Friday, July 15, 2016

Book Brief: Finally His by Shawn Lane

finally hisTitle ~ Finally HIs

Author ~ Shawn Lane

Publisher ~ JMS Books

Published ~ 2 July 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Jay Anderson lives next door to the ruggedly handsome man of his dreams, detective Drake Hanover. He wishes their friendship could turn into more, but there's a problem -- Drake's ex-boyfriend, who has a habit of calling Drake after his breakups. After Drake once again caters to the whims of his ex, Jay about gives up hope Drake will ever see him as anything but the sweet, young twink next door.
Drake notices the sexy Jay -- who wouldn't? -- but the decade age difference between them and his needy ex keep him from thinking he could ever be more than Jay’s friend.
When his ex’s behavior gets to be too much even for Drake and the selfish man manages to hurt Jay, Drake realizes his feelings for Jay go far beyond friendship. Now if he could just convince Jay before Jay becomes his ex-neighbor.


Freya’s Book Brief

Jay is young, pretty, loves scarves and works in a make-up department. Drake is a homicide detective. In many ways, they are at differing ends of the spectrum. The term ‘opposites attract’ comes to mind. Anyhow, Jay wants Drake, who has made it clear, he’s not interested. All the same, Jay continues to dream. Drake wants Ross, who is a self-obsessed arsehole.

I enjoyed reading this story. I liked the characters. It was compact, entertaining, and for a 19K story to give my emotions a workout is good going. The men are neighbours and Drake ignores what’s under his nose until it is possibly too late.

As it’s the Kindle edition I’ve read, I’m assuming it is the final cut; in which case I have a couple of issues. Firstly, I’m not quite sure the book cover is an accurate representation of its contents. Both men are attractive. But the one seems too young to represent Ross, and the colouring is all wrong for him to be Jay, who has curly blond hair. Secondly, the beta in me can’t ignore some other bits. Some wording is passive instead of active, e.g., ‘he’d begun to leak pre-cum’. In this particular instance, pre-cum is leaking, or it isn’t. Regardless of tense, that should have been picked up in the editing process, so naughty naughty JMS. And, yes, there are a few things that made me cringe, purely because I’ve read them in sooooo many books. The old ‘searing kiss’, and biting the bottom lip.

Anyhow, gripe out of the way and ignoring the above; for a shortie, Finally His is a sweetie and a worthy addition to the library. I couldn’t help getting caught up in the drama between Drake and Jay. Would they, wouldn’t they? And, I could quite happily slap Ross, who plays a good alternate role. Finally His was engaging and, I believe, a lovely tale to read at any time of the day.


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