Author: Lynn Kelling
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Page Count: 353
Reviewed by: Ele
Ev Myers is a former high school football star and Republican State Senator’s son, raised in a strict Southern Baptist household where his only option was to be silent, behave and, no matter how he might be feeling, to put on a happy smile. Desperate to escape the pressure to be the man his family insists he become, Ev has fled Kansas to attend college and is working to find out who he really is beneath the lies and carefully composed public image. But when he applies for a job as a nude model for a life drawing class out of a desire to be seen in a way that shatters all of his family’s taboos, it’s just the first step on a path that leads him away from everything he’s ever known. Handsome and headstrong adjunct arts professor, Adam Buchanan, is the first person to recognize Ev’s potential, and his determination to have Ev realize the importance of truth and stark honesty, as well as the beauty of flawed vulnerability provides the hope Ev needs to escape a world rife with kidnapping, brainwashing and deadly determination cure homosexuality, using whatever means necessary.[M/M – See publisher’s website for content labels.] Word count: 97,000
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On the sixth session, Ev was more than happy to follow Mr. Ahlm’s direction for the first pose, in which he was reclined against a decorative pillar with one knee bent and the other leg extended, one arm bent to prop up his head and the other lying open on the platform at his side.
In the far corner of the room, a door opened and closed. The click of booted footsteps peppered among the charcoal’s scratching. He wanted to look, but without breaking his pose Ev could only just make out a man’s form at the back wall. The man seemed to be speaking to the teacher. They shook hands and lingered closely. Another set of eyes was added to the mix. The additional scrutiny tightened Ev’s skin, making his hair stand on end from his calves to the top of his head.
When the man walked closer, toward the platform, Ev swallowed hard and told himself not to move. He walked into Ev’s line of sight.
When their gazes met, a strange jolt hit Ev. Right away, he knew why.
Ahh, fuck, Ev swore internally, glancing away. His face heated and he feared a blush so powerfully, his balls drew up. Dread and discomfort twisted inside him. It was just like when he’d accidentally catch John’s eye in the locker room while they were both naked and no one else was around. It was exciting but there was danger there. Ev couldn’t run from it this time. There would be no fleeing the awkward moment by grabbing his bag and jogging for the exit. He was stuck in place for scrutiny.
The guy had dark auburn hair, vivid, sky blue eyes and was probably the most attractive man Ev had ever seen. He made John look like a troll. The redhead came even closer, staring up and down Ev’s body.
The blush came with whispers he may or may not have imagined. The redhead circled the platform, taking in every angle. Never had Ev been more aware of his nakedness or felt more self-conscious.
With a honeyed tenor, the redhead called, “Hey, Günter, it’s okay if I walk around awhile, right?”
Don’t get hard, you dipshit. Don’t you fucking dare.
Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that aren’t afraid of the dark, don’t hold anything back and always strive to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over seventy works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.