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Exposed Paperback – March 25, 2017
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Artist, Writer, Dog Lover - http://www.beydeckard.com
Canadian indie author Bey Deckard wanted to be many things when he grew up: veterinarian, vampire, paleontologist, crane operator, sniper, ophthalmologist, brain surgeon, marine biologist, lawyer, forensic anthropologist, set designer, underwater archaeologist, mortician, rock star, philanthropist... but writer was not on the list. Artist wasn’t there either because he’d been drawing and paintings since he was a tot and figured that made him one already.
Freelance graphic design paid the bills while Bey levelled up with a BFA in Art History (minor in Anthro). However, he landed in the tech world where the degree was worth FA, and stayed there for over a decade before leaving, thoroughly sick of working for The Man. That’s when the writing started, and Bey still can’t believe it wasn’t on that list above because he absolutely loves doing it and can’t really imagine doing anything else.
Bey’s books aren’t quite romance and aren’t quite erotica, and they jump from genre to genre, but they’re all character driven and he likes to think they’re interesting.
These days, if Bey’s not writing or working on graphics, you’ll find him posting pics of his best buddy and constant canine companion Murphy, cooking up some tasty vegetarian eats, hanging out on facebook, or sitting back to watch a movie with a drink (or many).
As a reader, Bey’s usual staples are biographical works, medical research papers, all sorts of history books (nautical, medieval, and medical being his favourites), science fiction, fantasy, horror, KGB/CIA thrillers, and graphic novels.
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Easy reading that reels you in. Good contemporary setting featuring a rising muso and his older tour photographer.
And, maybe because it’s only told from Greg’s POV, Exposed feels a little Mary Sue to me. In fact, that was my first reaction. Let’s see: (SPOILERS) the MC randomly and improbably stumbles across a gorgeous, virginal pop star who inexplicably trusts him enough to go to his hotel room and pose for nude photos. Then, the pop star is so enamored that he tracks down our MC, begs him to go to work for him so the MC can pursue his beloved hobby instead of suffering a 9 to 5 grind. Soon after (like really soon), the pop star begs our MC to fcuk him. Pure daydream, “befriend and rescue the famous person” fantasy.
It also doesn’t seem realistic that a young, previously assumed straight musician would be ok with being so open about his newly discovered sexuality and relationship. Remember what happened to Adam Lambert ‘s career when he KISSED a man on TV? He was blackballed for months and his great second single was quickly buried by TPTB. Emyr does a WHOLE LOT more than kiss in public and the pap/industry attention is nearly nil (other than the first photo). The public’s titillation with stars and their sexuality is a huge market. If Emyr was on the cover of SPIN, he’s popular enough that his every move (and Greg’s) would be recorded by fans/paps. Someone on the cusp of his career would be more concerned about public perception in the US (unless Emyr wants to be a niche act his whole life like the Scissor Sisters (who were great, but never expanded from being “just a gay act.”) ) His agent is the only one who seems to realize that American music audiences will tolerate a “safe gay” but don’t want to see or hear anything overt. The fallout is addressed in a realistic way, and Emyr does the right thing, but it’s a very (perhaps overly) mature, strong decision for a musician in his place.
There’s a ludicrous lack of prep for a virgin as well as for a man who hasn’t bottomed in years.
Those things said, I enjoyed the story and the sexytimes were super hot (though I’m reminded that Daddy/son is not really my kink). I’ve loved several of Deckard’s other books. Part of my star rating reflects that I’m still mooning over his historical/fantasy romances. The writing in Exposed is good. And I really liked the music-based subject matter (I have a few quibbles with the concert plot points, but nothing major). I liked the MCs, and though it was a bit instalove, I liked that they talked with each other and made an effort to share their true feelings.
I’m still keeping Deckard on my instabuy list.
First, it’s remarkable to come across an author that continuously keeps you on your toes as a reader. I get this from Bey Deckard with every release. He pushes me to read things I would have never in a million years picked up a year or so ago because he’s an excellent writer. I don’t care what subgenre it is. He writes it; I will buy it. I loved this book so much I borrowed it via Kindle Unlimited, and then immediately bought a copy because I want to reread this baby many many MANY times!
22-year-old Emyr (in my head I kept pronouncing his name as EM-YAR, but it turns out it’s EH-MEER. I had to contact Bey and ask about that because it was bugging the heck out of me) is feeling out of sorts. He’s in a depressive state, and he’s sitting on a park bench in London crying.
Enter Gregory. Forty-two-year-old, deliciously depraved but clean-cut works a 9-5 job as a graphic designer Gregory happens to be sitting near Emyr. Of course, he reaches out and tries to soothe the young lad. He recognizes him because Emyr is quite the famous little rock star. Greg is gay, and he knows that Emyr is not, so he’s not hitting on him (hehe, right). He does find him attractive, but it’s more about being a decent human being and soothing someone who seems troubled. Greg invites Emyr back to his hotel room for a few drinks. Emyr is taken aback by his politeness and the fact that he’s nice guy although he’s still skeptical. He accepts the invitation because what has he got to lose? He isn’t spooked by Greg but intrigued by why he’s being so kind.
Here, we have the set up for our story.
What’s up with Greg? He is a dirty man, AND I LIKED IT. He also has a side business as a BDSM photographer and what better way to get someone to open up than by taking pictures of them. Emyr’s slightly drunk, but he’s also in need of a listening ear because this fame thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. He’s also attracted to Greg because there’s something about him. I should mention two things that ramped up the plot for me, Emyr is demisexual and a virgin. Kudos to Bey for that little twist!
You should know this story isn’t going to be liked by many people. Some folks aren’t into the May/December thing, and if you toss in the Daddy kink aspect, they’ll run for the hills. A virgin? Oh no no no. Only experienced lovers need apply.
Argh. Their loss.
I’m the reviewer who will read any and all things freaky deaky which is probably why I enjoyed this story so much. Despite the kink factor, it’s a charming love story, which is something we don’t often see from this author.
Let Bey Deckard push you outside of your comfort zone. Come to the dark side!
Greg has hangups and trauma from a past relationship he’s trying to work through. Emyr is exploring his sexuality and seeing him blossom into confident young man is quite delightful.
Exposed is a Recommended Read that is deserving of 5+ stars!
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