Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Only In His Dreams

Title: Only In His Dreams
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: Amber Quill
ISBN: 978-1-60272-659-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Interracial
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Darrell Lincoln loves his job as billing manager for a law firm but feels like his social life is in a rut. Working all hours under the sun isn’t going to find him friends, let alone the man of his dreams but Darrell’s shyness always did win out over logic. At least at the office, there’s the chance of spotting Travis Anderson, a partner at the law firm. Darrell thinks a handsome, successful man like Travis would never be interested in him but that doesn’t stop him from fantasizing about his boss’ chiseled looks and soft, tempting lips.

Unbeknownst to Darrell, Travis has been keeping a keen eye on the hard working, gorgeous newcomer since his first interview. However, Travis has been out of the dating game ever since losing his longtime lover and is uncertain whether he is reading Darrell’s signals correctly. There are a lot of obstacles in their way, including Darrell’s over-protective family, but can Darrell find the confidence to show Travis how good it could be if only their dreams became a reality?

Only In His Dreams is the first book in Shawn Lane’s new Only Forever series. The writing moves at a nice, steady pace and the author’s style really drew me in. Darrell and Travis are likable, honest characters and their chemistry made for a compelling read. The nervous, shy interactions at the start really created a sense of anticipation that didn’t disappoint. I would have liked a little more time invested into developing Darrell’s family and Travis’ past to help connect to these two as there is definitely substance to the characters. Still, with a welcoming setting and supporting characters open to plenty of possibility, I can’t wait for the next installment.

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