After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey's proposition...until he hears what's required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn't gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce's offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world. Hamish Turner's been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce's operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship offscreen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish's starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else....
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Eli was in the military for 8 years, signing up in the first place to get away from an abusive, useless family situation. He saves up all his money while in the service only to find out his a**hole family has spent all his money and wrecked his car. Now he has literally one paycheck, no job prospects, a little training in a career no one is hiring for and a lot of hopelessness.
He runs into Royce at the Walmart and Royce sees someone who could fit right in with the bunch of guys he works with at hotmilitaryguys.com. Royce offers Eli money to “perform” on camera with other straight guys like him. Though he’s skeptical, nervous, embarrassed and doubtful, Eli agrees to check things out, mostly because he’s run out of options.
What he finds is that Royce is totally up front and honest, and he really does work with a bunch of straight, ex-military guys who just need the money. He also meets Hamish, a guy who’s been there for the last 2 years for his own reasons, and is willing to show Eli the ropes.
Essentially, Eli takes to “performing” like a fish to water and he and Hamish form a “bromance” that eases the way for Eli to go from solo scenes to group scenes in the span of 2 weeks.
Though neither Eli nor Hamish will admit to being gay, it becomes clear that the two mean more to one another than just friends and both admit the chemistry between them is undeniably hot.
It’s this chemistry that gets them in trouble.
Someone is watching their growing closeness and is not happy about it. After a video of the pair is aired showing just how steamy they are together, threatening letters and emails arrive, demanding their separation “or else”.
On the relationship front, Eli can’t wrap his mind around being involved with a guy romantically and this drives a wedge between him and Hamish.
The danger of the stalker forces them together and forces them to confront their feelings for one another. Of course we have a very HFN (probably HEA).
Most of this is really hot gay action as discovered by a truly straight guy and it’s written very well.
The relationship between Eli and Hamish is sweet and fairly realistic and enjoyable to watch unfold.
The bit about the stalker felt a little contrived, something to force the relationship in a speedy fashion. In a way I wish the author had stuck with the main hurdle, overcoming labels and dealing with the idea that two “people” can love whomever they want, despite societal expectations. The groundwork was there and it wouldn’t have taken much more effort to forge through Eli’s barriers. Sure, the stalker did it faster, made him re-think his priorities sooner, but the pay out would have been bigger had he come to the realization on his own. (In my opinion.)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, it’s fast paced and super hot. I give it a 4 of 5 hearts and recommend it to anyone who likes the GFY trope or enjoys the gay porn trope. It’s very satisfying!
4 of 5 stars
Randy Fuller is hit or miss for me. His voice fits some of the characters in this story, but he doesn’t alter his inflection much to differentiate different people. He also, vaguely, sounds like he’s upbeat all the time, regardless of the tone of the scene. As a result, he doesn’t really add much to this, as far as emotion goes. His voice is easy enough to listen to, and I didn’t catch a lot of mistakes, so it’s a fair way to experience this if you can’t or don’t want to read it. I’d give this middling marks, it wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible.