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Fifteen Shades of Gay (For Pay)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,625 Ratings  ·  339 Reviews

Andrew Reynolds is determined to stay in New York City as long as his sister Marie, a cancer patient, needs him. But despite his good looks and talent, Andrew hasn’t managed to find work as an actor. With his bank account empty and his credit cards maxed, Andrew needs money fast. Gay escorts make a nice living, but there’s one problem—Andrew isn’t gay.


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Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published October 13th 2012 by Voodoo Lily Press (first published September 1st 2012)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Price drop again to $0.99 at Amazon US, 11/2/14**


Review from 1/3/13

This book totally blew me away. I had very low expectations based on the cover, title, and the fact that I got it for free on Amazon. Like basement level low expectations. I was shocked at how good it was.

I've read a number of "gay for pay" books recently. Out of all of them (Hot Head, Dex in Blue, Str8te Boys), this is my favorite. By far. I loved the character development, the depth of emotions that play out in this story,
Monique ~ Sinfully
Loved it... Review to come

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Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*


"Put your arms around me. No. Eyes closed," Andrew insisted. "That's it. Hold me tighter. Open your mouth, but don't do anything. Leave it to me."

Cormac's embrace was warm and hard. This time, Andrew kissed the other man even slower, exploring more deeply with his tongue.

This book was so much better than I had initially thought it would be. The cover isn't that great, and the title, well... But the book was a real pleasant surprise. I didn't want t
What a bloody good book!


This is hands down one of the most intelligent, most moving, most realistic and yet also most fantastic books with an LGBT background I've read this year. And it rivals even the ones not of that genre.

At the same time I could take the author by her coat lapels and shake her till her teeth rattle. This book needs a better title (yes I get why and how and where, still needs a better title) and a much better cover as well.

I'm not even going to sta
With this author, what you see is never what you get. So ignore the silly pen name: T. Baggins’ writing should be taken very seriously. And despite this book’s title, the story has actually very little to do with that other book. If the title is in any way off putting to you, rest assured. In Fifteen Shades of Gay (For Pay) you won’t find Red Rooms of Pain, lousy mommy porn and pom pom shaking inner goddesses that should have been killed with fire on the very first page.

Instead, you’ll join MC A
I've been dragging my feet on reading this one forever...
I don't know if it was the cover or the title or what exactly??
But...I wasn't eager to read it.
Whoa! That was a mistake.
It was deeper than I thought it would be.
It was more emotional than I thought it would be.
It was WAY better than I thought it was gonna be.

I loved the way Andrew and his sister Marie loved each other.
I loved how Carmac and Andrew fell for each other.
There was a lot to love here.
Trust's a great read.

*4 why-didn't-

I am shocked, people. Shocked.
I know what you're thinking.
You first saw the title and you thought:

Then you saw the cover and thought:

Now close your eyes, forget about what you saw and grab the book.

Cormac stared at him, his finely-boned face as hard and impassive as a statue of Julius Caesar. There was something ancient about the man, not Victorian or Elizabethan but older, old as civilization. Andrew, who often felt the world was too new and overwhelming for him to taste more than a r
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
Cheesy cover and title aside...

I really enjoyed this one.

Andrew has moved to NYC to take care of his sister Marie, who has cancer. Andrew takes a job as a "gay for pay" in order to help Marie. Andrew is a gay escort. Only problem is, Andrew isn't gay. In fact, he hates all things gay. Or does he???

Andrew was scarred from his past....catching his dad with his male high school English teacher, who he had a crush on, will a do a number on you.

Andrew's first date is with a politician from Californi
Apr 18, 2013 MLE rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
What I love about this author is that she takes stories that in other hands would be simple, and trite and makes them wonderfully complex and human. I really loved the depth the author was able to bring to this story, the plot, and all the characters. Characters, and situations were never as simple as they first appear, and there is tremendous growth and change for more than just the principal cast. Don't let the title put you off this is truly a well told story.
Feb 24, 2013 Camille rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-for-you

This was good :-)

An easy, seamless read that requires some suspension of belief (like just how quickly Andrew acclimates to being gay) and requires that the reader not seek a linear narrative but accept, rather, that this works like a journal where the primary relationship isn't given as much predominance as it would be in other prostitution romances.

I enjoyed the characters, even the bad ones. They gave the story scope that held my attention. I also liked the separate journeys several of th
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Sep 06, 2014 ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ rated it liked it
Recommended to ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ by: Garrett
3.5 stars

The title of this story almost guaranteed that I wouldn't read it; the coyish, whorish marketing play on that trashy piece of "mommy porn" made me slightly nauseous.

But I agreed to a buddy read with my peeps, MISH, JEN, and CORY, and I no longer loathe the title, as it makes more sense in the context of the book.

Andrew, a wannabe actor whose POV filters the story, is writing a book with the same title, a sort of book within a book. Andrew is pretending to be gay (for pay) in New York
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

4.5 stars

I have to tell you… I did not expect the story I got when I started reading this. I'm not even sure what I expected really -- something funny/facetious?. To be honest, I tend to not expect much when I read a first time author, or at least an author I haven't heard of and I took a chance to review this when the author contacted me for review. Well, I'm really glad I did, because this turned out to be another book I loved that I hadn't heard anything a
Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
To be honest I've never read the original phenomena that this book and many others have used to either spoof,or as this book has done, use the title in a roundabout way. I have no urge to read the originals, not my cup of tea at all, in fact hell will probably freeze over before I do - so normally I would have bypassed this without a second thought! Thank goodness I took time to read the reviews because this was a great story and one that I'll pick up to read again. Basically out of work actor A ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Cory rated it really liked it
What do you get when you mix a deeply closeted politician with a male escort? True love, of course ;)

Let me start with Andrew's sister Marie. I really loved her. She was battling cancer throughout the entire book. Even though she was tired and sick, she still had a huge interest in Andrew's life and pushed him to see Cormac so she could get the sordid details lol. There was a true brother/sister bond and I liked that Andrew felt so open with her even when he was telling her things that made him
Mar 01, 2013 Simsala rated it really liked it
Spot on review from Camille

Great story.
I had some minor niggles - see Camille - but overall it was an entertaining book with mature characters and a real-life feeling that I liked very much.
Nov 08, 2012 Jenre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
Andrew is a budding actor who has given up a regular slot as a weatherman to travel to New York and look after his sister who has cancer. In order to make ends meet he signs up as a male escort. Andrew isn't gay, and in fact the thought of touching or kissing another man nauseates him, but the hours fit in with his sister's care and the pay is excellent. Andrew's first client is an Californian senator, Cormac. He thinks he's managing to pretend to be gay but after too many drinks things end in d ...more
Tiya Rosa
4.75 stars

This book is so much more than what its cover and title imply and it's unfortunate how I almost missed out on decent writing and memorable characters just 'cause I was expecting a gay spoof of - written in the same level of competence as - that book that shall not be named. Thankfully, I'm a huge GFY slut so the reluctance didn't last very long and boy am I glad I finally checked this baby out.

Andrew temporarily moved to NYC to take care of his sister who's been fighting cancer. His in
Lilia Ford
Don't let the title throw you. This is a charming, witty, tender romance that manages to incorporate the "gay-for-pay" theme in a decidedly non-lame way. Baggins avoids a lot of the potential traps here: excessive fantasy--treating the job of gay-escort as a Pretty Woman/porn movie fantasy gig; as a sentimental rent-boy tragedy; or as a relationship complication that must be gotten out of the way for the real love story. Instead she treats it like a job, something to pay the bills. Andrew's choi ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Syfy rated it it was amazing
Just, wow.

There are two reviews of this book that nail it so succinctly I hardly dare put my two cents in.

It's an intelligent book, with all the markings of being written by a seasoned, professional, and extremely good author.
Such honesty and realism without any extraneous angst or drama added in.
Not saying I don't appreciate a good angsty drama, but this wasn't that kinda party.

This is a very "human" tale. Full of bare bones emotion and real situations handled in ways that real people do.
Kaje Harper
Oct 11, 2013 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, m-m
This book has more substance and emotion than the title might suggest. Andrew is an interesting main character - a young guy who is in New York primarily to support his sister in her battle against cancer, and who finds himself sliding fast down the slope of "escort service" in order to make ends meet. Pretty quickly he is juggling one client whom he likes personally, and others who provide the money he needs. And although he began the job as a straight boy doing gay for pay, Andrew fairly quick ...more
Mia Downing
Dec 10, 2012 Mia Downing rated it it was amazing
Such a good read! Don't let the title put you off. It's nothing like the other story when Andrew, a struggling actor, is reading it to his cancer-stricken sister. He's hard up for money and acting jobs aren't cutting it, so he becomes a gay-for-pay escort. He meets Cormac, a senator, as one of his first clients, and he's intrigued enough to want to become friends. It's an amazing story, well written in a simple manner that flows, yet the discussion is very deep at times. This is probably the bes ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Nic rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, zz-amazon-yes
This was a thoroughly enjoyable story of gay-for-pay. A simple premise, Andrew desperately needs money so accepts a job as a male escort, but told in a very engaging way with a strong focus on the characters.

Andrew, homophobic but with very specific reasons for being so, overcomes his aversion and discovers his sexuality at the same time as dealing with his terminally ill sister.

Marie's illness is portrayed very realistically and is an important part of the story. Andrew's relationship with Mar
Jan 02, 2014 vLadimiR rated it it was ok

Even though I was apprehensive of the whole pretty-woman-esque theme going on (which I've read a few times before with less than satisfactory outcomes) I decided to give it a go since there were lots of stellar reviews about this book and I'm a big fan of the author's other book, Protection, so why not?

Unfortunately, this book didn't quite cut it for me mainly because of Andrew's character. He's an escort trying to pay for his sister's chemo. He's doing it for money but his intentions are nobl
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Third time is not only the charm here but it is the consistent pattern. Every book I've read by this author has been outstanding! Remarkable characters who just leap off the page, enough depth to the goings on to keep you completely invested until the book is done, and what could be crippling emotion by any other author but which just nails the story here make this one of my most highly recommended reads of 2012. How fitting that it is the book I end the year on!

I loved Cormac and Andrew so much
Nov 29, 2014 M rated it really liked it
Honestly, I woud have never read this book if it weren't for Tiya's glowing review. From the goofy author pseudonym and the spoofish title, to the weird cover; I just couldn't take it seriously and had no real desire to go there. But I did. And I was pleasantly surprised. It had a depth I clearly wasn't expecting and dealt with some weighty issues with good grace. I had a few niggles, but then again, I always do. Specifically (view spoiler) ...more
Vanessa North
Mar 20, 2014 Vanessa North rated it really liked it
The title is an abomination.
The words "mommy porn" are used too often (imo, just once is too often)
The author mistakenly places New York in New England (view spoiler)
There were some niggling editorial issues.
Forget all that.
the romance? The romance is divine. The romance is lovely, passionate, sexy, brave, divine. I loved the story, i loved Andrew and Cormac, i hated S
Sep 16, 2014 MishyJo rated it liked it
Recommended to MishyJo by: Garrett
I am totally at a loss here. The book had my attention the whole way through. I found it hard to put down. Parts of it I really was uncomfortable with, disliked even. But most of it I really loved. I guess I will figure out the stars tomorrow give it 3 stars.

Book 2 of 7 of my Snowman Challenge. Thanks for the rec Garrett. Thanks for reading along Cory, Dani and sorta Jen.
Nov 30, 2012 Alie38 rated it it was amazing
I should have known that anything written by T. Baggins ( formally known as SA Reid, Something Different and Protection) would be a moving piece of complex human relationships. I say this because the title, FIFTEEN SHADES OF GAY ( FOR PAY), almost stopped me from buying it. I assumed it was to be a parody of the runaway trilogy, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, but with m/m relationships. The title does make sense after reading the book, but it is very misleading for those like myself who found the trilogy ...more
Nov 18, 2014 AmyI rated it it was amazing
Do *not* let the cheesy cover fool you! This book is a hidden gem! I absolutely loved it!!

Andrew is a struggling actor living in New York with his sister who has stage III cancer. Desperate for money, he agrees to be a “gay for pay” male escort. Andrew isn’t really gay, but trying to convince everyone else he is brings up some issues from his past. His first date is with Senator Cormac Donovan, a well closeted Republican from California. Unexpected feelings develop between them, but can Andrew
Dec 16, 2012 MandyM rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
3.5 stars. Unconventional m/m romance that mixes true romance with family loss and a glimpse into the world of male escorts. Andrew, an out of work actor, gives up a promising job in his home town to care for his dying sister in New York. The financial situation becomes desperate so he takes a job as a male escort for gay clientèle. The problem is that Andrew is straight.

The story is in three intersecting parts. There is Andrew's growing romance with Cormac, his very close and loving relationsh
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