Picture Perfect by Bethany Brown and Ashlyn Kane

Lost Boys and Love Letters, Book 2

Dreamspinner Press

Gay Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-935192-65-7

Reviewed by Cassie




Photographer Cameron Walker loves his job, and his family.  He’s pleased to have his niece, Emily, stay with him for the summer.  Then he finds out that Emily’s going to be working for the man he’s been in love with for ages, veterinarian Dr. Jeremy Montgomery.  After his horrible previous relationship, though, Cam doesn’t have much of a self-image.  He’s sure Jeremy could never care for him the way he cares for Jeremy.

Jeremy has had feelings for Cam since they were in high school together.  After all these years, they’re both finally single at the same time.  When he attends a wedding Cam is photographing, he finally makes his move.  All seems well, but someone doesn’t want Cam to be with Jeremy…

Picture Perfect packs a lot of conflict and drama into one story, which is both a good thing and a bad thing in this case.  Sweet, caring, hurt Cameron is a likeable character.  I could sympathize with his lack of self-esteem after his terrible relationship, but I thought he got over it a bit too quickly.  I was more ready to forgive that because he’d known Jeremy for years, but most people wouldn’t just shake off a trauma like that.  Jeremy is a man who knows what he wants, and is willing to do what it takes to get it, whether that’s being patient or going for it.  Cam and Jeremy’s perfect relationship is strained by Cam’s hesitance and by a stalker who believes Cam is his.  Scared, Cam brings in his friend Detective Patrick Hawkins to help figure out who’s stalking him.  Parts here seem to be glossed over, which dulled the conflict a bit for me.  This part of the story is also where a threesome pops up out of nowhere.  That particular part of the storyline didn’t sit well with me at all.  While it was undeniably hot, I didn’t care for the way it was handled, or another scene in the aftermath which really left me cold.  Other readers might not be bothered by it.  In the end, the conflicts are all wrapped up neatly, some with a bit more drama than others, but the surprise group sex scene and the tendency of the characters to call each other by a variety of nicknames all the time kept me from fully enjoying Picture Perfect.  I was intrigued, however, by the character of Patrick.  He’s a tough detective on the outside, but I’m looking forward to seeing what’s under the shell.


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