Review: Amy Lane – Dex in Blue Audio Edition

dexAuthor: Amy Lane
Reviewer: Stephen
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781623800116

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Narrator Sean Crisden

Length10 hours and 28 minutes

Ten years ago David Worral had plans to go to college and the potential for a beautiful future in front of him. One tragic accident later, he fled to California and reinvented himself as Dex, top porn model of Johnnies.

Dex’s life is a tangled mess now, but the guys he works with only see the man who makes them believe even porn stars can lead normal lives. When Kane, one of Dex’s coworkers, gets kicked out of his house, the least Dex can do is give him a place to stay. Kane may be a hyperactive muscle-bound psycho, but he’s also a really nice guy. What could be the harm?

Except nothing is simple—not sex, not love, and not the goofy kid with the big dick and bigger heart who moves his life into Dex’s guest room. When they start negotiating fractured pasts and broken friends, Dex wonders if Kane’s honest nature can untangle the sadness that stalled his once-promising future. With Kane by his side, Dex just might be able to reclaim the boy he once was—and if he can do that, he can give Kane the home and the family he deserves.

David Worral’s first love Dex died tragically in a collision with a deer in Montana shortly after David and Dex took their first timid steps out of the closet together. In his grief, the true nature of which he cannot admit to his family and perhaps even to himself, David spends the next 9 years in a self imposed exile to California where he has stumbled into gay-for-pay porn using Dex as his screen name. He’s even become the guy Friday of the office and the one that everyone else depends on.

Now in his late twenties, Dex meets big vulnerable Kane, a young Hispanic guy from a working class Mexican family with a manipulative sister who condemns him for his porn work but gladly takes the money that it generates. Never a great student, Kane has convinced himself that he’s dumb and only has his gym perfect body to offer. But Kane really is wise and has an intuitive side to his nature that’s a perfect foil for Dex’s care-taking ways. Together the two are a perfect match.

This installment is much lighter in tone than Chase in ShadowThe characters are captivating. Plus, it’s fun to revisit (even peripherally) the characters from the earlier book.

Amy Lane has succeeded in creating possibly the most wholesome porn stars ever, and it’s a pleasure to spend time with them.

Sean Crisden narrates the audio-book and does a great job differentiating the large cast of male voices, the stolidity of Dex and the childlike sweetness and vulnerability of Kane shine though. Even the women’s voices are convincing without being grating as is so often the case.

By all means check this one out. It’s already been added to favorite re-listening shelf

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