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Acting Out

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  81 reviews
After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey's pro ...more
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Published September 24th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
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I am MADLY in love with this story.

Porn plots are one of my secret vices. I often find myself irritated though, because deep down I'm a pretty conservative gay guy who can't shake the feeling that romance and porn don't go together.


But I remember a few years ago I was blown away by K.C. Well's First, which gave me a soft spot for porn books and which I still consider one of the best porn themed books ever, but surprisingly, "Acting Out" comes REALLY close to this level of epicness.

I was origina
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m

Oh no, what happened? Things were travelling along really well. Interesting and believable story line and then the last 10% ......

It's a story about a young (straight) ex-marine's introduction into Gay for Pay porn. Down on his luck, Eli is taken under the wing of a veteran (Hamish), who shows him the ins and outs (pun intended) to making a living in the industry. It is well researched and I can imagine that this is very much how things are done when starting out and filming various scenes. Ther
May 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
YES! I actually finished two books in one day so YAY for me. Though I didn't really enjoy this book as much as Shadow and Bone. While reading Acting Out, I was entertained enough to read on but some aspects of the book weren't that great. I cannot give this 3 stars but 2 stars seem low. Regardless, Acting Out gets 2 stars from me for several reasons.

The story revolves around Eli, an ex-marine who hit rock bottom. He is discharged from his service and has to live a normal life from then on. Howev
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm

***2.5 stars***

BR with my girls, Karen, Tara and Elsbeth.

----Spoilers ahead---

I am angry at this book. Really angry.

This book started out great. We have Eli and Hamish, who meet in the gay for pay business. Eli is struggling with his feelings about having sex with men for money while he’s not gay, so he takes it slow. He starts with a solo job and works his way up to the real sex.
So far so good.

I wasn’t sure how the whole gay for pay thing would be explained. But I was happy with how the subject
Sonia ~Ruber's fiancé in Crystal Court universe~
I would like to start by saying that it's been a long time since I've read such good smut!!

Man, the hotness level reaches critical levels!!! It bas basically reading porn instead of watching it!


Then why 3 starts you ask? Well then the 80% percent mark happened and it's all downhill from there. There's a plot twist that was completely unnecessary from my point of view! I mean: Why? Why? (view spoiler) And you see, the writing durin
Jacq ~
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it

OMG What a Hot Read!

Scotty Cade did his work. Gay for pay as well as our military jargon (Terms)

This storyline was hard for me, being I was in the same position as Eli processing out of the Military (Army) only 2 days ago. to simply begin reserve duty. It felt to close for comfort. I am very glad I decided to read this. I found it to be a bit refreshing. Just knowing it could be worse… and just get better.

I totally enjoyed this read. My heart went for Eli, love at first read. But I must say Ham
Karen Wellsbury
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I came into this with high hopes, but they were dashed.
Both MCs were likeable enough, and initially the chemistry and banter was excellent.
I am sure that the porn side was realistic (I have no experience so I'm just guessing here), and it was hot, no doubt about that, but while my organs may have engaged, my head did not.

Once the guys discovered they may have feelings for each other (3 weeks) i desperately wanted 'something' to happen that wasn't sex, be careful what you wish for!

Then thrown ont
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit of surprise for me in the best way. I completely expected the heat. The gay-for-pay thing never gets old, but often it stops with the heat. This one followed through with depth and emotion. The emotions Eli felt made sense to me and served to allow me to connect with him and Hamish. I read it for the potential points for a challenge and walked away a fan of this author.
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
All military men, gay for pay porn?

Nice quick steamy story, with not a lot of substance. But that's okay. Sometimes you are in need of some steam.

I never really felt the love. Friendship, maybe, but not love.

Still, it was a nice break from reality, and I enjoyed it.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: alright, not-a-keeper
OK....I was actually laughing out loud at the cafe this morning waiting for my coffee finishing off this book.
I liked it - I mean I read it right through and finished it….but that huge laugh at the end probably wasn’t supposed to happen.

Eli, straight out of the military, has been royally screwed over by his folks, he’s down to his last scrap of money with little prospect of work when he is approached by a guy to come do a bit of gay military porn (as always when I read these scenarios I thank Go
Joyfully Jay
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

First and foremost, this is a book about porn. Hot, erotic, well written, and visual, porn. Now that we have that out the way, we can move on. But, it really will just come back to the fact that this book is porn for the mind.

Added in we have our two main men, Eli and Hamish. We get a bit of back story that led both men to the financial strain they found themselves in. Even though Eli was out of the country in the military, he did mention time off where he could h
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, on-my-kindle, arc
It's not been that long since I first heard of gay-for-pay. A few years, maybe. I know, I know, I'm naive. It had never occurred to me that straight men would, or could, do gay porn. Having a strong military kink, myself, the description for 'Acting Out', by Scotty Cade instantly appealed. When I got into it, and saw the closeness this 'family' had for one another, it was easy to see that for a number of these men, the camaraderie was much like what they had while serving. It was comfort and fam ...more
2.5 stars The main reason this didn't quite reach 3-star-status for me was the lack of a connection or chemistry between the guys. I just didn't believe it, and I'm not sure how much of that was the writing and how much was the narration. The narration wasn't bad, but it just felt so casual. There was only one time that real emotion was brought to a characters voice (view spoiler), as opposed to their usual bantery lilt. But a ...more
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 4 hearts

After reading the author’s intro, I was seriously wishing I could have volunteered to be his little research assistant. Yes, it would have taken a large investment of time, but it’s a hardship I would have gladly embraced. Accuracy is important, right? So, I would have put my heart and soul into scouring the Internet for gay porn and investigating key details, but alas, my dream job didn’t materialize. :( Instead, the author got all the pleasure did
Christi Snow
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Wow...I liked this book, but I didn't expect it to be as deep as it was.

The story begins with Eli as he's trying to adjust to civilian life and find a job after leaving the Marines. He'd saved every penny during the last 6-8 years of service only to discover that his parents stole every cent of it while he was overseas. My heart hurt for Eli as the weeks go by and his self-worth drops just as quickly as his meager bank account. The hard thing about this story was how easy it was to se
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book by coincidence when I visited Between the Covers with Scotty & Jo, SJD Peterson`s blogspot. In the description, it looked interesting and the kind of story I usually enjoy. Bought it on release day, and it didn't disappoint! When I started reading, I couldn't put it down. To keep my attention can be hard, and I get easily bored. But this one did, and it only took me hours to finish it. And because of that, it's worth 5 stars in my book! This is the first book I've read from thi ...more
Main Characters: Eli Preston (Cal) and Dawes Turner (Hamish)
Key Themes: Gay for Pay, Gay4U,
Location: San Diego

MM story between 2 straight ex-Marines who are down on their luck and have to turn to sex work to pay the bills.

This story aims to make the case that gay for pay is real…Both characters are straight in gay we are continually reminded....time and time again...I personally did not feel I needed that much the “gay for you”/ “gay for pay” theme seemed a bit over
I LOVED this book! I not only liked Eli and Hamish, but all the "supporting" characters as well. Royce was great and the other gay-for-pay guys were hilarious. The sex scenes were great as well, whether it was 2, 3 or more guys.
I really enjoyed the slow burn, friendship/protégé relationship between Eli and Hamish. The stalker aspect was kinda to the point though. The only problem I had with this book is the ending. It was rather...abrupt.
10/20/16 - Still LOVE this book! I wish Scotty Cade had t
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, military

This one was fun, hot and entertaining. I was always wondering how ‘Gay for Pay’ works… how a straight guy can fuck another guy for money. I got my answers. :)

All in all, Acting Out was an fast-paced, hot, light-hearted porn read with some suspense and a nice HEA. Recommended! :)
Some of it felt like a how to manual for gay for pay porn, and I got really frustrated with Eli a few times. I also thought the ending felt rushed, and would have liked one more chapter, rather than having the whole thing resolved in one paragraph.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Surprising exactly no one that follows my reviews, I did not particularly like this book. I feel like I should have known better going into it but the author was not familiar and the subject matter actually sounded ok. Plus I find audiobooks more forgiving so I took a chance. Yes, yes bad me. Le sigh. In this case I can’t really tell if the narrator for the audiobook made things better or worse because I did not care for him. Beyond the narrator though, the plot is kind of silly and just not sex ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Not steamy/descriptive enough to be enjoyable as porn, and too much NO HOMO talk to be enjoyed as a mm romance.
Love Bytes Reviews
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 star review by Vicki

I’m having a hard time starting this review… I was quite excited to see the description for this book a few months ago and got my request in for it quick! I love stories featuring military men and porn models so combining the two seemed right up my alley. I wish I could say I loved it, but I didn’t. It’s not really Scotty’s fault either. It’s hard not to compare books to other books, and there are some really good, realistic books out there featuring porn stars. I am tryi
Morgan  Skye
Eli was in the military for 8 years, signing up in the first place to get away from an abusive, useless family situation. He saves up all his money while in the service only to find out his a**hole family has spent all his money and wrecked his car. Now he has literally one paycheck, no job prospects, a little training in a career no one is hiring for and a lot of hopelessness.

He runs into Royce at the Walmart and Royce sees someone who could fit right in with the bunch of guys he works with at
Ula'ndi Hart
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’m giving it a four but it’s complicated.

I feel the book was worth maybe even a 4.5. I really enjoyed it that much. When I’m in the mood for something like this I read it for what it is. I have a soft spot for the “gay-for-you” genre. If it’s done right it’s fabulous.

So may I firstly share what I loved about this book?
I LOVED the side characters. Even though we didn’t get to know most of them in detail I feel that from the first time Eli set foot in the house they made it feel welcoming and war
Ula'ndi Hart
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Love it all bookworm
I’m giving it a four but it’s complicated.

I feel the book was worth maybe even a 4.5. I really enjoyed it that much. When I’m in the mood for something like this I read it for what it is. I have a soft spot for the “gay-for-you” genre. If it’s done right it’s fabulous.

So may I firstly share what I loved about this book?
I LOVED the side characters. Even though we didn’t get to know most of them in detail I feel that from the first time Eli set foot in the house they made it feel welcoming and war
Serena Yates
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
We all know that life in the military is very different from the "normal" day-to-day stuff we encounter as civilians. And there are a lot of veterans who, unfortunately, have it a lot worse than Eli in this book. But the ting that got to me was that Eli's parents were the ones who selfishly stole his money while he was on duty, so now he doesn't even have a way to support himself while he decides what to do with the rest of his life. I wanted to strangle them. At least twice.

Eli takes his parent
Inked Reads
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, erotica, audiobook

Eli goes through a lot in this book from leaving the military and finding his parents have spent all the money he thought he had saved to doing something he never thought he would for money to falling in love with someone he never thought he would.

There is a lot of naughty scenes that are quite hot and sexy in the book, but there is also a growing romance, bromance if you will, that is touching as well. Although I had doubts that someone would go down the path
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This was going to be a 5 stars for me...until the last 20 pages.

As much as I loved the book, the last part fell short for me. It was rushed, and that bothered me because up until then, the whole book was very well put together. The ending was unrealistic, and if we had an epilogue or something, maybe I wouldn't have the feeling things are temporarily patched. I want to know they're still together, I wanted Eli to meet Josh, and most of all, I really wanted to know how they handle their relation
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was really fun. Though the writing style was a little different and may not be for everyone. Definitely a case of the tell me, don't show me. Lots of words & step by step description of the action. But beyond that, the story totally worked for me. I absolutely believed the chemistry between these two. Hamish was a doll. And Eli was sweetly confused all the time. But I was all in on their adventure & love story. Some major angst thrown in at the end, and a crazy plot twist to wr ...more
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Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of over twenty years. He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but just five years ago for publication. When not at the Inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing gay romance novels with his Shetland s ...more

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