Title: Becoming His
Author: Shawn Lane
Length: 18,000 words
Publisher: Amber Allure
Genre: m/m contemporary
For months, Toby Sherwood, a stripper in a gay club, has been a fan of bisexual actor Lucas Cartwright and his cable detective show, Harrow’s Eyes. So when Toby’s invited to a taping of the show, he can hardly wait. Too bad the hunky actor has a girlfriend.
Lucas was charmed by Toby when he originally met the man at the hospital during his brother’s accident. When he breaks up with his girlfriend shortly after Toby visits the set of his show, Lucas begins to romance him.
With concerns over Lucas’s career and Toby’s dancing for other men, can the hot actor and the sexy stripper find happiness in each other’s arms?
Becoming His is the sequel to Accidentally His which was reviewed here by Tam. I also liked that first book and was keen to read this sequel which combines Elijah’s TV star brother, Lucas, with Kirk’s stripper friend, Toby. Their meeting in the first book looked promising but the sparks just weren’t there in this story which was a little disappointing.
The story follows on a short way from the previous book. Lucas has given Toby permission to come and watch him film his cable TV series. On the day Toby is nervous about looking too out of place and therefore embarrassing Lucas so he tones down his usual exuberant looks. The downside to this is that Lucas doesn’t recognise him. After this less than satisfying start, the two start seeing each other but there’s a few barriers to their happy ever after.
The main barrier to their relationship was a bit of a biggie. Lucas is an up-and-coming TV star and whilst he’s comfortable in his bisexuality, having a boyfriend may not be good for his TV show’s ratings. Added to that is the fact that Toby is a stripper and doesn’t intend changing his job. He likes stripping. Part of the conflict in the story is that many of Toby’s boyfriends have wanted him to stop stripping for various reasons and Lucas says he won’t do that to Toby. However, Lucas is also deadly serious about his job and ambitious for more than a cable TV show. In the end, I just couldn’t see how it was going to work. No matter how much Lucas tells Toby he doesn’t want to change him, and how much Toby stays as the same sweet guy who just likes stripping, Lucas’s public image is going to suffer as a result of their relationship and that’s surely going to drive a wedge between them. This is something that is pointed out to both of the heroes by Kirk and Elijah, and actually I agreed. For me I couldn’t see a future for them unless that problem was properly addressed, which I didn’t feel it was in the story. Maybe there’s scope here for a sequel.
Having said that, the story was still pretty good. I liked Toby and Lucas and wanted them to work as a couple. Toby’s love of his job was clear, but also some of the dangers involved. The scenes with Elijah and Kirk showed us a nice, welcome slice of their HEA.
So overall, this was a decent read with likeable characters with my only niggle being that they rather swept their problems under the carpet than deal with them properly.