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Through the Lens

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  834 ratings  ·  233 reviews
"He thought I was his muse. Turned out, he was mine too."

Maggie Stevens is done feeling objectified.

After spending her entire life in the spotlight and climbing the high fashion ranks as a model in LA, she’s willing to leave it all behind for a fresh start. Moving to Seattle seems like the perfect solution.

A clean slate.
New adventures.
Endless opportunities.

All is going acc
Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published April 29th 2020
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Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
KK has penned A feel good story, delightful to the senses and hopeful for the dejected. Very straightforward story, the only twists are in Desmond Blake & Maggie Steven's heads. They're both victims of absentee parents and a warped childhood. Both are looking for their lost self worth, but a strange thread binds them together. They weirdly share a person and their viewpoints and experiences are quite the contrary.
This goes to show that nurture played a huge part in shaping their personalities.
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am attracted to this book due to Desmont. He is sexy... with that long hair like Jax from Son of Anarchy. And he is a chef!! Holy shit! I have a soft side for a man who can cook. It is romantic.

The romance story is about 2 people who has a lot of emotional baggage in their past heal each other. I also like how Miss Allen put photography as Desmont's side hobby. Aside from cooking. The banter between the character is just alive and funny. It has min angst. I can not help falling in love with t
K.K. Allen
Apr 16, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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✔️ Hot cocky chef w/a love for food photography
✔️ Ex-Model, fish out of water in a big city
✔️ Witty, steaming hot banter

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Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Through The Lens is just irresistible and completely captivating. I honestly couldn't stop reading once I had started and ended up reading the entire book in a single sitting. It's a beautiful, emotional, and wonderful story that captivates from the start. K.K. Allen is one of my favourite authors and she never fails to bring a terrific story that keeps you engrossed from beginning to end with her impeccable writing and her relatable and incredible characters that you can’t help but fall in love ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5-4 ⭐'s

What was the reason you read the book? I had been seeing lots of posts about it and the way the hero talked had me intrigued.

And how was it? It was pretty good. I had already read Up in the Treehouse so it was great seeing those characters in this book.

What's it about? Maggie has a chance at being a super model and it falls through. She leaves LA to be with her sister in Seattle. Her sister takes her to some cooking classes where she meets Desmond. There's sparks but not a
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delectable enemies to lovers romance, K.K. Allen’s Through The Lens, is an enjoyable read! Under the weight of immense pressure, Maggie takes one wrong step, which throws her life into disarray. Embarrassed, she escapes to her sister’s where she becomes entangled in an electrifying feud with her hot cooking instructor, Desmond. Banter quickly evolves into palpable passion, and together dreams grow, forgiveness is found, and love develops. A lovely novel about personal growth.

S.M. Soto
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everything I love about enemies to lovers!
Harloe Rae
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kk Allen delivers an award-worthy romance with Through the Lens. Her passion for this couple is punctuated with every perfectly placed word. The details are exquisite and make the story come to life. I was ravenous for this book, completely unputdownable. Desmond and Maggie swept me away with their enchanting journey. Epic enemies to lovers with a sweet, emotional kick. I was rooting for them from page one and have been left completely satisfied at the end. A top 2020 read for me!
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I think one of the things that she likes most about this author's books is her ability to write books that capture my attention since the first pages, and it happened again here, even though this is not her favorite book yet I found myself captivated by this story.

Desmond was a positive surprise here, I loved his character and how he managed to break down Maggie's barriers and his passion for cooking.Maggie was a character that it took me a while to start liking, I confess that I had a c
Athena D.
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS

I always enjoy a good enemies to lovers romance and this one is just absolutely perfect! Desmond and Maggie have to endure each other's company considering Maggie sister is dating Desmond's best friend, as well as Maggie's dad was Desmond's high school football coach (who he has close relationship with and she does not, additional drama). The banter and the chemistry these two have in and out of the kitchen is highly entertaining and hot. Through The Lens is an EPIC read and wi
Weronika -  Little Steamy Reads
„You’ve given me a piece of myself I never even knew existed.”

Through the Lens is another K.K. Allen’s book that I devoured in one sitting. I love how this author delivers heartfelt and realistic stories and fills them with the perfect amount of drama, steam and emotions. Both Desmond and Maggie are relatable and engaging characters and their hate/love relantioship kept me entertained till the last page. This book is full of witty banter, sexual tension and all the feels, which is exactly wh
ashlee l.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘Through The Lens’ is an all new emotional new-adult standalone by author KK Allen.

Three words: A fantastic story!
This read was such a page turner for me, I just couldn’t stop. Like a sweet treat that you crave.. You just want to keep eating...but in this case, reading. ;)

I was so glued to Desmond and Maggie’s character traits. They both were so head strong, therefore, witnessing the back and forth banter between those two made me smile so much! Definitely my favorite parts of the story. I foun
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Sooooo this was a fantastic read. I haven’t done much since receiving this ARC. I have been glued to this story. Desmond and Maggie stoker my heart.

I think I realized in this book why I love all of KK Allen’s books so much and that’s because her characters are so relatable.

I loved the angst in this book, it was just enough to take the story to a different level

Once Mags and Des gave into temptation it’s like the flood gates opened and all you could do was hold on and enjoy their ride!

Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I was very excited to read this story about Maggie and Desmond. This book had everything that I could relate to, cooking, photography and the modeling world. When Maggie has a fall from grace and is living with her sister licking her wounds, she begins taking cooking classes with the gorgeous, infuriating Desmond. Immediately the sparks begin to fly between the two, and no one can deny the chemistry. I really love good tension between the two main characters because it makes it all the more expl ...more
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 4.5/ 5 stars

This book was fantastic! The banter was so damn fun and entertaining! Had me just salivating for all the moments these two would be in the same room. It was a great story about love and family and frienship. I loved seeing all the other characters in this series and getting to see them live their happily ever afters was so sweet. Just like Des and Maggie turned out the be, a super sweet couple. I just adored this book.

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Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I kinda love that pic so I‘m keeping it😂

I was so excited to finally read another book of KK again after I devoured Up in the Treehouse a few weeks back. I‘m also soo excited that this book takes place in this world that I love so much.

Because I read Under the Bleachers before Up in the Treehouse I kinda forgot who the characters were. But my confusion was soon gone and I fell in Love with Desmond and Maggie. Even though I found Maggie to be a pain in my ass the first fee chapters.

I love how diff
Book Maniac Forever

⭐️ 4 "Hot In The Kitchen" Stars ⭐️
Through the Lens was a delightful story that gave a me a nice time! I’m all for the enemies to lovers trope and the start of Desmond and Maggie’s romance is certainly stormy. With all the teasing, Desmond doesn’t make it easy for the woman to see him as more than a player. Under it all though, there’s a tangible chemistry between those two. I enjoyed the playful banters between this couple that had me so entertained with the fierce underlying attraction.

The Book Bee
Jan 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
Oh, chit! I better read the first two books in this series!!!

• Up in the Treehouse:

• Under the Bleachers:

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Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This is the second book from this author that I have completely devoured. We are two for two right now and things are looking up from here.

K.K. Allen is an author that really knows how to capture emotions beautifully and organically. I love the way that she puts emotions onto paper and brings the reader into the story easily. Her writing style is just stunning and the words
Anne OK
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
K.K. Allen has created a savory and sweet, hot and spicy recipe for love. With every turn of the page, there’s something delicious cooking in Desmond’s kitchen.

He’s a rising star chef and she’s the spicy seductress. Their enemies to lovers mix-up sometimes becomes a heated mess in the kitchen. Energized with a variety of all those feels that deal with life in general, family calamity, and a hot and sizzling romance.

I loved the characters that made up this story. Well-written with dialogue that
Reagan Nelson
This book was absolutely amazing. From the first chapter, I fell in love with the characters and I rooted for them to get together. There was an amazing slow burn between Maggie and Desmond and when they finally got together, it was like magic. Just from reading the synopsis, I was so excited about the premise of the book. It sounded so unique and I was extremely excited to dive into the story. Maggie and Desmond had a beautiful connection and I absolutely loved reading their story. From their w ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
I love a good-feeling romance and KK Allen had written one hellion story. I wasnt expect the sassiness banter between Maggie and Desmond. These two lovebirds were the perfect enemies to lovers! They had the chemistry since the beginning and how they fell inlove with each other. Lost souls.. new confidence.. Through the lens really was an oh so good romance story. The angst between the feelings..
Tia Louise
AVAILABLE NOW from K.K. Allen!
A steamy, enemies-to-friends romance.

Grab it here for a special release price➙

*Free in Kindle Unlimited.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was ok was cute but not my favorite. Here is my list of pros and cons on this one.

➕great chemistry
➕great tension/build up

➖super cheesy
➖lots of typos
➖paper-thin reasoning for the ‘enemies’ part of the story
➖too quick to love and trust after all that hate
➖too much side drama
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun, steamy read! These characters are completely irresistible! I just loved them! From the first page to the last, this story was breathtaking and captivating. The author has outdone herself!
Natalie Casey
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Get ready for this AMAZING FEEL GOOD story by K.k. Allen!! This book checks ALL the boxes!
You will fall in love with Maggie and Desmond so hard! Their life stories will break your heart, then weave it back together. Two people who have dealt with so much childhood pain, yet they overcome so much to be the beautiful people they are now.
Every time I read a book by K.k. Allen, I'm completely blown away by her writing. She sucks you in with her words, makes your heart beat out of your chest, you F
Carol | tilthelastpage
Rating : 3.5 stars

A struggling ex-model and an upcoming chef fall in love as they share a roof and their love for food.

This book follows the story of a 25 year old ex-model who decided to leave the spotlight and fame behind and find a life completely of her own making. In the middle of it, she met a rugged chef who seems to infuriate her as much as she infuriate him. They shared a complicated family history and it prevents them to see past the surface. So upon first meeting, they already made
Jen Zingaro
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yep. I missed this series! And it was nice to revisit all of the characters from the other books.
This story is about Monica's sister and Zach's best friend, so Desmond and Maggie have a complicated relationship to start. And they are both put in a position to need each other despite the very obvious distaste for each other. I really enjoyed watching them start to thaw to one another.
I will say there is one scene in particular in this book that is SOOOO DAMN Hot. Whew!
It is an emotional story th
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-arc-reads
I always know I'm going to get a good swoony romance when I read KK Allen, but these characters brought the angst with them and their chemistry was off the charts!

Being a Pacific NW girl, I especially loved that this book was set in Seattle. I felt right at home and could easily picture Desmond, a cooking school instructor, and Maggie, an ex-model looking for herself, strolling through Pike Place Market, tailgating before the NFL game and the hype of the stadium, and experiencing the Seattle nig
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K.K. Allen is the USA TODAY Bestselling and award-winning contemporary romance author of sweet, sexy, and inspiring stories that evoke emotion at every turn.

K.K.'s debut romance novel, Up in the Treehouse, was named the Best New Adult Book of the Year by RT Book Reviews, an honor beyond belief. And she continues to take reader’s emotions on an epic ride every single time with real, layered, comin

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