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Gun Shy: Book 1 in the Gun Series
     

Gun Shy: Book 1 in the Gun Series

4.5 17
by Lori L. Lake
 

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While on patrol, Minnesota police officer Dez Reilly saves two women from a brutal attack. One of them, Jaylynn Savage, is immediately attracted to the taciturn cop - so much so that she joins the St. Paul Police Academy. As fate would have it, Dez is eventually assigned as Jaylynn's Field Training Officer. Having been burned in the past by getting romantically

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While on patrol, Minnesota police officer Dez Reilly saves two women from a brutal attack. One of them, Jaylynn Savage, is immediately attracted to the taciturn cop - so much so that she joins the St. Paul Police Academy. As fate would have it, Dez is eventually assigned as Jaylynn's Field Training Officer. Having been burned in the past by getting romantically involved with another cop, Dez has a steadfast rule she has abided by for nine years: Cops are off limits. But as Jaylynn and Dez get to know one another, a strong friendship forms. Will Dez break her cardinal rule and take a chance on love with Jaylynn, or will she remain forever gun shy?

Editorial Reviews

AfterEllen.com - Sarah Warn
�Lori Lake�s novels Gun Shy and Under the Gun are part mystery, part romance, and totally captivating� Jaylynn and Dez are both sympathetic, complex, and dynamic characters that are realistically flawed at the same time; consequently, they capture your interest quickly and maintain it throughout the story. The evolving relationship between the two cops and the challenges they face both separately and as a couple come across uncontrived and convincing.�
JustAboutWrite.com - Cheri Rosenberg
�Gun Shy is an exciting look at crime through the eyes of two dynamic police officers. Lake, the consummate storyteller, lays it all out with detail and emotion. The reader has a clear picture about what is happening and what the characters are feeling at every turn� Lake has set a fine precedent with her endearing, witty, action-packed romance that has what it takes for a contemporary version of the classic 1980�s police drama, Cagney and Lacey."
Midwest Book Review - MJ Lowe
�Lake's Gun Shy is the story of two somewhat reluctant women who finally learn to believe in themselves and each other enough to commit to love. Covering just over a year in their lives, the novel reads like a season's worth of episodes from a television show that you wish was on TV.�
Sarah Warn
“Lori Lake’s novels Gun Shy and Under the Gun are part mystery, part romance, and totally captivating… Jaylynn and Dez are both sympathetic, complex, and dynamic characters that are realistically flawed at the same time; consequently, they capture your interest quickly and maintain it throughout the story. The evolving relationship between the two cops and the challenges they face both separately and as a couple come across uncontrived and convincing.”
Cheri Rosenberg
“Gun Shy is an exciting look at crime through the eyes of two dynamic police officers. Lake, the consummate storyteller, lays it all out with detail and emotion. The reader has a clear picture about what is happening and what the characters are feeling at every turn… Lake has set a fine precedent with her endearing, witty, action-packed romance that has what it takes for a contemporary version of the classic 1980’s police drama, Cagney and Lacey."
MJ Lowe
“Lake's Gun Shy is the story of two somewhat reluctant women who finally learn to believe in themselves and each other enough to commit to love. Covering just over a year in their lives, the novel reads like a season's worth of episodes from a television show that you wish was on TV.”

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011921124
Publisher:
Launch Point Press
Publication date:
06/07/2001
Series:
The Gun Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
372
Sales rank:
330,036
File size:
462 KB

Meet the Author

Lori L. Lake is award-winning author of numerous novels, collections of short stories, and anthologies. She teaches creative writing and lives in Portland, Oregon. Lori can be reached via her website: www.LoriLLake.com

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Gun Shy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BEACHLUVVA More than 1 year ago
Loved the book.
Anniet057 More than 1 year ago
i was awake all night because i could not put this book down
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Am I the last person on earth NOT to have read Lori Lake¿s lesbian action/drama novel, GUN SHY, already out long enough to have its sequel UNDER THE GUN? If I¿m not, those of you yet to give the book a read should head right on down to your local bookstore and pick it up for one heck of an interesting experience. My reading of GUN SHY brought to mind a couple of things: Firstly, whenever a couple of us old-timers, from the heydays of pulp fiction, get together (actually, there are only a couple of us left ¿to¿ get together!), to discuss the days before lesbian ¿literature¿, we have to admit that in those early days a lot of the gal-gal books were written by us men, writing not reality but merely our male fantasies (and the male fantasies of our male readers) of lesbian relationships. Obviously, we didn¿t have a clue. Obviously, most of us men still don¿t have a clue, although a few of us have become enlightened enough, over the years, to admit to our ignorance. GUN SHY is not in the least like the books I, and my male friends used to write, and would likely still write. Anyone looking for a lot of heavy-breathing naked sexual nymphos mud-wrestling up a storm, should steer clear of Lake¿s book which actually has two mature, intelligent women spending a good deal of time thinking through and discussing their relationship with each other and with others, and just getting on with the nitty-gritty reality of life. Particularly nitty-gritty, in this instance, in that both women are members of a metro-Minneapolis police force. Secondly, when my German-language short story ¿Doppelmörder¿ was published in Lisa Kuppler¿s anthology QUEER CRIME, and I had critics deeming me ¿A Master of the Mystery Genre¿, the latter was for, among other things, apparently my NOT having tackled a tale that incorporated police procedure, because so many of my fellow authors who did go that route got ¿it¿ all wrong. The reason I had purposely ¿not¿ attempted a story involving police procedure was just because I had sense enough to know beforehand that I didn¿t have enough of a clue to get it right it simply required far more diligence in research and time and effort than I figured (and rightly so) I could properly muster. Lake, though, in GUN SHY, has obviously devoted the time and effort to get right the ins-and-outs ups-and-downs of cops on the job. It ¿ from the uniforms, to the locker-room conversations, to the chatter of police-radio broadcasts, to the personality clashes, et al ¿ just reads ¿right-on¿ this-is-the-way-it-is. If I might have preferred one major crime to have infused this novel from beginning to a satisfactory guns-a-blazing-bad-guys-dying conclusion (probably ¿a guy¿ thing), I know from what little I¿ve gleaned, by way of research, that most police work is mainly a long series of routine incidents that get reported in the back pages of local newspapers if they get reported at all, with only a very few in-the-spotlight major incidents. So, it would seem, Lake¿s GUN SHY gets that right, too. I DO think that if I even thought of eating as much as rookie Jaylynn Savage does (I'm talking food, here), I suspect I¿d look like the Goodyear blimp then, again, I spend all of my day sitting on my fat-getting-fatter rear while Jaylynn is up-and-at-it, making the city safe for one and all. Go Jaylynn! Go Lori Lake! Go to your local bookstore and put down your hard-won cash for this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After being captivated by L.L.Lake's "Ricochet in Time", I went searching for anything else by the same author. My quest was more than rewarded when I found "Gun Shy." This story introduces two characters you'll hold close to your hearts...the tall, brooding Dez Reilly, and the slender, gregarious blonde law student, Jaylynn Savage. Destined to become the epicenter of each other's world, their journey carries the reader through the dangers, excitement, fears and tragedies of their daily tours of duty with the St. Paul police force. As with anything Lori Lake writes, you'll not want this book to end. Good news! She has a sequel to follow this beauty. It's called "Under the Gun" and has our favorite couple again !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend Lori L. Lake to anyone who appreciates a quality storyteller. Lori has the ability to draw a reader into her fictitious world, allowing the reader to feel what the characters are feeling ¿ good or bad. That to me is the sign of a good writer, and I believe that Lori wears the title of writer very well, as is evident with Gun Shy. What starts as a routine disturbance call, turns into a life-changing event for the veteran cop responding to the call and to one of the victims involved. So much so, that Jaylynn Savage wants to follow in the path to help others, as Officer Dez. Reilly did for her and her friend. Fate has thrown these two women together, now can they overcome their own obstacles to go from partners to partners in the truest sense of the word? This is not just another romance novel, but a trip into the lives of two big-city police officers and the events, challenges and fears they are faced with on and off duty. Gun Shy had me enthralled right from beginning to end, and when the end was reached, I felted I had had a glimpse into the lives of some very special people and a better understanding of what a police officer might encounter while putting their life on the line for us all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ride along with veteran police officer Dez Reilly in this exciting genre-bender by Lori L. Lake. Gun Shy is a fast-paced story with a true-to-life mix of drama, action, and love. Dez Reilly, like Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski, is a heroine who takes her physical and emotional hits and remarkably keeps on ticking. You'll find yourself alternately pulling for her, yelling at her, and cheering her on as she struggles to find a balance for her life. Lake's heroine, along with her rookie partner, Jaylynn Savage, can easily carry the plots of future Lori Lake adventures. I am thrilled to see a writer like Lake take the risk, leave formula and genre restrictions behind, and be willing to put in the hard work necessary to put forth a truly creative product. Lake continues to grow and mature in her craft and is poised to guide the characters she has sent out into the world through the grappling necessary for their own maturity. Get introduced to Reilly and Savage now so that you can appreciate their personal and professional struggles as Lake develops them throughout the coming sequels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a terrific story! I couldn't put it down. You will read Dez and Jaylynn's story and be on the edge of your seat. A friend recommended this book, and I am waiting with anticipation for the sequel. This one is definitely a MUST READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Officer Dez Reilly is the best cop in town, beautiful, serious and deadly. Jaylynn Savage is a promising rookie, having decided to join the force after seeing a certain tall, dark officer in action. Amidst the excitement of life on the beat and the dynamics of a police station, these two very different women grow to trust one another as a working partnership turns into friendship, and friendship starts to blossom into more. Acting as stumbling blocks along the way will be vengeful colleagues and dangerous criminals but perhaps the biggest obstacle of all will be a heart, once broken, that now remains just a bit...gun shy. Lori L. Lake has crafted very solid characterizations for the leads here as well as a strong supporting cast. The story is well-paced with both the relationship and the conflicts evolving slowly. A very entertaining read. :) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, couldn't put it down, and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish! The characters of Dez Reilly and Jaylynn Savage are well-drawn, and the police world where they work is so well explained that the author must be a cop. This was also a nice long read, and I didn't want it to end. I give this book my very highest recommendation. Haven't read anything so gripping in a couple of years.