Friday, September 4, 2015

Gay for Pay by TM Smith

Title: Gay for Pay
Author: TM Smith
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m) 
Series: All Cocks #1
Main Characters: Chris and Linc
Release Date: June 2015
Publisher: TTC Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Gay for Pay
An All Cocks story

Christopher Allan Roberts thought he had a promising future; Captain of the football team with the promise of a scholarship to play for Alabama. His high school sweetheart and best friend for as long as he could remember, Amanda, by his side, and the love and support of his family. One night, one mistake changed everything. Chris moves to New York, adrift and alone. A walk one night brings him to the flashing lights, loud music and thrumming bodies at club Berlin. A flyer in the men’s room promises fame and fortune for anyone willing to go on camera and have sex, with another man. Money is money, and how hard could it be, right?

Christopher Allan Roberts becomes Kris Alen, All Cocks newest addition, a gay for pay porn star.

Lincoln Carter is honest with everyone in his life, including his family, about who he is and about his sexual preferences. Linc Larson, the openly bi-sexual gay porn star will do anything with anyone, which pretty much writes his ticket in a versatility charged industry. It’s not his sexuality that interferes with his personal life; it’s his inability to trust.

What Linc wants right now, more than anything, is the chance to do a scene with All Cocks newest acquisition, Kris Alen. Six foot two with Auburn hair, an exquisitely toned and inked up body, Kris Alen is sex personified. Linc doesn’t know if it’s the “I want the shiny new toy” aspect that calls to him, or the distant and wounded expression that haunts Kris’s eyes.

Linc figures out early on that Kris is only working the gay for pay angle that All Cocks brings to his bank account. Can a bi-sexual man with trust issues break down the barriers that Kris has built around himself and help Christopher overcome the painful past he is running from.

Gay for Pay is a gay for you story about two men that will have to come to terms with the mistakes they made in their past, if they want to stick around and have a chance at a future.

My Review:
I really liked this book. I wasn't sure because I'd never read this author before, but I read a good review so picked it up on a whim. I'm so glad that I did.

Five years ago, Chris made the biggest mistake of his life...driving when drunk. It killed his girlfriend/fiancee, ruined his football career, and alienated almost his entire support system who couldn't forgive him for his stupid mistake...including his own family. He's sleeping on his best friend Michael's couch. Michael was the only person who stood by him, but with a criminal conviction on his record, it's hard to find a job. He's at rock bottom both mentally and with his life when he sees the flyer for becoming a porn star. What does he have to lose?

The thing I really love about this book is not only Chris...he's a great angst-filled hero. But the company he goes to work for is fabulous...owned by a triad of men who are committed to taking care of their models/stars. This quickly becomes a place where Chris is accepted and feels like home to him...something he hasn't had in 5 years. I liked the way that it was all set up and hope that this is truly the way places like CockyBoys are...because looking in from the outside, it seems like they might be. I would imagine that porn could be a really difficult place to work without that camaraderie between the players in it.

And I really loved the way the romance between Chris and Linc developed. They were two of the last to hook up on film. That worked for me. What also worked for me was that Chris didn't suddenly, he likes cock. No, the story went into how difficult it was for him to become sexually active with a person who he didn't feel that attraction to...i.e. guys. This is purely a gay-for-you story. In fact, both the heroes consider themselves bisexual by the end. But it's not a wham-bam, I'm gay story. The author handled all of that really beautifully and I applaud her for that.

But just a little warning...the book is really hot, but it remains focused on the romantic interest, not the porn...although it is in the book. It's just not quite as present as I expected especially since the main hero is new to homosexuality...and I will admit, I was a little disappointed with that. I would have liked to have had his first time with a guy on the page, rather than in retrospect. But I understand and respect why the author wrote it the way she did. That's just sex...not the connection that the two heroes have between one another. And when they get together....well, let's just say, my kindle was steaming.

Needless to say, I recommend this one and am looking forward to more in the series. It's a great set-up and I'm so thankful to have found a new author to love.

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