Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Title: Talker
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-598-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

We live in a society where people fail to look past a person’s outward appearance and discover their hidden beauty. Tate "Talker" Walker knows this truth all too well. The scars he gained early in life are camouflaged behind makeup and tattoos. Most don’t take the time to see what a unique and giving man Talker is, but one person not only sees him but, in time, falls in love with him.

Brian Cooper is a loner. The moment he met Talker, Brian knew he found someone to fill that void. Over the course of years, the two became friends and his feelings evolved. He now has to face the reality that he’s gay and wants Talker all to himself. Can he help Talker see the truth or is he destined to be little more than Talker’s “safe haven”?

Amy Lane’s Talker is a brilliantly written story about two men with a great deal of baggage but also an extraordinary love. Brian is the strong silent type. He doesn’t talk unless he has something to say and doesn’t take his few rare friendships for granted. Talker has lived with various types of pain for most of his young life. My heart cried out for him, because no one truly took the time to see the whole picture the way Brian did. I think that was one of the good things about his silence; it gave Brian the opportunity to examine his surroundings and recognize things most people failed to distinguish.

The erotic encounters between Brian and Talker weren’t perfect, but that made them more believable to read. Their embrace focused on their emotions versus the desire for an orgasm. Talker is about friendship, love, finding happiness and learning to see the beauty within one’s self and those we hold dear to us. The messages resonate throughout the story and definitely had me reaching for a tissue a time or two.

I loved reading Talker and look forward to picking up more of Ms. Lane’s stories in the near future.

1 comment:

Ann said...

I loved Talker, which managed to be sweet, sad, funny and poignant all at once. But that is signature Amy Lane. In everything of hers I have read, and that's quite a bit, she shows real artistry in creating dimensional characters finding their way through emotional turmoil to meaningful connections. She takes you on a long walk in her characters' shoes so that you find yourself understanding and rooting for them, and wishing you could meet them and give them a hug.