My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
You do what you have to do to survive. For eighteen-year-old Liam Newman that means living the life of a gay porn star, a job he loathes. He isn’t a star. He’s a prisoner and his warden is the man who saved him from the cold Vancouver streets.
Justin has been Liam’s next-door neighbor for two years and has had a crush on him for just as long. Oblivious to Liam’s porn career, he ‘s content to mind his own business about Liam’s turbulent relationship until the truth stumbles drunk into his apartment one night and he realizes something must be done.
When Liam’s boyfriend turned producer decides rent boys make more money than porn stars Liam’s nightmare takes a horrible turn. Justin must find a way to rescue him before it’s too late.
So what did I think?
“He was just a guy living a recurring horror who refused to think about the collection of loyal internet viewers that were intimately familiar with his body. It was better to pretend it was all for Cord’s amusement because the truth was too ugly to face.”
The story starts with a hard introduction to Liam’s life. It’s a world where he is forced into porn by Cord, the man who supposedly rescued him from the streets, a man Liam unfortunately thinks he loves. Liam’s world is harsh and ugly and painful.
When things reach the ultimate of lows, Justin, Liam’s neighbour, steps in and provides him with a safe haven.
This isn’t a traditional romance. Justin has just become involved with someone else, a man with his own set of issues resulting from a troubled relationship in the past. As he helps Liam, Justin is also building his new relationship with Rich. This relationship needed to run its course before Justin could be with Liam which left me wishing for the end to come quickly!
While I enjoyed the story overall, I found it a rather slow evolution for Justin and Liam to get together. However, at the same time, I appreciated the slow and thoughtful way the author presented the transition from friends to more. It acknowledged the sexual past that Liam was having to come to terms with and proved that Justin was just the right man for Liam.
They got their HFN ending, leaving me hoping they can overcome the traumas of Liam’s past and build a future together.
A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for my honest review.
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