Title : Apple Polisher
Author : Heidi Belleau
Series : Rear Entrance Video, Book #1
Publisher : Riptide Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 230 pages (e-book)
Published : July 29, 2013
Rating : ★★★1/2
B L U R B :
This straight-A student has a dirty little secret.
Christian Blake dreams of being a kindergarten teacher, but making the grade means maintaining a squeaky clean image: no drinking, no drugs, no swearing, no sex. And definitely no falling for his new roommate—tattooed bad-boy Max, who may or may not be a drug dealer.
Most of all, it means no working at a porn store. But Christian’s aunt has cancer, and her beloved Rear Entrance Video will go bankrupt if Christian doesn’t take over managerial duties. Soon enough, Christian finds himself juggling sticky twenty-five cent peep show booths, a blackmailing employee, and a demanding professor who likes to make an example of him.
And then there’s Max, who doesn’t know anything about the store, but hates Christian’s preppy sweater vests and the closet Christian forces him into when they’re together. Max just wants Christian to be himself—even though Max is keeping secrets of his own. Christian struggles to find the impossible balance between his real life and the ideal one he thinks a teacher needs to live . . . all while trying to keep his aunt’s dream alive without losing his own.
This title is #1 of the Rear Entrance Video series.
R E V I E W :
Christian needs a cheap place to live. That’s how he finds himself living in a large run down house with 4 other guys. He only needs a place to sleep and study until he gets his teaching certificate. The guys are nice enough, except for Max. Max is kind of a jerk with moments of kindness. He’s also hot but has a picture of a half-naked woman as his screen saver so Christian is sure that he’s straight. That should be enough to keep him from lusting over his roommate but it’s not. Christian has so many more things to worry about. He thinks having a career as a teacher means staying closeted so his student’s parents don’t think he’s a pervert. His grandmother, who took him in when his mother threw him out for being gay, is again battling cancer. His grandmother owns a seedy porn shop that’s failing but she’s too sick to do anything about it. Christian knows he should offer to help but he can’t risk someone seeing him in such a shady place. Eventually it all wears on Christian and he confesses his struggle to Max who questions his priority of putting his career before his happiness and his grandmother’s. This gives Christian the kick in the ass he needs to do what’s right. He starts working nights at the porn shop which creates new struggles with the store and its nasty employees. His days are spent being the prudish uptight guy he thinks he has to be. All the pressure pushes him too far and he gives into his lust and kisses Max. Christian expects a fight for it but Max is into to it. The sex is good and he’s finally happy in the closest thing to a relationship he’s ever had, but it doesn’t fit into his life plan.
Christian’s character was a bit of a mess. He had all these ideas of what he should be. It was interesting that he had a problem with people stereotyping him one way but tried so hard to fit another one. Christian was his own worst enemy most of the book. So many of the things that happen do so because he’s so focused on keeping his secrets.
I loved Max. Sexy, sassy and funny. I’m pretty sure he saved this book for me. The roommates were fun. I’d like to read Rob’s story. He was so sweet and I think he deserves a happy ending. I never warmed to Christian and therefore didn’t become overly invested in the couple but it was a pretty good read.
Rated 3.5 stars by Whit