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REVIEW: “Take My Picture” by Giselle Ellis


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.


Ok, I’m going to admit something and then I’m gonna *duck*…

This book, in the beginning, annoyed the crap out of me.  I absolutely HATED the “banter” between Aaron & Jake.  It was just trying SO HARD to be witty, exchanging zingers, and frankly I was traumatized.  Everyone loved this book so much I feared I was going to loathe it…how do you turn around a book when you can barely stand the 2 MC’s talking to each other.

Next thing I know, I’m hooked.  And here’s what did it:  as sick as this kinda sounds, I’m a SUCKER for a functionally codependent relationship!  When 2 people not only WANT each other but NEED each other…and in ways that don’t seem sane or normal (crawling into each other’s beds at night? Walking around aimlessly only to find comfort if a light is on? Turn down your boyfriend in order to comfort your boss for no reason? Erm…)  I know, I know…the point is that they were in love before they even admitted it to each other.  Still, it was weird…and I love that sh*t.  I’m gaga for that “deep need”.  And I love when someone is just THERE for you without question of what you’re asking.

So, I fell for their crazytown love and damn…THE DESPERATE SEX…????…so, so, so HOT I was…beyond…!!!

I was so engrossed by the end of the book, I immediately started it over.  And the 2nd time…well, I still hated the banter, but this time I could skim that stuff and just get to the sick obsessions!  And I loved it.

I would not call this book sweet as a lot of people do, or fluff…nope not at all.  There’s a kinda sickness to this relationship and there’s also some damn-that-hurts angst in the story.  But, the payoff was so good.  Me likey…



Ami – 5 stars

Shelley – 4 stars


7823352Title:  Take My Picture
Author:  Giselle Ellis
Publisher:  Dreamspinner
Pages:  154
Release Date:  February 24, 2010
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner, ARe, Amazon

6 comments on “REVIEW: “Take My Picture” by Giselle Ellis

  1. shelley
    November 14, 2013

    I KNEW you would like this! I just knew It…..Twinsie status once again invoked! :D


  2. ilhem3606
    November 14, 2013

    It’s one of my first m/m read and a very good memory. I was bummed not to find anything else by this author.


  3. Andrea M
    November 14, 2013

    I loved this book but have never been able to find anything else by her. Do you have any information about the chance of her writing another book? She really writes well.


  4. Ami
    November 14, 2013

    Still one of my favorites after all this year — every single time I read that scene when the “I love you” is finally said, I get all choked up and emotional.


  5. Kim W
    November 15, 2013

    I really loved this book. I have it in my keeper collection on my kindle.


  6. syleegurl
    November 16, 2013

    I always get sad when a book I like is written by an author who doesn’t have anything else released. :(

    I also kinda laugh that EVERYONE loved this book so much since, in it’s essence, it’s actually about a truly codependent, borderline obsessive, fairly unhealthy relationship if you really think about it! Ha! But, for me, that’s exactly what I loved! :)


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