Exposed by Bey Deckard (Natalie’s Review)


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Title: Exposed
Author: Bey Deckard
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 280 pages
Reviewed by: Natalie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Blurb:A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

With middle-age looming, Greg offsets his boring day job with what truly feeds his soul: photography. The camera is an extension of himself where he exposes his passion for the intersect of pleasure and pain. However, the lens also acts as a barrier, protecting his subjects from the shameful mistakes of his past, and Greg is left isolated and lonely.

Emyr stands on the cusp of fame, but adulation and abuse are both eroding his confidence, and one night, at the river’s edge, he seeks solace in the rain, hoping to hide his tears.

The photographer and the virgin rock star share an accidental connection on that dark, drizzly night. When Greg invites Emyr back to his hotel room, no strings attached, the young man should have bolted. Instead, an odd sense of trust allows him to follow Greg’s lead.

When the camera comes out, Emyr learns the stage isn’t the only place he loves to perform as Greg touches something inside him that rarely awakens. Faced with a beautiful, talented boy whose soul is as lonely as his own, will Greg be able to face his past and come to terms with it, or will he run from the connection he so desperately desires?

It has taken me a little bit to write this review because I couldn’t compose my thoughts. This book makes me giggle every time I think about the subject matter.

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!

Premise:

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, Emry 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.

Verdict:

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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