Until he arrives for the shoot and finds out his friend glossed over one important detail—Tom’s co-star is a guy.
Denny Bailey is only a few months away from finishing the dissertation for his master’s, but that doesn’t mean he can’t find time for his ‘other’ career, especially when it helps him pay off his student loans and keep body and soul together. Life as an adult performer is fun, there are no strings... What could be more perfect? And this latest arrival is definitely ticking most of Denny’s boxes, even if he is a skittish straight guy. That’s fine. Denny can handle that.
Until the next day when Tom Ryder walks into Denny’s favourite coffee shop—and he isn’t smiling.
All it takes is one afternoon to change both their lives, in ways neither of them could ever have imagined...
I’ve been a KC Wells fan for quite a while now, so of course I was eagerly awaiting this story. In my opinion, it was not as emotionally hard-hitting as other books by this author that I have read, but it was still a very enjoyable read. There was a bit of angst, though not too heavy a dose, and as happens in many burgeoning relationships much of that could have been avoided if Tom and Denny would have just opened up more to each other.
I really liked Tom—I totally understood the situation he was in and why he took his friend’s suggestion of earning some quick money in a not-so-traditional way. I really got why it was hard for him to fathom Denny’s clinical approach to sex, since like Tom I also need that emotional connection.
The thing is, Tom and Denny had the chance to get to know each other outside of the filming, and were able to connect in more than a physical way…so while yes, there are several hot and steamy scenes thanks to the adult video aspect, those are not truly the focus here—the focus is obviously on the development of a relationship between the two men. The bond that evolved between them didn’t feel quite as solid as I would have liked by the time they came to their dramatic confrontation scene and then the resolution, but overall I was okay with how things came about.
Str8 B8 was a solid 4-star read for me, and if you’re a fan of bi-awakening stories, or like M/M romance featuring workers in the adult film industry, you’ll likely enjoy this story as well. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and explicit sexual content (I mean, you knew that would be the case, right?).