Reviewed by JustJen
Title: For Rent or For Real
Author: Terry O’Reilly
Heroes: Ted Davis
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 100 Pages
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: November 23, 2014
Available at: JMS Books and Amazon
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Blurb: College student Ted Davis is desperate for money. Without a source of income he’ll be forced to quit school and return home to his homophobic stepfather who cut him off when he was caught fooling around with his best friend.
While working as a waiter, Ted meets suave, handsome Trace Morrison, who offers Ted a job as an escort. Ted is reluctant at first, as he doesn’t believe himself to be gay. However, when Trace seduces him, Ted realizes his stepfather’s assessment of him was correct.
Ted quickly discovers that working as an escort is not as glamorous or satisfying as it appears on the surface. He becomes disillusioned with his life as a rent boy and seeks to find a way out of his situation — to escape the world of shallow, impersonal sex to find a relationship that has real depth and meaning.
Will Ted be trapped in this life of sex for hire until he’s too old to attract the attention of the parade of rich and needy clients that rent his body to fulfill their fantasies? Or will his own fantasies of a real, loving and monogamous relationship be realized when someone from Ted’s past re-enters the picture?
This is the story of a guy who grabs an opportunity in a time of need, but questions himself, the choice and what that means for his chance at other relationships.
When his father catches Ted messing around with a friend, his father kicks him out. He makes it to graduation and then off go college, but he is on his own to pay for it. Ted is having trouble making ends meet with his waiter job, when a customer (Trace Morrison) offers him a chance at more. Trace not only offers Ted an escort job, but he breaks him in to what that will entail as well. Ted is not sure he can do it, have sex with other men, but he can’t deny how it was with Trace. He quickly becomes popular, and things are going well. That is, until he is faced with the reality that his feelings of being a special someone with a fellow escort are not returned. This begins the the argument Ted has with himself over whether he will be able to ever have an actual relationship given his job.
He eventually meets someone who he thinks is perfect, someone he can actually have the emotional and physical relationship he longs for. They seem to be each others’ soul mate. They get to know one another, but unfortunately, Ted keeps his job secret, and it comes back to haunt him. Ted was kind of stuck at this point, in his contract with the escorting company and needing the money to pay for school, but was ready to give it all up for love. Not acting quick enough caused him another relationship. The other man had been saving himself, and upon learning of Ted’s escorting and porn videos, is just unable to forgive him.
At this point in the story, I still wasn’t sure who Ted would end up with, but it really seemed he would clear things up and find forgiveness, but such was not the case. I didn’t see it coming, who he ended up with, but it was a nice ending. Who Ted thought was perfect wasn’t perfect for him after all, something which he didn’t realize until his friend came back into the picture. So, this story is a bit different in that the two MC’s are not together through most of it. But, while I did wish we had seen more of them together, I did love watching Ted find his way. He had quite a few unique experiences which made things pretty interesting. All in all, this fast-reading little story satisfied my rent boy obsession, and I will definitely be looking at more of Mr. Reilly’s work.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*