☞ Charlie, Rentboy by J.P. Barnaby

This is the first book in the Working Boys series.

Charlie, Rentboy (Working Boys, #1)Charlie, Rentboy by J.P. Barnaby

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Got two hundred and fifty dollars for an hour of fun? Then say hello to Charlie, a hot little rentboy working his way through an engineering degree on his back. He’s got shaggy blond hair that’s great to hang on to while you fuck him from behind, and sweet innocent blue eyes that look very enticing when he gazes up at you with your cock in his mouth. That is, until he’s hired by innocent rich boy John Middleton, head of Middleton Communication. John is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. But when John and Charlie get together for an explosive weekend of sex, everything goes to hell

So what did I think?

“Sure, sounded like an easy weekend and definitely worth my time. At least, that’s what I thought – until he f***ed up my life.”

Okay, it’s pretty obvious from the title that this book is about “Charlie” who is a rentboy. And yes, the plot does sound a little familiar as the struggling student/rentboy Charlie takes on a weekend engagement with John, corporate millionaire. But the story has a uniqueness all it’s own. This story has a lovely focus on the emotions of the two men and a surprising ending. From the first pages I thought I would know the outcome of the story but it wasn’t what I expected.

The highlight of the story was the unique insight provided into each character and the way their true nature was revealed as the story progressed. I particularly liked the wonderful portrayal of Charlie and the way he is brought to life. At the start of the book he is a focused and confident young man, not letting his circumstances put an education and career out of his reach. He is a smooth talking rentboy, out to play the ‘game’ and to secure return business. At the same time we meet the corporate rich boy, John, who even though he heads up a large company, is inexperienced, sexually shy and emotional.

However, when the ‘event’ happens, suddenly we see an almost role reversal as “Charlie” reveals his true self. We see the young student not the rentboy, and his real desires in life. He just wants a solid career and to make his mother happy. John however steps up to the plate, taking responsibility and making decisions to manage the situation.

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the sex, the plot and the ending!

Make sure you check out the video below for an audio excerpt from the beginning of the book and a look at some cute boys!

To find out more about J.P. Barnaby and her books visit her website.

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Thank you to the author and publisher who provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review.


☆☆☆☆ Grey’s Hidden Fire by Draven St James ☆☆☆☆

Grey's Hidden FireGrey’s Hidden Fire by Draven St. James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Grey’s entire life is wrapped around his job as a firefighter. It is all he has ever wanted. That is until his new coworker Mica Cruz saunters through the door with his smoldering dark looks and dimpled grin. Suddenly he finds himself wanting to get to know what Mica looks like out of his gear and between the sheets.

Mica has one rule…keep his work life and his personal life separate. It was easy enough to follow until he meets Grey and finds that his rule can’t stand up to the fire that Grey ignites. There’s one big thing standing in the way of all of his lust filled musings. Grey is straight.

In a profession where being gay is often kept quiet Grey must come to terms with his growing attraction to Mica. How much is he willing to sacrifice? Can they come together before someone’s hatred threatens to destroy them both?

So what did I think?

One fireman in a book is fantastic, two is even better!

I think I was always going to enjoy this book just because it was a story about fireman. There is something so sexy about firefighters and their stories that blend smoldering hotness and heroic drama.

This is the story of Grey and Mica who meet when Mica, who is rumoured to be gay, joins the fire house. I LOVED that Mica has a heroic moment right at the start of the book – total hero rescuing a little girl while one of his colleagues let’s his homophobia and other things put life at risk! Oh, I so love a hero!

The kindle of the romance between these two was quite unique. There is an attraction which Mica flames by sharing the details of a fantasy he had about Grey with the man himself. It was a strange level of detail to provide to a straight, well supposedly straight man, but so so hot – no wonder Grey couldn’t help but be turned on! “Mica moved off Grey. What exactly was the etiquette after coming on your new co-worker?”

An excellent mix of sexual discovery and romance with some co-worker intolerance and some fireman drama thrown in!

I was hoping we get Simon’s story next and just took a peak at Draven St James’ website. It looks like I’ll get my wish! Make sure you visit because there’s a photo that inspired Simon – gorgeous!

4 Stars

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