Sam reviews ‘Acting Out’ by Scotty Cade. This book was published by Dreamspinner on September 24th, 2014 and is 197 pages long.
This book was provided free of charge by the author for an honest review.
After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey’s proposition… until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.
Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….
Eli has been in the marines for the last 8 years. He has recently been honorably discharged and was looking forward to his future. That was until he realized that his parents have taken all the money he saved over the past 8 years to support their alcohol and drug addiction. Not having anything but the money in his pocket, he checks into a crappy hotel and starts searching for employment.
While shopping at the local Wal-Mart for some necessities he meets a man named Royce. The guy seems nice and ends up giving him a lift back to his motel. When Royce learns that Eli is a marine down on his luck and can’t find employment he offers Eli a chance to work for him. Eli is willing to do anything to get back on his feet and out of the crappy motel. That is until he learns what type of job that Royce is offering. Royce owns gay military porn site and wants Eli to be his newest star.
Eli isn’t gay but given the fact he will be homeless in a few days and without any money he eventually decides to take Royce up on his offer. This is where he meets Hamish. Hamish has been with the industry for the last 3 years and decides to take Eli under his wing. The two men become friends and eventually decide to do a scene together. Neither Eli nor Hamish expected the connection that they felt towards each other during and after the scene. But, when a crazy fan threatens harm if the two of them do any more scenes together what will happen?
I really enjoyed reading Acting Out. Since it was set in the porn industry it was a given there would be lots of hot sex but that didn’t overpower the actual story. I loved the passion that Eli and Hamish had together off and on-screen. The way that Hamish didn’t label himself or others was refreshing. Seeing Eli struggle knowing that he was straight but was also enjoying doing scenes with other men and that he was also developing feeling for another man-made it feel very realistic. Scotty Cade did an amazing job not only at creating a great storyline but getting the readers to connect with each character in the story. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.
Scotty Cade is the author of fourteen books published by Dreamspinner Press. He left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of eighteen years. He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but only four years ago for publication. When not at the Inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing gay romance novels with his Shetland sheepdog Mavis at his side. Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, most of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there. He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.