Fool of Main Beach (Love in Laguna #5) by Tara Lain 5*
BLURB: 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 fr 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?
My Review: I want a friend like Tom! I loved this book so much, it's now one of my favourite in the Love in Laguna series, right after Prince of the Playhouse, and it's all because of the wonderful way Tara has written his character. He was adorable, and wise, and (I repeat) I want him as a friend. Not that Merle was a wishy washy character or anything - it's just that Tom was so captivating.
But on to the more serious part of my review. I have to say that I now have a certain expectation about any book that Tara writes and, yet again, she has provided exactly what I knew she would, a story that has love and laughter, mishaps and conflict, and is full of interesting secondary characters. If you haven't read any Love in Laguna yet don't worry too much as this one does kind of stand alone, but be warned, you will want to get all the others after meeting the heroes from the previous books in this one.