Home Grown Talent (Creative Types #2) by Joanna Chambers & Sally Malcolm

Home Grown Talent features an influencer and a gardener, opposites attract with plenty of steam.

From the blurb:

Are you for real?

From the outside, it looks like model and influencer Mason Nash has it all—beauty, fame, and fortune. With his star rapidly rising, and a big contract up for grabs, Mason’s on the verge of hitting the big time.

When an opportunity arises to co-host a gardening slot on daytime TV with his ex’s brother, Owen Hunter, Mason is definitely on-board. And he intends to use every trick in the book to make the show a hit—including agreeing to his ruthless producer’s demand to fake a ‘will-they/won’t-they’ romance with his co-host…

Owen Hunter is a gardener with a huge heart and both feet planted firmly on the well-tilled ground. He’s proud of the life he’s built and has absolutely no desire to be on TV—yet somehow he finds himself agreeing to do the show.

It’s definitely not because he’s interested in Mason Nash. The guy might be beautiful—and yeah, his spoiled brat routine presses all Owen’s buttons in the bedroom—but Owen has no interest in a short-term fling with a fame-hungry model.

As the two men get closer, though, Owen starts to believe there’s more to Mason than his beautiful appearance and carefully-curated online persona—that beneath the glitz and glamour is a sweet, sensitive man longing to be loved.

A man Owen might be falling for. A man who might even feel the same.

But in a world of media spin and half-truths, Owen is dangerously out of his depth. And when a ridiculous scandal explodes online, with Owen at its heart, it starts to look as though everything he thought was real is built on lies—including his budding romance with Mason…

Sheena's Review:

This is the second in a series but could easily be read as a standalone. Going to be honest here, I didn't remember too much about the first book when I read this one and I loved it. I wasn't sold on Mason for around the first half of the book or so, he seemed so shallow and vain and obsessed with his social media. I gradually came around on him though, and I loved his character arc, once I found out more about him and his dealings with his family.

Owen I did like, he was a down to earth, hard working guy who just wanted to help. If anything, that was his big flaw, he'd give too much of himself to help others and never go for what he wanted himself. I did hate in the beginning how Mason was deceiving him when Owen thought they were on the same page in wanting to try a relationship.

Misty was your typical odious TV executive, a manipulative bully and I pretty much hated her as I was supposed to.

I liked the character development in this, and the relationship between Owen and Mason - even though I hated Mason deceiving Owen at the start. The chemistry between them was palpable and the heat is insane, smoking hot in fact and I loved it. Once I really got stuck into the story I couldn't stop reading until I'd finished, it was that good. This has been a good series so far and I'm so looking forward to Jay and Tag's story now.

Rating: 4 Stars

Home Grown Talent is currently available to read in ebook and paperback.