Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Review – Only in his Dreams - Shawn Lane

Only In His Dreams
Author: Shawn Lane

Publisher: Amber Allure
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Shy, conservative Darrell Lincoln has worked hard to get his job as billing manager for the law firm of Anderson, Llewellyn, and Stevens. For a conscientious worker like Darrell, the job is perfect except for one thing. He has a big-time crush on one of the partners, Travis Anderson. Darrell thinks a gorgeous, wealthy, hotshot lawyer like Travis would be interested in a guy like him only in his dreams.

Lonely after the death of his longtime partner, Travis isn’t the dashing, smooth playboy Darrell imagines him to be. In reality he’s just as interested in Darrell.

Both men are after the same thing—each other. Their relationship is the stuff of dreams...until Travis meets Darrell’s not-so-welcoming family.

Can Darrell convince Travis he’s still his dream man?


...Darrell couldn’t remember the last time he’d enjoyed an evening like this. They’d watched all the various Die Hard movies, laughing and commenting throughout them. They’d switched to beers and he’d made popcorn. Really he hadn’t wanted the night to end. At least Travis wasn’t going home.

But Darrell had always been a cautious man. Starting anything, even casual sex with Travis, could get complicated. Since the firm was Travis’s, if something bad happened between them it would be Darrell who’d be forced to find new employment.

That didn’t stop him from wanting to bend Travis over the sofa and fucking him deep and slow.

Forcing the tempting thoughts from his mind before it gave him an obvious boner, Darrell stood and glanced at the clock. Nearly one in the morning. “The spare room is all set up. The sheets are clean and I left a pair of pajamas in there for you if you’d like to change. They should fit well enough for you to sleep in them anyway.”

Travis stood and stretched, his rumpled white dress shirt straining across his biceps and abs. His mouth dry, Darrell stared openly. He’d found white guys attractive before, though he hadn’t pursued it, but never like this. Every move Travis made riveted him. Every curve of his sensual, slightly plump lips fascinated him.

“Great,” Travis said. “I’m bushed.”

He let Travis go in front of him down the hall toward the bedrooms, unabashedly gawking at the man’s perfect round ass. Really, his resolve to take things slow with Travis began to waiver. Maybe just a goodnight kiss would satisfy him. After all it had been sort of a date.

Travis turned to him as they reached the spare room, a small smile on his lips, and before he could lose his nerve, Darrell pushed him against the wall and ground his mouth over Travis’s, squelching the man’s gasp of surprise.

As soon as their chests melded together, as soon as his hands slid up Travis’s arms, as soon as his pelvis fitted against Travis’s, Darrell knew the goodnight kiss had been a mistake. Or the idea that it would satiate him had been anyway. His dick was so hard he thought it might tear through both his briefs and his slacks.

Travis moaned low and opened his mouth to allow the intrusion of Darrell’s tongue. For just a minute, second really, Darrell intended to pull away and return to his original plan, but then Travis’s hand crept between their bodies and cupped his erection.


And that’s just what he intended to do. He tore his mouth away with effort and asked the burning question in his feverish mind. “Do you top, bottom or both?”

It sometimes broke the flow of things, Darrell knew, but it was a question that would ultimately need to be asked.

Travis blinked, his sky blue eyes glazed with passion mixed with confusion. “Both,” he finally said.

Thank God.

Only in his Dream © Shawn Lane


I have been awaiting Shawn Lane’s next production for the past couple of months and once again she has delivered with ONLY IN HIS DREAMS.

ONLY IN HIS DREAMS is the first of what will be a series of four books revolving around a team of solicitors, other professional people and their eventual partners. This first book is Darrell’s and Travis’s story and the blurb more or less sums up a big chunk of the book.

Darrell and Travis works in the same Law offices and while Travis is a partner in the business, Darrell is the billings manager and the two never socialize or even talk to each other in the office. Darrell is secretly in lust with Travis but never thinks that Travis would be interested in him.

When the office busy body sets the wheel in motion for them to meet – they hit it off even in spite of the fact that they are a little reluctant to believe that they are making the first tentative moves toward something special.

As expected things does not go as the guys expected because as much as work is going well and they find time to spend together and  they are finding their own little groove – Darrell’s family is not happy about the relationship.

I have been following  Ms. Lanes blog like a fiend for the release of this book, not only am I a fan of her work but when I found out ONLY IN HIS DREAMS was an interracial as well as set in a solicitors office I was doubly pleased, as these are two areas that I think this author does really well with.

Darrell is a black guy and the only one in his family to have reach his level of education and I will admit I did not warm up to him until later in the book. Not because I didn’t like him, but because I have a hard time handling guys with low self esteem in books. As the book progresses I find myself seeing how perfect he was for Travis however. Travis is the guy who has been through the emotional wringer and is leery of too many things and because of that he stands on the sidelines pondering about his attraction for Darrell.

ONLY IN HIS DREAMS is an easy read with Lanes classic trademark characters and little enough angst to give it a bit of clout. As always the striking thing about Ms. Lane’s work is the wealth of information that she packs into a relatively short book. I could not have asked for more information about any of the protags, just enough was given to catch up on their life’s up to that point. The supports cast filtered in enough scenes to make an impact without being overly intrusive and some timely sarcastic humour was well placed to ensure that I fell in love with at least one of the cast member.

Don’t expect to put this one down as it’s short enough to read in one go and has a nice little pace to it to make sure you enjoy Travis’ and Darrell’s romance. Fans of Lane’s work you will love this and have you chomping at the bit for the second book – new readers ONLY IN HIS DREAMS  was most certainly worth my time. 


14 Speak To Me:

Smokinhotbooks on 23 March 2010 at 23:38 said...

Oh lordy I want this one now. Do you have any suggestions on Lane's other books you've liked?

Erotic Horizon on 24 March 2010 at 00:00 said...


Hey hon - I love all of Shawn's work - however as I know you are on a M/M spree at the moment...

I would start with these four...

Car Wash (My fav)

Until The End

At Long Last

Most likely to Succeed

Enjoy hon...


Chris on 24 March 2010 at 00:13 said...

I wanted to kick Darrell's mom's butt. :)

Trust is my favorite SL book.

Shawn Lane on 24 March 2010 at 00:21 said...

Glad you liked it E.H.

I must correct one tiny thing. There are four total books in the series. This one is the first. The next one is another of the solicitors (lawyers to me, lol), but the third is a doctor and a nurse related to other characters from the previous books and the fourth still being written one is about the final law partner and is also an interacial.

Erotic Horizon on 24 March 2010 at 00:28 said...


I did too so want to smack that woman a new one...

I like Trust as well - but there is just something about Kevin from Car Wash - that I just love...


Erotic Horizon on 24 March 2010 at 00:30 said...


Corrected my dear - I forgot that doctor was going to get his story as well.....

Glad to see there is another interracial in the mix...

Congrats on the release my dear..


Ava March on 24 March 2010 at 00:34 said...

Fantastic review, as always, E.H.! I loved this book, too.

Oh, and Kevin from Car Wash...totally! He's just so damn adorable, I just have to love him ;)

Tam on 24 March 2010 at 01:48 said...

Oh, I won this one last week. Looking forward to it even more now that I'm hearing more good things.

Lily on 24 March 2010 at 03:49 said...

Sounds good. I'll have to move it up my list. :)

Blodeuedd on 24 March 2010 at 07:25 said...

Sounds good, I always did like solicitors.
Hm car wash, well that is one title I have to go and have a look at

Erotic Horizon on 24 March 2010 at 10:06 said...


There was one person that I love in this book - I am so wanting to read his book...

Shawn always come up with protags to try and hit Kevin off the hill - but Kevin is my fav..


Erotic Horizon on 24 March 2010 at 10:07 said...


With Shawn it just enjoyment all round and that's what I love about her work...

It's tight and get right to the good bits..


Erotic Horizon on 24 March 2010 at 10:08 said...


I know you will get to it eventually...

Hope you enjoy it..


Erotic Horizon on 24 March 2010 at 10:09 said...


Car Wash did live up to it's title - pretty good read as well..

You'll love the cover on that one as well..