Picture This by Kaily Hart
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (45 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Desperate and young, Jillian Moore did something she knew would one day come back to bite her in the ass. She’d posed nude. For money. Years later, and on the fast track to a successful career, she’s still haunted by her mistake. She can’t help but wonder when her past will catch up with her.
Samuel Steele is not short on female attention, but the women who warm his bed pale in comparison to the fantasy he’s created of the seductive temptress in the painting hanging prominently in his bedroom. A fantasy that has ruined his once-satisfying sex life. When he discovers that her exact likeness works in his building—works for him, in fact—things get interesting. Perhaps there’s hope for his sex life after all...
Ever done something in the past that you thought would be a blip on the radar only to have it come back and bite you in the butt? Then you can sympathize with Jillian. Want to know more? You’ll have to read Picture This.
Picture This is the debut short story by Kaily Hart, but it doesn’t read like a debut story. Ms. Hart has a way with words that drew me in immediately and a style that kept me in my seat through the story. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down.
I liked the idea of a one-time, throwaway action having life-long repercussions. It’s easy to identify with, because how many people have done something they thought would be nothing, only to have it be a huge something? I have.
Sam, the hero is brash and he makes no bones about it. He’s at the top of his game in the business world and a force to be reckoned with. Although he wasn’t my favorite early on, I loved how he evolved and came to terms with his emotions. More heroes should be like him. Maybe they should take notes. When he put his mind to something, he went for it. I loved that about him.
Jillian is an interesting heroine. Why? We all have to eat and pay bills. Posing for a painting shouldn’t be a scourge forever. I liked her chutzpah in posing and her blunt honesty in regards to the painting. Although with her, as with Sam, there were a few tense moments when I wasn’t keen on what she did, I totally understood and still rooted for her to get her happily ever after.
If you want a story that packs an emotional punch, steams the computer screen, and is one you won’t soon forget, then you need to read Picture This. I give it 4.5 cherries.