Title: Becoming His (His #2)
Author: Shawn Lane
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: JMS Books
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: 81 PDF pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: Adorable tale of one flamboyant stripper and a Hollywood actor that is sweet and cute on all levels.
Sequel to Accidentally His
For months, Toby Sherwood, a stripper in a gay club, has been a fan of bisexual actor Lucas Cartwright and his cable detective show, Harrow’s Eyes. So when Toby’s invited to a taping of the show, he can hardly wait. Too bad the hunky actor has a girlfriend.
Lucas was charmed by Toby when he originally met the man at the hospital during his brother’s accident. When he breaks up with his girlfriend shortly after Toby visits the set of his show, Lucas begins to romance him.
With concerns over Lucas’s career and Toby’s dancing for other men, can the hot actor and the sexy stripper find happiness in each other’s arms?
Becoming His is the sequel to Accidentally His, which I reviewed here. You might remember Toby, Kirk’s best friend from the previous book. When Toby met Kirk’s boyfriend’s sexy brother sparks flew, but could not be dealt with because Lucas had a girlfriend at the time. In the second book, that is not an issue as Lucas breaks up with said girlfriend and immediately asks out Toby. The two date and things are great until other characters start pointing out that a bisexual actor (Lucas) openly dating a gay man – who just happens to be a stripper named Joey Flamingo – might not be a good thing for Lucas’ career. Add in Lucas’ jealousy of other men drooling over Toby at his job and the tension builds to a climax.
For just 81 pages, Shawn Lane packs in the drama, sex, romance and the awesomeness that is Toby. Truly, this character nearly stole the show in Accidentally His and in this book he is the show. Utterly charming, gorgeous, funny and flamboyant, Toby is a sight to behold. How anyone could not love him is beyond me. (I dare you to read this book and not like Toby. Actually, I double dog dare you.) It is no wonder Lucas falls for him so quickly.
But for me, the main issue in this novella is whether Lucas can accept Toby, the stripper, in his life. Despite being in love with Toby, he worries it might end his career, so they break up. Then Lucas has to decide if loving Toby is worth everything…after he decides it is, the question is then will Toby take him back?
I liked the fact Lucas had flaws, was a bit selfish, as it fit in with his characterization from Accidentally His as a sort-of vain actor. Since he quickly pulls his head out of his ass to go and reclaim his man, I forgave him for being a jerk. The sweetness of Lucas and Toby’s relationship was the key for me in liking Becoming His.
Becoming His is a sweet story about true love and what we are willing to sacrifice to have happiness. I liked the fact Toby was himself, never changing despite other people’s ideas about who and what he should be. Toby encompassed the phrase: “To thy own self be true,” and it was his joie de vivre that truly sold the novella for me. Recommended.