4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Contemporary Friends to lovers Gay Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Porn star Scorching/high heat Standalone

Rebel (Ballsy Boys #1) by K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix

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“I don’t do relationships, I break them.” ~ Troy

If there’s one thing life has taught me it’s that everyone eventually leaves. But that’s okay because I have a strategy: no friends, no boyfriends, limit repeat hook-ups, no sleep overs, and above all leave them before they leave me. I’ve put my break-up skills to work doing others’ dirty work for them.
The last thing I expected when I agreed to do an embarrassing breakup song and dance was to end up on the doorstep of the very recognizable—and stupidly sexy—Rebel. When you meet a man like Rebel you’d be insane not to make a move. And just because he has me tossing out every single one of my rules doesn’t mean I’m in trouble, right?

“I’m everyone’s friend, but no one’s everything.” ~ Rebel

I love working for Ballsy Boys, but when you make the kind of videos I do relationships are pretty damn impossible. Besides, guys find me sexy and want to either be with me or be me, but no one has ever cared enough to see the real me.
Until I meet Troy. He has no problem whatsoever with my job, but he’s determined to keep me at a distance. For the first time, a hook-up alone is not enough. I want more with him. Hell, I want everything. But he resists at every step until I’m about ready to give up. What do I need to do to show him that this is real and worth fighting for?

***Rebel is the first book in the Ballsy Boys Series and is a super sexy MM romance with plenty of good times. While this book and this series do contain some instances of sex outside of the main relationships, they DO NOT contain cheating.


This was a nice surprise from these two authors. I’ve been a fan of Neuhold but was not familiar with Phoenix. I think, based on this story, she adds a lot more “fire” to Neuhold’s already spicy writing.


Of course, since this is about porn stars, we can expect a lot of sex. But… there is seriously a LOT of sex. I’m as big a fan of anyone of a good sex scene – or several – but this was the main way our two MCs communicated with one another and after awhile I began to skim.


Sigh. Yeah. There was just too much sex and not enough believable relationship building for me. When our MCs finally reach the point in the relationship where it’s time to “define the relationship” I understood why Troy was so scared and I understood why Rebel was ready to commit, but I didn’t catch that point where Troy was converted.


I enjoyed the character development and am absolutely intrigued by the developing story lines I can see blossoming among the secondary characters – I’m talking about you Pixie! – and I’ll look forward to the next installment.


If you’re a fan of porn star romance, you’ll be psyched to find this new series. If you’re one who gets bothered by an overabundance of sex … this will probably bug you.


All in all it was worth the read and caught me on it’s hook for book 2!


(FWIW if you read Amy Lane’s Johnnies series I think that look at porn was maybe more realistic, and this is more in line with TM Smith’s All Cocks series in it’s look at the industry.)


4 of 5 stars


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