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Photographer Melodie Carr moved to New York City to escape and make a fresh start. Her soldier fiancé was killed in a friendly-fire incident in Iraq, and she has been struggling to come to terms with it ever since. She still feels strongly about needless death and those left behind, so when she sees a call for photographs for a calendar of topless men, with profits going to the Hero Family Fund, she’s eager to help out. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know any men that fit the profile, so she gives up on the idea. That is, until Patrick Brogan—her late fiance’s brother—turns up in New York. Seeing him brings up all kinds of memories, but she’s determined to push them aside and be friends with Patrick. She also realizes he’d be perfect for the calendar. But can she persuade him to take part?
Since this was written by Lucy, I was expecting a sexy romp through a fun theme of shooting a sexy guy for a calendar. What I got instead was a story of love lost and new beginnings. It was at times frustrating, nerve wrecking and bittersweet as I followed Melodie's journey through coming to terms with the loss of her first love and finding herself attracted to her dead fiance's brother. Lucy did a wonderful job of conveying the gamut of emotions that Melodie went through as she dealt with her confusion over her attraction to Patrick and her often rather irrational outbursts as she tried to deal with her feelings of attraction and guilt. This short story was well done.
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About the author
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women's Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes.
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