Jake’s Regret by Shawn Lane

Amber Quill Press-Allure

Gay Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60272-488-4

Reviewed by Cassie



Eleven years ago, pro football player Jake Fields fled from his boyfriend, Damian Grant, leaving only a note.  He gave up everything that made him happy in order to try to please his father, to his regret.  Now, his father is dead and Damian shows up for the funeral.  Will Jake make a better choice this time, or will he spend the rest of his life regretting yet another mistake?

Jake’s Regret featured a storyline I usually enjoy, rekindled love, and a kind and forgiving hero, Damian, so I expected to really like it.  Unfortunately, Jake came across as immature, selfish, and wishy-washy.  When Damian came for the funeral, their reconnection was believable, but the ending struck me as too fast and perfect to be true.  While Jake’s Regret wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, fans of angsty coming-out, love rekindled, or interracial stories may like it.


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