Diving In Deep by K. A. Mitchell.

From Samhain Publishing.

You never forget your first time. 
Cameron Lewis loves his job as an instructor/trainer for a water safety firm that inspects water parks. He gets to travel from March through September, always moving on to something different. When a strange emptiness starts plaguing him, he chalks it up to turning thirty.
He manages to shake off the feeling—until he walks into a classroom and discovers that the eye candy in the front row is actually a very grown up version of his best-friend’s kid brother. 
Noah Winthrop never forgot his first time. Scary, painful and then absolutely amazing—and with Cameron, the guy he’d always wanted. He’s had a crush on his brother’s best friend since puberty and now nothing will keep him from finally getting Cameron Lewis to notice him. 
Even though Cameron once rejected him, Noah is determined to get it right this time.

The first time, everyone remembers. There can only be one and I think this was what initially drew me into the story. The first time for Noah and Cam is so hot and real. And, it was not all candies, hearts and flowers. You could understand where Noah was at. That whole scary out of control feeling he has that comes with having sex and being that close to another person. He wants it so badly but he is nervous and does not want to give that away and scare Cam off. OH. So. Good!

Noah has always had a crush on Cam who is his older brothers best friend. He finally gets his wish during a family wedding. But Cam leaves the next day and it is not until years later that they meet again. The chemistry is still there and Noah is determined this time not to immediately fall to his knees in front of Cam in the first hour. He is kinda successful!! 🙂 I loved how Noah still seems to retain this core of determination, he just loves Cam and always has. It appealed to my inner romantic geek. Not to say that he is a pushover because Cam totally needed a boot in the ass at times. But as a character he was very appealing. 

The road to happiness does not always run smoothly for the boys though. There are the complications of family, friendships, distance and Cam’s fear of vulnerability. Cam was not always likable, due to his obtuseness but you felt for him. Maybe he needed soup?

This is the 2nd book of K. A. Michell’s that I’ve read and I liked it. A lot! It’s a hot, sexy read and well worth checking out. And, there’s swimming, you know…  mens+swimsuits=merow. How could you not want to read it?

Get the goodness here at Samhain Publishing.
Check out K. A. Mitchell’s site.

Why the man smexin???

This morning on the way to work my beloved asked me, what is it about m/m, gay romance and homoerotic novels that I like so much? So, once home again, I went to the googles to try and organise my thoughts into some sort of intelligent and eloquent answer. After some searching I am not sure I have an eloquent answer but I did find some interesting articles.

Josh Lanyon writes some really interesting things about writing for a female audience here and I liked his quote that M/M fiction is a feminine fantasy of what love would be like between men. Yep, Josh, I agree.

Another interesting article was Scott and Scott being interviewed in 2005 about writing gay romance and, I am paraphrasing badly, how gay men just might yearn for Mr Right, and I guess for me that is part of it.

This article had me ready to move to Germany, I mean what is not to like about a gay porn nachts??  Me likey! I also laughed at the clichéd man love of teh lesbian sex. During this mornings conversation with the beloved, I said, so what is it about the lesbian smexin men like? He paused, and I am sure went off into the “bank” (you have to watch the inbetweeners) and I laughed… I said SEE!!??

More interesting (not wk safe) stuff here and the best quote I came across, was from here via Wired.com columnist Regina Lynn, author of Sexier Sex: Lessons from the Brave New Sexual Frontier, writes that it’s not always about identifying with someone in a scene: “For me, gay porn has always been arousing because of its masculinity. The strength and power, plus the double dose of raw male drive and sexuality, add up to more than the sum of their parts.” 

Yeah, what she said, absolutely but don’t forget the love! Not sure I can be more eloquent than that. I like all the hard male flesh and hot smexin action between two guys. What is not to like? It is often so raw, hot, urgent and unapologetic, not that there isn’t tenderness. The fact that they’re guys and being emotionally available is not always easy and there is elements of forbidden and the angst, who secretly does not love the angst?? AND I am into guys… so what could be better than two together? Feaking hot!

 

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Links

Stuff at Fab. 
Article at Jump Cut.

 

From Laura Baumbach

M/M is appealing to straight women for several reason. One –because we like men. One is good. Two is thrilling. Two, I personally like writing it because of the more equal power dynamic. There is no lady in distress, no worry about pregnancy or loss of virtue, and no coy games. Three — when two gorgeous men (romance is fantasy!) decide to make love, if one takes on a more submissive role, it’s what he wants not what society dictates. Again, power dynamics. Four–it’s HOT! Two powerful, gorgeous men sweating and kissing and rolling in the sheets to reach the zenith of pleasure together. Oh, yeah. <g>

Secrets:PsyCop Novel by Jordan Castillo Price

Victor Bayne’s job as a PsyCop involves tracking down dead people and getting them to spill their guts about their final moments. It’s never been fun, per se. But it’s not usually this annoying.Vic has just moved in with his boyfriend Jacob, he can’t figure out where anything’s packed, and his co-worker is pressuring him to have a housewarming party. Can’t a guy catch a break?

On a more sinister note, Vic discovers there’s absolutely no trace of him online. No trace of anyone else who trained at “Camp Hell,” either. Everyone Vic knows has signed a mysterious set of papers to ensure his “privacy.” The contracts are so confidential that even Vic has never heard of them. But Jacob might have.  What other secrets has Jacob been keeping?John Ganun photographer Click below the cut for more, possible spoilers…

 

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