This is a standalone in the Murmur, Inc. series.
After years of making minimum wage, twenty-one-year-old Josh Clemmons may have found his salvation. Murmur Inc., a local adult entertainment company, is hosting auditions for new performers, and Josh has been invited to try out. If he can make it as a porn star, he can kiss his money troubles goodbye.
Mike Harwood is a loud-and-proud professional adult entertainer. In the past three years, he’s starred in dozens of films, and he’s very good at what he does. But as focused as he’s been on work, he’s neglected everything else, including his love life. He’s so used to faking attraction, he can no longer tell when something real is staring him in the face.
Josh gets the job, but when porn fails to live up to the fantasy, he quits to do cam work instead. But he can’t stop thinking about the one scene he filmed, and the captivating man he filmed it with. Their chemistry is undeniable, but Mike knows better than to mix business with pleasure. Then again, with true love on the line, this unorthodox office romance may need a second take.
Anderson (Action) sets up this Los Angeles contemporary to be steamy from the start. College dropout Josh Clemmons is working in a coffee house for minimum wage when he get the idea to boost his income by becoming a porn star. He thinks being paid to have sex sounds like fun; he soon realizes he's wrong. Mike Harwood better known as porn star Sean Hardwood doesn't expect to fall for a naive newbie, but fall he does, and hard. Josh is uncomfortable having sex on camera, but Mike helps him keep his mind on having fun. After a health scare, Josh decides to try a new type of sex work: being a cam boy, paid to masturbate over webcam. He and Mike continue to pursue romance off the set. But when it turns out Mike's been keeping a big secret, Josh finds it very hard to forgive him. Anderson's offbeat plot and multilayered heroes are a treat. The novel also nonjudgmentally takes on the topic of HIV, not defining it stereotypically as the inevitable result of being a sex worker or a gay man. This quick, enjoyable story will win Anderson new fans.