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Summary

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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Something new and courageous

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

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  • 08-08-22

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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  • Finn Galfridian
  • 07-08-22

Spectacular story

Amazing queer story with black voices no less. So realistic it’s enthralling! Perfect story in anticipation for a move to Detroit or simply to learn about this rapidly changing and recovering area.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-22

I could not stop listening!

It’s the book I never knew I needed to read. Everything about it was real. We need more literature about current day 30 something, black Queer, professionals sorting out life! And just normalizing the trials and tribulations we all go through in love, sex, careers, family planning, sorting out trauma and just figuring out who we want and need to be.

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  • DeVaughn
  • 28-06-22

A Must Read!!!

Being. Black Queer man from the Midwest, this novel spoke to me on multiple levels. The writing style was fresh and really too tule to tell the nuanced stories of modern 30 something’s navigating life and love. It’s a must read