Title : Shiny
Author : Amy Lane
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 200 pages (e-book)
Published : February 21, 2014
Rating : ★★★★★
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?
Will Lafferty loves teaching, but jobs are hard to come by, which is why he is teaching fifth grade at a Christian parochial school. The only problem is that Will keeps forgetting that. Then one afternoon, the school director tells him that his X-files poster and letting the kids read Harry Potter books does not fit into their curriculum and he is politely fired.
Kenny Scalia is having a great day. When he decides to take a long lunch to rekindle some hot romance with his boyfriend Gif, Kenny walks into the house to hear sounds coming from the bedroom that should only be from a porn movie when he is not making them himself with Gif. Not only does he find Gif in a compromising position, they are using his toys! Gross! Kenny tosses out both Gif and the used toys and wonders how it could get any worse. Then he hears someone run into his garbage can. What a way to meet someone – having your personal collection of sex toys strewn all over the street only to be picked up by a total stranger who is fascinated with one particularly shiny one.
Will is so sweet and naive and kind of in a daze from his job loss. Kenny wants the day to just end and as he tells Will about his situation, Will invites him out for a beer, saying they both need one after the day they’ve both had. What follows is the beginning of a very interesting friendship and an awakening for both of them.
Kenny and Will are comic book enthusiasts and they find they have many similar interests. Will learns things about himself as a result of meeting Kenny and Kenny realizes that Will means more to him that just a fling. He wants something that will last, he has had enough of being the guy who is dumped and cheated on. He wants something beyond the shiny and he would rather keep Will as a friend than lose that.
Shiny is a wonderful story. It unfolds through a series of flashbacks as Will and Kenny are sharing their story at Will’s Aunt Cara’s wedding. The book alternates between Kenny and Will’s POV, depending on the scene. It works really well and as the story of their relationship is unveiled, we get to know not only Kenny and Will better but also those around them that have shaped their lives and brought them to where they are now. Will’s family is great and I especially liked his mom; she is a lovely character. I found myself wanting to know more about her and wishing her a happy ending too. The book touched on so many levels of relationships, not just between the main characters but those around them, like Kenny and his co-worker, and their relationships with their families.
Once again, Amy Lane has written a wonderful, humorous, romantic story, which both tugged at my heart and made me laugh.
Go. Buy the Book!
Rated 5 stars by Deb