Unfortunate Son

Dreamspinner. (Sons, Bk. 1). Jan. 2015. 179p. ISBN 9781632165305. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781632165312. EROTICA
OrangeReviewStarThis sizzling M/M novel jumps right in with a raunchy sex scene, one the reader soon discovers is actually part of a porn film. Evan Day, or Trevor Hardball, as he's known in the industry, is pretty happy with his job: he is paid well, treated well (most of the time), and even gets to travel—all for having sex with hot guys on camera. But sometimes Evan misses the intimacy of sex with someone who isn't an actor, and, often, Evan misses his former lover Lucas, who died when both were marines stationed in Afghanistan. When lively Riley Yeats tumbles, quite literally, into his lap at a bar, Evan finds himself opening up to him though he's never been an open book. It doesn't take long for him to start falling for the sweet, flirtatious man, but Riley appears to have secrets of his own, responding to Evan's affection alternatively with warmth and indifference. Both men have their reasons for shying away from commitment, but will this be the time they finally stop running? Connor's writing is engaging, sexy, and sensitive, nimbly depicting scorching sex scenes followed by harrowing accounts of violence overseas. Colorful, likable characters fill in the rest of the Atlanta gay porn scene, including punky veteran porn star Jimmy and his boisterous lover Corey, also known as the drag queen Coco Lamé.
VERDICT An excellent pick for readers seeking a sexy drama, with a generous sprinkling of humor and a happy ending.

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