Blue Boy 1 : Bullet
Title : Bullet
Author : Garrett Leigh
Publisher : Loose Id (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : Novella
Published : November 5, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
Levi Ramone entered the gay porn market for one reason, and one reason only–he needed the cash to pay his momma’s spiraling gambling debts.
Seven years later, he’s a veteran with a reputation as one of Blue Boy Studio’s most ruthless tops, and when his boss suggests it’s time for a change, he finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun.
Figuratively speaking, at least.
Enter Sonny Valentine, a go-go dancer at Blue’s sister club, Silver’s. Levi has secretly admired Sonny from afar for years, but there’s one problem–he can’t stand Sonny and the feeling is entirely mutual. When Levi learns Sonny is to play the third part in a scene he considers his worst nightmare, he figures things can’t get any worse.
But when preparations for the scene from hell collide with tragic events in his personal life, he finds his fast growing, red hot attraction to Sonny the one thing left between him and a bullet.
This was a little different from Slide. Another book by this author I loved. I really liked this one. I saw this tagged with “cowboy” and “porn stars” so I had to read it. The porn star part was definitely right. The cowboy part was not. A southern accent was about as close to cowboy as Levi came. Not a big deal, just don’t expect a cowboy porn star. I’d read that though!
Levi is a porn star and mechanic. He’s managed to gain a reputation for being a little cold and rough with his bottoms on and off the screen. Levi never bottoms. He’s not intentionally cruel. More detached from what he sees as a job that conveniently gives him release. Levi doesn’t do relationships or even hook ups outside of work. His alcoholic mother has wrecked his once promising normal life. He started doing porn to pay off her debt and never looked back. It started out fun but now it’s just a way to make money.
He’s approached by his studio boss, Jon, to bottom on camera for the biggest paycheck he’s ever been offered. Levi needs the money but the idea of bottoming for the very well endowed and not so considerate of his partners bodies, Rex, terrifies him. He’s given the option of a third guy to join the scene. Sonny.
Sonny is a young and beautiful dancer and fellow porn star. Levi has never actually spoken to Sonny but Sonny has no problem telling Levi what he thinks of him. It gets Levi thinking that maybe he isn’t as nice as he should be to his costars. His next scene he notices the fear in his young costars eyes and takes it easy on him. Word gets around apparently because Sonny calls him, then shows up at his door to help him prepare for his big scene with monster cock Rex. This could have been extremely awkward for anybody else, and it was a little for them, but Sonny’s coaxing makes it super hot. It’s at this point Levi realizes he’s may be attracted to Sonny but he still doesn’t like the guy.
Levi has a lot to deal with in this story. He has two jobs, an alcoholic train wreck of a mother and his big bottom scene impending. He also has this new desire to be with Sonny to battle with. Levi notices his attraction but fights it by ignoring texts and being a jerk to Sonny. They have some very sexy and tender moments that grab you. When they separate, you’re left anticipating the moment they get back together. Levi tries his hardest to sabotage whatever it is happening between them but everything builds up and both men have to face falling for each other.
Really good read. I would have loved more but was pretty happy with it as it was. Levi isn’t exactly likable but he doesn’t have to be. He’s interesting and complex. His feelings for Sonny awaken something inside him and he grows so much by the end of the book. Sonny IS lovable. Beautiful and clever. I love the subtle humor this author infuses in their books. I know it doesn’t really matter but I wish I had some kind of resolution or epilogue to let me know how the guys adjusted after their night together. Will they be a couple? Stop doing porn? If not how will they handle seeing each other with other men? What are the effects of the blow up at Blue Boy? Maybe the author will revisit this couple. I hope so because I love these guys together. I’d also like Kai’s story. I’m sure he’s going to be a little upset about Levi and Sonny falling for each other. He deserves his HEA too!
Another hit from this Garrett Leigh. I’m officially a fan and will be picking up whatever this author writes.
Rated 4 stars by Whit