Title: Can’t Be His (His #3)
Author: Shawn Lane
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: JMS Books
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
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Genre: Contemporary M/M, light BDSM
Length: 26 PDF pages
Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: This short story only skims the surface of the characters, so much so I just couldn’t enjoy it fully.
Exterminator Lonnie “Roach” Raines and ice skater Alexi Summerville have been friends and roommates for years, but they’ve never taken their relationship to the next level.
When Alexi’s coach wants him to train for the World Championship in another state, however, Roach is forced to examine his feelings before he loses Alexi, possibly for good.
Can’t Be His is the next installment in the His series by Shawn Lane. I really enjoyed the two previous novels and was eagerly looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, Can’t Be His just doesn’t have enough plot or characterization depth for me to give it a higher rating.
The premise of Can’t Be His is that opposites attract. Lonnie “Roach” Raines and Alexi Summerville seem like polar opposites. Roach is an exterminator, hence the nickname, and Alexi is a world-class ice skater looking to capture a World Championship. They are roommates and friends, but each is secretly in love with the other. With his coach wanting Alexi to move out of California to train elsewhere, Roach decides it is now or never to let Alexi know of his feelings. Will or won’t they be reciprocated?
That is the climax of the story and plot is wrapped up in 26 easy pages. While I know it is hard to delve deeply into a more intricate plot and complex characterizations in a short story, Can’t Be His just didn’t grab me the way the other books in this series did. I wanted to like Roach and Alexi, as their back-story seemed very interesting, however, it needed more…more pages, more plot…just more.
So, I can only recommend to fans of Shawn Lane or the His series and that is with reservations as discussed.