Laura Reviews: Hitting it Big by Shawn Lane

Title: Hitting it Big

Author: Shawn Lane

Publisher: JMS Books

Pages: 17

Characters: Billy,Mitch

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary

Kisses: 2.5

Blurb:  

Six years ago, Billy Grant had a night he never forgot losing his virginity to the jock of his dreams, Mitch Crestfield. But Billy fled afterward, not wanting to hear Mitch’s regrets.

Now Mitch has hit it big, winning the lottery, and Billy finds himself invited to Mitch’s celebration. When Mitch suggests another night of passion, Billy can’t seem to resist. But Mitch has something more than one night in mind. 

Review: 

When I asked to review this book, I didn’t realize how short it was going to be. As a general rule, I try to avoid short stories because of lack of character development and the hasty storyline isn’t my cuppa at all. What sucks is this book had great potential to be a good story. I’ve read this author’s work before and she can write a good book. Maybe for those whom like a short stories more than I, will enjoy this quick read more than I did.

I felt cheated because I didn’t get to know the characters. The story was rushed and because of it, there isn’t time to know that much about them and what truly makes them tick. I did think the relationship that started to develop between them had great potential and it’s because of it that I gave this short story more than 2 Kisses.

I’m sorry. This wasn’t for me. I do recommend Shawn Lane’s longer books. She is a good writer and her HIS series is a favorite of mine. 

Reviewed By: Laura

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Gabbi Reviews: The Sorcerer’s Lover by Shawn Lane

Title: Sorcerer’s Lover

Author: Shawn Lane

Publisher: JMS Books

Pages: 43

Characters: Warin, Benedict

POV:  3rd

Sub-Genre: Historical, Romance

Kisses: 5

Blurb:

When Warin, a sorcerer, needs a large amount of coins to rescue his sister from her abductor, he chooses to abduct someone himself. And he selects the man he has been lusting after ever since sharing a secret, sensual moment at court months earlier — Benedict, the beautiful and illegitimate son of the king.

At first, Benedict is reluctant to give into forbidden desires, but he cannot resist the enigmatic sorcerer’s pull. Yet when he surrenders to his lust, he’s also not sure whether it’s of his own free will or because of a spell Warin cast on him.

As the men grow closer, however, they realize that when the ransom is paid, Benedict must be released and Warin must flee from punishment. Will they be able to end their passionate affair and separate, or will they fight to stay together, even if it means facing the king’s wrath?

Review:

I admit that I’ve read this book before when it was first released years ago. I’ve read so many books since then, I kind of forgot about it so when I noticed it was re-released by JMS books, I knew I wanted to read it again and see if I enjoyed it as much as I once did.

For one thing, Ms. Lane does a good job writing historical romances. I quickly found myself wrapped up into her characters’ lives and enjoyed the story they had to tell. One of the tricky things about gay historical romances can be the ‘taboo’ of homosexuality back in the both recent and dark ages. Ms. Lane does an excellent job tackling this while still allowing her heroes work toward a happy ending.

Who doesn’t love reading about a sorcerer who falls in love with a young prince? I was and I still am intrigued by the interesting dynamics of this couple and truly loved the sizzling chemistry they had together. I liked reading about their forbidden love and truly rallied behind this couple as they strive to work together to rescue Warin’s sister. Though this book ends with a positive note, it is definitely open-ended and I hope that Ms. Lane writes more about Warin and Benedict in the future.

If you are in the mood for a well-written historical romance with plenty of intrigue and erotic moments between two fascinating heroes then Sorcerer’s Lover is definitely an excellent choice for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Sophie Reviews: Needing Seth by Shawn Lane

Title: Needing Seth
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 70
Characters: Seth Landers, Casey Logan
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 2

Blurb:

Shy and a bit of a science fiction geek, Seth Landers is afraid he’s going to die a virgin.

Then one day, Casey Logan, the sexier-than-sin doctor where Seth works, notices him. Not only that, but Casey actually asks him out!

Seth’s life could finally change for the better, but only if Casey can convince the shy geek that he needs Seth in his life just as badly.

Review:

Shawn Lane is one of those authors that can be either a hit or miss with me. I’ve read a few books by her and either I really like them or not. When I read the blurb, I was excited to read it. I mean, who doesn’t love a geek who lands his man in the end? I always root for the good guy and although Seth is a nice man, I found him boring…nice guy and all.

On the other hand, Casey was the reason why I kept reading the story. I liked his patience and he is genuinely an all-around sexy, nice guy. I did find myself wondering why he would be with the always questioning, self-deprecating Seth and kind of hoped he would find someone else and move on. I will say that as the story continued Seth did grow on me a little, so I did end up kinda liking them together. I do wonder if they will have what it takes to stay together in the end.

Needing Seth is told in first person through Seth’s eyes. I think it’s because I wasn’t such a fan of Seth’s that I found myself wishing it had been told either through Casey’s eyes or in 3rd person. I felt somewhat cheated because in the end, I wanted to know more about Casey and the live he had lived.

Needing Seth is a decent read-just not a memorable one. As per this author, the sex was pretty hot and the story fast paced. I know fans of this author will enjoy in the author’s writing style and quick storytelling ability and will probably like this book more than I did and I encourage you to give it a try.

Reviewed By: Sophie

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Gabbi Reviews: Jake’s Regret by Shawn Lane


Title: Jake’s Regret
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 52
Characters: Damian Grant, Jake Fields
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 3


Blurb:

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.

Review:

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.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Gratefully His by Shawn Lane


Title: Gratefully His
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 47
Characters: Sebastian Walton, Pablo Rivera
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

When Sebastian Walton was sixteen, he got his first kiss from a guy, and that guy was his best friend’s older brother, Pablo Rivera. But after the scorching kiss in the Rivera’s swimming pool, Pablo acted like nothing happened between them.

Six years later, Sebastian is close to graduating from college and poised to achieve his dream of going to medical school. During a semester break, he visits his old neighborhood and the Riveras, where openly gay Pablo, now a police officer, is sexier than ever and determined to win Sebastian for good.

Review:

Gratefully His by Shawn Lane is a quick and sexy read from start to finish. I couldn’t help but get wrapped up into these characters lives and I enjoyed the story they had to tell.

Sebastian and Pablo are good together. I enjoyed the camaraderie these two heroes shared between them and they had a sizzling attraction toward one another that could not be denied. Though this book is not necessarily a coming of age story, in some ways it reminded me of one.

Sebastian has been afraid to reveal his sexuality to his family and friends. He’s tired of living a lie but the fear of how the people closest to him will react to his homosexuality keeps him closeted. Sebastian is almost out of college *he’s 22* and he’s really starting to develop into being a man. Other than his closeted sexuality, Sebastian has a strong sense of doing what’s right and working hard to get into medical school.

On the other hand, Pablo is just coming out of a bad relationship. He’s known Sebastian for years and though they’ve shared a quick and forbidden kiss years ago, Pablo can’t forget how much he wanted the younger Sebastian to be his. Pablo is a hard worker and is devoted to his family. He is an easy character to like and I totally understood why Sebastian would be drawn to a man like him. (who wouldn’t?)

Gratefully His is a fast-paced story that would be a perfect vacation read. It’s short and sexy and the relationship that is just beginning to develop and flourish between Pablo and Sebastian is a sweet and memorable one. This is an easy book to recommend and an asset to a highly enjoyable series.

Gratefully His is the 7th book in the His series. Though these books are definitely stand-alone reads, I do recommend reading the other books in the series because they are all sexy and romantic reads.

The His series in book order are:

Accidentally His
Becoming His
Can’t Be His
Devotedly His
Eternally His
Finally His
Gratefully His

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Just His by Shawn Lane


Title: Just His
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 49
Characters: Adrian Michels, Geoff Spencer
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

After his boss at the hospital suggests he take a sabbatical for a much-needed rest, neurologist Geoff Spencer ends up at his friend’s cabin in Big Bear, California. But to Geoff’s surprise, his former lover is also there — his friend’s brother, the beautiful Adrian Michels, a brooding artist and a “commitment-phobe” who broke Geoff’s heart years earlier before leaving unexpectedly for Europe.

Now, Adrian suggests a no-strings affair while Geoff is with him in Big Bear. Although torn, Geoff eventually agrees. But what he really wants is for Adrian to be his — Just His — for eternity …

Review:

It’s easy to admit that I enjoy Shawn Lane’s stories. Her heroes are always interesting and I always find myself getting wrapped up into the story they have to tell.

As soon as I started this story, I was immediately swept up into the lives of these two men. Both Geoff and Adrian were likeable men whose paths once again meet after breaking up several years ago.

Geoff is a doctor whose personal and professional life is in an uproar because of a string of unfortunate events. When he is forced to take a sabbatical, Geoff agrees to stay at his friend’s family cabin for the duration so he can hopefully get his life back in order. When he arrives, Geoff is surprised when his first and only love, Adrian, answers the door. Geoff hasn’t seen Adrian since Adrian broke up with him years ago and isn’t sure what to do or how to react. When Adrian insists that Geoff at least stay for the night-if not longer- Geoff reluctantly agrees to do so.

At first glance the two men do not seem to fit together. Sure, there is a heated chemistry between them, but Adrian is a free-spirited artist who has had many lovers and a carefree lifestyle, whereas, Geoff is a stable man who craves a monogamous relationship instead.

As the story continues we quickly see why the two men broke up. Through this, we realize that the two men did fit together, despite living very different lives. I ended up really rallying behind Geoff and Adrian’s budding relationship with the hope that somehow they find a way to work through their differences and be together.

This is a short novel and I truly wish it had been longer. Though I was thrilled to see Geoff and Adrian together, I found myself wondering what kind of problems and road blocks these two men would have in the future. Adrian admits several time both to Geoff and to himself that he has a hard time thinking he can be with just one man, but he agrees to be monogamous because he loves Geoff and wants to be with him. It would have been interesting to see how and if they are truly able to work through this and if a free-spirit like Adrian can really commit to one place and one man.

Despite this, I really, really liked this book. It’s a great edition to the ‘His’ series and like the other books, can be read as a stand-alone book in the series. I enjoyed the story the two men had to tell and loved the happy ending. If you are looking for a quick and sexy read with intriguing characters that live and breathe off of the written page, then Just His is definitely the book for you!

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Becoming His by Shawn Lane


Title: Becoming His
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 65
Characters: Tobias Sherwood, Lucas Cartwright
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.25

Blurb:

A stripper in a gay club, Toby Sherwood has been a fan of bisexual actor, Lucas Cartwright, and his cable detective show, Harrow’s Eyes, for months, so when he’s invited to a taping of the show, he can hardly wait. Too bad the hunky actor already has a girlfriend.

Lucas has been charmed by the sexy Toby ever since he met him at the hospital during his brother’s accident. When he breaks up with his girlfriend shortly after Toby comes by the set of his show, Lucas begins to romance Toby.

With concerns over Lucas’s career and Toby’s dancing for other men, can the hot actor and the sexy stripper find happiness in each other’s arms?

Review:

Becoming His is the second book in the ‘His’ series and so far, my favorite. I admit, I totally fell for Toby in the first book, Accidentally His and was anxious to read his story.

I’ve read several books by this author and there are certain types of characters that she writes and excels at. I love her more unique and flamboyant heroes. She seems to have a real knack at creating them to be lovable and sexy men. Toby is one of my favorite heroes that she’s created. He’s fun, sweet and his zest for life brought a smile to my face.

When Toby gets the opportunity to hang out with Lucas at the studio, he doesn’t hesitate. Toby had met the soon-to-be television star once before and since then, Lucas has been forefront on his mind. Toby doesn’t believe he has any type of chance with Lucas. For one thing, Lucas has a girlfriend and although Lucas admits to be bisexual, Toby knows that flamboyancy and his job as a stripper would give any actor trying to become famous a second thought about being seen with him.

Lucas is not always what he seems. He’s handsome, smart and on his way to becoming a famous actor. When Lucas met Toby, he was immediate struck by Toby’s sexiness and outgoing personality, but since he had a girlfriend at the time, he tried to put Toby out of his mind. Now that he’s single, Lucas can’t help but continue to be drawn to Toby and is driven by the need and desire to be with him.

I liked these two men and I loved them together. I thought the chemistry they shared between them was a strong one and I enjoyed the banter and camaraderie they shared at times with one another. When their budding relationship is tested, both men must work hard and work together if they want to continue to be together.

The reason this is not a five star read for me is the loose ends that I thought needed to be answered. Though the ending is a good one, it left me wondering what was going to happen to Toby and his job and what Lucas’s agent and other executives were going to handle Lucas being with a stripper. I did appreciate Lucas and Toby’s willingness and determination to be together and I can’t help but hope that their story will continue in another book because I wanted to read more about them.

If you are looking for a quick, sexy read then Becoming His by Shawn Lane is definitely a good choice. Ms. Lane’s easy style of writing and talented storytelling ability shines through the eyes of her characters and the story they have to tell.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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