Shawn's Law

Renae Kaye
Shawn's Law
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
March 2015
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Shawn is single, twenty-nine, the full-time carer of his Alzheimer's-stricken mother, and a frequent victim of Murphy's Lawóalthough 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 Lawóbut 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 howóby 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.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Aug 11, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
SHAWN'S LAW is a light and somewhat silly romance.

Shawn is super clumsy and is always getting himself into trouble. He has a crush on the guy down the street, who he refers to as Hippie Hotpants. To his mortification, Hippie Hotpants witnesses some of his shenanigans. But on the plus side, they were able to finally meet. Turned out, Hippie Hotpants, otherwise known as Harley, had a crush on Shawn, too.

With alternating POV's, the story skips through scenes surrounding Shawn's ridiculous mishaps. The over the top type of humor is not for me. Shawn's clumsiness, coupled with his insecurities, was too much. There was always something outlandish going on and I didn't find them at all funny. I feel like Shawn's shenanigans were used to make him more appealing, since he was otherwise an unlikeable character. His insecurities annoyed me and I didn't like the way he treated Harley. Especially, since Harley is so kind and completely lovable. He was very supportive of Shawn, regardless of how difficult Shawn could be.

I'm not understanding the narrator choice for the audiobook. The book is set in Britain and the characters use British terminology, so I think having an English accent, versus the American one, would have helped me connect with the story. It was ok, but then I would hear 'mum' or 'arse' in an American accent and I'd be thrown out of the story. Also, there wasn't any change of voice for the characters, so it was hard for me to follow whose POV I was hearing from. All in all, I was not a fan of the narrator.

There were many things that just didn't work for me here. I've enjoyed Renae Kaye in the past and there are plenty of positive reviews for SHAWN'S LAW. I think this is simply a case of it's me, not you.
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