Sunday, April 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Behind The Lens by Heather Dahlgren


Behind the Lens
Book One of The Sexy Series
By, Author Heather Dahlgren
Release Date: April 24, 2015

**WARNING** Excessive sexy behavior by hot, muscular, tattooed models. Not to be held responsible for screen licking, sweating, or orgasmic tendencies. A fan and cold glass of wine are recommended.

Synopsis: The only thing Kallie Gregory ever wanted to do was take photos. She’s been doing it for as long as she can remember. Having succeeded in becoming an up and coming photographer, she is living her dream daily. She’s not willing to risk anything to ruin what she’s built.

Jax Burke has been living his dream. He’s one of the most sought after male models with his sexy look, muscular body and brilliant tattoos that are becoming increasingly more recognizable. He has no problem getting anything that he wants, including the ladies.

When Kallie and Jax meet there’s an instant connection. They become fast friends and spend the majority of their time together, both realizing how much they have in common with their dreams and goals. The closer they get to each other, the stronger their attraction becomes.

Only problem is, Jax is willing to risk it all for a chance at love, but Kallie is not.

Is it possible for Jax to convince Kallie to see what is behind the lens?

“It was one hell of a shoot today.”  I close the door and lean on it, copying his position.
            “Thank you.  I couldn’t have been happier with the way things went.”  I look at him and he smiles.  “Well, minus the Melanie incident.  Again, I’m so sorry about that.  Nothing like that has ever happened with any of my models before.  I hope that doesn’t deter you from working with me in the future.”  He laughs, and I find myself joining him. 
            “Kallie, believe me, a little cock grabbing isn’t going to keep me from working with you.  I am looking forward to the next time.  You are definitely one of the most intriguing photographers I’ve ever worked with.”  The compliment feels amazing, especially coming from him.  He’s worked with some of the biggest photographers I know. 
            “This is my life, everything I’ve ever wanted.  So when you say something like that, it truly is a huge compliment.  Thank you.”  He is searching my face, for what, I have no idea.  I blink and look away though because it’s feeling too intimate.  “I really need to get going.  I have plans tomorrow, so I need to get these photos uploaded tonight.”  He pushes off the Jeep and stands in front of me.  Not as close as earlier, but too close none the less.
            “What plans do you have tomorrow?  Dinner with your boyfriend?”  I can’t help but burst out laughing.  It catches me completely off guard.  He rises his eyebrows and gives me that smirk.
            “Shit I’m sorry.  No, no dinner plans with the boyfriend.  No boyfriend.  I have a shoot with my brother and his family.”  He becomes completely serious, searching my face again.  I really wish he’d stop doing that shit.
            “Why is it so funny that I’d ask if you have a boyfriend?”  I straighten my back and clear my throat, feeling like I need to defend myself.
            “You’re a nosy little shit.  If you must know, most guys are jealous, insecure pricks that can’t handle what I do for a living.  What I do is so much more important than a relationship anyway.  I really need to get home Jax.  Thank you for helping with my bag and for being part of this today.”  I open my Jeep door, and he puts his arm against the truck, trapping me in place.  I have my back turned to him, and I’ve no intention of turning around.  I feel him move closer and my heart pounds in my chest.
            “You just haven’t found the right guy, that’s all.  Good night Kallie.”  He doesn’t say another word, and I hear his feet crunching on the rocks as he makes his way to his car.  I never once turn around.  I climb into the truck and slam the door.  I the only sound is my heavy breathing and the frantic beating of my heart.


About The Author

I am 36 years old.  I am married to my high school sweet heart.  We have been married for almost 12 years and have 3 amazing kids.  I’m a stay at home mom and my kids definitely keep me busy.  I live at the Jersey Shore and love all there is to do here.  I love nature, birds especially.  I enjoy hiking and fishing with my family. 

I have always loved to write.  In high school I used to write stories, poems and a lot of love notes!  I absolutely love to read.  I love the way I can get lost in a book and forget about the world around me.  Now that I am writing books, I feel the same way, only it’s my book I’m getting lost in.   
As for now, I am loving this journey of becoming an author.  It has been more then I dreamed it would be.   

You can always find me online.  I love social media, so please feel free to interact with me.


My Review:

Starting out reading this novel, I was instantly pulled into the world of photography. Learning how much Kallie loved to take pictures to me was very interesting and I could tell how much passion she had for taking pictures of anything and everything.

I really liked how in the beginning the author told a bit of a back story with how Kallie started at such a young age in taking pictures and how much it stayed with her throughout the years.

Kallie’s brother played a big role in her starting to take pictures of people and that paved the way for her career. She had worked hard to get where she was and she always followed one rule: Do not get involved with the models.

For a while that one rule she lived by was easy to follow. It was easy for her to stay focused on the job at hand. She was always professional and never lost sight of her goal. But when meeting Jax Burke for the first time, all her rules and everything she had built for herself were questioned. For the longest time she fought the undeniable feelings she had for him, and Jax did as well. They became best friends and each other their feelings grew more and more.

I will be honest, I was rooting for Jax the entire time. I wanted him to push Kallie and make her see how much they cared for each other. I totally understood why Kallie was hesitant about being with Jax. For her entire life it was all about photography and nothing else. She worried her career and reputation would fail.

At times, I really wanted to shake Kallie. I knew she wanted to be with Jax, but she let her fears get in the way. She pushed and pushed Jax away and it was frustrating for me to understand why she didn’t just go for it. I wanted them to be together and I knew it wouldn’t be just some one night stand for them. I knew when they got together it would be an epic love story. And I was right.

Together, they were perfect. Reading how much they cared for each other and how their relationship grew, made me very happy. I was smiling and laughing with them more than once. Especially when their friends were involved. Everything was perfect and I couldn’t imagine them not being together.

Sadly, things take a turn for the worse and everything crashed and burned for them. Reading what they had to go through and the things they had to explain for their relationship really upset me. I was a ball of emotions. I wanted to reach into my kindle and hug both of them and tell them it would work out.

I was very happy at the ending of this novel. I really thought the author did an amazing job capturing the characters and everything that went on. I was totally sucked into the story and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I really liked the authors writing and how we got Kallie’s and Jax’s point of view. I thought that was the best part. Not only that, but now I am inspired to take up photography. The author made it seem like it was so much fun and the way the author described the interactions of the models and the photographer, I wanted to experience that.

I praise the author for writing this amazing novel and I cannot wait for the next book out of this series. I will be impatiently waiting for it! Highly recommend picking up this awesome novel!

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