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Keeping Sweets (2013)

– tekijä: Cate Ashwood

Sarjat: Newport Boys (1)

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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 na?ve 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.… (lisätietoja)
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3.75 Stars ( )
  Bookbee1 | Jul 18, 2020 |
A Hearts On Fire Review

What happens when you add a jaded 27-year old veteran porn star and an 18 year old virgin kicked out of his home? Other than some sexing going on...Magic!

Cate Ashwood's debut "Keeping Sweets" is contemporary story featuring 18 Evan who's had a hard knock like. His deceased mother was a drunk, he doesn't know who his father is and his stepfather is counting down the days until Evan's graduation to finally kick Evan out of his small town home.

Evan has no friends. He is awkward in social situations and lonely. His one ticket out of that podunk town? A scholarship to the University of Eugene. But he has a few months to move to the college town. He applies for a job as an adult male model which sounds innocent enough, right?

Poor Evan did not know what was in store during his interview. Luckily, he's in good, capable hands. ;) Brandon aka "Noah" is tired of the porn life but during Evan's interview, he can't deny a spark of...something between both men. Something about this virgin intrigues Brandon and calls upon his protective side.

The chemistry between Evan (his porn name is "Jackson") and Brandon is pretty steamy and heavy. And when they finally have sex (That's right it wasn't instant sexing!), it was pretty hot. Did It really read like two porn stars in love? Eh...not really. But I really liked this story (even with the instalove). I wished Evan tried to have more interaction with the other porn stars during their month long vacation home porn shoot. He tried but int eh long run he always clung to Brandon.

Brandon as a character was believable-ish. He too had a rough start into the porn business - kicked out his home for being gay and starting underage. My favorite quality of his was his protective side. He was sexy and hardheaded at times. Reflecting back on the story, he did not disappoint through the beginning 80% of the book.

The last 12% went to Mush City. It was the obligatory "I'm not good enough for him" (Brandon/Noah) & "I love him but he's too good for me" (Evan/Jackson) argument between both men. You know how it is, the main characters can talk about everything else but their relationship and how they feel. They go through months of suffering instead of talking together and having hot make up sex...you know the drill.

Is there a HEA? Yes. (Though I kind of wish Evan was a little older because he just brings out the protective instincts in you- I don't know if his instalove was actual love, only time will tell)

Who should read it? There's no BDSM, just sweet and hot man pounding - so fans of that. (Don't worry there's NO CHEATING!)

I'd rate it 3.75 but I'll round up so FOUR STARS." ( )
  SheReadsALot | Jun 20, 2016 |
This was a really sweet, debut novel by Cate Ashwood. It has a lot of the tropes I really like- the jaded older man, the young naive guy on his own for the first time, (who also happens to have come from a tough life), porn stars, growing up. It was all put together really well.

Evan's alcoholic mom died a few years ago, and his (also alcoholic) stepdad let him stay with him until he graduated, then out the door he had to go. He has no clue how is going to live, until he finds an ad for adult modelling, which he later finds out is porn. He's not sure if he'll be able to go through with it, but what can it hurt to feel out the situation?

Brandon (Noah) has been doing porn for 10 years now, he's seen and done it all. He's seriously jaded, until he meets Evan, and all he wants is to take care of him, and just to HAVE him for his own.

I thought these two men falling for each other was beautiful. The sex was VERY hot but still sensual and sweet. I did think the porn thing was a bit too- wholesome maybe? I don't know what word I'm looking for, but not seedy at all. There were times when scenes were occurring, when the camera crew was hardly mentioned at all, and I wondered where they went. And I wish we had gotten to know the other guys a bit better, the only one who really got any page time was Colton. The rest were pretty much faceless and interchangeable.

My only other real complaint about this story was I wanted more detail on Evan's life growing up, especially when talking to Brandon. I just thought his life story needed to come out, and maybe Brand would have understood Evan a bit better, and we wouldn't have had our "big sacrifice" at the end.

But all in all, a VERY solid debut (that didn't read like a first novel at all), and I will be looking for more from this author. (maybe a story about Colt??) ( )
  Bitchie | Sep 21, 2013 |
Cliched and predictable, but I still enjoyed it. ( )
  .riley. | Sep 21, 2013 |
I was a little scared to read this story about a virgin 18 years old boy who accepts to film a adult reality with 8 other guys during the summer to pay for tuition costs; I know that adult movie can be fun, but Evan was so young and innocent, and I didn’t want for him to approach sex in that way. So, if you are like me, don’t be worried, I will not spoil the story, but it’s enough to say nothing bad happened to Evan, if not a little of heartache.

When Evan interviews for the job, Bran is the first guy he met; 27 years old and a little jaded from the adult movie industry, Bran is an “old” pro. He approached this world when he was still underage, but he was lucky to meet with a director that basically became a second dad to him, for sure better than the one who kicked him out at 16 years when he came out. Living on the streets since he was 16, the Bran who approached the adult movie wasn’t innocent like Evan. In a way that life saved him. But for Evan is different, and Bran fully understands that. Plus he has this strange possessiveness feeling, once that doesn’t allow him to share Evan.

The story of Bran reminded me a little of the true story of Brent Corrigan, of course not the love story. But I often wondered what could be the future of an adult movie star once they are not more a twink. If they are lucky, they have enough money to start a small business of their own, but is possible for them to find true love? For this author the answer is of course yes, and she played the ace card of sweetness (Sweets is actually the nickname of Evan). She basically gave Bran a totally innocent partner, someone who doesn’t care that Bran is an adult movie star, because, more or less, he doesn’t even know what an adult movie is.

This was the first story I read by this author, and as I said, I was a little scared since usually these types of story are bittersweet, but in the end, this is more sweet than bitter.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/162380406X/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
  elisa.rolle | Jun 8, 2013 |
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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 na?ve 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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