Title: Jake’s Regret
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Damian Grant, Jake Fields
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Former wide receiver Jake Fields broke up with his lover and teammate, quarterback Damian Grant, by leaving a note. Eleven years later, Damian attends Jake’s father’s funeral.
Damian is hoping for a renewed relationship with Jake, but when a woman from Jake’s hometown sees them together, a still closeted Jake panics, leaving a note for Damian once more.
When Jake’s small town turns against him, life goes from bad to worse. Jake realizes it’s time to stop running from who he is and try to win Damian’s forgiveness. But if Damian has had enough, this may be Jake’s ultimate regret.
Jake’s Regret by Shawn Lane is a short story of finding the strength to be true to oneself, rekindling a lost love and learning to believe in hope again. As usual, Ms. Lane does a good job at writing page turning romances with well-written characters.
This is the second time I’ve read this book. I read the first edition years ago and I remember liking it. I always felt sympathy towards Jake. Though, there were times in the story I felt the need to shake some sense into him. His submissiveness toward his hateful family is both heartbreaking and infuriating. Watching him go listen to such hateful rhetoric and really not taking up for himself really got my blood boiling. At one point, I wanted to punch Jake’s family myself, so when Jake FINALLY stands up for himself and his love for Damian I wanted to stand up and cheer.
Damian is a patient man. Jake’s life is filled with sadness and angst while Damian has experienced his own heartaches but has been strong enough to be himself and live his life. Damian’s determination to be himself becomes Jake’s inspiration to be himself…and you gotta love an inspirational man.
Though this is a good book I had a few niggles with it. Between me wanting to strangle Jake and his family and the sheer over-the-top angst he goes through, it made me want to throw in the towel on Jake and beg Damian to go on with his life. BUT Jake comes through and in the end I was glad they found a happy ending together.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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