Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Dan Skinner
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/21/2011
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Xander Karcek has only wanted two things in his life: Christian Edwards and basketball—the man he loves and the game that let him escape a childhood he’d rather forget. His two obsessions have served him well. He and Chris beat the odds and stayed together through high school, college, and right on to the NBA.
But life under fame’s microscope isn’t easy, especially when two men are pretending to be frat-buddies so the world doesn’t know they’re the next best thing to married. Their relationship survives the sacrifices they make and the lies they tell to stay together, but when their secret is exposed, the fallout might destroy them when nothing else could.
Chris and basketball are the two things holding Xander together. Now the world is asking Xander to make a choice. Is there an option that includes a future with the man he loves?
Is there anyone who hasn’t read this novel by Amy Lane? This author is called the ‘queen of angst’, and it always sounds a little harsh to me. Amy Lane is a clever author who knows how to make readers care. She creates sympathetic characters who, without being totally stereotype, go through situations, eventually revealing the best and worst in humanity. Maybe ‘angst’ means something a little different to other people, but it seems to me too hard and cruel a term for Amy Lane.
The Locker room has a lot of details about basketball – these I skim read. I’m not overly fond of ball sports, and I know nothing about basketball or the college system. However, I gleaned enough to know the importance these things have to young men in The States, and these two men in particular.
It is a tried and tested formula, having to make a choice between the one you love, and the sport/profession/art/parents you love. Amy Lane does these types of story with panache. Like many I ached for Xan and Chris, I hated the homophobic coach and adored Chris’ parents. You can only have these visceral emotional reactions if the author does their job properly, and Amy Lane never fails.
This is a silkily easy read and that isn’t meant derogatorily. It is a balm to an overworked mind, a homecoming for a reader who just wants a good story with good characters. This author’s romances are romances, and always a pleasure.
One last observation – the examples of love, courage and loyalty, which sweeten every book I have ever read by this author, make me think that Ms Lane would be a lovely person to have as a friend.
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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