My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don't believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can't handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.
Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.
But we still hate each other. I think.
I'm never not excited when Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson co-write a book. I will admit, though, that my excitement waned, just a tinsy bit, when the series veered to Instagram and YouTube sensations. There was so much drama in Hard Wired, as much as I enjoyed that one, that I wasn't sure I was ready for more of that. Well, color me corrected, because Mature Content was one amazing read. I loved it. It's also all kinds of hawt. Oh, yes!
Beau Starr has a very buttoned-up and wholesome image for his YouTube channel. And he's moving up, too, with a contract with a TV station. Unfortunately, the contract that includes a morality clause, so Beau stays buttoned up and pretty superficial. Beau isn't exactly as vanilla as one might assume, though. No, he likes sex to be messy and raw and he likes to be in control. The problem? The last person he found his brand of sex with also turned out to be an emotional vampire and an all around horrible person. He lied, stole, and left Beau holding the bag on his debts to some very questionable people. And Beau is terrified that people will go digging in his past, and find out about his colossal mistake, if he gets himself involved with someone like TrashyZane.
Zane Brody lives life on his terms. His family was ok with the gay, but since he isn't buttoned up and well behaved, they are judgy. All except his grandmother who seriously rocked. Zane is messy. I truly admired Zane's honestly about who he was and what he wanted. He's a guy that loves sex, loves it messy and he doesn't care who knows it. He's also down to earth with his fans and easy to relate to. They love him. And I loved how he owned his image and worked it to his advantage. Zane is used to being judged and shamed and he pretends that it doesn't bother him, but truthfully, it hurts when people are all talk about being sex-positive, but don't walk the walk.
What starts out as a little bit of mud-slinging between Beau and Zane results in the best sex either of them had ever had. But neither of them know how to deal with it. Zane is skittish and Beau wants to keep things on the down low. That really isn't fair to anyone, though, now, is it?
I liked the message I got from this book. People should embrace who they are and not just tolerate others, but embrace their individuality. It is not ok to slut-shame, or otherwise shame, other people just because they don't fit into whatever mold you think they should be in. I think that all of us need that reminder every now and again.
My only real frustration with the story came from Warren, Beau's ex-boyfriend. I think that Beau should have cut communication off with that awful excuse for a person ages ago. But Beau lets Warren get under his skin and it almost cost him Zane along with every good thing he's accomplished. It really didn't need to be that way. Beau was too ashamed of falling for Warren's lies that he didn't take care of himself.
Everything else, though, I truly loved. And I especially loved Beau's epic grovel. It was brilliant and everything it needed to be. Beau and Zane are amazing together, and so hot. I loved them.
ARC of Mature Content was generously provided by the authors, in exchange for an honest review.
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