Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Quinn Anderson
Series: Murmur Inc. #2
Heroes: Pet Griflow/Kyle Darko
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 366 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Pete Griflow is the last person anyone would suspect of being a porn star. He’s quiet, gawky, and can’t even talk to guys without turning red. But on camera, he’s a different person. In the porn world, he’s Jaden Prime, a coquettish power bottom who’s been tantalizing fans for over a year now.
Pete is in a rut, though, and he knows it. And what’s worse, his boss knows it. If he can’t reignite his passion for the biz, he’s going to have trouble paying his none-too-cheap college tuition.
When Pete is given the opportunity to star in a huge summer production, sparks fly between him and his costar, Kyle Darko. Kyle is Pete’s opposite: he’s daring, achingly sexy, and in love with the sex industry. Their chemistry is palpable on and off screen, but dating on a porn set is tricky. Even pros struggle to separate fantasy from reality, especially with a script dictating their seduction. But what’s building between them can’t be ignored, and it’s so much more than getting some “action.”
Review: This is the story of two guys from in the porn industry who meet on set and realizing they have explosive chemistry, decide to date. Jaden has been in the business for a while now and uses it to supplement his income while he is in college. Due to a relationship with his first love that turned into an ugly, judgmental and cruel ending when he was honest about his job, he has kept it completely separate from his real life, afraid of anyone else he knows finding out. He is using it as a means to an end, with plans on a different career after college. His trust issues have turned him into a bit of a shy, insecure person, when he isn’t on camera.
Evan, on the other hand, is relatively new to the porn scene, but is completely out to his friends and family about his porn career hoping to one day become a director or owner. He is confident and sure and knows what he wants, and that is the shy Pete, aka Jaden Prime, to be his costar.
Their chemistry is sizzling from the moment they meet, but they must remain professional for the sake of the job for different reasons. They tip toe around each other at first, not knowing if the other is just doing his job or not, and Pete’s insecurities and Evan’s hot and cold attitude cause them a few speed bumps along the way. But, once they realize their attraction is mutual, they take things to the next level, juggling their budding relationship with their job responsibilities.
I loved watching these two as they began their relationship. It was sweet and sexy and everything you’d expect from a young falling in love pairing. It was also easy to feel the energy and excitement of their firsts (outside of the work) and fun to watch as they tried to act like they were new to each other on set after already passing that base and flying for home in their personal lives. Typical expected issues, such as their jobs and how that would work should they continue getting serious, were handled with relative ease and little fanfare.
I did not read the previous book but believe this can easily be read on it’s own. Action was the porn aspect to the company, Murmer Inc., whereas Hotline, the first book, concentrated on the phone sex department. I really enjoyed it and look forward to seeing what’s next.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*