Audio Review: Amy Lane Shiny!

shinyAuthor: Amy Lane
Reviewer: Sandra
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781627986557

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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 new-found 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?
This was a sweet and relatively angst free Amy Lane, with her usual enjoyable humor. I didn’t initially love the present-day setting of Kira’s wedding, with the guys flashing back about how they met. BUT, those parts were minimal and it set up the HEA well.

This was perfect as an audio because it’s light and fun, and easy to pop in and out of. I enjoyed it but wasn’t SO invested that I couldn’t put it down, which for me was a positive. The guys’ voices were done well with Kenny’s being slightly more flamboyant. And the moaning and groaning sex scenes were done perfectly, with realistic and sexy (not creepy) noises, as opposed to when a narrator tries to actually pronounce “nngn” perfectly and it just sounds fake.



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