Focus by Phoebe Sean
LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
Dominic only feels truly confident when he’s behind his camera and in control of a photo shoot. But when he meets model, Charlie, for a fashion shoot he finds himself flustered in ways he hasn’t been since his last break up a year ago. He thinks there’s no way Charlie will be interested in someone as average and boring as Dom, not to mention his bedroom hangups — after all his ex made it very clear that Dom was the problem. I loved watching Dom battle his anxiety and and low self-esteem to really find his confidence with Charlie. I could really relate to Dom’s awkward early attempts to spend time with Charlie. He’s just so earnest that I want to give him a hug and make everything better.
Charlie is modeling to put himself through his master’s degree for social work and he hates always having to prove to others that he’s more than just a pretty face. But Dom sees him in a way that no one else ever has. Charlie has enough confidence for both of them and he’s determined to help Dom overcome his worries. The love is pretty fast and intense in this one, after all it’s only about 70 pages but there was something very natural about it. The shortness does mean that some heavier issues (like Dom’s aversion to anal sex) get brushed over pretty fast but again, it all felt like it fit pretty well. Overall, I loved both these heroes and the writing was particularity smooth and well paced.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
Look at him. He is so gorgeous and so easy to work with; he really is my favourite model. Sadly I have started fantasising that the looks he is giving the camera are actually for me. But I know that could never be the case. Look at him, he is perfection, and then me, I am definitely not, I’m just an average guy.
Please help me get over my fantasy and move on from my delusion.
A shy photography geek.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love is an Open Road” event.
Published by M/M Romance Group on July 20, 2015