Author: Scotty Cade
Narrator: Randy Fuller
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 05/08/2015
Length: 06 hours 48 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey’s proposition… until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.
Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….
This story was a great mix of HOT sex and developing emotions. Since this was set within the framework of a pron studio, the sex was expected, but it was extremely well done. What I liked the most was that the sex was not gratuitous or overdone. Every on page scene had a purpose in propelling Eli and Hamish forward towards love. And what made the sex so HOT was that the men had true chemistry and a connection I could feel. I was invested in the sex because it really did translate to emotion. This was not a typical sex equals love where the on page sex was a substitution for true emotion, this was sex showing love where the reader could really see that the men were in love through the way the sex unfolded. This is a distinction many authors fail to portray correctly. I never once had to assume I missed something off page, I felt every step of the bond forming between these men.
I loved that this was not just focused on porn and sex. While there was a lot of sex, it really took a back seat to the developing relationship between Hamish and Eli. There was more focus on Eli’s struggles to accept life as it was after getting out of the military and what that meant for his sexuality. It focused on his struggles to not only accept being with a man for emotionless sex, but his struggle to then come to terms with developing emotions for another man. I was captivated with this story not just because it was HOT, but because Hamish and Eli were perfect together and their relationship needed to work out. I got so pissed when I had to pause this story halfway through for real life stuff. I wanted nothing more than to know how it all turned out and was honestly distracted until I could get back to listening to the rest of the tale.
I also liked the way this story made me think. Made me debate the idea that sexuality is not black and white. That societal pressure and perception can force a person to close off themselves to the possibility of love just because it does not fit a perfect mold or image. That maybe without all the pressure, a person can accept that their sexuality may not be 100% anything and if they open their hearts to love, anything is possible. And I really liked that this book made me think this without having it thrown in my face or become some over the top political ideal.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure I would, but I connected with these men and with this story and will probably listen to this audiobook again soon.
Randy Fuller did an OK job with this narration. His voices were clear and it was easy to follow the various characters. However, I did think his portrayal of the emotions was often not as well done as it could have been. Some serious or sensual moments, lost their impact based on the way he read the scene.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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