Soft Focus by Lynn LaFleur
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (58 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Violet
Daphne Kemp is trying to get her life and finances back in order after her ex-husband left her with a huge debt. When her friend suggests she answer an ad to model for famous photographer Gerard Lynch, the lure of paying off some of that debt is too strong to resist.
One look at Gerard lures Daphne into more than modeling. She breaks her rules about one-night stands and younger men and spends a sex-filled evening with the handsome photographer.
Gerard never gets involved with his models, yet he is immediately drawn to Daphne. He has to find a way to break down the walls she’s erected around her heart to give them a chance at forever.
“He tossed five condom packets on the nightstand. Either he was being overly optimistic, or she was in for the best sex of her life.” When Daphne thinks this about Gerard I laughed out loud. I also knew Soft Focus was not only hot, but special.
Gerard Lynch is interviewing models for his new photography book. In Daphne Kemp, he not only finds a model, but his muse and lover. From the moment Gerard sees Daphne he knows she’ll be a perfect model. From the moment Gerard and Daphne meet both can feel the tug of desire for each other. The tension Ms. LaFleur created between Gerard and Daphne is palpable. What’s more interesting is neither Gerard nor Daphne wanted to be attracted to each other. They both break their hard and fast rules. But as desire simply can’t be shut off and rules are made to be broken, Gerard and Daphne merge.
I liked that both Daphne and Gerard were strong, complete characters who had successful independent careers. They lived by their own rules. Neither character had to grow to be in the relationship or grew to be a stronger person because they were together. This short story gives you a beautiful meeting of two people who simply want to be together. And when they get together, the sex is wonderful. I loved it! I felt hot and bothered reading Soft Focus.
The only niggling thought I had about the story was at the end when they meet up after being apart for three days. I wanted more. But I did laugh at what he gives her at the end of the book.
If you’re looking for a hot short story that will make you gush and smile, I recommend Soft Focus.