Reviewed by Amber
SERIES: Murmur Inc. #2
AUTHOR: Quinn Anderson
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 366 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 5th, 2017
Pete Griflow is the last person anyone would suspect of being a porn star. He’s quiet, gawky, and can’t even talk to guys without turning red. But on camera, he’s a different person. In the porn world, he’s Jaden Prime, a coquettish power bottom who’s been tantalizing fans for over a year now.
Pete is in a rut, though, and he knows it. And what’s worse, his boss knows it. If he can’t reignite his passion for the biz, he’s going to have trouble paying his none-too-cheap college tuition.
When Pete is given the opportunity to star in a huge summer production, sparks fly between him and his costar, Kyle Darko. Kyle is Pete’s opposite: he’s daring, achingly sexy, and in love with the sex industry. Their chemistry is palpable on and off screen, but dating on a porn set is tricky. Even pros struggle to separate fantasy from reality, especially with a script dictating their seduction. But what’s building between them can’t be ignored, and it’s so much more than getting some “action.”
I think it’s safe to say I am a Quinn Anderson fan. I’m totally digging this series and just the overall way she writes her stories and develops her characters. From the blurb I thought this would be filled with angst and a lot of inner turmoil regarding the characters and the porn industry but it’s not. Not at all. This author took a topic that could easily go very dark and made it sweet, funny, acceptable and fun. I loved the different take she took on sex workers and the porn industry. It was refreshing and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jaden Prime (Pete Griflow) got into the porn industry to make some extra money to help pay for college. He doesn’t regret his decision but he does like to keep his porn career private. His newest assignment has him working with out and proud porn star, Kyle Darko (Evan Darko). Pete and Evan hit it off immediately. Their on and off screen chemistry is explosive which is a huge plus for their newest film.
Pete has been burned by an ex in the past so he doesn’t know if he can trust his feelings for Evan. Evan knows what he feels for Pete is real but he struggles with coming on too strong too fast and possibly scaring Pete off.
Both men have to trust in what they feel in order to ensure they can stay together after filming. What I thought was also really unique was the lack of jealousy on either characters part. Granted neither man was with anyone else during their time together but the possibility was always there. Their ability to separate their emotional relationship from their jobs was remarkable. I think it really hit home for me how strongly Evan and Pete felt for each other.
This was an incredibly sweet, explosively hot story that really took me by surprise with how light and fun it was.
This is a part of the Murmur-verse but can be read as a standalone. I would recommend reading Hotline and Action, though. These stories are fantastic.