Author: Elizabeth Lister
Publisher: MLR Press
Characters: Martin Lewis, Jeremy Trask
POV: 1st person
Setting: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Rating: 3.5
When 23 year-old Jeremy Trask wanders into Martin Lewis’ photography studio one bleak October day and requests photos for a modeling portfolio, neither man is prepared for the immediate and intense attraction between them. What follows is a series of progressively intimate encounters that leads them on a scintillating erotic journey together. But Jeremy has a secret. Will his revelation destroy the burgeoning intimacy between them? Or will Martin rise to the challenge of loving a ‘less than perfect’ man?
Exposure is the excellent debut from author Elizabeth Lister, a sensual and thoroughly seductive novella narrated by Martin Lewis, a thirty-two year old photographer who has a one o’clock appointment with destiny.
On a dare from his roommates, Jeremy Trask books Martin to take some modeling shots for a professional portfolio. Both the camera lens and Martin recognize and appreciate the younger man’s natural beauty and innate sensuality, and it’s all Martin can do to remain professional in Jeremy’s presence, their attraction to each other instantaneous yet muted by the nature of their business together.
That doesn’t remain the case for long, however, as the two men are irresistibly drawn to each other in a near palpable desire to know the other on a more personal level. Theirs is a relationship that ignites quickly and burns hot through the entirety of the story as they flirt with bondage and dominance, Jeremy’s wants and needs, as well as a little switching up when Jeremy introduces Martin to the pleasure of submitting to the demands of his lover and of his own body.
But Jeremy is harboring an unexpected secret, one that he didn’t intend for Martin to discover quite so suddenly. It’s one that will either destroy their fragile new bond or will prove to strengthen and deepen their commitment to each other. It’s quite a shock for Martin and a lot to reconcile at first, but he soon realizes that Jeremy’s true beauty lies far deeper than what can be seen with the naked eye; it’s through the lens of the camera that Martin is able to expose Jeremy’s strength and heart.
Exposure isn’t a very long story, but what it lacks in word count, it makes up for in emotion, passion, and its courageous and captivating characters. They prove that true bravery can often come, not from facing down danger, but from simply facing down and conquering the challenges that life thrusts upon you.
I loved this story and am looking so forward to Elizabeth’s next project.
Reviewed By: Lisa