Amy Lane
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
February 2014

Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia are both having sort of a day. Will gets fired for letting fifth graders read Harry Potter, and Kenny finds his boyfriend and his sex toys in bed with a complete stranger. When Will knocks over Kenny's trash can—and strews Kenny's personal business all over the street—it feels like the perfect craptastic climax to the sewage of suckage that has rained down on them both.

But ever-friendly, ever-kind Will asks snarky Kenny out for a beer—God knows they both need one—and two amazing things occur: Kenny discovers talking to Will might be the best form of intercourse ever, and Will discovers he's gay.

Their unlikely friendship seems like the perfect platonic match until Will reveals how very much more he's been feeling for Kenny almost since the beginning. But Kenny's worried. Will's newfound sexuality is bright and glittery and shiny, but what happens when that wears off? Is Will's infatuation with Kenny strong enough to stay real?

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Mar 12, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
128 people found the following review helpful
Amy Lane can write light and fluffy or she can write heartbreaking and angsty. I don't care, I'll probably love it either way.

This was a dose of Amy Lane-lite and it was so darn adorable. Just look at the cover. How can this not be adorable?

The meeting of Kenny and Will is just like the cover suggests. Will runs into Kenny's trash can as he was outside in his boxers, throwing away used sex toys. Because he just caught his boyfriend using them with the guy he was cheating on Kenny with. Gross. Not too long after they meet and hang out, Will realizes that he is gay. Not only is Will gay, but he's got the hots for this guy he just met.

I wouldn't call this a gay for you, or even an out for you, as there wasn't any sort of internal struggle with Will. It was like a light bulb was turned on, a big gay light bulb, when he realized what his problem with finding a girlfriend has been his whole life. He was looking in the wrong place. So, he discovered he liked boys and that was that. He wanted Kenny in his life and his bed, for good.

I just adored Will and Kenny. They were so sweet and cute together and their chemistry was off the charts. Since they did form a lasting friendship first, once the smexin' started happening, oh boy, they were so ready for it.

The story was told in a sequence of flashback scenes which I thought made the story more enjoyable. I was able to see where they ended up as they were telling their story of how they got their HEA. All while at a wedding, no less, which only added to the sweetness of it all.

So, another hit from Amy Lane. SHINY! is just a happy book and it made me feel happy to read it. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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Book Review by KindleRomance (reviewer)
Mar 23, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
131 people found the following review helpful
A sweet story about believing that you deserve to be happy.

Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia meet under unusual circumstances, and then begin an amazing friendship before progressing to a relationship. They share their tale in flashbacks during a family wedding. Will and Kenny take turns sharing the events of how they met, how Will finally realized that he was gay, and the course that their relationship has taken to this point.

Will and Kenny were both enjoyable characters with plenty of personality. I loved that Will was not only a very open and honest person, but also that he was very mature in his communication style. He really wanted to make things work with Kenny. He saw the issues before they were coming and thought through potential solutions. Kenny was adorable but so insecure in his ability to hold somebody's interest for any length of time. He was also slightly shallow in his original assessment of Will as evidenced by his repeated inner monologues about Will's looks. You could sense Kenny's very real and palpable anxiety over the possibility, and inevitability in his mind, of Will leaving him. It created the angst in the story, but overall, this was not a very angst-filled story.

The focus of the story was on the issues and troubles people deal with in a new relationship. Although he lost his teaching job, Will was trying to grow his side business as a graphic novelist. It was wonderful seeing how much faith Kenny had in Will's capabilities.

One quirk with the writing that became a bit tiresome was the extensive use of exclamation points. It created a tone which just didn't feel natural during their conversations.

I really enjoyed watching these two wonderful guys slowly build their relationship and fall in love with each other while dealing with life's every day challenges.
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