Ten years ago David Worral had plans to go to college and the potential for a beautiful future in front of him. One tragic accident later, he fled to California and reinvented himself as Dex, top porn model of Johnnies.
Dex's life is a tangled mess now, but the guys he works with only see the man who makes them believe even porn stars can lead normal lives. When Kane, one of Dex's coworkers, gets kicked out of his house, the least Dex can do is give him a place to stay. Kane may be a hyperactive muscle-bound psycho, but he's also a really nice guy. What could be the harm?
Except nothing is simple - not sex, not love, and not the goofy kid with the big dick and bigger heart who moves his life into Dex's guest room. When they start negotiating fractured pasts and broken friends, Dex wonders if Kane's honest nature can untangle the sadness that stalled his once - promising future. With Kane by his side, Dex just might be able to reclaim the boy he once was - and if he can do that, he can give Kane the home and the family he deserves.
©2012 Amy Lane (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Loved this book. Amy Lane at her best - I think this will be a great series of books. A particularly sexy instalment. Can't wait for the next one.
Yes, read the book then bought the audio. This is a tie between the first and the second in the series. I love Chase in Dark and I love this one. Sean Crisden is one of my favorite narrators and he does not disappoint in this one.
?? I love them all, Dex (David), and Kane (Carlos). I love this relationship, and I love Dex in his role in Johnnies. When he slept with Tommy in the first book, I had a problem with loving him, but quickly got over it.
Many by this narrator. Great as always. He can turn a bad book into a good listen just due to his narration.
Dex and Kane, I do love Ethan and cannot wait until his comes out.
Worth the money, now I own the book and audio, I will listen again and again.
This story is the 2nd story Amy wrote about the boys from Johnnies. Dex's story starts long before you meet him in Chase in Shadow, giving us his back ground, but it quickly becomes concurrent to Chase and Tommy's timeline. While the title states Dex, the story is about both Dex and Kane falling in love and making it work. You will love Kane's innocence and Dex's strength. Families are what we make them - and Amy makes them amazing!
The story is about a young gay man who comes to understand who is he and what it will take to get out of life what he wants and deserves. It is not a heavy or deep story, but accurate and meaningful in terms of the feelings and growth involved. You will come to love both the main characters as well as the background ones, who each have their own book in the series.
My only criticism is the reader. His voice seems more mature than the characters' ages are supposed to be. At times he adopts a childish lilt/tone to account for that or differentiate between different character's voices. Also, one of the main characters has an LA Mexican way of talking that the narrator can't quite pull off (mainly to the aforementioned childish lilt, which makes the character sound like a whiny child). I did, however, get used to his voice and found that it didn't detract so much as it left me just wishing it were different/better.
This is the first book in this series that I listened to. I don't know if it's the first in the series or not, but it was not a problem coming on board with this one. For those who wish to know, there are explicitly written sex scenes and I found them well-done, grounded in the story-characters (not gratuitous) and exciting.
This material works really well as an audio-book. I will certainly listen to it again.
Kane won my heart. Kane has convinced himself that he's dumb and only has his gym perfect body to offer. But Kane really is wise and has an intuitive side to his nature that's a perfect foil for Dex's care-taking ways. Together they're perfect.
At ten and a half hours this is NOT a one sitting book but it was certainly enjoyable in larger than usual segments.
David Worral's first love Dex died tragically in a collision with a deer in Montana shortly after David and Dex took their first timid steps out of the closet together. In his grief, the true nature of which he cannot admit to his family and perhaps even to himself, David spends the next 9 years in a self imposed exile to California where he has stumbled into gay-for-pay porn using Dex as his screen name. He's even become the guy Friday of the office and the one that everyone else depends on.
Now in his late twenties, Dex meets big vulnerable Kane, a young Hispanic guy from a working class Mexican family with a manipulative sister who condemns him for his porn work but gladly takes the money that it generates. Never a great student, Kane has convinced himself that he's dumb and only has his gym perfect body to offer. But Kane really is wise and has an intuitive side to his nature that's a perfect foil for Dex's care-taking ways. Together the two are a perfect match.
This installment is much lighter in tone than Chase in Shadow The characters are captivating. Plus, it's fun to revisit (even peripherally) the characters from the earlier book.
Amy Lane has succeeded in creating possibly the most wholesome porn stars ever, and it's a pleasure to spend time with them.
Sean Crisden narrates the audio-book and does a great job differentiating the large cast of male voices, the stolidity of Dex and the childlike sweetness and vulnerability of Kane shine though. Even the women's voices are convincing without being grating as is so often the case.
By all means check this one out. It's already been added to favorite re-listening shelf.
This was one of my very first Amy Lane books – maybe the very first – I forget. But it’s still one of my all time favorite books of hers and of the genre.
In book two we see Dex fighting his own battles. He has had exactly one male lover and is not – yet- convinced he’s gay. He has many luke-warm girlfriends and one of them convinces him to give gay for pay porn a shot. So he does. And it’s like he’s finally able to be himself. He. Loves. It. And he’s good at it.
We are now several years down the line and he’s moved to the production side of things. He’s just dumped his lover because he’s tired of being the booty call on the side when he has feelings involved.
Kane is a simple guy with a big – piece of equipment. He likes girls but can deal with the “boy action” if that’s what it takes to give him some control of his life. He’s never been one for school and when his sister’s daughter needs chemo, he steps up to the bat doing the gay for pay thing to help pay the hospital bills.
Dex and Kane end up as roommates when Kane’s sister throws him out of his own house (yeah, it never makes a lot of sense) and Dex needs a shoulder to cry on after dumping the crappy lover.
Because – you know – their profession and all – they give each other comfort in a physical way and suddenly a moment of support has kind of turned into a “thing”.
For Kane – who never really questions things too deeply – the “thing” is comfortable and nice and he wants to keep it. But he doesn’t really do “labels” and he doesn’t really identify as “gay” so how can Dex be his boyfriend?
Dex has been down this road before and can’t do it anymore. When Kane ends up inadvertently flirting with a girl at a holiday party and messing things up more by not understanding why that’s a bad thing in Dex’s world – Dex puts down an ultimatum.
Luckily – Kane finally figures out that “anything that keeps him and Dex in the same bed is a good thing” and he fights for that tooth and nail.
This book has it’s fair share of angst. Right off the bat – first chapter, Dex’s lover is killed. OH MAN. That hurt. Lola, the sister, is a super-bitch and keeps Kane from his niece because he’s “dirty”. The ex-lover tries to screw things up as does Johnnie himself. Finally, Dex’s family has to make things really ugly but in the end all the tragedies serve to make Kane and Dex more tightly drawn together.
What I love about this book and what keeps me coming back to it again and again is the love. It’s so clear that these two are made for each other. The feels in this book are tremendous without feeling out of place for two men.
I love that both are sometimes “toppy” and that both lean on the other at one point or another.
The secondary characters are as rich as the MCs and the storyline about the niece and Johnnie and the receptionist… so wonderful without distracting from the main love story.
The sex is scorching hot and the emotions wonderful. I can’t say enough great things about this book!
Sean Crisden – narrating God that he is – does an exceptional job with this. I LOVE his Kane. He’s wonderful. My favorite scene is the “I’m not a booty call” scene. He does the emotion so perfectly! He even manages to give all of Dex’s family their own unique voices – including the women!
Again, I can’t recommend this enough. It’s absolutely best if read in the series but can totally stand on its own without any problem whatsoever.
6 of 5 stars
I love the way Amy Lane makes her characters so real and loveable even when they obviously have flaws. But she always manages to teach us that we all need love and acceptance.
I have listened to this book several times and am moved each time!
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
This is wonderfully narrated by Sean Crisden! I enjoyed the character voices, the pacing, the intimate scenes, as well as most of the story. Which is great, because I was really looking forward to David/Dex's story, and getting to see him fall in love with Carlos/Kane was a treat.
David "Dex" Worral has been working for Johnnies for nine years and has become the right hand man who keeps everything afloat. It's Dex who schedules and handles most of the business. While his professional life is right on track, and it's true he's doing really well, it seems like the only thing missing from Dex's life is someone to love who loves him back.
As it happens in romances, a character sometimes has to be with someone not worthy in order to see the guy who is worthy. After breaking up with his douche-nozzle ex, the "right" guy finally comes along and when Carlos "Kane" Ramirez shows up on Dex's doorstep needing a place to stay, it turns into more between the two quickly, and they fall in love. It was a really sweet thing to witness the two bond and be there for each other through thick and thin. I love these two characters!
The only negative for me was I felt like much of the last quarter was unnecessarily over-dramatic. It put me off the flow of the story and jarred me. I really didn't see the need and it felt like a sort of "Oh, things are going too well for the characters, I have to throw some angst in here!" and then a whole bunch of things happen that didn't feel organic to the story.
Bottom line: I enjoyed the story, the characters, and especially the narration. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for a romance with a medium-level of angst, sweetness, hot sexy times, and likable characters.
I'm truly growing to love Amy lanes books. She is still a fairly new author to me. But I just loved these two characters together. They really have such an unique relationship.
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