Book Reviews

Fortuneís Slings and Cupidís Arrows (Lawyers In Love 2) by Ari McKay at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-November-2017

Book Blurb

Successful attorneys Dane Coulter and Cal Monroe are rivals in the courtroom and friends behind the scenes. But can they be more?


Cal’s always carried a torch for Dane, but Dane is so deep in the closet, he can’t even admit that he might be gay. His father, a raging homophobe who rules the family with an iron fist, forces Dane into an engagement—to a woman. Dane goes along with it to keep the peace and protect his mother, but for Cal, it’s the last straw.


He can’t let Dane make a mistake that could ruin the rest of his life, and he only knows one surefire way to make Dane admit what’s in his heart. But confessing his feelings to his friend could backfire, driving a wedge between them. And even then, the choice must be Dane’s—to live the life his father wants, or to give up everything he has for a chance at happiness in Cal’s arms.



First Edition published by Torquere Press, February 2013.

Book Review

For some people, growing up comes much later than for most of us. This is a story about one such man who discovers that there is such a thing as “the last straw” – something he simply cannot live with – among all the "instructions" his father gives him. It takes his best friend’s intervention for Cal to wake up, but it is he himself who will have to make the necessary changes in his life. I went from exasperated to hopeful and back when reading about Cal and Dane’s trials and tribulations, but I never stopped rooting for them.

So – Cal. He is a successful attorney and you’d think he has his personal life under control just as much as his career, but you’d be wrong. Cal is in his early thirties and still under his tyrant of a father’s thumb when he finally wakes up and realizes he’ll have to figure out how to stand up for himself or accept a life of misery as an extension of his father. It takes quite a lot to get Cal to take a stand, to admit out loud that he is gay and will not marry the woman his father selected for him, and I can’t say I completely understood why it took him so long. But I guess with the type of guy he is (a typical peacemaker) and a history of years of being told what to do, I can sort of understand his fear.

Dane is an attorney at a rival firm, has been in love with Cal for two years, and is afraid to admit that his feelings go deeper than the friendship they have shared so far. But when Cal’s engagement is announced, Dane bites the bullet and tells Cal, hoping for the best. He knows Cal has to make the decision for himself, and exercises amazing restraint. He manages to offer his support without pushing Cal – the last thing he needs – and that is not an easy feat, considering how deeply Dane loves Cal.

If you like tormented souls who need to learn to fight the oppressor in their lives, if you want to watch a man come into his own so he can finally be happy, and if you’re looking for an angsty read full of drama and hope, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 82 pages/30019 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-November-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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