Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Review – Trust – Shawn Lane

 

The Blurb

Brad Callahan has lived with regret for thirteen years. In college, he broke Justin Lowe’s heart by cheating. Justin hasn’t spoken to him since, but his love for Brad never died even if some wounds never heal. When Brad’s paramedic unit is called to an accident, he finds Justin in the wrecked car. Still in love with Justin, Brad visits his former lover and well-known mystery writer in the hospital. When Justin reveals he believes he was forced off the road and has been receiving ominous letters, Brad takes Justin home. Passion long held back ignites and they cannot resist being in each other’s arms. With someone wanting to tear them apart and Justin’s inability to trust Brad again, will love be enough to unite them forever?

 

 

 

The Review

Characters

Brad Callahan  - The young man who had the world on a string, but one mistake and he ends up as the man with one too many memory to regret.

Justin Lowe’s – The young man who grew up to be a well known mystery writer. There is also a mystery of late in his life, but nothing more important than coming face to face with the one man he has never been able to forget.

 

The Plot

When Brad Callahan broke Justin Lowe's heart, little did he know that more than a decade later he would still be wearing the scars from the event.

Now a man getting on with day to day life as best he can, he’s called out to a traffic accident to see the boy he loved now a man trapped in a car and it’s almost more than he can take.

Visiting Justin in hospital, lead to Brad taking him home after he reveals that the accident that he was involved in was no accident. With unresolved issues left over from years ago between them, passion quickly ignites and natural curiosity leads them to explore the past decade without each other.

However with all the heat these two produce someone is out to get at least one of them and with Brad not sure where he stands with Justin – they take baby steps, but is it too much too late.   

 

“Yeah, yeah. Goodbye.” He closed his flip phone, his cheeks hot with embarrassment. He stood up. “S-sorry. That was my mom.”

Justin’s expression was unreadable but he nodded. “Yes, I heard.”

Brad looked away, unable or unwilling to meet Justin’s gaze. “The pizza. I’ll reheat it for you. And tea. I already have the teabag waiting.”

He moved toward the kitchen but Justin had already moved away from the doorway and stood in his way. Justin’s fingers curled around the bare skin on his forearm, sending a powerful jolt straight to his cock.

“Brad, don’t.”

His heart leapt into his throat, then plummeted. This was the part where Justin told him he was calling a cab and getting the hell out of Brad’s apartment. Misery choked him but he wouldn’t back away from it like a coward.

“How much did you hear?” he managed to ask.

“All of it, I think.”

Brad nodded. “Just my mother being bossy. It was nothing.”

Olive green eyes met his. “You’re wrong, Brad.”

“Wrong?”

Justin stepped very close to Brad, so close he felt the bulge in Justin’s jeans. So close he felt Justin’s breath on his neck.

“I want you,” Justin said. “I want you so bad it’s tearing me up.”

Trust © Shawn Lane

 

Smut/Ick Factor

Not enough in my opinion, these two have some chemistry between them,  even after more than a decade apart, the something special that clicked between all those years ago was still there years later. There is no swinging from the rafters, but lots of touching and those looks that promise so much was very much in evidence.

 

Positive

The character themselves were a treat – I always love Ms. Lane’s protags, not only do you not know what sort of chip they will end up having on their shoulders, but you never know where they end going with the battle within them.

I love the transition setting of the book, it starts off with obviously the event and then leads up to the main plot – no in hindsight for this book - nice.

Quite an emotional read, with the emphasis being on “TRUST”, how easily it is to lose it and the lengths you will have to go through to get it back.  

I love the vulnerability that Ms. Lane brings out in these men, it is not often that you see a protag that is able to open himself up to hurt and even ridicule if the worst scenario plays out. The little moment of insecurity and bravado were few but they brought a smile to my face.

I love the angst between nosy parents and their son and son’s lover and vengeful parent –  it was so today it could be my parent..

It’s probably weird of me, but there is definately a feel of penance to this book, self justification for past wrong and i like it.

There were some underlining issues that was never developed, it was a short read – so that is naturally expected, however i do hope Ms Lane revisit Justin and Brad once they get some mileage on their relationship.

 

Negative

Not perfect by any mean, but not enough issues to make a song and dance about. TRUST was a sweet read, it was over before i realized it – you’ll easily get caught up in the magic of Brad and Justin.

 

Cover

I like the cover alot, Firstly there are Nekkid men showing lots of abs, more over every time i look at the cover i see something different – not only does it have a “what could be” feel to it, but it’s heavy on the eeriness - the eyes in the back ground is too spooky…

 

7 Speak To Me:

DeSeRt RoSe on 29 April 2009 at 11:00 said...

mmmm sounds tasty :)

I've tagged you with a meme if you would like to play along check it here..

http://desertrosebooklogue.blogspot.com/2009/04/ive-been-tagged.html

if not that's ok :)

Blodeuedd on 29 April 2009 at 11:38 said...

I do love a good sweet read :)
And yes nothing wrong with some nekkid men on a cover ;)

Shawn Lane on 29 April 2009 at 15:21 said...

Thanks for the lovely review, E.H.
I definitely appreciate it and the time you took to read Trust during your quite busy list of things to read. And I agree, I really liked the creepy eyes in the background given the story.

Erotic Horizon on 29 April 2009 at 18:37 said...

Hey Desert rose

Thank you for tagging me... and this book is very yummy...

Coming by to collect now..


E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 29 April 2009 at 18:38 said...

Hey Blodeuedd..

This is a sweet read and some.. Ms. Lane has some style..

Nothing too complex, just total entertainment..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 29 April 2009 at 18:40 said...

Hey Shawn it was my pleasure..
I was so pleased to have gotten it... I read it at the same time..

A wonderful read...

E.H>

VampFanGirl on 29 April 2009 at 19:00 said...

Fantastic Review E.H.!

That excerpt gave me goosebumps. Love it!

Thanks for the recommendation!

:) VFG