Author: Giselle Ellis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/23/2010
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Aaron has no idea what he’s walking into when he shows up to pose for a famous—and famously bad-tempered—photographer. He certainly doesn’t expect to end up working as Jake’s assistant for five frustrating, thrilling, and crazy years instead of in front of the camera.
It all works until Jake realizes Aaron has become the focus of his life, a life that’s threatened when Aaron actually leaves him to start a relationship with someone else. Though it breaks his heart, Jake realizes he has to set his beloved muse free to have any chance of winning Aaron back.
Reprint: This short story was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Size Still Matters.
I originally read Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis in September of 2013. Here is what I had to say then:
I can’t believe I waited so long to read this one. It has been selected for me over and over and I just never picked it… SUCH a mistake. The banter was fabulous (you know I love good banter), the characters were real (they weren’t perfect. They had faults and lots of them). It has one of THE most heartbreaking scenes ever (which of course I was reading while sitting outside my daughter’s gymnastics class in full view of everyone!)! Finally, it gave a good wrap-up. I was not just a kiss and made up, and they will all live HEA… then jump to 4 years later or something.
So that was only slightly coherent… but the main point is if you haven’t read this book… do it! If you like snark fights and sassy main characters who just can’t realize what they have until it is gone, this is the perfect book for you. It is fast paced, heartbreaking, and heartwarming all at once. I even love Alyson, and I usually have no love lost for the female minor characters.
Ellis gave us characters to love and hate at the same time. A love that you just know will be eternal… if the men can stop being alternately obstinate and selfless long enough to see what is in front of them. If they just learn to say what they mean not what they think the other wants to hear. If they will just let themselves be.
The inevitable “breakup” scene is heartbreaking, but the resolution is so worth the heartbreak. Take My Picture remains on my yearly re-read list.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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