BEHOLDING BEAUTY by Sam Singer
Beholding Beauty by Sam Singer
Reviewed by Cassie
Craig Ryan came to LA to be a model, but ended up in the escort business when that didn’t pan out. He’s young and good-looking, he likes sex, and he doesn’t mind the work, so it’s not a bad job for him. Then he meets Dee. The older man asks for an escort, but when Craig arrives all Dee wants to do is watch a movie together. Dee hides behind shadows and long hair, keeping his face hidden from Craig at all times. Curiosity builds, as do Craig’s feelings, until he wants to be much more than just Dee’s hired movie-watching buddy. Will Dee ever trust Craig enough to show himself?
Beholding Beauty is a quick, sweet tale of what it means to be beautiful. Craig is physically beautiful, but his life is rather empty. His job as an escort pays well without being fulfilling. Meeting Dee throws Craig for a loop. At first he just wants to see the man’s face out of curiosity, but after weeks of hanging out for movies, he truly begins to care for Dee. Dee doesn’t treat him like a whore, and that means more than Craig could have ever expected. So much so that he falls in love. Of course, Dee’s hiding himself for a reason, and when Craig finds out it’s heartbreaking for them both.
I really enjoyed Beholding Beauty. It’s an emotional story with likeable heroes. Parts were a bit predictable, and the last section dragged a bit, but overall I liked it. Anyone in the mood for a quick Beauty and the Beast style tale ought to check it out.