My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Murmur Inc. Book 3 sees the return of minor character Joshua from Book 2. He was so bratty and annoying in Action, but he redeems himself in Cam Boy. Josh thinks he’ll get an easy paying gig by venturing into porn, not realizing that industry isn’t all fun and games. He meets and falls for his first scene partner, Mike. Mike tries to keep a professional distance and attitude with Josh, but he gets the feels too.
Cam Boy further delves into the behind-the-scenes, day-to-day operations of the porn industry, continuing with the theme of the Murmur Inc. series, in such a way that humanizes the people who work in that field and sheds light on the not so glamorous side. It’s easy to view porn models as objects designed for the viewer’s pleasure, and not people with actual feelings and lives outside of the manufactured sex. Quinn creates multidimensional characters that are relatable, not necessarily regarding working in porn, but in the daily struggles everyone goes through in their professional and personal lives.
I appreciate stories that address sensitive topics in a way that doesn’t marginalize or depreciate the issue or people affected. Quinn treats such a topic with a sensitivity that conveys harsh reality, and yet at the same time with enough lightness as to not overwhelm and detract from the love story.
Josh’s goofiness and lack of filter pairs nicely with Mike’s serious, focused personality. I enjoyed the puns (who doesn’t appreciate puns?) and the development of the connection between Josh and Mike. This one will definitely be a re-read for me.