Author: Quinn Anderson
Book: Cam Boy
Series: Murmur Inc. #3
Page/Word Count: 272 pages, 73K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Riptide Publishing
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
About Murmur Inc.
Murmur Inc.—one of L.A.’s premier adult entertainment companies—prides itself on delivering sex that’s not only hot but high-quality. For decades, they’ve been delighting their rabid fanbase with porn with actual plots, rich fantasies, and stars that boast both good looks and business savvy. And above all else, they employ beautiful people of every shape, size, color, and orientation.
There’s no shortage of talent wandering Murmur Inc’s halls, and oddly enough, no shortage of romance simmering behind the scenes. Murmur Inc. takes mixing business with pleasure to new levels. Want an inside look at the personal lives of Murmur Inc’s hottest stars? No subscription necessary.
3.5✨s – Quinn Anderson is a new to me author and I haven’t read the two previous novels in the series. I had no preconceived notions, except knowing books about porn stars can often be a gamble. I was pleasantly surprised by a very realistic-seeming depiction of an adult-film occupation and a focus on other, less considered pitfalls of the job. The plot itself was fairly original, avoiding many of the usual plot devices used with this theme. It’s also a character driven plot, however I was less than enamored with the characters.
Josh was difficult for me to like, kind of annoyingly dense and prone to running off at the mouth. Mike is a nice guy, getting bored by his work until he’s snapped out of his ennui by the brash and naive Josh. I had a hard time seeing much about Josh to attract Mike, and couldn’t feel their chemistry, myself. Surprisingly, in a story about sex work, it’s a fairly slow burn for the couple and moderate sex scenes. Forming a connection came about in a rather unusual fashion, and aside from the awkward film debut, they don’t meet face-to-face again for weeks. It took a while but Josh’s character does improve, although it was a short period of time for him to have grown up that much. It’s all logical though, as he and Mike make changes to allow them to move forward together.
There really isn’t much negative I would say about this story; it’s well written with good pacing and the positives I’ve noted. It just didn’t offer me enough in the way of emotional tension or conflict to grab my interest. It seemed a bit too bland, in spite of the few obstacles the author put in place. It was enjoyable and engaging enough to hold my interest. I would recommend it for the appeal of a fresh take on the porn star and protégé trope.
About Quinn Anderson:
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Joss Whedon reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.
Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.
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