Sunday, August 27, 2017

Book Review: The Photographer's Assistant by Andrew Grey

The Photographer’s Assistant
by Andrew Grey


Christian Coulliet is the premier gay erotic photographer in the country. His pictures are spectacular because he will go to whatever length he needs to get the photographs he wants, including having sex with his models. He’s famous for capturing images of his models at the absolute height of passion.

David Weatherby is Christian’s assistant, organized and efficient. He considers himself plain and ordinary, unlike the models Christian works with. David’s also attracted to Christian in a big way, but has seen Christian brush off so many men, and he doesn’t want to be another notch on Christian’s photographic bedpost. Besides, Christian wouldn’t notice someone as plain as him anyway.

What David doesn’t realize is that Christian has noticed and watches, but stays away because David works for him, and because he feels that David deserves someone better. With both men reluctant for various reasons to voice or act on their feelings, will they ever be within the same frame?

*Copy provided to me by NetGalley for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

The Photographer's Assistant is a short/novella length story by Andrew Grey. Premier photographer Christian does whatever it takes to get the photographs of the models that use his services. Christian's made a name for himself for doing whatever necessary for his spectacular images. His assistant David is in love with Christian, but is always standing on the sideline watching as Christian turns a photo session into a sex session. David then takes care of the model, cleans up the mess left, and then coddles Christian when he's exhausted after a shoot. But, it all comes to a head and David decides it's time to only focus on the job but Christian can't have that.

For the most part, I liked David, but I thought he was stupid when he had a guy who was interested in getting to know him and develop a relationship, but David was too caught up in Christian. I didn't like Christian. I thought he was selfish with an inflated ego and acted like models spreading their legs for him was his due. Of course, he came around and we got a HFN/HEA scenario, but I'd be more interested to read about them a year from now to see if he's been able to maintain a monogamous relationship.

This was a short story, that was full of steamy action and makes for a quick read.

Rating 3.5 stars

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