Pete Griflow is the last person anyone would suspect of being a porn star. He’s quiet, gawky, and can’t even talk to guys without turning red. But on camera, he’s a different person. In the porn world, he’s Jaden Prime, a coquettish power bottom who’s been tantalizing fans for over a year now.
Pete is in a rut, though, and he knows it. And what’s worse, his boss knows it. If he can’t reignite his passion for the biz, he’s going to have trouble paying his none-too-cheap college tuition.
When Pete is given the opportunity to star in a huge summer production, sparks fly between him and his costar, Kyle Darko. Kyle is Pete’s opposite: he’s daring, achingly sexy, and in love with the sex industry. Their chemistry is palpable on and off screen, but dating on a porn set is tricky. Even pros struggle to separate fantasy from reality, especially with a script dictating their seduction. But what’s building between them can’t be ignored, and it’s so much more than getting some “action.”
(Murmur, Inc. books can be read alone or enjoyed as part of the series!)
In the second Murmur Inc. contemporary (after Hotline), Anderson delivers on the promise of tender romance and steamy excitement. Pete Griflow sees himself as awkward, undesirable, and too intellectual to be interesting. He only comes out of his shell in front of the cameras at Murmur Inc., a pornographic film production company, but even that gig has lost its ability to let him relax and enjoy himself. On the edge of turning away from his career, he's offered the opportunity to work with rising star Kyle Darko. Their chemistry is immediate (and lucrative) on set, but Pete assumes it's all just for show, and Kyle has to prove him wrong. Anderson's writing is fast-paced and entertaining. Her portrayals are sweet and shy one moment, then pure, unstoppable passion the next. The production company that serves as the backdrop to all the fun is full of sharply drawn characters and unflinching realism to the point of comedy. The ending is satisfying and well-earned while leaving plenty of room for this engaging series to grow.