The Locker Room - Amy Lane


The Locker Room by Amy Lane

“Chris went back to Denver, and Xander’s heart became a well-oiled machine with one function. The only function.”

It’s not very typical, I think, for a romance to go beyond the culmination of a steady relationship, instead focusing on the happiness and future of something that’s exciting and soon pretty dependable. It takes aspects of forbidden love and the usual coming out story to be more than either of those, dealing with, in it’s own way, anti-homosexuality in sports, and the pervasiveness of alcoholism in our society. Well, I might be making a mountain out of a molehill, but I thought this would be a quick pleasure tour, not a difficult journey from dingy middle-school backlots to Madison Square Garden.

The Locker Room was surprisingly compact and lively, considering it’s practically a bildungsroman. At first it was just too much angst and the teen-speak was odd for me, but then it grew on me, and it really seemed so good. The kiss was early (relatively so was the sex) but it was okay because the drama wasn’t ‘OMG I’m in Love with you’ it was ‘I would do anything to be with you and play ball.’ It’s not exactly subtle either, as Xander says some iteration of this a couple times each chapter.

After a big event half-way through, things slowed down. But even before I turned the page I fervently hoped that they would kill [SPOILER] and spend the rest of the book covering it up. It wouldn’t have been as satisfying, but I think I need some more unpredictability in my fiction, which brings me to the ending...

The ending was fantastic even if it was a little bit of a cliffhanger. I mean, we all assume we know where it’s going, but most romance would leave it undoubtedly clear. (If you ever check out the submission guidelines on Harlequin or Samhain a HEA (Happily-Ever-After) or HFN (Happy-For-Now) is required.) It was good because Lane didn’t over-schmaltz it though. I guess we can’t have everything. Predicting the end we can now choose where it goes from here.

The fact that it's from Dreamspinner might be enough of an explination.

Pages: 250
Year: 21 April 2011
Publisher: Dreamspinner

Read: 2014

Stars: 3 (liked it)