Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Kissing Cody Starr
Author: S.J. Frost
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 184 Pages
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Release Date: May 16, 2014
Available at: Ellora’s Cave, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Known as Cody Starr to his fans, Christian is one of the most popular and desirable young actors in gay adult films. His sweet looks, sensual skills and charisma on camera have earned him fame. Now he wants out of the adult industry, but his fear of what could—or couldn’t—be waiting for him keeps holding him back.
Finn is an Army veteran who knows what it takes to protect people. When he meets Christian, something tells him the pretty young man needs protecting in more ways than physically.
Tension between Christian and Finn can only hold back their attraction to each other for so long before passion takes hold of them. For all the heat and emotion between Christian and Finn, the challenges of Christian’s fame may tear them apart.
Review: Porn star romance books tend to be either a hit or a miss for me, so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself instantly drawn into Cody’s story. Almost immediately, I knew it was going to be a hit, especially since you get his background right from the start. That helps put into perspective how virginal, helpless, and homeless Christian became cocky, arrogant, and famous Cody.
Cody Starr is a very young porn star and a very supercilious one too. When Finn first meets Cody, he is instantly attracted to his looks, but put off by his attitude. Being turned down is not something Cody expected and rarely experienced, so he is drawn even more to Finn. Finn is an ex-war veteran, and now business owner who needs a straight shooter by his side, a monogamous man, not a boy toy. A porn star, no matter how sexy, no matter how willing, is not in the cards for Finn. He knows it and puts it all out on the table for Cody. He doesn’t even call him Cody; he calls him by his real name, Christian.
Finn is always saving Christian in some way and earns the moniker “Hero”. He is the white knight that Christian so desperately needs in his life. He doesn’t want to be forced to continue doing porn to survive but what else can an uneducated man do, especially since no one else will hire him? Finn and Christian start a very slow, one-day-at-a-time relationship because Finn really does like him, but can’t commit if Cody still plans on filming more porn.
This was a simple yet sweet romance; an easy read with a predictable outcome, but without dragging on the angst, and very little in the way of miscommunication. An unpleasant life situation written in such a way that you garner personal enjoyment while you watch your protagonists overcome what seemed an impossible situation.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*