Friday, November 12, 2010


A Sutter Bay Story
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Date published: September 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60272-743-4
M/M Contemporary
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE! Five years before, Jude thought he had everything he ever wanted-a nice life with a wonderful man to love until it all crashed down around him. Leaving San Francisco for Sutter Bay, Jude has tried to rebuild his life with a new career-owning & running a flower shop-and trying to live each day without Martin. Jude doesn’t believe love comes twice around and when the new vet in town sets his sights on Jude, Jude is about to find out that love indeed can be twice as nice the second time around. He just has to believe in love again with Rex and in himself. Can Jude find the strength to let go of a past in order to have a future?

I have just two things to say about this book: heartbreakingly wonderful. Author Shawn Lane completely captivates the reader with a tender, emotional story in TWICE IN A LIFETIME. You have a man who witnessed his lover die and then denied the chance to say goodbye, a struggle to deal with the pain and guilt and the desire for happiness even as he was afraid to reach out and grab it. I don’t know about you but Shawn Lane delivers a heart meltingly tender story that, yes, it had hot manlove scenes, but it was also about two people who had to deal with something very painful in order to have a future together. The writing was tight, the characters very well written and the love scenes were tender but sensual and hot. The simmering sexual tension that sizzles between Jude and Rex was pure combustion and even I was on the edge of my seat, waiting with bated breath to see if they would finally get together.

TWICE IN A LIFETIME is a story not just about two men finding love but also about dealing with one’s past and letting go of it in order to have a future. Jude is a man full of doubts and hurts. Rex is patient, tender and knows he has to go slow with Jude or he will run away from Rex. Both guys are men after my own heart. I cried with Jude when he relived Martin’s death, I cheered when they finally admitted they loved one another and held my breath as Jude dealt with issues that had me welling up with tears. This is an author who really goes to the heart of her characters and delivers complex, emotional stories that steal a reader’s heart. I loved TWICE IN A LIFETIME and hope to revisit Sutter’s Bay in the future. If you haven’t read any of this author’s work before, I highly recommend it. A talented writer, Shawn Lane will enthrall you with her books and deliver hours of reading entertainment.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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