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Tommy is a sweet, sweet 19 year old college student who has decided it’s time to come out to his family and be the man he always was inside. Part of this decision is his super-stalker-crush on the hot bartender he meets, Mike.
Mike is 40, a porn star and a bar tender at a local gay sports pub. He’s not really looking for a relationship as he’s just gotten out of one where – yet again- his boyfriend couldn’t handle his career.
When Tommy comes out to his family, they disown him, forcing him to re-evaluate his life and priorities. Luckily, his roommate’s family is awesome, and they mostly adopt him and help him with his new look on life.
With their support, Tommy gathers his courage and asks Mike to be his “first”. His first real kiss, and everything.
Mike and Tommy find themselves connecting on a level that neither expected. To Tommy, Mike is everyone he’d ever hoped to find, even if he’d never really defined that. Tommy happens to hit all of Mike’s buttons, both protective and otherwise, despite the age gap.
The big conflict comes when Tommy – who comes from a very strict background with very black and white morality code – finds out Mike’s also a big porn star.
Mike has to decide – what’s more important? His career or his love life?
I really enjoyed this book. Tommy was a sweet heart and though he seemed almost too “good” to be true, I appreciated his ability to just set aside the non-sense from his family and concentrate on his own heart. I was glad that he got immediate support from his roommate’s family and that going to school was never the issue.
I also though that Tommy’s attitude about porn and his unwillingness to have Mike in the industry felt very authentic. And while Mike never made it out like porn was anything but work, I was glad that he could see Tommy’s side of things.
The “firsts” were super hot and I loved the chemistry between these two guys.
This was a fun, mostly angst-free look at first love and two incongruous people coming together in a perfect fit.
I’ve always enjoyed KC Wells’ writing and find it smooth, flowing and immersive.
I highly recommend this book and give it 4.5 of 5 stars.
Gregory Salinas is a new to me narrator. He has a lovely reading voice and he seemed to have a fairly good "grasp of his subject"- meaning he had good timing, infused the appropriate emotion in the dialog and was very easy to listen to. He didn't do a lot for the characters, though I really, really loved his version of Tommy. Just the right mix of innocence, Southern Charm and youth. He didn't do Mike as I'd imagined him - but maybe that's because the model on the cover is a "real person" and I pictured his voice in my head. (Can you picture a voice in your head? LOL) Anyhow... it was an easy listen and definitely a good way to enjoy this sweet story.
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I love older men and stories with older men, and younger men are always on my to-read list. I l also love K.C. Wells as everything she writes is so hot but has a great storyline to balance the heat.
First is a story of Tommy, a young college man that is a virgin with high morals and also comes out to his parent. He gets a crush on an older bartender and once their relationship develops he finds out That Mike is also a porn star.
This is a great story of how life isn't always how we plan.
I listened to this on Audio and was swept into both Tommy and Mike's lives. The story is so hot and interesting. Gregory Salinas Did a fabulous job narrating this story. His voice was mesmerizing. He didn't do a lot of voice changes, but enough that you could tell you was talking. I was drawn into the story and couldn't stop once I started.
If you like older men, coming out, firsts, second chances, romance and scorching man-sex you will love this one!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A feel good, romance although a tad too sugary in parts. Nicely defined characters and a good pace.
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What made the experience of listening to First the most enjoyable?
Watching the relationship develop between Mike and Tommy
What was one of the most memorable moments of First?
How Tommy's family reacted when he came out to them, the fact that a 'so called' loving family could turn so suddenly on a family member they claim to and are supposed to have unconditional love for is just all kinds of messed up and wrong.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
When Tommy made love to Mike for the first time
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This book is what I call a rollercoaster book, it has it's high points as well as it's low points and everything in between, but it wouldn't have worked any other way.
Any additional comments?
Love this authors books, she has a way writing a story and you can tell she has done her research, whether its BDSM, Porn stars or just a good old love story, you get to feel & experience it all with her books.