4 Stars for Artistic Endeavor by Whitley Gray – #MM @whitleygray

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Title: Artistic Endeavor
Author Name: Whitley Gray
Publication Date & Length: January 7, 2015 – 118pgs

Synopsis

When friends ask one-night stand connoisseur Michael Esteban to introduce college professor and virgin Cobey Miller to the joys of sex, Michael balks. Lust is his thing, not leading a twenty-five year old novice. But shy Cobey has problems meeting men, and their introduction fuels Michael’s decision to help Cobey become a gay-sex-loving guy. It’ll all be fun and games—unless someone falls in love.

Review

FourStars

Michael and Cobey’s story was so sweet. I enjoyed the slow teasing out of the relationship that Gray allowed. Too many times, these types of relationships are so quick – I liked how Gray allowed the relationship to develop in a more natural way.

Cobey’s job sounds like a lot of fun. The humor with the parrot – priceless! I also liked how Gray was able to tease out his past – showing the reader why he was so innocent. I don’t think that it diminished his character that he was so inexperienced. Rather, I felt that it made this story that much more believable.

I also really liked Michael’s concern for how the relationship was moving along. Not wanting to scare Cobey off, there were plenty of misunderstandings, but Gray did an amazing job at resolving most of them.

I do wish there were more on the past relationship that Michael had, but since the story was so short, understand that it might not have been possible. I was somewhat confused as to why we heard so much about Michael’s job with the art store. I don’t know that it really added to the story – but I did like how Michael was thinking of Cobey while there.

All together, this was a quick, pleasant read.

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Excerpt

In the dimly lit bar, Michael drummed his fingers on the table. “Maybe you should have let me meet him somewhere without you two along as chaperones.”

Eli chuckled. “It took me a week to convince him to meet you. He’d never go for the blind date thing.”

“Well, he’s late. Sure he’ll show?”

“Relax.” Burke massaged Eli’s neck. “He’ll be here.”

Ordinarily Michael looked forward to sizing up a new man. In fact, he’d already taken stock of every guy in the room. If Cobey didn’t show, the bartender looked like a good prospect. Prolonged eye contact, a big grin, and a wink when serving Michael’s beer. Yep, good prospect. Someone new.

Of course, Cobey would be new. Too new. Michael sighed. How was he supposed to introduce himself? Hello. I’m the guy our mutual friends have asked to be your sex instructor. How’s it hangin’?  Yippee.

“There.” Eli nodded at the entrance. “Just coming in.”

For a moment it was too crowded to see much, but the herd of patrons parted. Michael licked his lips. Well, well, well. The picture hadn’t done Cobey justice. Nicely wide shoulders, narrow hips, hair a man could get a grip on. Dark eyes. A perfect mouth—full but not too full. How was it possible this gorgeous male specimen had never been intimate with another guy? And Michael had the opportunity to be the first one.

I can certainly sacrifice myself for the greater good by teaching him.

AuthorBio

Once upon a misspent youth, Whitley read and wrote stories under the covers at night. At some point, real life intervened, bringing with it responsibilities and a career in the medical field. After years of technical writing, Whitley became enamored of romance and took on the challenge of giving it a try. Inventing characters and putting them through paces in interesting ways turned out to be addictive, and along the way, Whitley discovered having two heroes is twice as nice. A pot of coffee, quiet, and a storyline featuring a couple of guys makes for a perfect day.

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