Focused Desire by Paige Bennett
Publisher: Phaze Books
Length: Short Story (33 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia
Five years ago, budding photographer Jessamyn Daniels lost a plum fashion assignment that would have put her on the map, to her then boyfriend well known photographer Dillon Grant. Feeling betrayed, she ended the relationship and for the next five years managed to avoid him while she rose in the ranks of the industry.
Dillon Grant never got over the love of his life, Jess. When the opportunity comes along to work beside her on a shoot, he calls in every last favor owed him to ensure it happens.
Though the situation on the day of the shoot is awkward at first, Jessamyn soon realizes she’s never lost her desire for the talented artist, while he will do anything to bring them back together as they once were.
Jessamyn Daniels and Dillion Grant are photographers who are also in love with one another. Their love was shattered when Dillion got the Baxter Cosmetics million dollar photography campaign which Jess also wanted. Dillion tried to explain to her that he did not steal the contract from her but Jessamyn did not want to hear it, as far as she was concerned he had betrayed her.
Five years later Jessamyn and Dillion are paired together to work on a campaign for Trend Magazine. Jess still feels betrayed by him. Dillion, on the other hand, is looking forward to working with Jessamyn because he still loves her. The voice of reason comes in the form of Jessamyn’s best friend and model, Kate Fullerton who basically tells her to get over herself.
Jess and Dillion were two very likeable characters, however, I could not quite understand the feeling of betrayal she felt towards him. Then to not have contact for over five years and still feel betrayed was hard for this reader to comprehend. The character of Kate was fun because she said what she felt and didn't pull any punches with Jess when she told her that the problem was her and not Dillon.
Focused Desire is a good story and Paige Bennett is an excellent writer, however, the ending did seem a little rushed. I would have liked to know a little more about the characters, but overall it was a pleasant way to spend an hour.