Book Reviews

Sidecar by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 05-September-2012

Book Blurb

The year is 1987. The boys wear pink Izod shirts, the girls wear big hair, everyone has a stash box, and AIDS is just an ugly rumor rumbling like a thunderstorm from the cities. A teenage runaway wanders the side of the road, a heartbeat away from despair, and is rescued by a long-haired angel on a Harley.

But that's just the beginning of their story.

Josiah Daniels wanted peace and quiet and a simple life, and he had it until he rescued Casey from hunger, cold, and exhaustion. Then Joe's life is anything but simple as he and his new charge navigate a world that is changing more rapidly than the people in it. Joe wants to raise Casey to a happy and productive adulthood, and he does. But even as an adult, Casey can't conceive of a happy life without Joe. The trouble is getting Joe to accept that the boy he nurtured is suddenly the man who wants him.

Their relationship can either die or change with the world around them. As they make a home, negotiate the new rules of growing up, and swerve around the pitfalls of modern life, Casey learns that adulthood is more than sex, Joe learns that there is no compromise in happy ever after, and they’re both forced to realize that the one thing a man shouldn’t be is alone.


Book Review

Everyone needs a hero, someone to save them. Casey in 'Side Car' by Amy Lane is no exception. He desperately needs help, but finding Joe riding up on a Harley instead of a white horse is something Casey has to consider. Fortunately for both of them, Casey seizes the opportunity and, in essence. puts events in motion that will change both his and Joe's lives forever.

Casey's story of abuse and abandonment tore at my heart, giving him immediate empathy. Even though survival isn't easy, he's resourceful and smart and persistent. He's determined to defeat the injustice in his life and reach for what he needs. This persistence is what keeps him going; Casey is determined to win Joe over and get what he wants most in life, to be able to have a loving relationship with him. Casey's transition from a throwaway to a strong, brave, secure man is awesome. His loyalty and appreciation for what Joe does, not only for him, but for other young people in need, is inspiring and a big part of why he loves Joe so much.

Joe is unique in a very good way. He loves with all his heart and his life's dream is to help young people who have been rejected by their parents and have nowhere to go. He gets so much pleasure from watching them blossom and reclaim their dignity. He loves Casey, but refuses to become emotionally involved with him because, in a way, it feels incestuous and these are difficult feelings to resolve. As torn as he is, he always tries to do what's best for Casey even though it causes a great deal of conflict not only in himself, but with Casey as well., He knows he must make a choice and face Casey sooner or later, not for the little boy he rescued, but for the strong, passionate man who he has become.

Amy Lane has the marvelous ability to break my heart and then put it back together again; her angsty, wonderful style takes me to the brink, then smoothes things back out, putting them in, if not the same place, one that is peaceful. She does this over and over again. 'Sidecar' is no exception. I became so entranced with Joe and Casey that I had to know what was going to happen with them. I didn't always agree with their choices, but trusted that they would resolve any conflict that came their way. If you are looking for an erotic story with lots of sex, this is not one you may enjoy. But if you are looking for one that is intense, angsty, pulls no punches, and deals with serious issues in a realistic manner and still has a happy ending, this satisfying story may just be something you will love. Thanks, Amy, for this story of life, love, and hope.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 270 pages/90183 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-June-2012
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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