By Heather Dahlgren
The only thing Kallie Gregory ever wanted to do was take photos. She’s been doing it for as long as she can remember. Having succeeded in becoming an up and coming photographer, she is living her dream daily. She’s not willing to risk anything to ruin what she’s built.
Jax Burke has been living his dream. He’s one of the most sought after male models with his sexy look, muscular body and brilliant tattoos that are becoming increasingly more recognizable. He has no problem getting anything that he wants, including the ladies.
When Kallie and Jax meet there’s an instant connection. They become fast friends and spend the majority of their time together, both realizing how much they have in common with their dreams and goals. The closer they get to each other, the stronger their attraction becomes.
Only problem is, Jax is willing to risk it all for a chance at love, but Kallie is not.
Is it possible for Jax to convince Kallie to see what is behind the lens?
Kallie runs her own photography business and she has one golden rule: Never have sex with the models. And that rule has served her well over the years as she’s watched other photographers and models ruin their careers just for some fun between the sheets. But then she meets Jax. She wants Jax and Jax wants her, but she’s determined not to break that one very important rule. As Jax gets to know her, he understands where she’s coming from and he’ll take her any way he can get her. If friendship is all she’s offering, friendship is what she’ll get. But that doesn’t stop him from trying to convince her to break the rules just for him.
I liked that Jax wasn’t chasing after Kallie just because she said “No” to him. And while it was hard for him to remain just friends when he wanted more, he never felt like he was wasting his time with her, he never pushed her away nor did he give up on what they could have together. Despite his frustrations (aka blue balls), he wanted more than just sex with her; he wanted a relationship. And reading about it was totally swoon-worthy.
I thought Behind The Lens was a very nice story and the relationship between Jax and Kallie was very sweet. I think their relationship moved from friends to lovers at a good pace and was very realistic. That being said, I did have some issues with the book. I thought the story as a whole was a little slow and I wished it moved a little faster. The writing style distracted me as I found a good majority of the sentences to be short and very choppy, but at the same time, overly descriptive in what was happening at any given point in time. There was also a great lack of contractions used. Instead of using words like I’ll or We’ve, it was almost always I will or We have. I think the author was trying to use correct and proper english, which is fine I guess, except people just don’t talk like that nowadays. There also seemed to be some issues with the timeline, and there’s a little bit of back and forth between past and current events that were hard to follow. This could have been solved by using breaks or a different font to identify the change. I did have an ARC of this book, so perhaps this is not a problem in the published version.
Character wise, I didn’t like to read that some of them smoked. I get that in real life people smoke, but reading about it in a book doesn’t do anything for me, nor does it make them seem cool or more real to me. All it did was make me realise that almost none of the 800+ books I’ve read over the years had smokers in them. And why doesn’t Kallie know her father? That’s a question that was never asked, but never answered either. Did he die? Did he abandon her? There’s just nothing, which I thought was odd. If you’re going to mention that a character doesn’t have a father, at least mention why. Otherwise why even bring it up? Unless that’s going to be mentioned in a future book one day. Who knows. Of course, that could be my OCD coming out, demanding the answers to the universe.
Behind The Lens (Sexy Series # 1)
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