump from TV to films. The two of them hit it off right away, as Finn is really eager to prove himself. He wants to make sure everyone knows he's more than just the ...more
Natalie Duleba
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for a fair review ...

Who doesn't like a good behind-the-scenes romance? Real-life tabloids make a lot of money because we can't get enough of the gossip. And since I read J.R. Gray's "Unscripted" last year, I have been looking for a good gay BTS romance, especially one where the show/movie the characters are working on is just as interesting as the main story.

Jeris Jean's charming tale of off-camera romance in "Running Lines" is sweet and uncomplicated -- young Fin
Jenny Saul-Avila
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'd give this a 3, based on what the stars technically mean, but I know a lot of people see 3 as barely tolerable, so therefore, I'm making it a 4. It was a pleasant read, not AMAZING, and not awful. I enjoyed reading it and I might read more of the author's work.
I think this could've, or maybe should've, been a longer work, with a lot more dialogue, a lot more showing, and perhaps a bit less telling. If the writer's goal was a shorter work, it makes sense to have fewer tiny details of each day
Juniper Greer-Ashe
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Finn has recently finished his run as the heartthrob of a teen drama, and he’s ready to start his supporting role on the set of Frost Manor, a period drama with an all-star cast and serious dramatic credibility. Grayson is the star of the ensemble cast, older, more experienced, gorgeous, and complicated. Finn’s sunny nature and serious acting talent win Grayson’s respect as well as his attraction, and Finn’s always had a crush on Grayson, so their chemistry quickly becomes a deeper connection. I ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a really good first book for Jeris Jean. Grayson and Finn have excellent chemistry from the beginning and they are so sweet together. I enjoyed their different point of views. I do wish the different sections were labeled to let us know what point of view we were reading. (It’s always established quickly but I just really appreciate it all being labeled)

Some of the drama with the network took me out of the story because it seemed so fake. No network would base the renewal of the number
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a terrific debut novel by the author! It is well-written with fully developed and relatable characters. Finn and Grayson’s relationship moves along at a natural pacing, and they have the kind of chemistry that successfully sucks you into the story. As a serious and established actor, Grayson is initially wary of his younger and more inexperienced costar. I liked how his perception quickly shifts once he realises just how dedicated Finn is, and the attraction between them as they become f ...more
Faye K
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. A debut author with this book.
A good start as there both at an publicity event with completely different opinions with being there. Both Finn and Grayson admire each other and fast become friends on set. But Finn's subtle flirts has Grayson kind a in panic mode with a bad history with an Ex he'd swarm of any relationships with celebrities.. how abouts a coworker?
The showbuzz vs their relationship starts make problems for them.
A fantastic book with some hot fire between the characte
T Paul
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Seems wherever you look people are fascinated by Hollywood. The good and the bad makes the headlines. Here we meet Finn and Grayson, both celebrities in their own right, both working together in a series and both extremely attracted to the other. The journey of their success and romance is fun to watch and fun to be a part of. The romance is charming and sweet with a few bumps, the success story is made for Hollywood with a good ending. Their ride is entertaining and sweet. I voluntarily reviewe ...more
Lyndsay TC
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Love Finn and Grayson!

I really loved this heartwarming story of two actors, at different places in their lives coming together and finding love. Finn definitely brought the lightness to this romance while Grayson brought the seriousness. While Finn was the younger man, his maturity matched Grayson perfectly which made them a good fit. I'm really excited for the next book and that I get to read more in this lively world!
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