Friday, 16 April 2010

Review – Still The One © Shawn Lane


Still The One
Author: Shawn Lane

Publisher: Amber Allure

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The sequel to the Amber Allure best-seller The Best Gift...

Best friends, Malcolm and Dusty, have been together as a happy couple for five years. But now Malcolm’s budding career as a stage actor has taken an exciting turn, sending him across the country to Broadway just as Dustin’s dream of being named Head Chef at the restaurant where he works is coming true.

As the distance tests their relationship, can their love and friendship survive? Can Malcolm find a way to prove to Dusty he’s still the one?

“Dust? You there?” Malcolm called from the living room.
“In here.”
Malcolm appeared seconds later, smiling. “Hey, honey. I got your text. What happened to you? One minute you were there and then gone. Too tired?”
“Sorry about that. I just felt a little left out, I guess.”
“No problem. I’m sure all that acting talk can get boring for you. I just wanted them to meet my man.” Malcolm wrinkled his nose. “My smelly man.”
Dusty laughed. “Sorry, I was just going to go take a shower.”
“Well, I’ve already had one, but I don’t see why I’m not up for another.” Malcolm reached for his hand and led him down the hall toward their bedroom. He went straight into the bathroom, opened the glass shower doors, and turned on the knobs. “I was only going to stay until midnight but we got to talking. I’m sorry. You aren’t too tired?”
“Not too tired for some shower sex,” Dustin assured him.
“Ah, I see.” Malcolm grinned and peeled Dustin’s sweaty workout shirt from his body, then threw it toward the clothes hamper. He added his own navy T-shirt. “Drop the sweatpants and get into the shower.”
Dustin kicked off his shoes, yanked off his sweats, and got under the shower spray.
Malcolm entered the shower after him. He threw his arms around Dusty’s neck and placed his lips over Dusty’s. “Mmm. I missed you all day.”
“I missed you, too.” He pulled his lover against him, his hand slipping between their bodies to close around Malcolm’s erection. “What’s your schedule tomorrow?”
Malcolm closed his eyes and leaned into Dusty. “Um, I’m having breakfast with some of the others from the play, but not until ten. And then, I’m coming home to write for the rest of the day. The play’s dark tomorrow night. How about you?”
“Day off tomorrow. Have the whole day and night to veg.”
“Oh, that’s fucking fabulous.” He turned around to present his ass to Dusty, who squeezed the perfect globes.
Though they no longer had the need for condoms. They had a few of those soap dispensers in the shower and one they had filled with lube. Dusty squirted some into his palm and liberally spread it over his hard cock. Lifting Malcolm’s silky sable hair, he sucked on the back of his lover’s pale neck.
Malcolm leaned his head back, exposing more of his throat to Dusty’s lips. There were some really cool things about being together for several years. Knowing just what turned on your partner was definitely one of them.
Dusty reached back and squirted more lube into his hand, this time inserting his index finger between Malcolm’s rounded butt cheeks. He swirled around the hole for a moment, teasing him.
“Mmm,” Malcolm moaned as the finger slipped inside.

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My thoughts

I had the opportunity to read STILL THE ONE during my read-a-thon the other day and I really liked it. STILL THE ONE is a little more about the life of Dusty and Malcolm who I was originally introduced to in THE  BEST GIFT.

My last interaction with Malcolm and Dusty was bittersweet, as Dusty has yet again come to Malcolm's aide, but on that final occasion he lets Malcolm in on his little secret; he was in love with him and wants to see where they can go with the attraction...

And that where THE BEST GIFT left me...

Ms Lanes now revisits Malcolm and Dusty five years later on - when they are not only established in their respective careers, but they are solid in their relationship. They are however also at the point where career advancement is eminent after all the hard work they have both put into making a name for themselves, but with one being a chef and a pretty good one at that and one on a one way track to Broadway greatness on the other side of the country - something had to give and they are not sure if it wont be the relationship that they have worked so hard for..

The book is relatively short - so I will not give away the heart of the book here.

What I liked about STILL THE ONE was that the plot was condensed to a limited episode in the life’s of the two men. A point where they can have it all, a point where loyalties are tested and a point where  both Malcolm and Dusty have to make a decision about what is important to them.

Another thing that Ms Lane brings over into STILL THE ONE is the low level angst that really works for me. Sometimes I just want to read a book just for the pure entertainment value and I get that every time with this authors work.

There was some sex, but I thought it was a pretty tame amount but just right for the drama that was unfolding between the main players involved.

A sweet mix of people round off the plotline and some made me want to slap them and some were just too sweet. A nice mix all round and they more than played their parts in either causing doubt or re-enforcing to both men why what they have together was worth more than anything else.

Readers looking for a meatier plot or elaborate drama this is not the book for you. I thought the book stood well on it’s own, as the issues dealt with are everyday enough and real enough to identify with in one way or another, but I would recommend reading THE BEST GIFT before reading this one – as you would get a more rounded picture of the men and how far they both have come.

STILL THE ONE is a tight book, and with Ms Lane using every scene to either pull the moment together or show what a fine line there is between a good thing or the best thing  – there is really little to find fault with here. It was lovely revisiting Dusty and Malcolm and also nice when an author opens up a solid couple to the bombardment of everyday life and show that there is still faith in love, and despite everything trust does remain one of the most important thing in a relationship..


7 Speak To Me:

Ava March on 16 April 2010 at 20:49 said...

Wonderful review, EH! I adored this book as well. It was so nice to get another look into Malcolm and Dusty's relationship, and see how their relationship was able to withstand the tests of time and distance.

Shawn Lane on 16 April 2010 at 21:17 said...

Glad you liked it, EH. Definitely one of my sappier fare, lol.

Chris on 16 April 2010 at 23:58 said...

It's definitely on my to-read list!

Anonymous said...

Great review, E.H.!

Lily on 17 April 2010 at 01:35 said...

Great review. I've got both on my TBR. Looking forward to reading them.

Janna on 17 April 2010 at 01:42 said...

Great review, hon! I added both to my to-buy list. Happy now? ;)

Blodeuedd on 17 April 2010 at 08:41 said...

That is sure something to read in the morning, bit early for me ;)
nice review