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Shirt by Amy Lane

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About the Author
Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.
Publication Date
May 18, 2016
2nd Edition
1634773004 (ISBN13: 9781634773003)
After a meet-cute in a bathroom and a whirlwind courtship, Ryan is ready to introduce Scotty to his parents. But a misunderstanding and some stubborn cuff buttons tangle Ryan up in an oxford shirt at a really inopportune time. Can Scotty take this opportunity to teach Ryan one or two more lessons about falling in love?

Previously published in the Curious: A Woman's Introduction to Gay Romance anthology by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

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Enjoyably little erotic read
(Updated: May 19, 2016)
Shirt by Amy Lane is a very short, ten to fifteen minutes short, erotic read. It's like a tasty entree that you enjoy and then move on to something more substantial. A little too quickly consumed but satisfying in its own way. 

Ryan Connors is a twenty-seven-year-old lawyer attending a party at one of the partners home. Having been stalked by a predatory paralegal with big boobs and a determined attitude, Ryan escapes to the toilet. He is shocked to hear a young male voice providing commentary on the size of his manhood, from behind the shower curtain, and even more surprised by his body's reaction. Up until that moment, Ryan had no idea that the fact that he wasn't reacting in the same way to his girlfriend might actually mean he was gay. The young man introduces himself as Scott and pulls Ryan into a sizzling kiss, which leads them to leave the party to have a more private one alone. 

I have to say that I found Ryan's revelation hard to accept. To have reached the age of twenty-seven, and not at least suspect your sexual orientation, seems more than a little inauthentic. To explain it away with being so preoccupied with studying and working towards your career goals is just too much of a stretch for me. Perhaps if he had suspected he was bisexual, at the very least, I would have found this more believable. If you can get past that hurdle, however, then you are in for a condensed story of the development of Ryan and Scott's relationship, and some pretty hot man on man action. 

Shirt was certainly an enjoyably little erotic read, but I have to say I have trouble with the whole concept of a guy 'suddenly finding himself gay' trope. To me, books like these would be so much better if the MC suspected he was bisexual but hadn't yet explored that side of his sexuality. I doubt it would take away from the story. In fact, I think it could be even more erotic to read about someone exploring that side of himself for the first time. Just as tantalising, but more authentic. Other readers may not have this problem, however, and if you enjoy MM erotica, then this book certainly delivers. 
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