Book Review: Redesigning Landry Bishop by Kim Fielding

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Redesigning Landry Bishop
Author: Kim Fielding
Series: Stars from Peril #2
Heroes: Landry Bishop/Jordan Stryker
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Love never goes out of style.

Landry Bishop fled his tiny hometown and never looked back. Now his expertise in food, fashion, and décor has earned him all of Hollywood’s glittering perks. But with his husband deceased and his personal assistant retired, Landry has nobody to rely on—and no one to help him indulge his secret cravings.

Casual, plainspoken Jordan Stryker seems a dubious choice of a PA for someone as formal and self-controlled as Landry. Jordan’s questionable fashion sense and limited kitchen skills don’t exactly enhance his résumé. But as Landry soon realizes, Jordan has many attractive qualities too.

With a strong pull toward Jordan, new career opportunities on the horizon, and a persistent tug from family back home, Landry is in a quandary. He can advise others on how to make their lives special, but what should he do about his own?

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Review: Landry Bishop has left his small hometown of Peril, Nebraska, to become an expert in food, fashion, and décor in glittering Hollywood. However, deep down, Landry wishes that more people see him as Landry Bishop the man, rather than Landry Bishop the star. Because he has cravings to just indulge himself in non-healthy food, but if a lot of people find out, it will taint his brand.

Jordan Stryker is his new personal assistant – a casual, younger, down-to-earth guy, who claims that he has been floating in his twenties but now ready to make the best of himself, and help Landry in any way he can.

My first thought was Redesigning Landry Bishop was sweet with two nice people. There’s no huge drama in this book. Written solely from Landry’s perspective, it’s mostly about Landry connecting with Jordan while experiencing his attraction, while at times thinking about him being Jordan’s boss, as well as trying to be himself and not just ‘the star’.

Jordan makes Landry think about relaxing, being himself, and not keeping up his image or working all the time. I think Jordan balances Landry well. I like the fact that Landry had a husband previously, and Landry also learns to live differently now, without having to make the deceased husband “a bad guy”. The deceased husband is different from Jordan, that’s all.

There’s this push and pull of Landry’s hometown, Peril, in form of emails from Landry’s sister, and Landry’s often thinking about how he never fits in, and he doesn’t want to return to Peril. However, for me, one of the charming moments is near the end when Landry indeed returns to Peril. I wish that Kim Fielding took more time to write scenes of Landry’s time in Peril, because as it is, the ending (and Landry’s decision that comes near end) felt rather rushed.

Overall Impression: I liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2019 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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