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There’s more than one way to be a rock star...Evan Pak is a card-carrying geek (he even has the job to prove it), but when his photographer brother invites him to tag along on a photo shoot with rock star Riley Flood, he figures it will be two days of ogling and eye-rolling and nothing more. But the reckless bad boy is nothing like he expected, and Evan is mesmerized by thThere’s more than one way to be a rock star...Evan Pak is a card-carrying geek (he even has the job to prove it), but when his photographer brother invites him to tag along on a photo shoot with rock star Riley Flood, he figures it will be two days of ogling and eye-rolling and nothing more. But the reckless bad boy is nothing like he expected, and Evan is mesmerized by the mix of cocky and sweet he sees in Riley. When a spontaneous idea ends with Evan stripping down under the hot lights for an intimate portrait for Riley’s next album cover, Evan is absolutely sure their connection won’t end when the lights are turned off. Especially since Riley can’t seem to keep his hands off the tattoos Evan hides under his clothes.Even a spoiled rock star wants to give up control sometimes, if only for a weekend. The world is full of people who want things from Riley and the demands on him never stop. Evan knows exactly how to turn off the noise in Riley’s head and it starts by putting him on his knees.Together, they will push each other higher and farther than either one of them have ever gone before. It’s easy to take risks when there’s a time limit on the game. But when their time is up, what comes next if they don’t want the game to end?...

Title : Full Exposure
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ISBN : 9781311714329
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Number of Pages : 70 Pages
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Full Exposure Reviews

  • Vivian
    2019-05-25 12:39

    One picture, one weekend, one chance.Riley's fragility hidden beneath unfurls like a butterfly escaping from a chrysalis--tentative and slowly. For all Evan's snark, he's dependable and solid. He's grounded in ways Riley covets. Like all the pictures, this weekend is a frozen moment of time because how could it ever be more. The resolution is seamless as the short story wraps up, but this is a lovely diversion with two charming characters. Overall, an emotional pop rocker metamorphosis. Favorite quote:“Because I wanted it. And I didn’t want to be afraid anymore.”Thanks to the author for participating in the MM Group's DRitC 2015 event, Love is an Open Road

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-05-30 07:49

    ~4.25~This isn't a prompt that grabbed my attention. Suffering rock star stories are a dime a dozen, after all. Trust Amy Jo to follow the prompt to a T and yet transform the story into something true and intense. When computer geek Evan travels with his photographer brother to a photoshoot, the last thing he expects is to fall for the wild, unpredictable Riley. Evan's there for an adventure; he wants to tell stories of the spoiled rock star's outrageous behavior at his local bar. But Riley's not what Evan anticipated, and the two spend a long, steamy weekend together.It's not just a sexual connection for Riley and Evan, but Evan's afraid of being rejected, so even as Riley offers more, Evan pushes away and cowers. The time Riley and Evan spend together is written in the present tense, third-person POV from Evan's perspective; the rest of the story is in the past tense. This makes Riley and Evan's weekend seem immediate and personal. Everything is brighter, lighter, as Riley sheds his bad boy persona and becomes just a man ... mercurial, sensitive, beautiful. I fully expected to like this story, because I'm a fan of Amy Jo's writing, but I loved it just a bit more than that. This one is sexy, daring, and emotional with a strong HFN.(I would have killed for an epilogue.) Big thumbs up for a snarky, tattooed Korean-American MC who chatters incessantly and is willing to strip himself naked to make a point and get his man.

  • Kat ☠
    2019-05-25 07:50

    Amy Jo Cousins, how do I love thee? Let me count the mothertrucking ways. 1 - You killed it with your choice of cover. 2 - You took a very common trope (rock star meets ordinary Joe) but made it seem, for once, believable.3 - You wrote about diverse characters without even coming close to writing them in a stereotypical way. 4 - Your writing, as always, was sublime. “What would you pay me to do to you, Riley Flood?” He whispers the words against that mouth, feels Riley’s lips open to speak and Riley’s breath against his face. “Everything.” 5 - You made me want to get my whole back tattooed just so I can make Dave Grohl trace every line of it with what is sure to be a deliciously calloused finger. 6 - You included a light D/s element and it felt necessary and right.7 - Ditto your use of different tenses per different parts of the story. I'm not sure how many people could do that and still keep a sense of intimacy.8 - You struck a perfect balance between melancholy and hope.9 - You gave me feelz and that's not something that is easy to do. 10 - You spent your time writing this gorgeous gem with the intention of making it free.

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
    2019-06-11 11:35

    Amy Jo Cousins, welcome to my neighborhood.*pats sofa cushions*Come. Sit a spell. Whisper more of your delightful words in my ear.And this story is delightful. Cousins allows Riley and Evan's relationship to bloom and grow into a palpable thing of beauty right before our eyes.They meet on a photo shoot and ooze chemistry. It is a foregone conclusion that they will spend the weekend together. We're given glimpses of that weekend. Each window gives kernals of truths about each of these characters. They compliment each other but neither are perfect. Riley is a bratty and moody rock star who reminded me of The Bieb. Evan is a sci-fi geek with a tendency to word vomit when nervous. Together they are extraordinary."What would you pay me to do to you, Riley Flood?" He whispered the words against that mouth, feels Riley's lips open to speak and Riley's breath on his face."Everything."They take advantage of their weekend together, neither wants to part, but obligations call. Promises are made. And broken. Only a grand gesture can possibly rectify the situation.This story captured my attention from the get go. True, it was the name drop of Neiman Marcus that made my eyes glassy and pupils dilate, but it was the writing that kept me invested and left me with squishy good feels. The side of kinky power dynamics didn't hurt. I especially loved how sensual the writing was without being explicit and how tactile they are with one another. And that edging bearskin rug scene.*stares into space*Bearskin rug cheesy, you say?Bearskin rug hot, Cupcake replies.I will be on the lookout for more from this author in the future and my thanks to her and her team for contributing to the LOR event.

  • Susan
    2019-06-03 07:46

    DNF at 60%This did absolutely nothing for me. I’ve enjoyed Amy Jo Cousins’ writing in other books, but this was such a jumbled mess, I couldn’t get used to it.I mean, why is “I don’t want to be in my own head anymore.” code for, I want to bottom? I just don’t get it.And the sex scene I read was at first detailed and all of a sudden we got:He lays Riley on it, facedown, and fucks him like he doesn’t matter. Tells him with hands and mouth and words how very much he does.Good way to make me feel detached from the whole scene.And why on earth is the first half in past tense and all of a sudden we switch to present tense? Very confusing.Not the books for me.

  • Meep
    2019-06-11 14:04

    Thanks to the author for participating and offering this freebieRE-READStill love these characters, a hot, cute story, but still wish it was a full book!-- --I loved the characters; mercurial, vulnerable, rock-star Riley and pov character (third person) Evan who is a sassy, tattooed, Korean, computer nerd. Riley strips away the make-up to show the likeable man beneath the hype and Evan forgets about novelty to see something special. Their chemistry was instant and intense. There were hot sexy-times yet the story still felt like there was a whole lot more than sex between them. Despite their limited time together I bought into the stronger emotions and wanted the HEA.The HEA - Evan knows how to get Riley to look at him and isn't afraid to expose himself!It left me happy but wanting further glimpses, the ending felt a bit quick.What I didn't love was the mix of present/past tense. Caught up in the story it took me awhile to figure out what kept throwing me off, it's used as a deliberate device but I'm ambivalent. Still enjoyed too much for it to loose a star.Kind of wish this was a full length novel. Really enjoyed meeting these characters.

  • Jilrene ♥
    2019-05-19 06:46

    Another fabulous free read! To me, this was perfection. I loved it. Just, gah!

  • Catherine
    2019-06-12 08:34

    Such a good story (and that cover is hot as fuck).

  • Ami
    2019-05-26 08:45

    Evan Pak meets Riley Flood in one of those meet-cute/one-off chance situation. Evan is helping his older brother Tommy in a photo-shoot for Riley's newest cover album. Immediately, I fell for Evan's narrative voice. I always love snarky-rambling-when-nervous characters, and Evan fits that to a "T". I wasn't really sure of Riley at first though -- since the story was written solely from Evan's perspective, Riley came as a bit mysterious, a bit arrogant, and totally unpredictable, even until the very end.After the photo-shoot -- where somehow Evan was roped into being part of the cover, naked -- Evan and Riley spent the weekend together. I also admit that I didn't know what to think about this at first. I mean, it sounded like a set-up for another instant-love (though, thankfully, it wasn't filled with pages and pages of sex scenes).... until ...This might be silly for other readers, but you want to know what changed my view towards this story? The part where Evan took Riley to watch the movie Pretty Woman. Suddenly, I felt nostalgic, and I read this part in whole different attitude. Imagine these two, in that short intimate weekend situation, in which they had sex, watched a classic, played video games, went bowling ... it felt romantic and almost fairy-tale like. My dreamy side took over completely.So yes, when we get to the third part, where there was the reunion, I was completely in love with it.A little dreamy. A little melancholy. A fair dose of sexy. A lot of heart. A whole lot of goodness. I got all emotional and choked up by the end.PS: Some reviewers mentioned the past/present tense switch -- but since I am not an English native speaker, I never understand the difference between them anyway, so I wasn't bothered with it. For those of you who are sensitive about this, proceeds with caution.

  • Maya
    2019-06-16 09:42

    Huh. This one didn’t really work for me. Couldn’t connect with the writing. I’m going to put it down to my-previous-read-was-so-good-that-any-book-that-followed-it-didn’t-stand-a-chance. But also: I didn’t understand Evan’s ‘I want to have an adventure so I can have a good story to tell later’. Why not have an adventure for his own experience and for the memories to cherish later? So with this early on I remained skeptical about Even through the rest of the story. Riley I liked better but having read a few romances featuring rock stars who were not what they appeared to be under all the makeup I have to say I didn’t find anything that made him stand out. The switch from past to present tense irritated me too much to have the intended effect on me.The romance was nice though. Just wasn’t enough to make me enjoy the story.*shrug*

  • Erika
    2019-05-29 12:58

    Extremely well done story for the Love is an Open Road event. At first I was imagining that Riley was a mix between Jared Leto and Justin Beiber (I KNOW! :cringe:) but he became his own "person" as I read further on. I also liked that the author made Evan Asian without descending into any of the usual stereotypes. Very nicely done. I've only read one book and one other short story by AJC so I think now I'll have to check her other M/M books, since she really impressed me with this one.

  • Sunny
    2019-05-27 09:34

    3.5, rounded upLoved the beginning, not so happy about the separation part or the quick wrap up :(Side notes:Liked the element of D/s, but it seemed to come out of nowhere. Some early hints would have been a nice tease, the later action a reward for the wait.I really wanted to see reactions of people when the album cover was revealed, especially people Evan knew.

  • Amy Cousins
    2019-06-15 08:43

    Full Exposure is up at Amazon and some of the other vendors, although a couple of vendors are still processing. While I wait for Amazon to price match it to free (don't pay for it! it won't be at 99 cents for long, I hope!), any royalties earned will be donated to The Crib at the Night Ministry in Chicago, a youth homeless shelter whose population is about 80% LGBTQ.Thank you Armi for the terrific prompt that sparked the idea for this story! I very much enjoyed writing about Riley and Evan. :)

  • Karen Wellsbury
    2019-05-25 13:41

    As shorts go, this was practically perfect.The build up, I know that we all know what is going to happen, but man it was great, the build up was superb, really beautifully paced.I loved the characters, I have read many, many books where the writers have struggled to get this much emotion and honesty into 200 pages, let alone 80, and for me this is where AJC excels.I know this is a novella, but the bloody ending was too swift, and yes, I know I'm ungrateful

  • Sandra
    2019-06-01 10:42

    A photoshoot turns into a sexed up weekend between rockstar Riley and "coffee boy" Evan. Then months of texts and then nothing, until Evan gets his head out of his ass and begs for another chance.I liked the exploration of insecurities here, how the author gave both men their own set of those, and how the one who seemed larger than life really isn't, and the one on the sidelines is actually the one who sees beyond the facade of the rock star. Both of them showed vulnerability, and both of them showed inner strength. Exquisite writing, with humor and snark, and ultra emotional moments, this was sheer beauty. Loved it. 4.5 stars.Free as part of the Love Is An Open Road event from the M/M Romance group. My gratitude to the author.

  • Ed
    2019-05-21 10:39

    3.5 StarsSuper cute. I think a LITTLE hamstrung by the length - the transition from mid-story to end about 80% in was a little too abrupt, and could have used a bit more fleshing out - but this is relatively common with don't read in the closet novellas, and this wasn't an egregious example. Had two likeable protags,and made what is always an inherently ridiculous premise - rock star & regular person get together - feel real and sweet.Also, Evan. Geeky cute Korean dude with secret badass tats who likes a turn on top. Take me now, heh. Bonus points for the cover, too. M/m is way too much Whitey McWhiteface, and seeing a badass hot asian guy on the cover is something we need more of.

  • Cory
    2019-06-09 10:46

    I swear I had already marked this as read as well as reviewed it....strange!Any way, I liked it. I really wish it was longer as I enjoyed reading about both characters!

  • Janeylou
    2019-05-26 09:37

    4.5 stars

  • Sandra
    2019-05-21 10:51

    Labelled as NSFW, although I think it's fine (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group's Love Is An Open Road event. Thank you too all the amazing authors who participated!I really enjoyed this, and Ms Cousins went through a full story arc in 60ish pages. That's impressive. The first half is fun and a little flirty, it's hard to tell how things will play out. Then I loved seeing the other sides of Riley in their weekend together. I wasn't ecstatic with the choice right before the HEA (view spoiler)[it was really cruel of Evan to drop off like that, and by this it seems like almost a YEAR has gone by. I was kind of devastated for Riley that Evan missed that huge romantic gesture (hide spoiler)], but things worked out and I really liked both these guys. This could totally be expanded to a full novel, with some more detailed background on Riley and a few heart-to-hearts during their weekend. Recommended! This isn't actually tagged as 'BDSM' but 'mild dominance', which was fine and I get why Riley's character craved it, although it wasn't necessary or integral to their story. I also like the creative license that the author took with the prompt picture. She kept the basics and the vibe, but 1) lost Riley's bad tattoos 2) changed assless chaps to sexy rocker leather pants 3) made Riley rocker skinny, and 4) gave us a soulful blue-eyed gaze. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sadie Forsythe
    2019-06-13 08:01

    I've not read many 'Don't Read in the Closet' stories, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Plus, if I'm honest, I tend to avoid books less than 100 pages long. That's kind of my random,' I consider this worth my time' length. But AJC posted a teaser of this somewhere and it did its job. It made me want the rest of the story. I'm glad of that because I really quite enjoyed it.I love that it broke so many stereotypes. The rockstar who wasn't an alpha-Ahole, the sexually versatile Korean MC, the geek who gets the star. Plus, there was diversity in the cast, no unseemly penetration politics, and light D/s that was played instead of lived. Oh, and it was hot without resorting gratuitous sex. I did think Even felt almost psychic in how he so immediately knew what Riley wanted and needed, unless there were coded clues I missed, there were no hints. The ending also seemed rushed. In fact, the rushing seemed to start with the change in narrative style at almost exactly 50%. But all in all, I had fun with it. On a side note: I love that cover. I do, it's awesome. But as much time as was spent describing the album cover, I wish that it could have been used. Of course, I understand the reality of the cost of producing an original cover balanced against a freebie story. But a girl can wish.

  • Sarah_loves_books
    2019-06-09 05:36

    The photography session was erotic, so was the first time together. I'd even say this was the best photography I've read (and I'm drawn to photography romances, I even have a shelf for them). But there were things I didn't like. The whole writing style. The bear skin rug, and Riley not even feeling bad for the bear! When he could have had an influence on the hotel's policy on rugs, if he had bothered!The ending was emotional, which I like, but it was also too theatrical which I don't like.My favourite thing in the book was the album cover. I don't know if that has been done (I don't follow music), but if not, somebody needs to do it. For both political and artistic reasons.

  • Ellie
    2019-05-22 10:46

    I enjoyed this so much! It's very different from Amu Jo Cousins' Bend or Break series which I love but it's totally engaging in a tender, softer, understated way. A refreshing out-of-the-box take on rockstar romance and as diverse (ethnically this time) as this author's books usually are. One of the best stories in the DRitC event this year for me!

  • Arzu
    2019-05-27 09:37

    3,5 stars

  • Eugenia
    2019-06-13 13:35

    3.5Liked it. Loved Riley, the rock star. Wanted to hug him, really. Evan, the dork (but not really), deserved a serious wake-up call toward the end of the book. Another great way to spend an hour.

  • Heather♥
    2019-05-31 13:48

    2.5 starsThe first chapter was very promising with the sexy photo shoot and all that delicious tension building up. But the change in tense in the second chapter really threw me off and unfortunately it took me out of the story. I was glad it switched back, but by then it was already nearing the end of the book and I had a little trouble feeling invested in the characters. I thought their little dates and outings in the middle chapter were really sweet but then the ending seemed to be rushed, considering they had been apart for a year. I think I was mostly disappointed that the album cover which started the whole thing wasn't a bigger part of their story - we didn't get to hear about any of the buzz it generated or how it affected them immediately after its release. Just imagine all the tongues wagging at this picture of a beautiful rock star who had not only cut off his long hair, but was posing naked with another gorgeous naked dude - who also happened to be sporting cool tattoos. Among other things. My tongue would still be wagging.

  • Kira
    2019-05-19 06:36

    Definitely my favourite work of Amy Jo Cousins. It's full of tension, emotions and interesting three-dimensional characters who are not specifically designed to be liked, but you still root for them. This story was about people, first and foremost, and it will work even if you don't like musicians (especially spoiled musicians) theme. I loved the way Evan acted and thought around Riley - not unbelievably nonchalant, but not annoyingly melting in a puddle either.The ending grabs you right by your heart.Great story, thank you, Amy Jo Cousins!Two minor niggles: Riley was a pop-star on one page, rock-star on another, then glam-rocker, then pop-star again, then rocker once more... Just pick one, please, Amy Jo! The switch from past tense to present in narration in some scenes was distracting and, in my opinion, quite unnecessary.

  • Tatiana
    2019-06-17 06:46

    2.5 starsThe story was perfectly nice, but the writing style completely ruined it for me.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-03 05:57

    The author did a good job bringing this prompt to life. I enjoyed the characters and the chemistry between the MC's. I had too many image disputes in my head between the photo in the prompt, the characters in the book and the photo on the cover. I felt the story was good but needed just a little more teasing out of the timeline. Overall good job!

  • Chappy
    2019-06-07 07:49

    Didn't love this one...I found Evan to be a bit of a jerk. He was always making rude comments to Riley. If found him too distant.

  • Lucy
    2019-05-22 13:59

    I want to know Riley's history. Such a lovely story