Friday, March 25, 2016

First by K.C. Wells

Title: First
Author: K.C. Wells
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance m/m
Main Characters: Tommy and Mike
Release Date: September 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
It’s taken Tommy Newsome a while to get his head around being gay.

Growing up in a small town in Georgia, hasn’t prepared him for the more liberal life of a student at the university in Athens. Add to that the teachings of his parents and his church, and you have one shy young man who feels out of his depth. Working on his daddy’s farm hasn’t given him any chance of a social life, certainly not one like the clubs of Atlanta have on offer. Not that Tommy feels comfortable when he gets to sample it—Momma’s lectures still ring loudly inside his head.

All that changes when he goes to his first gay bar and sets eyes on Mike Scott.

When Mike’s not behind the bar at Woofs, he’s busy with his life as adult entertainer Scott Masters. Twenty years in the industry and the times, they are a-changing. Mike’s not had much luck in the relationship department, but as his mom is fond of telling him, you keep fishing in the same pond, you’re gonna reel in the same kind of fish. Maybe it’s time for a change.

And then a beautiful young man asks Mike to be his first….

My Review:
This was a sweet romantic story about a man and his first love. What makes it so good is just how unlikely this couple is. 

Tommy is 19, in college, just on the verge of coming out. He's never even kissed a man because he's just now admitting to himself that yes, he is gay. He grew up in a very strictly religious home. Sex before marriage is a cardinal sin, but gay way is that going to fly. 

Mike is the opposite extreme. He's been doing porn since before Tommy was born. He knows that the industry is changing and that he's probably headed toward retirement, but for right now, he's still popular and at the top of the porn selling charts. His one complaint is that guys don't want to continue a relationship with him when he's interested because they can't handle the porn. As a result, he doesn't mention his other job to Tommy. 

There's no secret that this relationship is going to end up in a bad place when Mike's secret comes out. Tommy is shy and reserved. He can't even talk about sex and has never in his life watched porn. That just isn't something that's acceptable in his world. But neither is being gay, so Tommy is having to deal with a lot. It's all a lot of stress. 

This is very much a May/December romance and one that on paper would never work, but I really enjoyed reading about the two guys together. It was interesting to see the porn world from Mike's point of view. And my heart hurt for what Tommy is going through...and not just with Mike. His home life isn't exactly a party either. But I loved Ben and his family and how much of a support system they provide for Tommy. Ben's mom was amazing. I loved her so, so much and how she was everything that Tommy needed. Her advice was always incredible...and I loved her perspective. 

This was one of those books that was pure fun to read. I enjoyed it thoroughly and thought the set-up and the characters were fabulous. I'd definitely recommend it!

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