The Truth about Porn Star Boyfriends
Publication date: August 15th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
I guess I just forgot.
To ask him what he did for a living, I mean.
And by the time I did, I was in—balls deep, as he’d call it.
He was the perfect boyfriend.
Attentive, gorgeous, guessing my every wish and fulfilling them.
The sex was earth-shattering.
He even dealt with my crazy mom the way no one else could.
He popped the question, God, such a perfect guy.
There was just one issue:
He f*cked other girls on camera for a living.
How the hell do you deal with that?
Could you date a porn star? Would you? When I picked up Sunniva Dee’s latest novel, I assumed it was a romantic comedy. It really isn’t. The Truth About Porn Stars Boyfriends takes a slightly more serious look at what it would be like to date someone “in the business”. It has a light-hearted feel, and it has a constant level of angst that is present in most YA/NA novels, but no humor.
The story is told from Savannah’s point of view. Savannah is working multiple jobs, managing her wayward mother, and trying to remain on an even keel. In walks breathtakingly handsome Ciro. It is lust at first sight for both of them. Ciro’s relentless pursuit doesn’t convince Savannah that she is special, nor does it convince her to throw caution to the wind. After all, she has a plan for managing her life. While I wasn’t in love with Savannah’s self-doubt, I did find her tenacity and independence refreshing.
Savannah’s roommates and coworkers are fabulous in their support of her through the trials and tribulations of this relationship. They’re protective and affirming; they share in the joy of Savannah’s love as well as the shock of discovering Ciro’s profession. These secondary characters were the highlight of the book for me.
Ciro, the porn star, left me wanting. I adored his steadfast pursuit of Savannah as well as his earnest devotion to her. However, I struggled with his intentional avoidance of telling her the truth about his profession. As the story progresses, and characters are developed, Ciro’s situation is a little more understandable, but I found it unfathomable that he would blindly stick with a career that has brought him continuous personal sadness. While Ciro’s money buys Savannah out of a lot of problems, he doesn’t rely on that alone to solve issues that arise. I greatly appreciated that dose of reality.
Neither or the main characters nor their angsty relationship really grabbed me, but I did appreciate the quality of the writing. The messages of trust, live-and-let-live, don’t judge, and don’t allow outsiders to define your relationship are solidly embedded in the story. The most important issue that Ms. Dee presents is that of mental health and the loving support needed by anyone dealing with mental health issues. Averaging everything that worked and didn’t work for me, my overall rating is 3-3.5 stars. The Truth About Porn Star Boyfriends is enlightening, sometimes entertaining, and at times, meaningful. #LiveAndLetLive
Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.
Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.
Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).
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