Book Reviews

Whipped Cream by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Students/Teachers/Professors / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-July-2013

Book 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.


Book Review

Just like the picture on the cover, at first glance, this book is about having a bit of naughty fun. It made me smile and it made me laugh, but that was just the surface. What can be found underneath is a story about two wonderful characters who have been through a lot of pain, only to discover that life can still be fun when they find each other. And, in the end, it is this depth of characterization and emotions that really caught me and swept me away into a world that is so much better when filled with love.

Brent has been dealt a heavy blow and could have crawled away never to be see again, but he doesn't. He picks up the pieces of his life and makes a new one: he becomes a photographer. The invitation to do his first exhibition at an art gallery, alongside a well-known photographer, comes as a surprise. It's a little scary, and Brent needs some sort of idea to make it all hang together. Luckily, inspiration strikes, and his friends help him find the model.

Tristan is a student trying to make ends meet. His family rejected him when he came out, and only his sister still talks to him. He's somewhat hesitant about being a model at first, but as soon as he gets to know Brent a little better, his enthusiasm grows by leaps and bound, and he does his best to help him out. His involvement soon outgrows a professional relationship and the real fun starts.

If you like stories that look deceptively simple at first glance, but end up pulling you in as you peel away the layers and discover the more serious message of hope underneath, if you enjoy a bit of cheeky humor and a conceited villain, and if you're looking for a story that will make you sigh as the characters find each other and smile because they’re just so much fun together, then you will probably like this novella as much as I did.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 100 pages/23964 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-June-2013
Price $3.99 ebook
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