5 camera clicks away from love stars!!!
“Epic enemies to lovers with a sweet, emotional kick. I was rooting for them from page one and have been left completely satisfied at the end. A top 2020 read for me!”- Harloe Rae, USA Today bestselling author
Through the Lens, an all-new angst-filled new-adult standalone from USA Today bestselling author K.K. Allen is available now!
“I had become his muse. What he didn’t know was that he had become mine too.”
Maggie Stevens is done feeling objectified.
After spending her entire life in the spotlight and climbing the high fashion ranks as a model in LA, she’s willing to leave it all behind for a fresh start. Moving to Seattle seems like the perfect solution.
A clean slate.
All is going according to plan. Until she meets the drop-dead gorgeous cooking instructor who delights in adding to her misery.
Desmond Blake is determined to make a name for his culinary school—one that speaks to his hard work and undeniable passion.
When his food photography hobby garners attention from an unexpected source, his dreams are finally within reach. The obstacle he never sees coming is the sharp-tongued bombshell with a distaste for all he stands for.
When Desmond accidentally captures a photo of Maggie during a moment of weakness, he starts to see there’s more to the fashionista than meets the eye…
Sometimes what can be seen through the lens is a skewed version of reality. A bent perspective. Manufactured, therefore losing all sense of authenticity. And sometimes all it takes is a different angle to see what’s right in front of you.
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It has been a while since a book made me ugly cry, and this book has done it. Horrible ugly cry tears streaming down my face I think my husband thought I was having a breakdown. I just kept saying its okay it’s just a book…. a really good book. K.K. Allen does that to you though, she reaches right into your chest and practically rips your heart right out by making you fall right in love with her characters from the first page.
I didn’t even realize this was a third book in a series it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I however am going back to read the previous books.
Maggie was a conundrum in the beginning of the book because just like Desmond you think you have her completely figured out and then bam, she throws you a curve ball. I enjoyed her spitfire attitude take no crap from anyone. It was nice that she had worked up a thick skin in the industry so she was as body positive as any normal would be, of course we all have our insecurities. The fact that she thought she had her life figured out but doesn’t and is just kind of floating I think a lot of people can relate to. The deep-rooted problems in her family are also something many people can relate to, maybe not her exact situation but similar situations. The fact the Desmond is so closely related to this situation makes it even worse.
Desmond not only had similar demons that Maggie didn’t want to see, but he wanted to help her even though she didn’t want it. I liked the comrade they had whenever they both let their guard down. How once you get past the thick skin that is supposedly the evil Desmond in Maggie’s eyes you can see the real soft easy-going guy underneath. He was always honest to a fault, and never held back. I liked that he didn’t fit in a box, he could work on cars, but cook, and take great pictures. He’s not your average hero in a book and I think that’s why I liked him so much.
This book was a very slow burn romance which was perfectly alright with me. I enjoyed the author’s use of explaining what he was taking pictures of and why I could very vividly see what he was taking a picture of. Be prepared to be hungry when reading this, I hope a cookbook comes out shortly after this.
“You going to put out afterwards too?”
Her lips curl up at the corners. “Not a chance in hell.”
That makes me grin. “Then our definitions of date are very different.”
Maggie snorts. “Who are you kidding? We both know you won’t let me find a different ride home after the game.”
When she bats her eyes up at me playfully and knowingly, something catches in my chest. We both know she’s not wrong.
We walk to the stadium with Monica, Chloe, Gavin, and the rest of our friends. Then we detach when we get to the concession stand near where our seats are.
“Want something to eat or drink?” I ask her.
Maggie looks up at the board then tells me she wants a beer but nothing else. I order two hot dogs, two beers, and a pretzel, then we make our way to our row. Monica’s seats are an entire section down and to the right of us.
“Here.” I shove a hot dog in front of Maggie’s nose. “You should eat something.”
She makes a face and pushes the hot dog away. “I can’t eat that. Do you know how many toxins are in that thing?”
I shrug and stuff half of a dog into my mouth, chew, swallow, and take a sip of beer. “Probably just as much as those three White Water shots you took back in the beer garden.”
“Yeah, well, I’m here, aren’t I? Now you and my sister can shut up about the Seattle experience. After today, not another word.”
I grin. “You ain’t seen nothing like it, babe.”
“Stop calling me babe.”
“Why? I thought you were my date.”
She rolls her eyes, causing me to laugh.
“Relax,” I say, setting her foil-wrapped hot dog on the cup holder in front of her. “We’re going to have a good time, I’m going to take you home without molesting you, and then you can sleep off your hangover while dreaming about me all night long.”
“You are such a cocky one, aren’t you?”
I grin. “You have no idea.”
About the Author…
K.K. Allen is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author and interdisciplinary arts and sciences graduate from the University of Washington who writes heartfelt contemporary romance stories that are as real as they are inspiring. K.K. is a Hawaiian girl who was raised in Seattle, and currently resides in central Florida. She works full time as a digital producer for a leading online educational institution and is the mother to a ridiculously handsome little dude who owns her heart.
K.K.’s publishing journey began in June 2014 with the YA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy, The Summer Solstice. In 2016, K.K. published her first Contemporary Romance, Up in the Treehouse, which went on to win the Romantic Times 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best New Adult Book of the Year. With K.K.’s love for inspirational and coming-of-age stories involving heartfelt narratives and honest emotions, you can be assured to always be surprised by what K.K. releases next.
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