Sunday, September 20, 2015

ARC Review: First by K.C. Wells

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….

Dani's rating:

This could have been an angsty read. Because. PORN.

But that's not K.C.'s style, and this book is as sweet as they come.

Mike, one of the MCs, is a veteran of the porn industry, a sexy bear over 40 (THAT COVER, y'all, that cover!) who goes by the name Scott Masters. "Scott" is versatile and has a loyal following.

Mike is also a part-time bartender at a gay bar. When Mike meets the gorgeous, innocent college boy Tommy, who always perches on the same bar stool and orders a cheeseburger and Cherry Coke, he realizes he's been lonely long enough.

Raised in a conservative, religious household (why, yes, this story is set in the American South), Tommy is smart and open and brave. He no longer wants to hide who he is, particularly once he sets eyes on the deliciously masculine bartender.

Tommy can't keep away from Mike. And the feeling's mutual, much as Mike tries to fight it ... and deny it.

Porn star stories aren't my favorite, but K.C. does her research, and this book neither glorifies nor vilifies the porn industry. Mike's job is presented as just that ... a job, one with its own set of frustrations, petty politics, and "gay for pay" actors acting like spoiled queens.

Tommy's innocence makes for an incredibly steamy slow-burn. Tommy's a real-live virgin, people, albeit one eager to try everything.

I loved the chemistry between Mike and Tommy. The age difference (Mike is more than 20 years Tommy's senior) isn't an issue at all. Mike needs a breath of fresh air in his life, and Tommy ... well, Tommy needs Mike.

I also really liked the secondary characters, including Mike's fellow bartenders, his old friend Jack, and Tommy's adopted family, especially Caroline (Best. Mom. EVER.) and Bethany (the teenage sister everyone wants).

The only reason I'm not giving this one five stars is because *I* struggle with the porn star theme. (But that's all ME, NOT the book.)

I didn't love that Mike was with other people during shoots after he got together with Tommy and that he failed to tell Tommy about his day job. That was decidedly uncool. Fortunately, Mike got a clue and did his very best to make it right.

This is a very enjoyable read with a gloriously sweet HEA. Definitely recommended!

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