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Only His Heart by Shawn Lane

Only His Heart (2010)

by Shawn Lane

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I’m starting to like a lot this series of short novellas centering around a lawyer firm whose three partners are all gays. Only His Heart is almost a spin off, since it’s the story of Matt, Nathan’s stepbrother, and Calvin, Barnaby’s brother. Nathan and Barnaby, a couple from the previous novellas, did nothing to let Matt and Calvin meet, but they are working on the same hospital, as nurse and doctor, and so it happens.

Here is probably the first nice surprise, it’s an out-track from the usual Nurse/Doctor romance, since it’s not the Doctor who is pursuing the Nurse but viceversa. Even if with a less high professional career, Matt, the nurse, has a more domineering character than Calvin, and so it’s him that almost force Calvin in a relationship. Calvin is cautious, but interested, and so it’s easy to convince him. Calvin’s perplexity is not much due to the difference in career level or since they work in the same place, even if he tries to use them, I think it’s more a fear to commit with the wrong person; Calvin has never had a real long lasting relationship in his life, and he is always ready to find a reason to avoid it. But with Matt the fight will be uneventful.

I really like how the author managed to give power to Matt’s character without actually giving it with the usual ways: he is not rich, not successful, average handsomely, while Calvin is striking… Matt is strong since he is at ease with himself, he is convinced of his reason and of what he wants, something that Calvin, despite career and success, has still yet to learn.

  elisa.rolle | Jun 9, 2010 |
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