The Other Side by Shawn Lane

Amber Quill Press

Amber Allure

M/M Interracial Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60272-469-3

Reviewed by Ley



When his brother is the victim of police brutality, Dr. Ray Carmichael wants answers and actions taken against the cops responsible. When he meets, Nick Sorenson, the Internal Affairs officer assigned to the case, Ray goes over his head to have him removed and a new officer assigned, giving the reason he feels a fellow African American would have his brotherís interest at heart. Rayís true reason had nothing to do with race and everything to do with the strong sexual attraction he felt toward Nick and the fact that as long as Nick was working on his brotherís case it would be unethical for him to make a pass at him.

Nick didnít know what to make of Ray and didnít understand why Ray would be interested in him, but he to felt an attraction toward the other man. As the two become closer can a love build between them that could overcome their cultural differences, backgrounds and financial difference?

The Other Side has a great storyline, but I unfortunately found the characters not very endearing. Nick was likable, but Ray came across as pompous, haughty and very bossy and his personality made it difficult for me to get into the story.  The race and financial differences between them was too much of a focus that it was difficult to find any real reason why they should be together.  I have enjoyed much of Shawn Laneís work in the past, but to my disappointment I could not say the same about The Other Side.


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