Take the Shot

Missy Welsh
Take the Shot
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Release Date
November 2010
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Carrie Trent has just become the photographer for a gay porn film company where committed couple Cal and Scotty are the stars -- the stars of the company and of every fantasy Carrie has. And now she has to be on-set to photograph them while they have sex in a multitude of different moods and positions.

It's driving her absolutely insane. She loves them, she really does, but her heart just can't take being on the outside looking in. Carrie can't quit, though, because the loan shark she thought was an old family friend wants his money right damn now and she just doesn't have it.

Now her beautiful, sexy men are making her wonder if they're really gay or maybe a little bit, just-for-her bi, and her financial troubles are pushing her down a really dangerous road. She's not good at asking for help, but she's not going to get out of her money mess on her own.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, exhibitionism, male/male sexual practices, menage (m/m/f), voyeurism.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Jan 05, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
172 people found the following review helpful
Missy Welsh weaves a story that has an unusual premise, at times a comical plot, and extremely steamy sex scenes. All of that came together to make this novella an unforgettably fun read.

TAKE THE SHOT is the story of Carrie, who is in love with her two friends Cal and Scotty. They are porn stars -- gay porn stars. And what makes matters worse, they are in love with each other. Now that she's been promoted to photographer for the adult film company they all work for, she has to be front and center while they are filming their scenes with each other. While she is supposed to be taking pictures, she's watching and imagining herself in the scene with the two lovers, and it seems that more and more they are trying to entice her to do just that. But she must be dreaming because they are gay, right? And just when she's about to get everything she fantasized about, her stupid mistakes come back to haunt her. And that may mean the end of a relationship she wants more than anything.

This novella was a perfect mix of steamy and fun. Told in the first person, the reader is treated to a front row view into this new world that Carrie is trying to navigate. She's now in the middle of the action in the world of gay porn, having to watch the men that she's already lusting after go at it with one another. She is going crazy with desire. So much so that she thinks she's going to have to quit her new job.

When it's finally revealed that they want her too, we get treated some very erotic love scenes between the three of them. But the tone is still light. The feelings between Scotty and Cal are evident, and it was just as apparent that they had feelings for Carrie as well (although she didn't see it). The transition from couple to trio seemed to happen pretty effortlessly because of that that. Also, Carrie finds that she has a more dominant side and the trio explore that a bit in the story. There's no serious domination in the book but some light FemDom.

The characters in the story were surprisingly well developed for such a short story. Scotty and Cal weren't just porn stars. Cal has an interesting story behind how he got into porn, and Scotty has a lot more substance than what's on the surface. Now Carrie's character was a bit flighty almost to a fault but as you get into the story, you find out what's happened in her past that may have lead her to be that way.

I felt that the world building was good. I have never been on a porn set, but I could picture these scenes and how they unfolded. I felt like the author did a great job of balancing the light theme of the story without being silly. There's lots of sex, and it was very hot. The sex scenes, although plentiful, fit with the flow and pacing of the story.

In the end, there was a predictable but satisfying finale, and all of the story lines were resolved. It's hard for me to pick out my "favorite thing" about the story. I feel like it worked because of all the wonderful attributes I just outlined. If one of those were missing, I don't think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much.

So if you are in the mood for a light but sexy bisexual menage, look no further. TAKE THE SHOT fits the bill.
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