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Keeping Sweets

(Newport Boys #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,191 ratings  ·  213 reviews
The second-to-last thing Evan Lowry thought he’d be doing after graduation was auditioning to be the newest adult film star for Sonic Street Studios. The very last thing he thought he’d be doing was auditioning to sleep with other men. Wide-eyed and inexperienced, he isn’t ready for what he finds when he walks through the doors, but with college tuition bills looming, what ...more
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Published October 29th 2019 (first published March 10th 2013)
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Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Excellent debut Novel from the very talented Cate Ashwood, a story of tortured hearts and selfless love… and I couldn't put it down 4.25 luscious stars.

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When I read the blurb on a book and it mentions gay porn… you can be assured it will end up on my reading list, and I picked this book up to read today and couldn’t put the damn thing down! There is great character development, the sex is most definitely sizzling and cold shower worthy, the story kept me riveted and engrossed plus this is a
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Aww...I'm just a happy pile of Mandy-goo after reading this.
Ok, full disclosure, rent-boy and porn industry stories are hard for me to resist, add in poor Evan, mistreated and ignored, neglected and alone most of his young life and I am melting.
Evan is 18 finally ready to start a life, since up until now he has been biding his time and studying hard so he can make a good life for himself. He has a scholarship but he needs money to live on, so when he sees an ad for male models he decides to
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Buddy read with Jennifer.

We were scared to start this one because....PORN.

Porn is not happy. It means lack of butterflies and rainbows.

But this book managed surprisingly well.

There was a real connection between Evan and Brandon (known to all by his porn name, Noah). Evan is 18, having just graduated high school; he's shy and naive, but smart too. He manages to leave his abusive drunk of a stepfather and secure a scholarship to college. But he needs a summer job pronto. When Evan applies for
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

Addictive insta-lovey goodness! This book was like reading crack for me: I knew the quality wasn't all there but each hit just felt so freaking amazing..

The plot? Weak at best. A classic "virgin falls for the experienced older man" trope with silly "I know what is best for you" conflict. But was it crazy, crazy readable? Yes it was!! I don't know what it was about this book but I literally couldn't put it down last night. I read until my eyes watered and my vision blurred. I just
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

Man, you could just feel the love pouring out of this one! Really sweet yet sexy read!

Evan has just graduated from high school and has been pretty much kicked out of his house. After the death of his mother, he was left living with his step-dad who is an all around prick. Evan is headed for college and a new life!!

Scholarships will only cover so much of Evan's expenses so he'll need a job to cover the rest. He sees an ad for an adult model and the rest is history!


Evan is 18 years old and he just graduated high school. He is alone in the world. He doesn’t know who his father is and his mother died a year earlier. His step-father is an asshole who wants Evan to move out now that he graduated. Evan had accepted an offer from the University of Oregon, being able to secure a scholarship. All he needs now is a job. He finds an ad in the newspaper for a job as an adult model, but what he doesn’t know is that this adult modelling is actually gay porn.

Brandon is
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-sex-for-money
This is the story of a lost and lonely 18 year old named Evan who lands a job as a porn star. He falls in love with the Mack Daddy porn star, Brandon, at the porn studio he begins working for and the feeling are quickly reciprocated. It is completely far-fetched and even has a bit of Pretty Woman thrown in there, which is always fun, but if you can suspend disbelief, this is a delightful read. Me personally, I had a problem with seeing Evan as a sex object. He was so young, his mother was an ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So damn good. Will come back later with a review.


I'll just right out and say that rentboys and porn based stories are my least favourite tropes to read about. That being said, Cate Ashwood did a stellar job of making me appreciate this storyline.

We have Evan, a lonely sweet young man looking to earn some extra money for college and Bran, a lonely jaded porn star who, at 27, is getting old for the business. Bran and his business partner hire Evan as part of a summer house porn shoot but
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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First, I'll start off by saying that I this book. Second, if you're looking for a dirty, gritty book about the porn industry: I'd say you should definitely pass on this one then. This is the story of two men who find each other at a time when both are at a crossroads in their lives. One of them has plans for his future and the other feels lost and doesn't know what he should do next. One thing they both know and feel is the immediate connection they have to one another.

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I found the story to be
Heather C
This was such a sweet story. Not at all what I expected it to be. What I expected was a pornographic sex-fest. What I got was a sweet story about a tired, lonely porn star (Bran) falling for the sweet, innocent virgin (Evan). Yes, there was a lot of sex...but there was plenty of sexual tension to go with it. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5* review to follow

Evan is all alone, his mom has died his stepfather wants nothing to do with him and he's graduating with no friends or other family to help him out. So he spies an advert for male models and even though he feels he's no chance because of his stature- he's only slight and small in height- he takes a chance, sends a picture and waits, not realising till he surprisingly gets a reply accepting his request that it is in fact a gay porn site!! Not sure at all that he can go
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

I can't help myself -- whenever there is a new book released about porn stars, I can't resist! I have to read it. I don't know why I'm so obsessed with these characters, it certainly doesn't come from a real-life porn star obsession. I don't need to analyze it, however, to know that it's a hot button trope for me. So, naturally, I was excited to read this book, though this author is new to me.

Told in third person close point of view and alternating between
A Hearts On Fire Review

What happens when you add a jaded 27-year old veteran porn star and an 18 year old virgin kicked out of his home? Other than some sexing going on...Magic!

Cate Ashwood's debut "Keeping Sweets" is contemporary story featuring 18 Evan who's had a hard knock like. His deceased mother was a drunk, he doesn't know who his father is and his stepfather is counting down the days until Evan's graduation to finally kick Evan out of his small town home.

Evan has no friends. He is
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This read very much like a bad m/f romance: young virgin meets experienced older man (10 years age difference) and it has love at first sight (the much loathed "insta-love"...). Irrational protection insticts by the man and natural talent for all sexual acts (including deep throating) by the boy give it a lot of WTF-moments.
I liked the beginning, but as soon as the "porn-plot" started it went downhill.
And what I disliked: (view spoiler)
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


4.5 Stars
A very sweet and spicy love story. Two lonely (young) men find each other with porn as their backdrop. I have to say that once Evan and Bran took over this book, once they made a connection, it was very difficult to put down. Very endearing characters really helped drive this story and made it work so well. The sex is scorching and the developing main characters captivated me. I hope that the ever so protective Colt gets a story of his own because I would definitely be buying that! I
3.5 stars

This was fun and enjoyable and Bran and Evan were hot together with really good chemistry. Not much happens plot wise other than Evan getting into porn and Bran, being an old pro at it, being tired of it and wanting out but thinking he doesn't know how to do anything else and no one else would hire him because all he has on his reseme is porn.

But this was fun and enjoyable and hot and Evan and Bran were cute together, and you could feel the love they had for each other.

But point off
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
3.5 stars

This was basically fluffy porn. Very unrealistic fluffy porn, but fluffy nonetheless.

Evan has been kicked out of the house after his graduation and doesn’t know what to do to earn money. That is when he responds to a modeling add. It turns out to be porn. And even though he has no sexual experience whatsoever, he goes for it. Because yes, you would want your first time to be on camera.


Well, okay. Let’s just go with it for now.

Evan is immediately attracted to porn star Noah, or Bran, his
I am giving this a 3.5 star rating only because the main point of controversy between the 2 otherwise likeable MC's is the we're not going to discuss anything/I know what's best for you, which is a personal dislike of a plot device(and a reason why a lot of M/F romance books fall flat for me).

Other than that personal dislike, this is a good debut novel. Would have liked to have more involvement with the secondary characters, and have seen Evan interact a little more with them. I liked the
Ula'ndi Hart
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, porn-indust
Second time around. Still sweet.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meags by: * A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars

On the day of his high school graduation, 18 year old Evan finds himself homeless with nowhere to go in the interim before he starts college in the fall. He needs money to survive and while searching for summer work he stumbles across an ad for an “adult modelling” job. Turns out, that’s a nice way of seeking gay porn participants. Who knew!?

Evan is considerate of this opportunity, mainly because he’s desperate for the money and this seems like an easy way to make some fast. Keep in mind
Trisha Harrington
BR with Kaylor! Can't wait!

This was a really nice book! I will admit, I held off reading this for a long time because I was worried I wouldn't like it. I don't normally like stories where one or both of the MC's porn. It's just not something I particularly enjoy. Plus I'm not a fan of reading sex scenes between MC's an other people. But this book was different. It wasn't like some of the others I've seen and the very few I've read or read scenes from. There wasn't really much of anything (apart
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
I seen porn star and just had to read it! These kind of books do funny things to my insides...BUT if you aren't a fan of the porn star story lines I'd tell you to look past that and check this book out! You'll get so much more than your average porn star plot. You get to met 18 year old Evan who is fresh outta high school and on his own before he's even handed his diploma. Then there's 27 year old Bran who's been in the biz for a decade already and he's never once mixed business with pleasure.

A solidly sweet but entirely predictable story. Reminiscent of Amy Lane's Johnnies series (but without all the angst).
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bev by: Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
Shelves: lgbtq-mm
Yes, a big puddle of goo at the end of this one...and loved every minute of it. 4.5 stars from me. It may have been a little predictable at times, but that didn't put me off at all.

This is a story which reminded if I needed reminding.....that although guys like Jake Bass, Tommy Defendi and Max Ryder (and no, I have no idea how I know those names, hehe) 'work' for Cockyboys, are hugely popular and hide behind their porn star personas, they are REAL people with emotions, wants and needs.
Deja Dei
3.5. This book was honestly better than I expected. From the blurb, I expected nothing but a bunch of PWP plot scenes strung together like I see in a lot of "romance."

The characters are consistent if a little trite, Bran the jaded porn star who is sick of the lifestyle but doesn't feel he has much to offer to a partner, and poor naive Evan who doesn't have much a clue but latches right on. I liked these guys for the most part. It became annoying that they couldn't communicate, and the idea of
Buddy Read with Dani!!

Alone, I would have never finished this book, actually I would have never started this book. This book came up on my feed, I made a comment and the next thing you know a buddy read with Dani was born. Born of our fear of porn. No, I don’t think we are scared of porn but scared of a romance set around it. But, we decided to go for it. I think she liked it much more than I did :) So, yes, going in I had reservations about this type of story. My reservations are personal and
Weary veteran and the blushing ingenue fall in love.

Bran's a pinata and been hit one or twenty times too many with the stupid stick. I dislike miscommunication conflict premises or in this case, no communication. So, lost a star there. Then we've got very shiny adult film industry representation, which really does make the whole comparison to Pretty Woman even more amusing in its self-referential nature. While there are a bunch of professionals who work the industry, the fact is that it's a
3.5 stars

Judging from the blurb, this story had all the fonts to be one of those ones that I really enjoy. Throwing together guys who don't seem to mix well to make an adult movie has worked in the past. And it did work.

The plot was very well spread and laid out. Things weren't rushed for the most part and the chemistry between Evan and Bran was just explosive.
Reading the casting scene, you'll probably feel like your bones are melting and the air has left the building.

My objections were
This has instantly become one of my favourite M/M romance novels. I loved it and it had everything I was looking for when I picked it up, plus I'm a sucker for this particular plot-line. Keeping Sweets was super cute and totally hot, and I fell in love with the characters. I liked how it was far more sweet than it was raunchy - for me, that was what I liked the most. It's a total comfort read that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. I know I'll definitely be revisiting this story ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Evan was a sweet naive boy when he shows up for his new job. At his interview he meets Bran who's a bit older and way more jaded. Bran is just going through the motions of life with no emotional entanglements at all. When these two see each other for the first time, they're both smitten. What follows is a sweet love story with a bit of angst and definitely one secondary character I want to read about (Colt). In a book about people working in the porn industry you don't really expect the ...more
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