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 to 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....
©2015 K.C. Wells (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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"Sweet story, good narration"
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.
"Older Porn star, Young Farm college boy, Sexy!"
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!
*Audible code was provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review**
Tommy grew up in a religious family, in a small southern town on a farm. He goes away for college to study chemistry at his mother's insistence. College life is a lot different than anything Tommy has experienced before and he has a sexually open roommate who opens his world to new experiences. While out with his roommate he finds an ad for a gay sports bar and decides to check it out. At the bar, he meets bartender Mike. Tommy can't take his eyes off Mike and continues to frequent the bar to watch.
Mike notices the young man who comes into the bar and always seems to be watching him. Mike is 20 years older than the innocent young man and hundreds of years older in experience. Tommy doesn't know it but Mike's full-time job is working as a porn star.
Mike and Tommy have to work through a lot of issues but this is not an angsty story.
I haven't read this story but have had it on my TBR pile for a while. The narrator, Gregory Salinas tells a well-paced story. There were quite a few characters but he does well at individualizing their voices.
I enjoyed listening to the story as told by the narrator and would recommend! Even if you've read the book, I think listening to the audible gives a completely different feel to the story and allows you to focus on the characters!
Overall rating: 4 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 4 stars
"Love the narrator's voice!"
The story moved along fairly believably until the big porn reveal (I was thankful for Tommy's sake that Ben's family turned out to be so supportive). However, having everything quite so neatly - and quickly! - wasn't quite so. Would also have liked to have some more info on Tommy's birthparental units in a world without their only son, and if that changed their minds any.
loved reading this book and it was brought to life on audio. Gregory Salinas did an outstanding job...
"Not bad - just not my favourit"
The story is not badly told but i didnt really love it but i Think it May be because its not the kind of story i really love. It is a little weird that the age difference between the MCs does not play a larger role in the story and it could have spiced up the story a little and created some drama. Since in my opinion drama is what it lacks even if all the parts are there - underage Virgin from a religious family and an older pornstar? The potential was great. Instead it was written as a sweet love story and i guess that there is nothing wrong with that. It kept me entertained and the narrator was great. I liked the family of the bi friend a lot and the Way the mother just calls her gay hairdresser to help her when they need to shop for more Sexy clothes for Tommy is Funny and so is the parents relationship - they add a little flavour to the story.
"It was good. But something was missing."
There was just something about this one that kept me from loving it...
Mike is 40 years old, a part time bartender/part time porn star, and in desperate need of a change. He's lonely, and as his mother says, if he wants to catch a man, he'd better start fishing in a different pond.
Tommy, literally fresh off the farm. Equal mix of wise and naive.
Tommy doesn't know about the porn, and Mike doesn't know that Tommy is actually nineteen, not twenty-one.
I just didn't warm up to Mike because he couldn't pull his head out of his ass without the coaching of his friends. Tommy was too naive and ignorant for this day in time, especially for a student at a large university.
I like K.C.’s stories. Unfortunately, this is not her best work! The British author totally messed up by having the characters talk with hick southern accents. People from Georgia and Atlanta don't talk like that. She described Atlanta with the flavor of a small country town when it is actually a large sophisticated city!
"Standard Age Difference Romance"
It hasn't turned me off from the genre, it just reinforces a lot of the tropes that I find when reading M/M romance. Granted, the characters were memorable and there are things to like here. However the reaction of Tommy's family is something we've all read before (the religious family unwilling to accept), 1st love (for Tommy) as best love...etc.
"Not a fan of the narrator"
I think it was a good enough story, a bit predictable. But I think the narrator killed it for me. I've listened to some other book read by him so I was reluctant the buy this book but I'm a fan of the author. He reads too dramatically. It doesn't feel natural. It's too over the top which makes the "acting" bad.
"Hard to listen to."
One of the worst narrations of a story I have ever listened to. It truly was torture trying to listen to his interpretation of the characters. Storyline was OK.
A feel good, romance although a tad too sugary in parts. Nicely defined characters and a good pace.
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