Harley Hayes normally paints landscapes, but he’s looking to
start painting nudes. He hires artists’ model Ryan Morgan,
a man rumored to be willing to do more than just model if
the price is right. Harley’s immediately attracted to Ryan,
but Ryan’s not gay…is he?
down on his luck for a long time. After taking on odd jobs
and whatever he can find, he sees a notice for nude models
and takes the job. He soon finds that women are willing to
pay for more than just modeling, and before he knows it his
life is going out of control. Meeting Harley only adds more
chaos to his life. Will Ryan figure out his feelings before
he destroys everything?
falling for his straight model is a cool idea for a story,
so I was really excited to read Life Class.
Unfortunately, while Life Class had an
interesting storyline, hot sex scenes, and lots of conflict,
I couldn’t get into it. My problem with the story wasn’t
the story or the conflict, but the characters. Both Harley
and Ryan manipulate each other and are cruel to each other
many times. Harley pretends not to be trying to lure Ryan
into his bed, when in actuality he is. At one point, he
furthers his seduction with a move so cynical he lost any
chance he had of being likeable in my eyes. Ryan is
indecisive and explosive. He gets angry at Harley and hurts
him both physically and emotionally. By the end, he’s in a
position that makes it hard to see if he’s with Harley
because he cares or because he has to be. The happy ending
rang false for me because of that.