Review: AUTUMN FIRE by Cameron D. James

Title: Autumn Fire
Author: Cameron D. James
Release Date: July 1, 2013
Genre: M/M Erotic Romance
Length: 334 kb / 150 pgs
Source: Author in exchange for honest review
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Dustin likes the closet. It’s warm, comfy, and dark. Who needs to be out when you can get all the anonymous sex you want via the internet? And, besides, coming out is messy and gets you nowhere–certainly not a relationship. Real gay love is fiction.

When Dustin meets CollegeJock22 for a quick blow-and-go in the university library men’s room, everything he thought he knew crumbles. He can’t get that man out of his head and will do almost anything to have him. The only problem? CollegeJock22 is even more in the closet than Dustin.

He’s in so deep he can’t even see the crack of light under the door.

An “Authentically Male” Voice

I once received a review for Autumn Fire that I had to sit back and think about. The reviewer had described my voice as “authentically male.” I was a little confused, as this is a subgenre that deals with love and sex between men… so how could I sound more “male” than some of the other authors in the genre.

And then it hit me. There are two reasons I think this comment was made and is applicable.

The first is that I am actually male. Many of the authors of M/M erotic romance are women and they know they’re writing for women… so there is some “femininity” to the writing and how the characters deal with emotions and lust. This is not at all to suggest it’s inaccurate, but rather to suggest that the male “experience” is being viewed through female eyes — and given that the target audience of M/M erotic romance is very largely women, this makes complete creative sense.

The second is that I don’t have a history of reading romance books. I’ve read a few dozen M/M erotic romance novellas and short stories before tackling Autumn Fire, but I wasn’t consuming romance books growing up, like most romance authors have done. Instead, I consumed Star Trek books while growing up (and still do to this day!) – so my influences through my reading have largely been science fiction and a good stack of thrillers. I don’t have the “romance background” that most M/M erotic romance authors do… so that influences my style and writing choices as well.

As a result, with this “authentically male” voice, I portray life a lot more realistically than a reader might normally see in erotic romances. For one, the two male leads both live in university dorms — there are no large empty houses kept impeccably clean and filled with lovingly restored antique furniture. *grin* I do like reading those books, so believe me, I’m not putting them down. I’m just saying that Autumn Fire presents a bit of a different look at the lives of two gay men who fall in love.

Autumn Fire is a great M/M read about finding love but where both men start from all the wrong places. Both me start out closeted, or well, one is closeted and one is uncertain what he is, really. But after one illicit hookup, neither man can forget the other. Fate seems to take the issues in stride and pits them together as tutor and student.

I found this story to be both sweet and honest in so many ways. The passion was perfect and the fear and growth both men endure was heartwarming even as I wanted to cry for them both. However, seeing each man overcome internalized homophobia was amazing. If you love hot sex, sweet characters, and real life journeys, then Autumn Fire is the perfect read.

Hot blowjobs! Call Dave!

Dustin glanced over the phone number scrawled in faded ink, marring the grey paint. A half a dozen more “offers” decorated the wall—hookups made inherently sleazy when delivered in bathroom graffiti.

Not that he should judge, since he occupied the stall in the men’s room at the back of the library for an anonymous blowjob with some guy he met on the internet.

Dustin barely knew anything more about CollegeJock22 than he did about “Dave,” but it was still different…somehow. He’d at least seen CollegeJock22’s picture, if only a grainy crotch shot.

His thoughts crashed to a halt when the bathroom door next to him opened. Blood immediately pounded in his ears, so loud he struggled to hear the hesitant footsteps make their way to the urinal. Cold sweat spread across his forehead. He’d done his share of hookups, but never in a public place before. The danger of being caught both terrified and excited him.

Dustin stared at the sneakered foot, visible just below the stall wall, as the other man stopped at the urinal on the other side of the metal divider. He waited for the signal. Until he heard it, he didn’t know who had come in, CollegeJock22 or some random dude needing to take a piss.

He heard a zipper open, but not the telltale sound of urination. The foot shifted. The pant leg lifted, briefly flashing a white sock. The signal. Dustin flashed his own sock.

Nothing happened. Embarrassment swelled as he realized the awkward coincidence. This was not CollegeJock22.

Then the other man’s feet moved. Another wave of cold sweat peppered his skin. He’d been right. CollegeJock22. Now he just prayed the man wasn’t fat and ugly, his profile one big lie. Dustin’s breath grew shallow and his heart thudded as the man stood on the other side of the stall door.

Dustin left it unlocked, as planned.

It squeaked softly as CollegeJock22 nudged it open.

All doubts vanished. Quite simply, CollegeJock22 would be the hottest guy Dustin ever hooked up with, the rare man who actually lived up to his profile. He easily stood five foot eleven with tight golden curls peeking out from below his ball cap. His muscled chest pulled his shirt taut beneath his open jacket and his cock…a gorgeous piece of meat dangled from his open fly. The thick and semi-hard dick sprouted from a dusting of fine hair, probably at least seven inches when erect.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me on this blog tour — and thanks for the review! 😀

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