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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dex in Blue by Amy Lane

Dex in Blue by Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (350 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

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.

Who doesn’t love a snake with a ball fetish? Dex may not like or appreciate his roommate’s pet snake, especially the snake’s penchant for crawling into their bed and snuggling Dex’s balls, but Kane is too good to pass up. Dex and Kane both work at a gay for pay porn company, Johnnies. When Kane needed a place to stay, Dex happily took him in as a roommate and friend with benefits. However the line between friend and lover gets blurrier by the day and Dex is afraid his heart is going to get hurt yet again.

Dex in Blue is the second book in the Johnnie’s universe from Amy Lane. The first third of the book rushes to show how Dex and Kane came to be in the porn world while simultaneously showing the events of the first book from another perspective. You don’t need to have read the first book to understand this one, though it does add more depth and comprehension for a reader to see the same events from multiple character points of view. After the timeline and sequence of events is established, the book gets into showing Kane and Dex falling in love, then finally facing several challenges such as family disputes and friends in crisis.

The plot is an ambitious one, trying to catch readers’ up while giving a familiar but new set of circumstances. It doesn’t always work to the story’s benefit unfortunately. Here I found Tommy’s portrayal to be more bitter and angry than I remember him being from the previous book. I also found Dex’s near perfection at the start to be frustrating. Both Dex and Kane come more to life when the book focuses on them and their relationship, showing much more dimension than at the beginning of the book. The challenges that come towards the couple feel very similar to the same ones that Tommy and Chase experienced in their book and it takes a while for Dex and Kane to face something uniquely theirs.

The writing though is very good and clean with numerous sex scenes that actually fit the flow of the book. Dex and Kane have a very easy relationship, they sort of fall into one together without questioning it too much. Kane is often described as simple or not too smart so unfortunately I never got the feeling that these two are madly in love so much as need each other to function. Dex’s loneliness and Kane’s desire to be seen as smart seem to drive their relationship more than a fundamental love match but I liked them together. The addition of the reptiles is a very cute detail that brought a lot of humor to the story. This is one that fans of the series will want to continue with.

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