Whipped Cream by Andrew Grey (4 Stars)

Our true love can see past the surface of our physical and psychological scars to find our soul.

Brent Phillips is a photographer who spends most of his time taking student portraits while trying to build up his art portfolio. A former model, he now has scars, both physical and psychological, after being brutally attacked. He’s looking for something unique to become the center of his upcoming exhibit, and he finds it when he meets Tristan Greer. Tristan is a very sexy college student who was kicked out of his home when his parents found out he was gay. Brent needs to get past his own personal demons to believe that Tristan is capable of loving him.

Told from Brent’s point of view, it’s obvious the attack he suffered from has caused a lot of damage on both the inside and outside. Fortunately, he’s surrounded by several people who care about him very much. I really enjoyed meeting Brent’s friends and watching them take care of him. Brent was a nice guy with a quirky personality. Tristan was a sweetheart and very mature and supportive, but I would have liked to have gotten to know him better. Most of the story is focused on Brent’s photography studio and his upcoming art exhibition. His plan is to have Tristan pose covered only in whipped cream. Fortunately, this picture can be seen on the lovely book cover. It was fun to watch the two of them spend time together and grow their relationship.

If you enjoy art and photography, this was a really interesting and enjoyable look into that arena with a sweet and loving romance to flow around it.

Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

BLURB

Former model Brent Phillips now works the other side of the camera. He makes his money on senior portraits but wants to create an art exhibition. His only problems are lack of a central image and a three-week deadline.

Enter Brent’s friends, who resolve to discover the perfect model for his project. They find him in Tristan Greer, a college student who left home after coming out and is trying to make ends meet.

Though initially reluctant, Tristan agrees to work with Brent to capture the image Brent wants—a gay version of Herb Alpert’s Whipped Cream album photo. It turns out the camera loves Tristan, and the photographer may as well.

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