Keeping Sweets by Cate Ashwood

KeepingSweetsLGTitle:  Keeping Sweets

Series:  N/A (yet)

Author:  Cate Ashwood

Genre:   Contemporary, Some M/M/M

Length:  Novel (206 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (March 11th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Days away from high school graduation, with hardly a penny to his name, Evan Lowry needs to earn money for college. When he comes across an ad for modeling, he thinks his luck has changed—until he learns he’s interviewing for an adult film and will be expected to have sex. On camera. With other men.

For gay porn star Brandon Court, the shine has worn off of regular shoots. He and his producer, Les, decide to try something new: a reality-show porno set at a beach house. When he meets wide-eyed and naïve Evan for the first time, Brandon isn’t sure if he wants the kid to get lost or get naked. Naked wins.

On set, Brandon takes Evan under his wing, and over the next month, they are thrown together in every intimate way conceivable—except emotionally. Both Brandon and Evan are terrified of trying for anything deeper, and insecurities and doubts wear on their hopes, but the chemistry between them won’t let them slow things down.

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  The basis for this story is The Real World meets Queer as Folk. Brandon Court (aka Noah) is a gay porn star that has tired of the strain and requirements of a job that he used to like. On his next shoot he will not only be in front of the camera, but behind it as well. Deciding to take several other guys to a beach house and act out a scripted Melrose Place for gays!

Evan Lowry (aka Jackson) has just graduated high school and hops the first bus out-of-town, getting as far away from his homophobic, alcoholic step-dad as possible. Thinking it will be easy money before he starts college, he answers an ad for a modeling job. It turns out to be for an adult film and the interview lands him right in Brandon’s lap, literally!

The worst part about this book is how fast Brandon and Evan fall in love, the best part about this book is how fast Brandon and Evan fall in love. Yes, you read that right. It’s completely unrealistic, but it fits for this story so I’m a bit torn about that aspect. The question is, will Brandon be able to set aside his professional life and his hang-ups about holding Evan back if he admits his feelings for him? Or will the young, naïve young man get his heart-broken for loving Brandon so fearlessly? Will Brandon be able to keep his sweets?

Once I got past the insta-love, this really was a well written love story between two guys that ended up together due to a happy circumstance. The sex if off the chain! The way that these two love each other is intense and passionate and it translates quite well when reading it. I had to wipe the steam off my Kindle a couple of times!

Highly recommend.

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