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How important is a ‘happy ever after’?
Willy Wonka: But, Charlie, don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted.
Charlie: What's that?
Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.
—Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Once upon a time MM romances ended in happily ever after. Evil villains were slain, submissives rescued and eternal bliss achieved—usually via a hot romp beneath the sheets. But things have changed. While "happily ever after" holds on tenaciously in the genre, reader expectations are not so clear cut.
Unless you define it by "the last printed page," it can be hard to put exact definitions on what makes an ending an ending. "Happily ever after" does a favor for readers: it affirms that the story has reached its conclusion. For modern writers and readers, the problem with "happily ever after" is how unrealistic that is. It’s not how life works. But then again, "real life" doesn't have shifters, demons or supervillains either, yet readers seem okay with suspending their disbelief for these characters.
Some writers take delight in subverting the trope, comfortably navigating into the uncomfortable territory of not-so-happily or happy for now. I’m not one of them. It may be clichéd, it may get critics turning up their noses, but I want my boys to get their happy ever afters and I think my readers do to. I want readers to pick up my stories secure in the knowledge that whatever I put my characters through, they come through in the end. I want my readers to finish the last sentence of a story, sigh happily, maybe wipe away a tear and look forward to the next book. Of course, Picturing Lysander is a short story, to be followed by a full length novel in the future – so sorry readers, you may have to wait a while to get your happy ending this time.
Blurb for Picturing Lysander:
Photography, like love, should have no limits.
Lysander Brock is a talented photographer and capturing the perfect picture is his passion. His work takes him all over the world and he is famous for his willingness to take risks for the perfect image.
Kyle Dawson is tasked by his mysterious employer to obtain Brock’s services for a dangerous job and he’s prepared to use any method to ensure that the young photographer does as he’s told. Breaking and entering and blackmail are just tools of his trade.
Despite the circumstances, the spark of attraction between Brock and Kyle is strong. Brock’s addiction to adrenaline-fuelled adventure holds him captive, just as much as Kyle’s brooding dominant appeal. As a fragile trust builds between them, Kyle takes a gamble and tells Brock the truth about his mission. Can Brock accept the challenges ahead—as a photographer and as a man?
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Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She's fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.