I made myself laugh today. I joined on another Instagram challenge, #DiscoverMMRomance – check it out if you’re on Instagram. Today we should post Slow Burn MM. I panicked. I read short fiction, there’s no room for slow burn.
So, I hopped onto Goodreads, naturally, and went the M/M Romance Group and onto their shelves where I looked at the Theme-Slow-Burn-Ust. I spent a good amount of time oh-ing and ah-ing over books forgotten.
But which one to post on Instagram?
The first one I picked was Dance with Me by Heidi Cullinan, but then I thought it’s not that long ago I re-read it, and most M/M fans probably know of it already. Then I paused by Nowhere Ranch, but that’s equally known.
Next book I almost picked was Houseboat on the Nile by Tiennan, then Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk, and then Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton came up…
Turns out I’ve read quite a few slow burn stories and that I’ve like most of them…a lot. Check them out here.
In the end, I went with Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis because when I read it, which is a very long time ago, I loved it. It’s one of those books I don’t dare to re-read because I fear I wouldn’t like it as much now as I did then. If I remember correctly there were tears, coming from me that is.
You have artists, you have misunderstandings, you have the building a life together without them realising they’re building a life together, and then one decision ruins it all. Tears.
This isn’t an unknown book, but perhaps not as known as the others I mentioned above. If you haven’t read it and are one of those people who can stand communication breakdowns, check it out.
Aaron has no idea what he’s walking into when he shows up to pose for a famous—and famously bad-tempered—photographer. He certainly doesn’t expect to end up working as Jake’s assistant for five frustrating, thrilling, and crazy years instead of in front of the camera.
It all works until Jake realizes Aaron has become the focus of his life, a life that’s threatened when Aaron actually leaves him to start a relationship with someone else. Though it breaks his heart, Jake realizes he has to set his beloved muse free to have any chance of winning Aaron back.
Reprint: This short story was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Size Still Matters.
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