From the blurb:
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….
It seems crazy when I think about it, but I've read nearly a dozen books featuring porn stars. The concept of the seasoned porn star and the eager virgin is not new at all, but there is some part of me that is always drawn to that theme.
First has a ton of tropes that are common in M/M romance. Religious family- check! Closeted virgin in college?- check! Family drama upon coming out?- check!
So was this book new feeling? Not really... but I still liked it.
I liked the romance, which was slow to develop, and I liked the chemistry of the two MCs together. The story worked for me on many levels, though when I analyze the story more deeply, I come up with a lot of little niggles. That's okay. My overall impression is one of "I enjoyed this," which is the most important thing for me. Combine that with a nice audio narration from Gregory Salinas, and I am a happy camper.
My issues have a lot to do with the last 25% of the plot. I didn't like that Mike kept his porn career a secret from Tommy, and I thought that Tommy's reaction was... inconsistent. With his background, I expected the shock, judgement, and indignation, but I didn't like how Tommy turned his opinion around so quickly. It didn't work for me. I also thought that Mike was insanely stupid about what was bothering Tommy near the end of the story. There were a lot of missteps there, and I think the HEA shouldn't have been so smooth.
Overall, I think that this was a very decent listen. I liked it more than I expected to, and I think that this was another successful porn star story.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Catch ya later!