First by K.C Wells ~ Book Review by Karen

first-coverTitle: First

Author: K.C Wells

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/21/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary


It’s taken Tommy Newsome a while to get his head around being gay.

Growing up in a small town in Georgia, hasn’t prepared him for the more liberal life of a student at the university in Athens. Add to that the teachings of his parents and his church, and you have one shy young man who feels out of his depth. Working on his daddy’s farm hasn’t given him any chance of a social life, certainly not one like the clubs of Atlanta have on offer. Not that Tommy feels comfortable when he gets to sample it—Momma’s lectures still ring loudly inside his head.

All that changes when he goes to his first gay bar and sets eyes on Mike Scott.

When Mike’s not behind the bar at Woofs, he’s busy with his life as adult entertainer Scott Masters. Twenty years in the industry and the times, they are a-changing. Mike’s not had much luck in the relationship department, but as his mom is fond of telling him, you keep fishing in the same pond, you’re gonna reel in the same kind of fish. Maybe it’s time for a change.

And then a beautiful young man asks Mike to be his first….

My View:

When I read the blurb for this, I prepared myself for angst (not one of my favourite things), porn star, virgin ? But I was unexpectedly surprised.

Mike is a seasoned porn star, he knows his business and he is down to earth and honest about his life. While he’s not happy he isn’t exactly unhappy – more treading water. He toys with leaving the industry, but he has friends and he makes good money. He also works in a gay sports bar.

Tommy has finally come to terms with being gay, but has to deal with the attitude of his deeply religious parents, he hasn’t come out, and their attitudes to sex affect him .

As Tommy comes to Woolfs every Saturday night,  everyone realizes how attracted he is to Mike – finally Mike himself, and when Tommy asks him to be his first, Mike feels the pressure ! But he does agree, and of course they develop feelings for each other.

At the same time, there are changes in both their lives. Mike is asked to make choices in his porn career that he is deeply unhappy with. Tommy’s parents condemn him for his homosexuality, and Tommy has no idea that Mike works in porn.

I really enjoyed this, Mikes porn career didn’t come about due to abuse, he drifted into it, and treated it like a job. His attitudes to his co workers and health was admirable. No he didn’t tell Tommy what he did for a living, but he struggled with his choice once he realised how he felt.

There was enough internal and external friction here, and Mike and Tommy were terrifically well written, they did talk to each other and work out their problems which was a pleasure to read.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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