Hello, everyone! This is Quinn Anderson, author of the Murmur Inc. series, and I’m here to share some inside information about Action, coming out June 5th. Stay tuned to get an inside look at what filming porn is really like, hear fun facts about this novel, and find out what’s next for the Murmur Inc. series. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!
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.”
Jaden/Pete and Darko/Evan meet when Evan chooses Pete as his co-star for an upcoming porn movie, Heat Wave, a story about two young men who meet and fall in love. No one ever expected life to imitate art.
Aww, this was such a sweet story. I loved both Pete and Evan. They are both likable characters, although I'll be honest, the story is told completely from Pete's POV, so I wasn't really sure what to make of Evan at first. He came off as a bit of a douche, but my view of him changed quickly. Pete is sort of shy, awkward and unsure of himself, while Evan is the complete opposite. He's confident and secure in not only who he is, but what he does. He's not only unashamed of being a Porn Star, but he's proud of it. He wants a career, not as an actor forever of course, but he wants to make a career in for himself in the industry, whereas for Pete, it's just a means to an end. It's just a way to get him through college.
I have to say I loved that while Pete and his mother are faithful and attend church, they were open minded. No one was going to burn in hell for being gay or being a Porn Star. I adored the secondary characters of Sana and Raj. I loved that along with Pete's mom, they were such a strong support system for Pete. Joshua, one of Pete's coworkers at the coffee shop, wasn't my favorite person, but he added comic relief to the story, and I wouldn't mind seeing him get a happy ending. *hint hint, nudge nudge*
This was a pretty low angst, sweet and sexy read. Although I was a bit sexually frustrated, I have to say I was pleased that the author took her time to get Pete and Evan into bed. You'd think being porn stars they'd just jump right in, but they didn't. The author really took her time developing a solid start to their relationship before she took them there. Pete and Evan had amazing chemistry, both on and off the set, and they were beyond hot together. All in all, this was a sweet and steamy romance that was really enjoyable, well-written and paced well. I'd highly recommend it!!
**copy provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
About Quinn Anderson
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Sherlock, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Buffy, Marvel, and more. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere.
Her favorite television show is Avatar: the Last Airbender, her favorite film is Tangled, and her favorite book is Ella Enchanted. She can often be spotted at conventions, comic shops, and midnight book releases. If you're at an event, and you see a 6'2'' redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that's probably her. Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she's not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, screwing the rules, finding the Master Sword, guided falling, consulting for the NYPD, guarding the galaxy, boldly going, and catching 'em all.
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