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Conning Colin

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  39 reviews
"Whatever else is or isnt true, I just lost my cherry to the hottest man in the world."

Colin O'Neill has been in a rut for some time now. Whether it's his acting career or his newly-discovered identity as a gay man, he can't seem to get any traction in his job or his love life. What he needs is a change. What he needs is a shock to his system. What he needs is
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Zirconia Publishing, Inc.
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May 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
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"Whatever else is or isnt true, I just lost my cherry to the hottest man in the world."

Colin O'Neill has been in a rut for some time now. Whether it's his acting career or his newly-discovered identity as a gay man, he can't seem to get any traction in his job or his love life. What he needs is a change. What he needs is a shock to his system. What he needs is Hamilton.

"Your first time... You ready for it?"

Hamilton. Dillinger. Harrison. He goes by
Ed Davis
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I had a hard time rating this book. It was ok, I just didnt love it. I thought Colin getting mad because Henry used him as inspiration for a character in his screenplay didnt make much sense. After all Colin used Hamilton to get over his stage fright. ...more
Skye Kilaen
A wildly underappreciated gay romance, co-written by a gay man. It follows a divorced NYC-based voice actor, Colin O'Neil, who hires high-end escort Hamilton (the alter ego of aspiring screenwriter Henry Davis) for a combination of sex and confidence coaching in being a gay man, since his orientation is a recent revelation.

As Colin and "Hamilton" spend more time together, both Colin and Henry struggle with the serious growing affection between them, complicated by both men being unclear about
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Totally Engaging!

5 big stars for a complex romp in the world of acting, screen writing, and escorts. Nothing is as it seems, in a devilish plot with two immensely engaging characters in Henry and Colin. Time well spent.
4 Stars

Check out my notes and highlights...I really, really liked the book.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Veronica of V's Reads
Henry Davis is a recent college grad with a degree in English and writing, and no desire to work for peanuts in the cube-world. He aspires to be a screen-writer, if only he can find his muse. In the meantime, being an escort paid all his college debts, and he's supporting himself and a family member in need with his earnings. That is a really awesome part of his story, but I don't want to spoil it--so trust me! Henry's pretty much as selfless as they come. And boy, do they come!

Okay, Henry has
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

4.5 wonderful stars!!

Conning Colin , is one of those books readers are going to either love or hate. The story is out of the box and can easily confuse a reader especially if the reader has a habit of skimming a story. Most people may have gravitated to this book because the blurb was intriguing or because they liked the authors. Im part of the latter. I love Brad Vances stories ( especially his Viking series Colum's Viking Captivity (Colum's Viking Captivity, #1) by Brad Vance ), and when I saw he had a new release pending, I scooped it up blindly. I knew
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I liked this story but it wasn't what I was expecting. The title says "A Gay Romantic Comedy" but it's more of a drama/sad comedy of errors. Okay, but not the brilliant storytelling as I'm accustomed to Brad Vance offering. I liked the bonus story The Road Home a lot more than the featured title.
Nat ReadingAllNite
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, amazon
I liked this! Far different than the usual rent-boy trope and I enjoyed the touch of Hollywood. I could get all existential about it as a representation of the masks we all tend to wear, trying to portray what we think is expected of us. There were existential crises for the very well-rounded characters and there was also some hot sex, men falling in love and happily ever after. Really good, light angst-free reading.

Theres a second bonus novel in this edition but Ill save it for later
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, mm, hea-hfn, 2017-reads
3.5 Stars

I was really looking forward to reading this story. The blurb sounded intriguing, but once I picked up the book and started reading, well, the story didn't quite work for me. Henry, one of the main characters, has three different personas, his true self Henry, a high-class escort Harrison and later in the story we are introduced to Dillinger, a STR8 Dudes Porn Star. That's just Henry's personas, then we meet Colin, a shy and awkward recently divorced (from a woman) man who has just
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, ebook, arc
I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

Conning Colin is a contemporary m/m romance about two men learning to accept the masks they wear in order to find success alongside their happy-ever-afters.

Colin is trying to make it in show business. With a horrible case of stage fright that keeps him on the voice-over actor path and a failed heterosexual marriage behind him, Colin decides that its time to finally accept thats hes gay and meet a nice man. So, Colin hires
Kristy Johnston
After reading Apollos Curse, I had high expectations for this story and it just did not meet my expectations. The characters were interesting. The story clearly had direction, points A, B, C, etc. Unfortunately, the journey to those points fell apart then just ended.

When I purchased the book through Amazon, I understood that there was an additional story attached, but with the listing of the ebook at 502 pages and the kindle version at 454 pages I settled in for a long read. The kindle book
Beach Books
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Conning Colin reminded me of those wonderful, often improbable, storylines from 1940's romantic comedies where the characters are more than they seemor rather more than they present to the worldand the magic comes when the facades peel away to reveal their true strengths and weaknesses.
For Colin, fear drives him to his comfort zone, buttressed by what most would measure as success. Unfortunately, there's more to Colin's struggles than finding and mastering a skill set... much more. What Colin
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cheesy-sweet, sexy, mm-bi, arc
Loved it.

I've read other books with a similar premise, minus the escort thing, so I was expecting the build-up of feelings, then the reveal of betrayal, and a certain type of resolution. Those expectations, however, were far too simplistic for the frustrations, failings, and even triumphs of these men. I was engrossed in their individual stories as well as the relationship between them. I read quickly and was disappointed that it was over when I finished the epilogue.

And thank the Keeper of Cute
John-Torleif  Harris
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a brilliant concept for a book. In real life, no one really is themselves at the beginning of a relationship. There is always the initial period of faking it, where you don't have any faults, and try to be the best, most interesting version of you that you can be. This story took that to its extreme with both Colin and Henry assuming a persona (Henry even assuming a different name) all to avoid getting emotionally involved.

Naturally, it doesn't work because each mixes too much of
Annie Maus
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In the very clever Conning Colin, Brad Vance and Elsa Winters study identity - when we own it, and when it owns us
Vance and Winters write profound observations again and again.
Oh my yes, this is a hot and fascinating romance. Yes, the complex characters grabbed me. Yes, the plot twisted my tummy at times. And yes, the book has many amusing moments.

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Jes Jester
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. Even though the trope of 'hooker-turned-boyfriend' isn't exactly original, I still very much enjoyed the growth of the characters. The sex scenes were super steamy and very well written. I enjoyed the information about the whole movie-writing process and can tell that the authors put real thought and effort into not only creating their own plotline, but also the plot of the movie that Henry, the hooker with a heart of gold, wrote after meeting the wonderfully shy Colin. ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
really enjoyed this story. It was fun and light hearted, great storyline, brilliantly developed characters (several of them all serving a different purpose) and ultimately a lovely romance. This is definitely one of those books you read with a smile on your face.

Minor formatting points: The blurb and sneak peek at the beginning of the story should be labelled as such. I would usually avoid any type of spoilers but it's difficult to do that if you are reading them without real using. Also note,
Felicia Eddy
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This is my first book of this authors I have read and I found the story to be ok and at times difficult to follow. I do commend the author for trying to show Colin as a man who is in the process of finding out who he is while everyone's eyes are focused on him but the character of Henry I found confusing especially how he is introduced and why his alter egos are needed. I think the character could have been interested in Colin without coming across as manipulative and in some cases hard to like. ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Got from Hidden Gems Romance ARC Club, for an honest review.

I have loved a couple of Elsa Winters books. So I was excited to read another. I am sorry to say this was a big miss for me. I kept trying to read it but something was missing for me. The writing it self didnt put up walls, it was the story itself. I even put the book down and couple days later tried again. By the cover and the description of the story, it had pulled me into so badly wanting to like it. I will still keep looking to read
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mm
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. Colin is an actor with some serious self esteem issues, who looks to an escort to help him explore his sexuality. Henry works as an escort, and has developed different personas to please the men who hire him. The lines between the two men start to fade, and neither is sure what is real and what is pretend. I liked the characters, and their playful banter.
Jess Gabriel
4.5 stars. I loved how the MC's brought out the best parts of each other. While deception is decidedly my LEAST favorite method of tension, this didn't really fit that category since Colin knew that Hamilton wasn't necessarily the real man behind the escort (if that makes sense). I really connected to these characters and their emotions. My only complaint is that I wanted more of them together after the resolution. This will most likely be a re-read for me!
Patricia Baxes
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
What is it about hiring an escort that gets your heart pumping and your pulse race? Conning Colin not only gives you a unique look at what causes someone to hire an escort, but what the escort is feeling or doing as well. It's a very interesting storyline with well developed characters and plenty of twists and turns along the journey to the HEA. It's a really good. 😊
(I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book and found it to be a very good read.)
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Normally I really don't like when a title story is only 50% of book. This time I won't complain, both stories were well written and amazing. Both stories were just a bit on this side of believable. A bit of reality with a lot of wishful areas that make the stories enjoyable.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Which one is he...,
Henry has many rolls he plays for different parts in his life. Colin, is a voice over actor with stage fright. The two get together with Henry's escort career. Life gets tangled between the two and heartbreak ensues. "Chris" explains about Henry to Colin, but will be ever forgive Henry in the end? I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
First I want to say I loved Henry and all his alter egos! That's being said I felt this would have been better split into two books with before and after Colin learns the truth. I wanted more details of their time together and more insight to how they felt separated and the feelings involved. I love these character and would love to read about them some more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: men-only, arc
3.5 stars
For the most part I liked it and it was easily 4 stars except for one part that bothered me. I maybe shouldn't let it bother me because the character was an escort. But still reading a sexual scene, even if it wasn't actual sex, with someone that wasn't the other hero, after they began "seeing" each other bugged me.
***I decided to review an ARC of this book.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Full disclosure I love Brad Vance and really enjoy his work with Elsa Winters.
This story is so character driven. I was engaged in their lives whichever persona they were playing.
I could not put it down and I didn't care. It just flowed along and I was along for the ride .
The story was interesting and touching, it felt new and real.
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