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Gun Shy (Gun #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  297 ratings  ·  19 reviews
While on patrol, Minnesota police officer Dez Reilly saves two women from a brutal attack. One of them, Jaylynn Savage, is immediately attracted to the taciturn cop - so much so that she joins the St. Paul Police Academy. As fate would have it, Dez is eventually assigned as Jaylynn's Field Training Officer. Having been burned in the past by getting romantically involved wi ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Regal Crest Enterprises - Quest (first published 2001)
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Wayne Spiceland
Plot: St.Paul lesbian police officer rescues two young women from rape, one of the women is immediately smitten with the officer, and decides, after the encounter, to enter the police academy. The women are attracted to each other, but don't verbalize their feelings for personal reasons: one having been seriously burned by a previous lover, the other out of fear of rejection. How they make their tortuous way to each other forms the gist of the novel.

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Jul 30, 2014 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The beginning is a bit slow, but perseverance is worth it. After about a chapter and a half, the plot picks up the pace. Oh, there was a "come on, really? You are going to manipulate an accident to get these two women in bed for the sake of saving her life? But what I lived were all the details, whether it be the park lights or the description of the falls, I felt like I was in Minnesota with these two women. I loved the character development. Lake is a crafty writer, she'll weave little bits of ...more
I'll be honest: I only picked this book up because it's a lesbian love story and it takes place in St. Paul, MN, where I went to college. The story was OK, but at times clumsily written and really loses steam past the second half of the book. The characters were well-developed, and the author's strength lies in getting inside the character's minds and exploring their conflicts and emotions. Unfortunately, the book has more weaknesses than strenghts: transitions between character perspectives wer ...more
Deirdre S.
I really liked this author's Snow Moon Rising, and this first-in-a-series novel has only deepened my admiration. A great look at the inner and outer lives of two female police officers, one a tense and guarded veteran too closely acquainted with loss, and the other an open-hearted rookie who may have more to teach the older officer about her own heart than her mentor has to teach about police work. Vivid and memorable characters whose fates and futures will matter to the reader, and whose eventu ...more
Not going to lie, I had heard good things about the book, but it was just so long for me. My biggest peeve was that Dez was continually referred to as 'the big woman' throughout the story - I get the point... I found the beginning really slow, and wanted to stop reading because Jaylynn seemed a bit too unrealistic and perky for my tastes. Overall, the book was ok, I wouldn't say it was great, but I'm probably not going to continue reading the rest of the series.
Long a fan of Ellen Hart's Jane Lawless series, I thought I should try Lori L. Lake's book. Unfortunately, I didn't do my homework; Gun Shy turned out to be a romance novel, not a mystery or police procedural. I thought the book was painfully long for a novel that barely scratched the surface emotionally and I simply tired of all the burning looks and deep blushes.
The characters in this book seem to have been really well thought out and it was interesting to read. The author had a way of building the sexual tension between the two throughout the story. I really ennjoyed this read.

The only downfall was that there weren't as many sex scenes as I'd like. But, to Ms. Lake's defense, I always want more sex scenes!
Jae Jae
From a technical point of view, the story isn't perfect. There are some inconsistencies, head hopping, and omniscient descriptions of the characters.

But I still like the story because the characters are so lovable and Lori L. Lake really takes her time developing the relationship between them.
I really wanted to enjoy this book more. I didn't fall in love with the characters. I didn't feel the passion between them. There was nothing sweet about their relationship for me. But there was enough there that I am willing to read the sequel and give them another chance.
Freyja Vanadis
Feb 09, 2012 Freyja Vanadis rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
This is absolutely the worst lesbian mystery I've ever read. I read this book probably about 8 years ago so I can't remember the details, just that I loathed it with a passion. I wish I could score it less than one star, because I certainly would.
Elizabeth Tanner
Good book. Length was great and character build up was wonderful. I liked that there did not need to be sex in every scene, but instead had anticipation build up.
Mary Vermillion
The chemistry between Lake's two main characters, Dez and Jaylynn, is a lot of fun, as are the bodybuilding and basketball scenes. I'm looking forward to Gun #2.
I liked the cop story even if some of the realities seemed stretched. The characters are interesting and likable.
I have read all 3 books in the Gun Series and I absolutely enjoyed all three. Well done Lori!
Overall quite an easy, enjoyable read, but I found it cheesy in bits & the ending was predictable.
I found it just a bit slow and too long. Just about read it to the end.
Not the hot and heavy pace of your usual lesbian romance ... but interesting.
Meh. Too long and not enough actually happens.
Written with the heart, just read it.
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Lori L. Lake is the author of ten novels, two books of short stories, and editor of two anthologies. She'll soon have four books available in The Gun Series as well as the next book in The Public Eye Mystery Series. Her crime fiction stories have been featured in "Silence of the Loons," "Once Upon a Crime," and "Women of the Mean Streets. She's had romance stories anthologized in "Best Lesbian Rom ...more
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