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Friday, December 11, 2009

Beyond The Norm by Shawn Lane

Beyond The Norm by Shawn Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (102 pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Cherokee Rose

After closing his bar one night, Dave Johnson rescues Kyle, who is on the run after witnessing the murder of a federal agent in San Francisco. Dave knows Kyle is trouble but can't help falling in love; Kyle loses his heart but fears he's bringing danger to Dave's doorstep. When Kyle's pursuers close in, the two men are at an impasse. They can either separate and live in safety and loneliness, or find a way to stay alive and together.

Beyond the Norm is the second book by Shawn Lane that I’ve read and I enjoyed it. I was drawn just a few lines into the story. She pens words that invoke thoughts and even emotions that that I rarely experience as a reader.

Dave comes across as an enigma of a guy. He is macho and handsome, yet, caring and practical. Within the first 20 pages we also find out he is the kind of person that is going to stand by while someone is being mistreated.

From the instant Kyle enters the picture, it becomes clear he is the complete opposite of Dave. He is younger than Dave and he’s Goth. There is one word to sum up Kyle, mysterious. In spite of the extreme opposites, Dave is attracted to him. The more I read and discovered about Kyle them more I understood why.

Then there is the storyline itself. Beyond the Norm is exciting and I really wanted to get to the bottom of the obscurity surrounding Kyle. Why was Kyle being attacked in the alley? Kyle would share details about his horrible past but not much beyond that. Ms. Lane had often made me groan in frustration by offering bits of information here and there but it served a wonderful purpose. She pulls you in closer to the story, to the characters and to the questions of what is really going on.

Beyond the Norm was a great read with a good pace. I enjoyed the character’s connection and how Ms. Lane developed Dave and Kyle's relationship. I recommend this book if you are looking for something Beyond the Norm for Ms. Lane definitely delivers it.

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