Author: Renae Kaye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Shawn is single, twenty-nine, the full-time carer of his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, and a frequent victim of Murphy’s Law—although his family calls it Shawn’s Law. Other than caring for mum, his day consists of painting nude men and spying on the guy who walks his dogs along the street every day at four o’clock. When Shawn takes a spectacular fall on his front steps, who is there to witness it other than the man of his dreams?
Harley doesn’t believe in Shawn’s Law—but he soon changes his mind.
The two men make it through a memorable first date and Shawn’s sexual insecurities to begin a relationship stumbling toward love. But when Shawn’s Law causes Harley to be injured, Shawn is determined to save Harley’s life the only way he knows how—by breaking up with him. Not once, but twice. Throw in a serial killer ex-boyfriend, several deadly Australian animals, two dogs called Bennie, a mother who forgets to wear clothes, an unforgiving Town Council, and a strawberry-flavored condom dolly, and Shawn’s Law is one for the books.
I fell in love with Ms. Kaye’s style of writing when I picked up Loving Jay on a whim. Shawn’s Law just served to increase my love for her writing abilities. Ms. Kaye’s talent is spectacular. She has this very uncanny way of presenting heartwarming romances in a lighthearted and humorous tone. Even when I wanted to cry tears of sadness, I was laughing. Shawn’s Law is another book I will be adding to my re-read pile.
There were so many good things going on in this novel. First and foremost was the way the author presented the characters. Each character, main and supporting, was flushed out and real. They all had tangible personalities and emotional signatures. They were not stagnant or one dimensional and each character grew as the story progressed. And yes, you read that right. Even the supporting characters showed development.
And each character had qualities that made them likable and hateable all at the same time. Shawn was wonderful. Quirky and accident prone, yet relatable and loving. But for all his likability, he was still unsure of himself and manufactured reasons to push Harley away. I hate when characters push their loved one away because it is “better for them.” And Harley was such a modern day hippie who loved Shawn exactly as he was, rounded tummy, accidents, and all. But he was guilty of the sin of being a bit self centered and not considering how his words were impacting others. But he was still likable even when I really didn’t want to like him. Together these men participated in this tug of war that brought out the best in both of them. They grew out of their established molds and into a relationship that took work, but in the end, created a loving environment for these men to show they are perfect for each other.
I think the most wonderful character was Estelle. Shawn’s mother was the cornerstone of this entire story. She brought out the reader’s sympathy and she was the force that pushed Shawn and Harley toward’s their HEA. Everything that happened, happened for her or because of her. But in her own right, she was a person who grew as the story moved forward. Her growth was not a happy one, but the author showed care for her situation and in the end, I cried for Estelle and her family.
Finally, I love the way this was divided into two POVs but each POV served a different purpose. When Shawn was in control, he was telling the story in real time. The reader learned about him through his actions and interactions with the other characters. His behaviors not only revealed his inner struggles, but moved the story forward. When Harley was in control, he was telling the story as a flashback. By doing this, he was able to step outside the action and give his opinions on the matter and give his views on himself and Shawn. It was interesting to see Shawn’s views of himself and then to see Harley’s views on the same ideas. This method really brought forth the love Harley had for Shawn, not only despite his flaws, but because of them. It let the reader see that while Shawn may have been thinking one thing, Harley was thinking something totally different and therefore Harley’s mess ups were more palatable.
In Shawn’s Law, Ms. Kaye has created wonderful characters and effortlessly infused humor into a rather sad situation. Her descriptions of Shawn’s accidents often had me crying tears of laughter. Other times, she had me crying tears of sorrow. This was not just a comedy, as it appeared on the surface, but a well rounded emotional ride that left me feeling a bit sappy but very happy.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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