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Friday, June 4, 2010

Picture Perfect by Jack Greene

Picture Perfect by Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (42 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

When Ashton happens into a new bar, he's immediately taken with the young, male bartender.

Hayden is cheerful and flirtatious but his personal life is not so simple. Ashton is in an unhappy marriage. Hayden's boyfriend is possessive and controlling.

Can Ashton save him? Or does Hayden want to be saved?

Ashton’s not sure he’s gay, but he’s seen the one man to make him think twice. Hayden’s positive he’s gay and proud. He wants to get involved with Ashton, but he’s scared of his current partner.

If you think domestic abuse is a hetero problem, then you’re wrong. And you need to read Picture Perfect to find out more.

Jack Greene’s characters are intriguing because they aren’t perfect. In this story, they are more developed and easier to relate to. I wanted to see both characters get out of their sad situations and find the happily ever after they deserved. Although there were times when things seemed a little expected, there were plenty of twists and turns that balanced it out.

Ashton got my attention immediately because of his artsy background. He wanted to get back to his photography and with Hayden as the subject, he saw the beauty in things again. It was like it was his reawakening to the world. Hayden matched him, where Ashton was quiet and reserved, Hayden was more flamboyant, but I loved it. He wore his heart on his sleeve and his emotions out for everyone to see. It was refreshing to see a character with faults that I still loved.

There is a lot going on in this tale that I didn’t expect. The little things going on—Ashton’s wife, Chad, the bully, and Ashton’s struggle with his identity, kept me right in my seat.

If you want a story that will stay with you long after the last page, then you need to read Picture Perfect. I give this story 3.5 cherries.

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