Monday, April 7, 2014

Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau

Title: Straight Shooter
Author: Heidi Belleau
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Rear Entrance Video #3
Main Characters: Austin and Liam
Release Date: April 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
This macho jock has a crooked little secret.

College hockey player Austin Puett is in trouble. Unless he starts treating his flamboyantly gay roommate with respect, he’ll lose his room and his job at Rear Entrance Video. But Austin’s got a not-so-straight secret of his own: nothing turns him on more than insults implying he’s gay—even though he’s definitely not!—and all his old coping methods have stopped working.

Pure desperation drives him to rent a Mischievous Pictures porn flick about straight men tricked into servicing Puck, a male dominant. Instead of letting off steam, though, it just leaves him craving more, more, more, and suddenly, Austin finds himself at Mischievous Pictures Studios for an audition. After all, you can be Gay For Pay and still be straight . . . right?

But meeting Liam Williams, the real person behind Puck, confuses Austin even more. Liam really seems to like him as a person, and Austin likes him back. And while Gay For Pay’s okay, what does it make Austin if he still wants Liam when the cameras aren’t rolling?
My Review:
I haven't read the other two in this series. As a result, I really wasn't sure if this book would work for me or not, but the story description really appealed so I decided to take a risk on it. I'm so glad it did. I'll admit, the story surpassed my expectations for it. It was incredibly good. 

Austin is a confused college kid. He's entering his senior year in college, plays on the college hockey team, lives with a group of gay college guys, and works in what used to be a heterosexual adult store, but is now straight up gay adult items. He's grown up in a jock's world...and expects certain things from himself in regards to sex. Regardless of anything else like the fact he has all these fantasies which are most definitely not hetero fantasies. Austin literally doesn't allow him to think he's any other way besides straight. But when that personal homophobia threatens his home and job, he has to do something to change the way he thinks. He comes upon the bright idea that maybe a little more exposure will help him become more tolerable... enter the gay porn videos and Austin's new realizations. 

He begins to watch videos featuring Puck (Liam in real life) dominating straight guys and turning them on. Through his job, he gets to meet Liam when he's in the store doing a promo thing. The book is told entirely from Austin's point of view, but Liam steals the show. I loved his character and how he handles Austin. He sees  Austin's conflict and won't allow him to get caught up in the labels of it all. He's so perfect for Austin and even though he's a big, bad Dom...he has these moments of vulnerability that just melted my heart for him. He is so careful of Austin...not wanting to take Austin where he doesn't want to go. But as the reader, I could see just how much Liam wanted Austin. Liam is truly just one of those great guys/characters. 

At the same time that Austin is dealing with all this crap in his head and his personal life, things aren't exactly easy on the hockey rink either. I liked the hockey element to the story. It really showed Austin's commitment and loyalty. He tries to put his team before anything else, when they really haven't earned that loyalty from him. His teammates turn on him on a dime and it's just one more screwed up thing in Austin's life. The surprise element in all this with the hockey...OMG, LOVED that little twist. So good and it took my completely by surprise. I wasn't expecting that. 

Warning: You should know that there are some BDSM elements to this book. While I have no problem with that, I know that there are readers who do so I wanted to make sure that you're aware since I didn't notice it in any of the descriptions I've read. It certainly doesn't go hardcore, but the threat of that is there and it may make some readers who have that sensitivity uncomfortable. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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