Available in trade paperback October 2005!

In his sizzling debut novel, DAYTIME DRAMA, Dave Benbow took readers inside the sexy, catty world of soaps. Now he goes behind the seams-and under the covers-of LA’s fashion district, where a man’s body is his business and one man’s exquisite face and form are about to take him straight to the top, into the arms of an unlikely lover…and into the crosshairs of a deranged killer…

Designing window displays for the glamorous Cameron Fuller USA store on Rodeo Drive is Blake Jackson’s passion. After all, handsome, elegant designer Cameron Fuller is an icon of chic style. With his Vogue-thin wife, Suzette, he’s one-half of “America’s Couple.” But their relationship is like one of the store’s many displays: luxurious, beautiful, and completely for show…

Blake is completely unprepared to meet Cameron in the flesh-or to have him help with a last minute window change during a surprise visit to the store late one night. Working side by side, the two men experience an overpowering attraction, and soon, they’re engaged in a whirlwind secret affair, played out on private planes, in New York penthouses, behind office doors and in a remote Hawaiian beach house.

In need of a fresh look to launch his new cologne, Cameron finds it in his lover’s chiseled cheekbones, ice-blue eyes, long, dark hair and hunky, six-pack abs. Within weeks, Blake’s gone from shop-boy to poster god. A billboard of him romping in the California surf wearing only a pair of skin-tight leather lowriders stops traffic in Times Square and Hollywood. Suddenly he’s the “it” boy, wanted and feted from coast to coast, yet having to keep his feelings for Cameron in the shadows. But someone is unhappy about Blake’s sudden rise to fame, and the growing love between the designer and his model…someone who knows their secrets…someone determined to make them pay dearly. And as the days tick down until the celebrity-packed party that will launch Blake’s star, it’s clear that the only way Cameron and Black can hold on to what they have is to let go of everything else…

Riveting and compulsively entertaining, MALE MODEL is a wickedly revealing glimpse into the rarified world of fashion-the conniving stylists and creative directors who’d step on anyone to get ahead, the insecure models who swing both ways, the temperamental diva directors, the jaded wives living on couture shows and kinky boudoir habits, the barely concealed rage and need, lust and envy, desperation and dreams they all share…and the secrets they’d all kill to keep under (stylish) wraps.

“Dave Benbow writes fabulous stories about pretty people living glamorous lives. His breezy beach reads are full of sarcasm, satire and sex…Benbow delights in having his characters consummate their passions whenever the mood strikes, which, of course, is as often as possible…Benbow’s best achievement, however, is developing the loving relationship between Cameron and Blake as their affair moves from cozy West Hollywood to picturesque Hawaii and sleek New York…MALE MODEL is a guiltless confection.”
--Gary Kramer
LAMDBA LITERARY REVIEW

“Benbow’s breezy beach read features dazzingly beautiful boys [and] steamy sex…[A] frothy fairy tale
(with an edge).”
--PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

“A charming, fast-paced page-turner…Perfect for
hot-weather beach reading”
--BOOKLIST

"Fabulous, scandalous, and sexy"
--INSTINCT magazine

"An incredibly tasty dish of a novel full of clever twists, exotic locales, and passionate romance...[Benbow] delivers professionally developed, charismatic characters involved in a well thought out, beautifully detailed plot...pure enjoyment from cover to cover!"
--INDEPENDANT GAY WRITER

 

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