We meet Katherine (Kat) Berger--she's a dependable friend, and has a quick wit. Kat is a twenty-five year old kindergarten teacher. She professes a love of pornography--not a widely known proclamation, but certainly enough that she attends a porn convention--with her best friend Nicole. Nicole loves attention and exudes confident sexuality. Nicole is on a mission to meet/seduce her porn star fantasy. While Nicole works her seductive magic--Kat finds herself conversing with a fascinating stranger. She doesn't think much of it, other than she shared some jokes with a nice guy.
As the convention continues she runs into her amusing stranger--later introduced as Tristan. He's an extremely good-looking man and fun to be around. The time flies as they share food and conversation. Tristan has to go to work, and leaves Kat to meet her favorite porn star.
While Kat and her friends walk around the different booths she recognizes a face--but she can't believe it. Kat is shocked, and unsure how she feels. She's nervous and somewhat embarrassed. In the end, she sees no reason not to accept someone for who they are--not what they do.
The story is filled with a great deal of humor, an unlikely friendship, desiring unconditional acceptance--and, about how love can develop from such a foundation.
Slight Spoilers involved.
I normally wouldn't have been interested in this story line, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I love Mariana Zapata. I read Under Locke and thought it was fantastic--which led to finding Lingus. Lingus was well written and original. The dialogue was fun and left me grinning at my kindle.
Tristan is not just an everyday porn enthusiast--He's a porn star. He is the Robbie Lingus. Tristan only wants a chance. He wants a real friend that has no part in the porn world. Someone that treats him like the person he is, not the persona he portrays. It's why he gave her his real name. Kat is willing, but unsure how to go about being friends with a guy who has sex on film. Despite the porn setting, it wasn't overtly sexual.
I liked Tristan and Kat's friendship. It was sweet and Tristan was a decent guy who started in the industry with no intention of it becoming a regular fixture in his life. The chemistry is palpable, and I couldn't wait for these two to become more than friends. It was a realistic progression.
The supporting characters brought out the humor in Kat. Zapata has an amazing wit, and applies pop references with ease. Some instances were almost too real--like Kat getting her monthly visitor (at an inconvenient time). It was written in a way that made me laugh, and sympathize.
Kat's friend Zoe is also a porn star, and very handsy with her friends. Zoe supplied great perspective to Kat. She's been friends with Kat for years, and also works in the same field as Tristan--providing Kat with necessary reality checks.
The comparison of Nicole and Calum's relationship (to Tristan and Kat's) helped illuminate the normalcy of Tristan and Kat. Nicole and Calum went from zero to sixty--with no signs of slowing down. Kat and Tristan both had their reasons for a platonic beginning--they didn't want to rush, and have regrets.
If you are concerned, there is sex. It is hot. It made me want my own Tristan!
Cannot wait for more Mariana Zapata.