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Male model : a novel
Benbow, Dave.
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New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2004]

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321 pages ; 24 cm
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When his secret affair with glamorous designer Cameron Fuller leads to fame and fortune as a male model, window display designer Blake Jackson is swept into the world of the rich and famous where he becomes the it boy, but someone jealous of Blake's success is determined to destroy them both. 10,0

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Booklist Review

A-list celebs rub shoulders at that Rodeo Drive Disneyland for the clothes conscious consumer, the Cameron Fuller Store, as top designer Fuller launches his new fragrance, Pacific Coast Highway. Despite an eleventh-hour decision to debut the scent there rather than in SoHo in New York, everything goes smoothly, and that includes new model Blake, 15 years younger than Fuller and hot in hiking gear, hot in a tux. And then Cameron's wife of 20 years and arguably the prettier half of America's Couple dies in the middle of the bash. Some timing. But did drunken, hostile Suzette Fuller fall from the window, or was she pushed? The subsequent plot reveals the handsome, violet-eyed, closeted Cameron's passionate involvement with ex-window-dresser Blake and his hostile father-in-law Silas Cabbott's behind-the-scenes maneuvering to sink Pacific Coast Highway. Overshadowing all in this charming, fast-paced page-turner is the death long ago of Cabbott's beloved son, Stanton. Perfect for hot-weather beach reading. --Whitney Scott Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Benbow's breezy beach read features dazzlingly beautiful boys, steamy sex and a haphazard plot of love and revenge. High-fashion conglomerate Cameron Fuller USA is practically printing money-but its eponymous (and closeted) founder is saddled with a vicious wife and a nasty father-in-law who'd love to see him ruined. When Blake Jackson, a window dresser for Cameron's Rodeo Drive store, has a late night visit from the man himself, a whirlwind romance begins. During one of their many graphically detailed dalliances, Cameron ("honest-to-God violet eyes") convinces Blake ("unbelievably sexy") to be the spokesmodel for his new fragrance, and Blake becomes an overnight sensation. While Blake's star rises, his boss, Rafael, grows embittered, and Cameron's wife, Suzette, uncovers the truth about her husband's new friend. Further melodramatic complications follow (take a deep breath): Suzette's twin brother, Stanton, was Cameron's first love, but after Stanton's tragic death, Cameron and Suzette married for convenience and were bankrolled by her father, Silas, who always hated Cameron and blamed Stanton's death on him, but had no idea that they'd been lovers-until now. The star-studded cologne launch party exposes other long-buried and preposterous secrets, which lead to an outrageous end. Despite central-casting characters, this frothy fairy tale (with an edge) is a step up from Daytime Drama, Benbow's rather corny debut. Agent, Sally Wofford-Girand. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved