- Book Title: Hard Sell
- Author: Kendall Morgan
- Publisher: Tulabella Ruby Press (September 26, 2015)
- Book Length: 52 pages
- Genre: Romance, Erotic, Contemporary
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Rating: 4 Star
- Posting Date: September 27, 2015
Hard Sell is a story with May-December characters. As the description tells us Wes is 49 and Jesse is 32. Wes thinks he left his porn career behind him, at least he didn’t think anyone would recognize Wes Mitchell as the ex porn star, Wes Western. That all changes when he gets blown at the local XXX arcade by a fan.
This is a novella that I’m happy to have taken the time to read. I think the author did a remarkable job in handling the age difference in the characters, the choice of setting enhanced the angst in the book. Small midwestern town, the type of place where everyone knows everyone’s business. I really understood how the characters felt, having grown up in one of those small towns myself (my high school graduating class only had 49 students) it’s really hard to be different. The effects of coming out and being in public in such a setting like this small town could be catastrophic, it is a haunting dilemma.
This author did a really great job of showcasing being gay, coming out and life in a small town. The author turned 52 pages into a realistic and compelling story, the characters were well rounded, I was able to see both the emotional and physical characteristics. Kendall gets a job well done from me.
What if the porn star you always adored was secretly living right under your nose?
Wes Mitchell, 49, is the best real estate agent in Urlack, a small Midwestern town. He has political ambitions, but he has secrets he thinks will destroy his life and his business. To protect all he has, he keeps his personal life private and his heart locked away.
When Jesse Ekstrom, 32, meets Wes he slowly realizes why the handsome older man looks so familiar. Wes Mitchell is Wes Western, the hunky star of the porn videos that helped Jesse come out and deal with a rocky adolescence. Meeting Wes is like meeting his hero.
Although Wes finds Jesse very attractive, he is leery of the younger man, unsure of what he wants from him. All Jesse wants is for Wes to open his heart. Jesse’s initial attempts to date Wes go well but mean becoming another one of his secrets. That is not good enough for Jesse. Wes has to decide whether he is willing to risk a life that is good enough for a love that is beyond his wildest dreams.
I started writing gay male erotic romance stories in the early ’90s, but only gay male porn magazines would publish them. I’m so glad things have gotten more respectable and the readership more broad. I am a lesbian in an interracial same-sex marriage, and I love writing interracial romance stories.
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