Making his living as a model allows Aaron Stevens to pay his way through film school at NYU. While on a photo shoot, he meets Matt Carson, a journalism student who wants to interview Aaron for his senior project, and they feel an instant connection that catches them both off guard. As their relationship develops over the next week, they open up to each other about their pasts, but attraction won’t be enough to keep them together unless they can share their secrets too.
In the author bio at the end of the story it says about Shae Connor she “writes about pretty boys falling in love”. Yeah, you can say that. Aaron and Matt are both pretty boys, one is a part time model, the other good looking enough that he could be, and they fall in love at first sight. So far, so good.
There is instant attraction, but soon it becomes apparent that both men have issues to resolve. And not minor ones. Due to Aaron’s problem with being lied to (not that I blame him, nobody likes that, but his temper issue blew that fib totally out of proportion) he and Matt separated. Aaron’s overreaction was met by Matt’s who took the blame for lying in a big way when, in reality, they should have just talked it over and reconciled. Matt’s further issue I found much more difficult even though it did not pose an immediate problem. The two guys have quite a lot of baggage to carry around: that’s why their making up happened a bit too quickly for me. Mind you, I was all for it, I really liked them both, but they resolved this major lying issue (even though to me it would have been a minor one) within two days and there comes the happily ever after. Once more the oh so popular novella format has cut the story short.
As to the end, I totally loved the last sentence which gave a humorous note to an otherwise pretty serious story. I can already see Matt’s new fetish coming along here, :).
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