- Book Title: First
- Author: K.C. Wells
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (September 21, 2015)
- Book Length: 323 pages
- Genre: Contemporary, Romance
- Reviewed by: Erin
- Rating: 3.5 Star
- Posting Date: September 21, 2015
Tommy is a quiet kid away from home for the first time at college. He has a very outgoing roommate who tries to get him out every chance he gets. One night he does drag him out, but Tommy leaves and ends up in a gay bar.
Mike is a bartender at Woofs and spies the quiet kid in the corner immediately. And the kid comes back again and again. Always the same. Cherry coke and a burger. The other bartenders flirt with him, but Tommy is all about Mike. Mike is wary not only because the kid is so young, but because he has a part time gig as a porn star. And has for the past 20 years. Most of his friends know, but he doesn’t advertise. It is also why has has stayed out of relationships. But Tommy gets under his skin.
This story could have gone many different ways. Stereotypical, sickly sweet, glorifying the porn industry, etc. But KC Wells tends to stay away from those storylines that are repeated constantly. Instead we get a sweet kid, but one who sticks up for himself. A jaded porn star, but one who doesn’t fall back on his “fame” and a love story that felt very real.
It takes quite a while for Tommy to break free of his strict religious upbringing. Being from a small religious town, it is all he knows. Mike is just trying to get through life. He knows that at his age his career in porn doesn’t have much more of a shelf life. And while he doesn’t want to get involved with Tommy, he isn’t a jerk about it.
And boy the sex. *fans self* How better to learn about sex between two men and to lose your virginity than to a man who has had sex on camera for 20 years? But Mike is patient and kind and loving and everything you would want for your first time. It’s no wonder that Tommy fell so hard.
I gave this book 3 ½ stars because although it was a really good book, it was far from perfect. But perfect is nearly unachievable. The conflict between the two main characters was expected, but the resolution was a bit unexpected. And the follow up even less expected. The supporting characters are at times quite funny and really hold a good place in the story. They aren’t just there for filler.
I’ve always been a fan of KC Wells and this book continues her works that make her books must reads for me.
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 on 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….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
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