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Boys Come First

By: Aaron Foley
Narrated by: Jelani Alladin
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This hilarious, touching debut novel by Aaron Foley, author of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass, follows three Black gay millennial men looking for love, friendship, and professional success in the Motor City. 

Suddenly jobless and single after a devastating layoff and a breakup with his cheating ex, advertising copywriter Dominick Gibson flees his life in Hell's Kitchen to try to get back on track in his hometown of Detroit. He’s got one objective—exit the shallow dating pool ASAP and get married by 35—and the deadline’s approaching fast.

Meanwhile, Dom's best friend, Troy Clements, an idealistic teacher who never left Michigan, finds himself at odds with all the men in his life: a troubled boyfriend he's desperate to hold onto, a perpetually dissatisfied father, and his other friend, Remy Patton. Remy, a rags-to-riches real estate agent known as “Mr. Detroit”, has his own problems—namely choosing between making it work with a long-distance lover or settling for a local Mr. Right Now who’s not quite Mr. Right. And when a high-stakes real estate deal threatens to blow up his friendship with Troy, the three men have to figure out how to navigate the pitfalls of friendship and a city that seems to be changing overnight.

Full of unforgettable characters, Boys Come First is about the trials and tribulations of real friendship, but also about the highlights and hiccups—late nights at the wine bar, awkward Grindr hookups, workplace microaggressions, situationships, frenemies, family drama, and of course, the group chat—that define Black, gay, millennial life in today’s Detroit.

©2022 Aaron Foley (P)2022 Audible, Inc.
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I’m telling everybody!

This book was so great, I didn’t want it to end. Aaron touched on all of the nuances of being a thirty something black gay male. The story is modern and relatable!!! I laughed, I yell out “Yaaas” a few times, I even got teary eye’d towards the end. This story is everything. Thank you Aaron Foley!

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The Book I didn’t Know I Needed

This book is it! I learned so much about myself through the characters! We need more black queer stories like this one! Wow! Top 5!

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Heartfelt, Earnest, Necessary

There are only a handful of stories that have made me see myself in such a beautiful and honest light. Boys Come First is a love letter to all the ways that Black, queer men become while we are still becoming. It is a story of love, community, care, loss, and communicates the necessity that is friendship. It is a refreshing take on the experience of being an adult and existing at the intersection of Blackness and queerness in 2022. It is funny and endearing and honest and true. This beautifully told story is the story of so many. You will care about each character and each page will leave you wanting more.

This book is beautiful. Well done.

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Tired of gay erotica? Then this is for you!

I could relate to this book so much. As a black gay Detroiter, I went through the same growing pains of being black and gay in Detroit. The only critique I have is that the transitions between stories/scenes were too quick. Also it took a while to understand which character was which. Then I had to memorize the boyfriends too. I am looking forward to your next book!!!!

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loved this book. I enjoyed the characters so much. It was such a refreshing point of view. The use of language and inflection was authentic and the use of locations so great. I love stories of areas and regions I connect with. This view of Detroit reminded me of how much I love my hood and the connections that can stick with you over time. I have very seldom read a book with such a voice.
great work in the writing and reading.
Thank you so very much

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Best Impulse Buy EVER!

This book was such a breath of fresh air. It was a story about the lives of a friend group without the usual bs every black gay story has! Finally a black gay book without being overly sexual, not dominated by HIV/AIDS storyline, or a coming out tale.
This book was HILARIOUS and touching. I’m so glad I came across this piece of art! I would love to hear the next installment if it were one. However it is a perfect stand alone. The narrator did an amazing job and love his voice.
This is definitely going in my Top 10 Favorite Reads.

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Great Book -cannot wait for the next

This was a great book! I cannot wait to see what else comes from this author! He has modernized themes that we used to read about from E. Lynn Harris.

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Wonderful story for Black Gay Men

Foley's book is the right combination of real life experience, Black gay popular culture, Detroit love, and humor, brilliantly narrated by Jelani Alladin. I highly recommend!

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Whew Chile!

This book is great, it is very black very gay and very touching. It was gossipy juicy deep and examined the fraught nature of black queer dating in rust belt cities. 10 out of 10 do recommend.

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Amazing!!

Loved the story and getting to know each person. Excited for another book or even a movie/show for it!

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Something new and courageous

loved all the characters. Enjoyed their stories. Had to turn the sound down during the graphic bits!!!