Title: Joey’s First Time
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Short story
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Joey decided to go to Tulsa, the closest large town near to where he lives in Lymon, Oklahoma to find a man to scratch his itch and help him lose his virginity. He walks into Club Maverick, a gay bar and the first person who catches his eye is the tall, built, hot bartender who introduces himself as Curt.
They get on like a house on fire and when Joey sees other men dancing together he decides to loosen up a bit and get on the dance floor where he is joined by Curt. They were so hot for each other that they decided to skip out early and go to Curt’s apartment. When they arrive Curt notices Joey’s nervousness and realizes that he is very inexperienced so he allays his fears by telling him that he would wait until he’s ready. This goes on for a while, I assume until Joey and Curt decide that the time is right.
There were a number of things that I did not find very credible about this story. The first night they’re together Curt starts talking about Joey moving to Tulsa and Joey seems to be considering it as well – very fast work for a 37 year old man who I thought might be wary until the person he is with checks out. On the other hand, Joey waited until he’s 24 because there were no opportunities to find other gay men where he lived and he seems to be in a hurry to get rid of his pesky virginity, but when he’s with Curt it’s not that important. The second time they meet Curt is already thinking of l – o – v – e, but no can do with regard to sex, other than oral sex until he gets tested because he wants their first time to be bareback.
I find it hard to believe that these horny men, one of whom is anxious to lose his virginity and the other older and more experienced but who hadn’t had sex in six months, would wait for a month before finally doing the deed. I do understand and appreciate that Curt would want to ease Joey gradually into having sex given the circumstances, and they are separated by distance, but when they’re together it seemed to me that two gay men who are so hot for each other wouldn’t be able to wait to have sex. At first I thought maybe I had a totally erroneous idea of the gay lifestyle so I did some research with a couple of gay friends who confirmed that this would not be a likely scenario. Other areas in the book I had difficulty with included Joey’s best friend and roommate April who wanted to move to Tulsa with him for no other reason initially than they had been friends since childhood and she didn’t want to be left behind. She didn’t seem to realize that she would be on her own in Tulsa because Joey would have his lover, Curt.
I really like Carol Lynne’s writing and this is the first time I couldn’t relate to one of her stories. I thought that the premise of this book was unrealistic. The two protagonists Curt and Joey are likeable but the character of April who takes up a fair amount of the book, seemed to be flat and not very interesting and I couldn’t understand the need for a sub plot involving her other than as a rationale for her move to Tulsa or the possibility of a future story about her. There just seems to be too much going on in this book even though the story was so short and I thought that maybe it would have been a better and more interesting read if the author had concentrated more on the two main characters, but that’s just my opinion. Joey’s First Time would be of interest to fans of Carol Lynne and readers who like the genre.