Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Best Gift


Title: The Best Gift
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 13: 978-1-60272-624-6
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Malcolm Rowland arrives at the restaurant where his best friend Dustin Jones works. Dustin needs a ride and Malcolm’s live-in boyfriend has to work, or so he says. Malcolm discovers his boyfriend holding hands with another man plus he learns that this is not the first time he’s cheated. Dustin offers Malcolm a place to stay, in hopes that they can finally move beyond friendship.

The Best Gift is a Christmas theme short story. Malcolm and Dustin have been best friends since high school. Both men were secretly in love with each other; however missed opportunity played a big role in moving their friendship forward to the next level. Malcolm’s break-up with his boyfriend gave them the time to explore their feelings. Malcolm is quiet and trusting. He believes what he is told without considering it could be a lie. Dustin gives the appearance of being laid back, however he is very protective of Malcolm.

The storyline is well written, in addition to being very touching. The talented Shawn Lane has created a heartwarming and very enjoyable introduction to Malcolm and Dustin.

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