The First Real Thing by Cat Grant
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Length: Short Story (125 pgs)
Other: M/M, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Anemone
My name’s Cameron. And I’m a male escort. I’m the best, and most expensive, at what I do. I have one rule—never let anyone in.
In five years of hooking I’ve never picked up the wrong guy. But when I met Toronto ad man Trevor Barclay in a Manhattan bar, his soft green eyes and shy smile drew me right in. When I discovered the error I had made, I should have written it off as a mistake and moved on. But memories of the steamy encounter we shared in his hotel room continued to haunt me.
I never should have agreed to see him again, but from that very first night he worked his way under my skin and into my heart. I can’t stop thinking about him. But how can I tell him the first man he’s been with in sixteen years sells himself for a living?
Within the first sentence of this book, I was hooked. Cameron is a male escort and this story is his version of the events as they unfold. Darkly sensual and starkly real, Cameron is a jewel in the world of high class prostitution until he picks up the wrong trick at the wrong time. Trevor isn't actually his next trick. Trevor is someone who likes Cameron for who he is and not just what Cameron can give him.
A dash of Pretty Woman mixed with a swirl of gay romance and a sprinkle of realism, the tale of Trevor and Cameron stayed with me after I closed my computer, because the characters Cat Grant created were so three dimensional, I felt I could follow them through the rest of their journey off the pages. The sex was sizzling with Trevor and Cameron but you could feel the emptiness inside Cameron as he continued his job, trying to get enough money to make it out, be one of the lucky ones to ride off into the sunset with his beau.
Prostitution is a hard business and I hate when writers feel the need to pretty it up. Instead this was cold, harsh reality with an ending I'm sure some of them dream for. That there is one man who will sweep them off their feet and what they do for a living doesn't really matter. Cameron really is a hooker with a heart of gold but can Trevor be the one to rescue him right back?
The First Real Thing is an absolute keeper for me and I can't wait to see what Cat Grant has in store for us next.