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Apple Polisher

(Rear Entrance Video #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  108 reviews
This straight-A student has a dirty little secret.

Christian Blake dreams of being a kindergarten teacher, but making the grade means maintaining a squeaky clean image: no drinking, no drugs, no swearing, no sex. And definitely no falling for his new roommate—tattooed bad-boy Max, who may or may not be a drug dealer.

Most of all, it means no working at a porn store. But Chri
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published July 27th 2013 by Riptide Publishing
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A Hearts On Fire Review

FOUR & A HALF STARS--"Apple Polisher" the first book in the Rear Entrance Video series (awesome series name BTW) featuring romantic-comedic approach to MM romance while featuring some real life shit. The romance is simple and comforting featuring twenty-somethings.

Christian Blake is gay (but he re-entered the closet), Jamaican-Canadian (yay!), enrolled into a difficult teaching program (where he has to dress in preppy business casual clothes turning him into a perpetu
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I really really enjoyed this author's #First Impressions #Second Chances and wanted to check out more of her stories.
I didn't love this one as much, but I didn't expect to, that LHNB story was just awesomesauce lovely.

There is a lot going on in this book, lots of secrets being kept and as the first in a series it has to set the stage for the following books.
Christian has his goal and he is going to succeed, even if it kills him, well maybe not kill him, but damages who he really is. At the end o
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
This book gets an automatic five stars because there's a gay black man on the cover. Some writers still seem to think "gay" automatically equals "Caucasian". Silly fools, get a grip! It also gets stars because I've read Heidi Belleau's work and I can't see any racefail ahead (she'll know it from me if there is, LOL).

Update: I just finished Apple Polisher and yes, it was pretty much everything I hoped it would be. Christian Blake was such a complex character and I could sympathize with many of hi
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this series is set in Vancouver, BC. I totally dorked out and Googled where on Davie that the store would sit and perhaps nodded my head knowingly when places I've been or recognized were mentioned. Yup, total dork.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one and there were moments when I wanted to smack Christian but I have to say I loved this read. I got a kick out of the heritage house roomies and stressed out with Christian as he tried to keep all together. There are quite a few hot scenes
Christina Marie
I ended up loving this. Which surprises me, because it stressed me the hell out. Seriously, the roller coaster of anxiety I experienced while reading this had me all twitchy. In spite of that, I could not stop reading. Actually, maybe it was because of that. I mean, I wouldn’t have been so anxious over Christian’s situation if I wasn’t extremley invested in it. The writing grabbed me from the beginning, and wouldn’t let go. I felt it all, was there with Christian, going through the insanity righ ...more
Ohhh, I really liked this book. I liked all the characters, but especially Chris who's struggling so hard with what he thinks he wants (be a closeted gay teacher wearing shirts, ties and wingtips) and what he really wants. Namely, Max, hot roommate, possibly a drug dealer, blowing hot and cold, and a catalyst for deeply in the closet Chris taking a long hard look at himself.

Chris' aunt is sick, so Chris decides to help out with her business. Which, LOL, just happens to be a porn store. Called Re
4 stars.

School teacher in training by day, purveyor of porn by night, Christian Blake needs to figure out if the one thing he always wanted from life is worth changing who he is.

By all outward appearances, he makes the perfect teacher in training with his buttoned up clothes, doesn’t drink, swear or smoke, and sex is off the table as he steps back into the closet all for the sake of appearances. Underneath all of that, however, Christian is a hot mess. When his Aunt is stricken with ovarian can

3.5 stars

Christian thinks he has to be an apple polisher, thinks that in order to be a good kindergarten teacher, he has to be a goody-goody, perfect, by-the-rules kinda guy. Unfortunately, he thinks this also means living a lie in the closet.

Christian is a college student in a teacher training program that has an unbelievable list of decorum and comportment requirements. This gets him into a quandary when he falls for one of his hunky housemates, Max, who doesn’t believe in closets and may or
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance

I vowed I would read something solely by Ms. Belleau after reading The Professor's Rule series. Let me tell you, she did not disappoint. In fact, I might have a girl crush on her.

Both Christian and Max have been shunned by their parent(s) and both of their paths have been shaped by this. Max has chosen to be who he is openly for the most part. Christian did too for a short while, but he's being stifled by the restrictions of his teaching program. Never fear! They
I've had this book (and it's sequels) since they came out, and once again I am kicking my own ass for putting them on the back-burner for years...because this one was great.

Christian is my kind of a snarky smart-ass, and I loved his character development as he slowly realizes his motivation to pursue teaching, what he's giving up to fit a mold, how unhappy he is...some of which is self-imposed as later revealed during a talk with his professor. And that assumption of rules is just the tip of the
Shirley Frances
Christian is trying to achieve his dream of being a teacher, only he's losing himself in order to attain it. Between school, his aunt's illness and paying his bills he has enough to worry about without adding to it an enigmatic roommate he can't stop thinking about. Max is everything Christian vowed to stay away from since beginning his teaching program - the clothes, the look, the lifestyle - but he is the very person he needs to keep his head on straight. Now the question is, will Christian ge ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It sounds ridiculous, but I had literally completely forgotten how good Heidi Belleau is. Her last few releases just didn't intrigue me that much, and this one stood gathering virtual dust on my TBR for months. I regret it. But I also don't, because this was exactly what I was in the mood for today.

Short books require short reviews, in my opinion at least, so I'll try to keep it brief and to the point.

Why is this novel so great?
- It's a relatable, fun, sweet, sad, energic story, with potentially

In the beginning, I didn't like Christian. Uptight and prissy, he was hiding in the closet, scared of being outed, and acting like a jerk. The contradictions were odd, too. Someone that uptight...liking bad boys...(view spoiler)?

I didn't like that he (view spoiler)
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: Cassandra
>★★★★. I liked it a lot and I confess, I bought this book because I thought the cover model looked like he could be the brother of President Obama (LOL)!

In this book Christian Blake was biracial young man who was abandoned by his Jamaican mother after he came out to her. Actually, she invited him to come back to Jamaica with her so they can help cure him of his perversion. Christian decided to remain in Canada and instead moved in with his Aunt.
His aunt took care of him and paid for his colle
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a definite case of the story growing on me. It took a little while to get into but once I was settled into Christian's story, it was thoroughly enjoyable.

So uptight and eager to make life decisions that showed he was a good person, Christian lived in fear and ended up slow to make the decisions to stand up and support his sick aunt. And he nearly let Max escape, which wouldn't have been a good thing! They were definitely hot together! (oh my, that scene on the shop floor!)

I think this b
Shelby P
Mar 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is my first read by Heidi Belleau. I was confused with the setting of the novel. I guess Christian or one of the characters went to SFU and I kept asking myself "does that mean San Francisco University?" I then realized that this was based in Canada. Okay.

About 26% into the story I thought about DNFing it but I continued on. There was something about Christian that just didn't ring authentic to me. He's a gay man who's not a virgin but he can't bring himself to say cock, pussy, balls, etc w
Heather C
Jul 30, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I tried to get into this but all the dashes and parentheses were very distracting. Me and this writer's style just aren't compatible.
Janice Salmon
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book...we get to see believable characters work through true to life stressors. You root for Christian as he tackles each new problem, and he learns people do care and maybe even love him. Past rejection makes him guarded and a loner....but bad boy Max forces him step up and participate in life.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing what can happen when two people shut up and just listen to each other.
G.B. Gordon
That was one hell of a satisfying read. I'll be keeping a close eye on this series.
This is a cute enough story, but there were parts of it that were clearly written for the "thrill" rather than the plot. This is something that bothers me in these romantica type reads. If you are going to make the story about more than sex, then you need to make sure that the story is consistent and that it retains verisimilitude. Otherwise, what was the point of the story?

For this reason, I almost rated this book lower.

The main conflict in Apple Polisher is that the MC is gay but wants to be
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
3.5 Stars
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

Christian needs a cheap place to live. That’s how he finds himself living in a large run down house with 4 other guys. He only needs a place to sleep and study until he gets his teaching certificate. The guys are nice enough, except for Max. Max is kind of a jerk with moments of kindness. He’s also hot but has a picture of a half-naked woman as his screen saver so Christian is sure that he’s straight. That should be enough to keep him from lusting
Alicia Nordwell
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apple Polisher surprised me. It was an interesting name for an interesting book. I thought it would be full of cliches, and in a way it was. We had the classic character tropes, but many of them had hidden qualities that made them more human than their basic first impressions. Christian was anal retentive and uptight ... but he had so many reasons for being that way and he didn't like being that way--though from the synopsis I really thought he was an upright prig through and through.

Max's secr
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-amazon
I’m a huge fan of this author so I knew going in that I would probably like this. It was both simpler and more complex than I expected. Christian and Max’s relationship did not have a ton of angst but it had a lot of secrets – and they mattered. I felt like Christian grew up a lot in this novel and that’s really the story – taking who you really are and letting him out. I would have loved more exploration of his background to help me understand him a bit better – in fact I had a hard time keepin ...more
Lacey klemm
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Christian wants is to get through college and be a kindergarten teacher. Unfortunately it is easier said than done. Just going to school to be a teacher means keeping his nose clean, dressing up for class, no drinking, no sex, and it definitely means not working at his Aunt's porn store! But family means a lot to Christian and his Aunt has cancer and needs his help. Christian also has temptation in the form of Max his bad boy roommate that may or may not be a drug dealer. I was happy to find ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
The thing I liked best about Apple Polisher (Rear Entrance Video #1) was the internal dialogue that Ms. Belleau gave us access to. The interplay between the men living in the house was enthralling, in turns funny, friendly, brotherly, supportive, honest and loving. This is a group of guys I look forward to reading more about. Highly recommended.

You can read the rest of Tina's review at The Novel Approach
Camille Adams
I enjoyed every one of this book's dimensions; more than I thought I would too. Christian's struggles, his figuring it all out, were especially gratifying to read.

The reason this gets three stars instead of four is because the author, unfortunately, decided to wrap this up on a saccharine note. I appreciate HEAs but, I think, with all the depth in this one, a continuance of the reality would have better served. There still could have been a HEA without the snappiness.

Before the descent into too
I enjoyed this one, although there was a little bit of an emotional disconnect for me with Christian. I'm not sure why. I liked the characters, but the secondary characters shone brighter than MCs, IMO. I'd like a book from Max's POV. He was interesting and I'd like to read more of his story.

Heidi always writes beautifully and I always wish I could read more of her work (and I would but often the themes aren't my thing) so I'm excited about this series.
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
Barely 3 stars for me, I was surely disappointed .
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia
I loved this book's premise and some scenes were lovely, but just as many scenes were just plain weird and extremely uncomfortable or executed in a creepy way - and I'm not talking about the parts in the porn store.
There was absoluely zero buildup to the romance and we barely got to see the two interact aside from them having sex or fighting or having sex again - to me it still seemed like they were total strangers or just vague aquaintances when they said "I love you."

I think something might ha
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Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, graduated with a degree in history from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and now lives outside of Edmonton, Alberta, with her tradesman husband and two kids. A proud bisexual woman, her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of queer characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialog ...more

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“Once they were both naked and pressed together again, with Christian’s mouth on one of Max’s nipples and Max’s hands on Christian’s inner thighs, Christian was struck by how intense it was, how urgent and powerful and deep this wanting went. All his life he was raised to believe—wanted to believe—that desire was a superficial thing, something you worked through and, if you were disciplined and moral, ultimately put aside in favour of deeper, more important pursuits.” 0 likes
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