Acting Out

     Author: Scotty Cade

     Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

     Type: Standalone Novel

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Hamish teaches a reluctant Eli everything he can about being a gay military porn site star.  They quickly become friends and then more.
After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing.  He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight.  A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment.  Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey’s proposition… until he hears what’s required.  Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay.  Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s  offer  and soon  finds himself immersed in a strange new world.
Hamish Turner’s been there before.  Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation.  The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together.  
Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected.  Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen.  But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop.  Or else.

 

Review: I have to admit that I love a good gay-for-you story. I think it’s the idea of complete abandonment to love, even if it hasn’t happened the way one always assumed that it would.

Eli Preston comes home after 8 years in Afghanistan to find that his parents have spent every penny he sent home. He is homeless, very close to running out of money, and reduced to living in a cheap motel. He spends his days looking for a job in his field of communications but has so far come up empty-handed. In need of some clothes, he takes a cab to the local Walmart, where he runs into a man who makes him an interesting proposition – the man runs a gay military porn site and is willing to offer Eli a job. Eli is amazed to learn that none of the actors who work for Royce Mackey are gay, working for him because of the considerable money to be made. Eli accepts Royce’s card but is certain he’ll never use it.

After another fruitless day of job searching, Eli decides to take a look at Royce’s website. He decides against calling Royce, but keeps the card. Another month goes by and Eli is no closer to finding a job, and he has only enough money left for a couple more weeks at the motel. A week later, still unemployed and desperate, he calls Royce. Royce offers to pick him up and take him home for dinner and to meet some of the other guys. He has a good meal and an enjoyable evening which ends with him having a serious conversation with Hamish, one of the actors, and going home with a contract to review. After a lot of soul searching, he decides to take Royce up on his offer and calls him the following morning. Royce not only gives him the means to earn some real money, but offers him a room at his house so Eli can move out of the motel.

Hamish takes Eli under his wing and guides him along this very unfamiliar path, even taking him to the local adult store to get him some appropriate toys. Hamish and Eli become close friends, and then lovers. They do their first shoot together the day after they’ve had sex for the first time and the chemistry is hot. So hot, in fact, that letters threatening harm to Hamish start showing up at Royce’s mansion. Eli tries to protect Hamish and ends up being the one in danger from the person sending the letters.

This was a very enjoyable story. Hamish is very open and accepting, of himself and others, and Eli really benefits from his friendship. Eli is trying very hard to cope with the sudden changes in his life, but is having a hard time dealing with all of the upheaval. The supporting characters are also very likeable, especially Royce, who comes across as a very honest and open businessman who seems to honestly care about his employees.  I did figure out the villain before it was revealed, but that’s a minor thing. I definitely recommend this book.

 

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