Fool of Main Beach
(Love of Laguna Series, #5)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary Romance
Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.
Tom Henry defies description. As unsophisticated and simple as an angel, he walks through life content with who he is and asking for very little except to care for his sister, Lily, and the dogs he loves. Then he meets Merle, the embodiment of dreams he barely knows he has. Merle knows the people who hold his future in their hands might love Tom—but they’ll never understand Merle and Tom together. Tom knows it too. With lives this far apart, who’s really the fool of Main Beach?
The unlikeliest of lovers. The sweetest of loves.
Tom sat on the side of the double bed that Merle kept for company. “This is nice.”
“I’ll have a better place when my house is done. The bathroom is across the hall. The towels are clean. I’ll see if I have an extra toothbrush.”
Tom looked up with those big eyes. “Thank you for saving me.”
“I’m just glad you called.”
“I didn’t know who else to call. I was thinking maybe Billy if I couldn’t get you.” He looked at his hands folded in his lap. “I figured you’d be with Renee.”
“No. We left right after you did, and I came here.”
Tom glanced up quickly and then back down.
Merle swallowed a little too loudly. “I might have some pajama bottoms that will fit you, but they’ll be way too short.”
“That’s okay. I’ll wear my undies.”
“So, uh, sleep well.” He turned and practically raced to his own room before his nobility faded.
Tom stared at his hands some more. Merle sure did want to go back to sleep. I must have bothered him. But I’m still happy he came to get me. I didn’t want to fuck Aaron or even suck his cock like he said.
Tom stood and walked to the bathroom across the hall. He glanced toward the other door just a little way away. That’s where Merle is. Light still showed under the door. Not asleep yet.
No toothbrush. Merle forgot. But Tom found some toothpaste in a drawer and put some on his finger and slid it around. After rinsing, he peed, washed his hands and face, and went back into the bedroom, stripped to his boxer briefs, and hung his jeans and shirt and jacket on hangers in the closet.
He pulled back the covers and found nice white sheets, then crawled in and flipped off the light beside the bed. Wonder if Merle’s asleep? I hope the boys are okay and don’t miss me too much. He almost never left them overnight. Mrs. A. wouldn’t like it if he did it very much. The boys wouldn’t like it either.
He sighed and stretched his hands behind his head. I shouldn’t have said I’d go dancing with Aaron. Why did I do that?
He followed the patterns of headlights streaking across the wall through a gap in the curtains. I like to dance. His lips compressed in a line. I wanted to dance, but not with Aaron. I wanted to dance with Merle. He smiled. I got to and it was rad. Merle’s the best dancer ever.
Oh boy. He shook his head. I really like Merle. I never should’ve said I’d go with Aaron when I wanted to go with Merle. That was dumb. And not very nice. He blew out his breath in a long stream and felt it tickle his chest. But Merle didn’t ask me.
Flipping to his side, he stroked the soft sheets. But maybe Merle wants me to ask him. When I called him, he came right away like—like nobody ever has. What would he do if I just told him?
Review: 5/5 Stars
I loved this book. I am ashamed to say that I only read the first book in the series a while back, and I absolutely loved that book too. I definitely need to read the rest of the books in the series, one because I want to, and two because the other couples show up on this book as well.
Tom as Joel Lowenstien said is a breath of fresh air, and I mean that as he isn’t like your typical leading MC’s and I loved that about him. He’s innocent and loving and he just burrows his way into your heart. And his love for dogs is truly adorable. Now who I didn’t like in connection to Tom is his sister Lily. She worked my nerves when she was first introduced into the book, but as you go on she grows on you and you begin to understand her more. Tom also believes that he isn’t good enough for Merle, which is bonkers.
Merle is a famous tv actor who doesn’t believe that he is truly talented which is kinda hard to believe with all the adoring fans he has, and him being nominated for an award when the book first starts. I think it has something to do with his parents and them basically telling him he’s an okay actor, which they could just bite me to be honest.
Merle and Tom meet and I don’t want to say love at first sight, but they warm up to each. They also send each other mixed signals out the wazoo. I’m not going to lie, I got lost somewhere along the way, when they stopped seeing each other, but I got back on track when things started to smooth out. And by that I mean, everything was good, then next thing you know their avoiding each other.
This was a great read, and I will be catching up on the other couples of Laguna Beach.
Love in Laguna Series
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in gay romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 40. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, Best Romantic Suspense, and more. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!