Tuesday, July 3, 2018

From a Jack to a King by Scotty Cade

New York Times best-selling mystery writer Bay Whitman leads the life of a celebrity—at least on the surface. In public he’s self-assured and in control. Women hang on his every word, while men envy his confidence and swagger. But in reality, Bay is a loner. He’s shy and introverted, and his life consists of sitting in a dimly lit room writing his famous Jack Robbins mystery novels. His one vice—gambling. Winning an escort in a poker game will change Bay’s life in ways he never imagined.

Matthew “King” Slater is one of the hottest tickets in gay porn. He spends his days in front of the camera and his nights as a highly paid escort to the rich and famous. Deep down, he craves romance and a real connection, but his past makes it hard to separate the needs of his body from those of his heart. For now, it’s easier to think of sex as just a job. But while doing a shoot in Vegas, King is hired for a tryst at a famous hotel and casino, and his handsome client might blur the line between work and play.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is such a fun story! When famous author Bay wins a night with a porn star escort, he doesn’t expect a male porn star and he really doesn’t expect the porn star to look exactly like his most famous character.

King and Bay are an unlikely couple, but they are both brilliant characters who bring out the best in each other. With King’s help, Bay slowly develops his self-confidence and with Bay’s support, King finds himself able to manage a relationship for the first time. The slow burn chemistry between these two is very sexy.

This isn’t a terribly plausible book, but it is a highly entertaining read. From high stakes gambling in Vegas to sex addiction treatment in New York, the book avoids most porn star romance clichés and kept me guessing with imaginative twists and turns. I couldn’t help but love both King and Bay.

This is my first Scotty Cade book, but will not be my last. I enjoyed the story, and the writing style very much.

Even though these two men were so different on the surface, they had some shared histories, and a clear connection. It was fascinating watching Bay grow into himself, and also allow King to reign in his persona and be Matthew. It is a very sensual read, with a building tension between them as Bay comes to realise that his feelings for King bring into question his assumed sexuality. His innocence was refreshing without being naïve.

It was fun to be immersed in a variety of worlds; from the glamour of Vegas poker games, to the porn shoot, the book signings, we had a glimpse of the outside, but also the quiet times were important too. A satisfying read with some big issues dealt with in a sensitive and informative way, as well as a hot and romantic story.

SCOTTY CADE left corporate America and twenty-five years of marketing and public relations in 2004 to buy an inn and restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with Kell, his husband of over twenty years.

He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but only in the last eight years for publication. When not at the inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing romance novels with his Shetland sheepdog, Mavis, at his side. Being from the South and a lover of commitment and fidelity, all of his characters find their way to long, healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there. He believes that, in the end, the boy should always get the boy.

Scotty and Kell are avid boaters and spend the summers on Martha’s Vineyard and winters in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of From a Jack to a King by Scotty Cade to read and review.

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