Author: D.P Denman
Release: April 2014
4.5 Star Review
Eighteen year old Liam needs to do whatever he can to survive and for him that means being a gay porn star but he hates this job! Liam is not the famous porn star but a prisoner to the man who saved him from the streets of Vancouver. Justin has had a long-time crush on Liam, he is very naive to what Liam does for a living. He minds his own business in regards to Liam's tumultuous relationship with Cord his porn producer boyfriend until one when the drunken truth comes out. Now that Liam's boyfriend realizes that rent boys make much more money than porn stars, is when Liam's life takes the worst turn possible. Now it's up to Justin to rescue him from a very dangerous situation.
I really enjoyed learning about the real world of the gay porn industry as it's not all glamorous and fun. The author takes us on a journey into the very realistic world, her very detailed knowledge of this world was refreshing to read as she did her research and she got it spot on. The characters that she created and developed along the story was simply brilliant and so well written. My only issue is that more information on the background of Liam and Justin would have been great but it doesn't hurt the book by any means.
Justin, the gaming addict living across from Liam and Cord gives him an escape playing videos games to avoid the true horrors of his life with Cord, the controlling and exploitive gay porn producer. One night after a very bad situation, Liam gets drunk and he confides his total life of destruction with Justin. Now here is where the story gets really juicy when something happens to Liam at the hotel where Justin works. This scene was so emotional to read as it shows the complete compassion that Justin shows to Liam for everything he has gone through.
I hope the author continues the story of Liam and Justin to show the next stages of their relationship. This was a good story filled with the porn industry knowledge, caring, love, despair, pain, angst and the true emotions of two beautiful men who learn to care for each other against the backdrop of the gay porn industry!!!!!
Liam stood in the bedroom with his back to the mirrored closet doors so he wouldn’t have to look at himself and ignored the brush of heavy terrycloth against his skin. That robe represented everything he hated about his life. His stomach churned with resentment that made it tempting to lock himself in the bathroom. Too bad that wouldn’t do any good.
He heard the dreaded knock at the front door on the far side of the apartment and the knot in his stomach pulled tight. There had been a time when that sound had made him want to hurl chunks. He supposed the lack of terror was an improvement of sorts.
“You ready, Babe?” Cord called from the living room.
“Yeah,” he called back, “why the hell not,” he muttered to himself.
He padded out of the room struggling to feel something besides annoyance as Cord opened the front door to welcome the man he’d be sharing a bed with for the next eight hours. He was compact and bulky with short-cropped bottle-blonde hair, and a tan he obviously hadn’t gotten from the Vancouver sun.
Liam flopped into a chair near the kitchen and pretended to be engrossed in one of Cord’s trade magazines. He saw no reason to acknowledge the rented cock of the day until absolutely necessary. Instead, he flipped pages while Cord talked about positions and emotion in a lecture he didn’t need to hear. He’d been doing this twice a week every week for years. He knew the routine. It didn't matter that a hundred shoots a year wasn't the industry standard. It was Cord's standard.
He ignored Bulky Blonde as the actor stripped out of his clothes to give Cord a look at what he had to work with that afternoon. There was nothing new on that body. They all looked the same: tan, toned, and tattooed. He didn’t need to see it. He’d get a very good look over the course of the day.
He stifled a sigh he knew would sound petulant and turned another page without seeing anything on it. Cord hated it when he pouted. He could be angry and resentful as long as he did what he was told. Pouting would just get him a pep talk full of lies. Those weren’t new either.
He saw Bulky Blonde step to him out of the corner of his eye and pasted on his best smile before looking up to meet his gaze. Being difficult and aloof with the rented cocks only dragged out the torment. When they were tense, they did things wrong and the more they got wrong the more time he had to spend with them. He stood up and tossed the magazine in the chair before shaking Bulky Blonde’s hand.
“I’ve seen a few of your videos,” Bulky Blonde told him. “I like your work.”
He couldn’t say the same and he wasn’t in the mood to lie.