Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Only For Him

Title: Only For Him
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: Amber Quill
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ISBN: 978-1-60272-676-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Nathan Llewellyn was having a bad day. Bedridden from the worst case of flu he’d had in years, the last thing he needed was a visit from colleague Barnaby Lassiter. Nathan’s had the hots for Barnaby since he first saw him at the law firm Anderson, Llewellyn and Stevens but Nathan knows it’s a bad idea to get involved with a guy from work, especially a guy as flamboyantly different to him as Barnaby is.

Nathan knows just how bad an idea it is but with the gorgeous assistant willing to take care of him in his hour of need, he just can’t resist Barnaby’s charms any longer. Finally, Nathan gets his act together and takes Barnaby out on a date, proving that the chemistry is most definitely there, even if their differences are causing misunderstandings. Barnaby has wanted Nathan for some time and is even willing to reign in his more extroverted side, just to please him, but it seems Nathan just can’t be impressed. Things come to a head when they go on a double date with friends from work to a club and Nathan sees just how opposite he and Barnaby really are. Can Nathan look past their differences and see just how good it could be between them or will they both walk away with broken hearts?

Only For Him, the second book in the Only Forever series by Shawn Lane, is centered on the lives and loves of the workers at the Anderson, Llewellyn and Stevens law firm. This installment focuses on the constant attraction bubbling between lawyer and firm partner Nathan and administration assistant Barnaby. The contemporary, law firm setting is very inviting and perfect for a series of stories based on the employers’ lives. The writing is fluid and easy to read. Nathan seems like a character that has difficulty letting go and there’s a certain amount of self-loathing within him as he can’t seem to stop himself pushing Barnaby away. Barnaby is a sweet, easy going character who knows deep down that he can’t be anyone but himself and needs Nathan to accept him for who he is. At times the hurt caused by their misunderstandings was hard to read but the author did a good job showing how difficult love can be but that in the end, you have to take the chance at love, even if you are in danger of getting hurt in the process.

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