Apple Polisher by Heidi Belleau ~ Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

I vowed I would read something solely by Ms. Belleau after reading The Professor’s Rule series. Let me tell you, she did not disappoint. In fact, I might have a girl crush on her.

17946461Title:  Apple Polisher (Rear Entrance Video #1)

Author:  Heidi Belleau

Publisher:  Riptide

Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars

From the Publisher

Christian Blake dreams of being a kindergarten teacher, but making the grade means maintaining a squeaky clean image: no drinking, no drugs, no swearing, no sex. And definitely no falling for his new roommate-tattooed bad-boy Max, who may or may not be a drug dealer.

Most of all, it means no working at a porn store. But Christian’s aunt has cancer, and her beloved Rear Entrance Video will go bankrupt if Christian doesn’t take over managerial duties. Soon enough, Christian finds himself juggling sticky twenty-five cent peep show booths, a blackmailing employee, and a demanding professor who likes to make an example of him.

And then there’s Max, who doesn’t know anything about the store, but hates Christian’s preppy sweater vests and the closet Christian forces him into when they’re together. Max just wants Christian to be himself-even though Max is keeping secrets of his own. Christian struggles to find the impossible balance between his real life and the ideal one he thinks a teacher needs to live . . . all while trying to keep his aunt’s dream alive without losing his own.

My View

Both Christian and Max have been shunned by their parent(s) and both of their paths have been shaped by this. Max has chosen to be who he is openly for the most part. Christian did too for a short while, but he’s being stifled by the restrictions of his teaching program. Never fear! They have more in common than meets the eye, some good and some not so good.

Christian is myopic in a lot of ways when it comes to Max. What I liked about Christian’s characterization is the lack of hipster attitude. He cares. He cares about his aunt. He cares about his career. He cares about school. He cares about what other people think. He’s a nice kid. He’s still a kid, don’t get me wrong, but I think to portray him otherwise would’ve been an injustice to the character. Still, I appreciated the lack of apathy. He has to make some complex decisions for a twenty something, has to reflect on who he is and where he wants to be, and, yes, he makes some erroneous assumptions and mistakes typical of someone his age; but, he learns from his mistakes and endeavors to correct them. That’s what made me like him.

“Max was real, and the way Christian wanted him… that was just as real and just as important as school and his aunt and proving his mother wrong about him and everything else that shaped his life.”

Max, by all outward indications, seems to an overindulgent, indifferent oaf. What’s that saying? Oh yeah, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Apropos in Max’s case. Max is daring and has a bit of a grudge against the establishment. He’s relentless and so… there. Right there. All the time. Driving Christian insane. He frustrates and needles poor Christian until he has no other choice but to jump him because… what else can he do?

He was gay. A gay man who was a teacher, who worked at a porn store because it was the right thing to do, who had a sketchy boyfriend and, yes, had sex. Not out of some sick compulsion. Because he enjoyed it.

These two together? In a word:  HOT! They can’t stay away from each other nor should they. The sexy times were… *growls* I can’t even do them justice. The whole scene in the store with the beads has imprinted on my brain forever. Thank you, Ms. Belleau for that. 

What has inspired my girl crush is Ms. Belleau’s writing style. She writes how real people actually think, at least, this is how I think maybe that’s why I’m crushin’. It’s the perfect mixture of sarcasm, self-deprecation and humor while simultaneously being authentic and engaging.

Christian cleared his throat. You’re doing this for aunt Beverly, he reminded himself…and to prove Max wrong about you. “Okay, uh…Your-seriously?-Your Mom’s a Slut She Takes It in the Butt.” He gasped for air, like he’d been underwater.
“What volume is that, again? I’ve already seen up to three.”
“Volume…volume…” He squinted at the invoice.
“Seriously? Volume twenty-six?”

If you like good writing, engaging story lines, characters that are well conceived and pantie melting sexy times, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!

Where to Buy

Riptide

Amazon

All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank Riptide for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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