Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kissing Cody Starr by S.J. Frost

Title: Kissing Cody Starr
Author: S.J. Frost
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m) 
Series: -
Main Characters: Christian and Finn
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Known as Cody Starr to his fans, Christian is one of the most popular and desirable young actors in gay adult films. His sweet looks, sensual skills and charisma on camera have earned him fame. Now he wants out of the adult industry, but his fear of what could—or couldn’t—be waiting for him keeps holding him back.

Finn is an Army veteran who knows what it takes to protect people. When he meets Christian, something tells him the pretty young man needs protecting in more ways than physically.

Tension between Christian and Finn can only hold back their attraction to each other for so long before passion takes hold of them. For all the heat and emotion between Christian and Finn, the challenges of Christian’s fame may tear them apart.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book. I've never read this author before, but bought it off a recommendation from another book blogger. She was right...this one was right up my alley. 

I especially like this one because it shows some of the realities of trying for a relationship when one of the members is in the adult industry without getting into the nitty gritty sex of that industry. There are never any scenes in the book where Cody is filming and I found that I liked that. This book kept the focus on the relationship between Christian and Finn while still talking about the stress that this career can have on a relationship. 

Christian was underage and living on the street about to become a criminal when he got pulled into the adult film industry. Now, five years later, he doesn't know how to be anything else. He's stuck...even if he does stop, his alter ego, Cody Starr, will always still be out there since that stuff doesn't go away. That's no way for him to build a relationship especially with someone like Finn. 

Finn is different. He doesn't see Cody Starr the porn star. He sees Christian, a guy that he could easily fall in love with. The problem is Cody. Finn just doesn't think that he can deal with the reality of Cody on the set during the day having sex with other guys. And he's honest about that....with himself and with Christian, but that doesn't change how much these guys truly connect. They try to stay away and that doesn't work so well for them. 

I also really loved the background for, sexy, alpha ex-soldier...oh yeah. And since he runs his own security company out of Beverly Hills, he understands the stresses for stars being in the public eye. I appreciated that he could see this with Christian, too. The scenes that took place at the security firm were always fun...from Finn's best friend to the security dogs, Smith & Wesson. I definitely enjoyed that part. 

I enjoyed the way that this one played out. Christian is in such a hard place...terrified of ending up homeless and destitute again since he never even graduated from high school. I could definitely understand his fear of quitting. I liked the way the author wrote the story though so that there was hope for a future for the two. I'd LOVE to see another book featuring them just to see how it all goes....

1 comment:

Red Iza said...

Looks like an original and interesting story. I've read something like that - emotion aside - on the heterosexual side, Changing his game by Justine Elvira - not great, but rather fun :)