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Posted April 8, 2013
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Wha
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
What Lane accomplishes in this book is impressive…There is your angst that she is known for, a killer love story between two adorable characters and also an intriguing murder mystery that really transformed this book from great to amazing! ~ Under the Covers
BOLT-HOLE is a refreshing new story from Amy Lane. Loyal readers will have much to rave about! There is your angst that she is known for, a killer love story between two adorable characters and also an intriguing murder mystery that really transformed this book from great to amazing!
The first thing I loved about this book is Terrell Washington and Colby Meyers. Terrell is gay and black and for some, those two things don’t go together. Naturally, as with all of Amy Lane’s books, there is a touch of angst that makes readers immediately feel for the characters. Terrell and Colby work at Papiano’s restaurant but there is way more to their relationship than that. They have a friendship that is strong and memorable, that makes for the perfect foundation for a relationship. I thought the romance bloomed at a good pace and there were some really great moments between Terrell and Colby that made my heart melt.
The second thing I loved about this book is the mystery. Lane really did a good job in this regard. She kept me guessing while simultaneously building a believable romance. I was impressed by the way she was able to strike a balance between the mystery and romance. What a way to add layers to a story!
What Lane accomplishes in this book is impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope that readers who haven’t tried Amy Lane to do so with this book. The book is fast-paced, engaging and full of romance that any reader would enjoy.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Posted December 19, 2013
Seriously Sweet! Colby and Terrell are complete opposites. The
Colby and Terrell are complete opposites. They come from very different backgrounds, but they end up working in the same diner and form a friendship that grows into something more. Colby is friendly, white, resilient and caring. He has this refreshing optimism that is so different from Terrell's personality. The story is told from the POV of Terrell who is angry, black, cynical and painfully insecure, although Terrell is amusing in his prickliness and very easy to relate to.
Amy Lane does an amazing job of portraying Terrell's anger and hate. I'm glad she didn't shy away from something that has the ability to make people uncomfortable. She succinctly portrays Terrell's frustration and bitterness at living in a racist world. We see some of his anger through his pointed barbs at Colby. Which he stops after Colby says something that causes a bit of self-reflection. I love a character that can learn from their mistakes, grow, and move on.
Colby helps Terrell recognize certain things about himself, helps him to shed his anger. It's unfortunate that in we don't get to see all of this happen since Colby and Terrell are already a year into their friendship when the book begins. Which means we miss out on a lot that happens off page: their initial meeting, growing feelings for each other, some of the changes in Terrell, and probably a good portion of them falling in love. We hear about this very quickly and in passing through Terrell's inner dialogue, but don't get to see it.
I was far more invested in the romance between the two MC's than the crime plotline. It was interesting but it felt more like a secondary plot and had the tendency to fade into the background.
In the end I found Bolt-Hole to be a surprisingly sweet story that tackles some very serious issues. Colby and Terrell had to deal with some heavy stuff but they still managed to be adorable together. This one left my heart feeling all warm and fuzzy.
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Posted July 20, 2013
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