Dex in Blue by Amy Lane
Johnnies: Book Two
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.
This is actually a companion book rather than a book 2. The time line is the same for the first book Chase in Shadows and we view what events happen in that book from Dex and Kane’s point of view along with Dex and Kane’s story.
I love this author’s writing. The characters are usually vividly portrayed with “warts and all”. Kane/Carlos is not well educated but a very sweet character. He loves animals and has adopted ones that aren’t usually as well loved. Kane loves them and manages in the story to make other love those critters, or at least hate less, too. Dex/David is a caregiver and planner. If something needs to happen he tries to make it happen. Dex is a much or complex character with issues that reflect that.
As far are the plot line of the story, it holds together well. It isn’t the emotional draw and crush that Chase in Shadow was so it made for a bit of an easier read. There was only the one hiccup for me and that was Dex and how he falls into this relationship. Dex seems so against risking his heart again and has issue with the age difference but falls pretty fast for someone with those issues. Kane is slower to figure things out than he is which if not for Dex’s past would make sense. As I said small hiccup and really didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment.
The read was a solid piece of work. You feel the characters and the angst level is just enough to keep the story from getting flat. Overall I enjoyed the book.
Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014, in Book Review, Contemporary, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ and tagged Amy Lane, Dreamspinner Press, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.