Title: Acting Out
Author: Scotty Cade
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Addie and Erick
Release Date: September 2014
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey's proposition... until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.
Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….
Wow...I liked this book, but I didn't expect it to be as deep as it was.
The story begins with Eli as he's trying to adjust to civilian life and find a job after leaving the Marines. He'd saved every penny during the last 6-8 years of service only to discover that his parents stole every cent of it while he was overseas. My heart hurt for Eli as the weeks go by and his self-worth drops just as quickly as his meager bank account. The hard thing about this story was how easy it was to see something like this happening.
He runs into Royce, a middle aged Vet who gives him a ride, at Wal-Mart. When Royce hears Eli's story, he gives him a card and an opportunity. Gay for pay porn. His site specializes in military men...usually straight...acting out gay fantasy videos. Eli says no way, but as things become more and more bleak, he becomes more and more willing to compromise his morals. It's either that or live on the street.
The first guy he meets on the job is Hamish. Hamish has been with the company for a while and he takes Eli under his wing and they quickly become friends. In fact, all these guys are friends. I don't know how realistic it is, but I loved that whole aspect of the video company. Guys view sex as just that...it's a physical act, not emotional for them and that's the way they view what they are doing. It's just sex and they are all doing this to support their families so they support each other without judgement. But I also really loved how Hamish and Eli formed this incredibly strong friendship first. In fact, for Eli there isn't really much of an attraction there at all. He is straight, but this is a great gay-for-you story.
I have to admit that I have a weakness for m/m books that feature porn careers, but this was truly a great one. I loved both these characters...Eli for the difficulties and vulnerabilities he has regardless of his hot, alpha persona and Hamish for being just such an all-around good guy. I could see myself liking both of them completely in real life. They felt real and even with the bizarre circumstances, the story line felt true. I liked it...a LOT! A definite recommend from me especially if you're like me and like military/porn star themes.