Soap Bloke by Mardi Ballou
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephantois
Hit TV show lovers Gwen and Dirk are a real-life couple. After a production shake-up, a hot young starlet is hired to replace Gwen onscreen. Threatened much? Gwen is terrified that Dirk, who’s ten years younger, will leave her in real life too—but she won’t give up without a fight.
Dirk adores Gwen, but her paranoia is killing him…killing them. He’s at the end of his rope when he finds one more piece of rope—in the front seat of his car. Hmm…the possibilities.
Hit TV show lovers Gwen and Dirk are also a couple in real life. They are the perfect couple until Gwen is replaced by a young starlet. Can she hold onto to Dirk who is ten years her junior?
I enjoyed this story from page one. Its beginning pulls you in and you get to know Dirk and Gwen immediately. You can sympathize with Gwen when she’s replaced by the younger woman. Not that we’re TV stars, but we can certianly understand the feeling when someone comes along to upset what is a great relationship. Her paranoia about Dirk and the actress is sometimes funny but you know Dirk loves Gwen and only has eyes for her. There is one great twist in the story that I won’t give away.
The dialogue was well crafted and the secondary characters were colorful too, especially Gwen’s rival.
This is a short read but a very fun one and perfect when you have thirty minutes to spare.