Dex in Blue (Johnnies, #2)
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Ten years ago David Worral had plans to go to college and the potential for a beautiful future in front of him. One tragic accident later, he fled to California and reinvented himself as Dex, top porn model of Johnnies.

Dex’s life is a tangled mess now, but the guys he works with only see the man who makes them believe even porn stars can lead normal lives. When Kane, one o...more
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Published October 1st 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 30th 2012)
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Natasha
"I was asleep for almost ten years. 
And then this big goober with all these
fucking weird animals moved into my house,
and I was suddenly awake.”




I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful this book was. God, I thought Amy Lane did amazing with Chase in Shadow but this... I couldn't pick one I like more than the other.
This review is spoiler free (unless it's in a spoiler tag) because I want you to read it.

The first chapter confused me a little because of the whole Dex/David name thing, but th...more
Lauraadriana
This book was interesting for various reasons:

1. It was not nearly as angsty as I expected it to be, especially as a follow up for Chase in Shadow which was such a hard book.

2. The way that these characters unfolded REALLY surprised me.

3. Amy Lane once again got the Latino man/culture/family things to a T. I don't know where she is getting her info, but it's really working.


Dex and Kane we knew from CiS...Dex was a leader among the models at Johnnies the gay-for-pay studio him and Kane work for,...more
Kaje Harper
I wasn't sure I was ready to have my heart ripped out again the way Chase in Shadow did, but this is not that book. Intense with moments that caught at my throat- yes. But Dex and Kane are neither as isolated nor as devoid of hope as Chase was, and they cushion each other through the worst of the blows. This is a strong, sweet story about finding someone who makes you okay, someone who doesn't love you despite who you are but because of who you are. It's about what it takes to recognize that lov...more
MLE
In this review it shall be revealed that MLE is in fact not a particularly nice person.

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I have to say that I really did enjoy this story. For me, Dex makes the story. He is one of my favorite characters from this series hands down. I really love the way that he cares for the people he works with, and about the company. I like how hard he tries to make it a good, and a safe place for the people who work there. It warms my heart, especially since I’ve worked in the cooperate world, and been treated...more
Kade Boehme
And we went back to Johnnie's and it was good. I feel my praise of Amy Lane is probably ad nauseum but I feel she so greatly deserves all the praise I and others shower her with...and this story is further proof of that. I've NEVER been disappointed by one of her books. This one is one that I feel is going to stick with me. The original Dex is only in the first few pages of the book but damn if I didn't cry for him (really Amy? Making me cry before the close of the first chapter?! My poor heart)...more
Mary
David had plans. He was going to love Dexter for the rest of his life. They had always been together and out of that closeness grew love. It was real and innocent and could have been all that either of them ever knew except for the accident. So when David wakes up and the love of his life is gone, he transitions away from that innocence into something else. He’s hides himself in plain sight and remains there, protected, his charm a shield that no one even notices. There’s no point in pushing asi...more
Alvin John
THANK GOD MS. LANE CAN WRITE LIGHT!

This made me a very happy boy!

I'm going to do this quick because I wanna read Ethan in Gold, like right now!

So I've read 2 Amy Lane books already. And I noticed that these two were character oriented. She will build up these characters, make you like them, then she unleash a lot of shit on their lives and it will make you root and love them. On Chase in Shadow, she'd done a phenomenal job. And this one was a great effort as well.

I liked Dex in CIS. Even though...more
Meep
Most of this book I enjoyed.

The porn industry is idealised into a big caring family. Although I do wonder at how a ‘gay-for-pay’ business can be so non-exploitive, because to me that concept is questionable even before you look at the characters.

The main characters are cute, I love them getting to know each other and all the pets. Kane is a simplistic naïve character and Dex protective, though I did feel Dex lost this, as the book progresses he seems less capable and more reliant on Kane. (view...more
Eva
Dex's story

"What could be the harm?
Except nothing is simple..."










Is there hope?

"I was asleep for almost ten years.
And then this big goober with all these
fucking weird animals moved into my house,
and I was suddenly awake."

Well.. (view spoiler) it was another amazing book.
"Maybe before you got someone who would fight to have you, you had to be ready to kill or die for them first."
...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**4.5 stars**

"Dex in Blue" was an awesome and totally engrossing read. When I began the book I actually wasn't sure I was going to like it. I wasn't too keen on the idea of two jaded porn actors getting together. It seemed... not very romantic. However, as the story progressed, I completely changed my tune.

I'm not sure when I began to love the book but at some point I became enamored with the characters. I think the emotional content really tipped it over the edge for me. Sure the book was a v...more
Purplegirl
As with Chase In Shadow, this book just sucked me in and made me love the boys of Johnnies all over again. I really liked that Amy Lane gave us another glimpse of Chase but did not have him overpower the story, even though Chase always make my heart hurt for him. I started a new shelf called "party of five vibe". Remember that show with the 5 kids that lost there parents? The show was so sad that even when they were happy, it had sad undertones. I felt like that in this book because these boys h...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
I have had this sitting on my Kindle for so long, I am a little ashamed that it took me so long to read it. I admit that one of my all time favourite books is Chase in Shadow and when I decided to read this, I actually went and re-read Chase again first.

Although Dex in Blue didn't move me as much as Chase did, (and I am a sucker for emotional reads) I was pleased with this book.

Kane was not an obvious choice for a leading man. He is not well educated, and he knows that he is not all that smart....more
Buggy
Opening Line: “It was okay right?”

I absolutely adored Chase in Shadow, so how happy was I that Amy Lanes latest book brought us back into that same world. Yup, we re-enter “Johnnies” gay-for-pay porn with David ”Dex” Worral, who makes this book a true companion piece by going through parts of Chase’s heartbreaking story all over again from his own POV. Thankfully Dex’s story isn’t as emotionally exhausting or angst filled as Chase’s, I mean it has its moments (this is Amy Lane after all) but I d...more
S.


Bought it at 1pm and parked up at daughter's school at 2pm. She got into the car at 3.10 to find me in floods of tears and unwilling to put down my iPad to drive to pick up daughter no.2. I reluctantly put the book down and finished school run then right back to it. I even absentmindedly gave up dinner so I could keep reading. Finished it at 5 and instantly wanted to read it again. Kane is my absolute fav. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Chase and Tommy, but Kane and Dex were just - I can't...more
deirdre
Dec 24, 2012 deirdre rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
3.5+ stars, rounded up
great well developed characters that i couldn't help falling for and routing for
dex/david is just hurting, made his life a mess
kane/carlos just reminds me of a big brother you need to have. great friend, but lost too.
together they are great. just great.

the hotness level was off the charts . . .
i cried . . . a couple of times
i cheered . . .when kane defends dex at about 70%, i found myself cheering!

then ending . . . umm, over the top for me thus 4 and not 5 stars . . . wh...more
Lee Brazil
If Chase in Shadow is an all out, rip your heart out and stitch it back in with fishing line and a darning needle in the kitchen type of story...this is more subtle. It's a razor of pain sliding under your skin and peeling it off layer by layer until just that one last sensitive layer protects your raw nerve endings from the world at large.

Then, Amy Lane cleans your wounds with alcohol, sprays on neosporin and slaps a HEA band aid on it. Like you fell and skinned your knee or something instead...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Oct 07, 2013 Jo * Smut-Dickted * rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any and all MM lovers!
Recommended to Jo * Smut-Dickted * by: Marc
There is just nobody who does it like Amy Lane. I absolutely was shattered reading Chase in Shadow and this book, while lacking much of that internal angst of Chase, had a story every bit engaging and entrancing. The Kane/Dex combo was magnificent - I loved Kane's voice as it rang strong and true and it was just so gut wrenchingly honest you cannot help but to give in to it. In many ways Kane/Carlos is a simple man - but Dex brings a new confidence to him internally and a push to do something mo...more
Rellik
Oct 07, 2012 Rellik rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: text
3.5 Stars

Loved the first half, getting to know Dex and Kane: their pasts, the problems in their current lives, but mostly just how they came together and how their lives blended together so seamlessly. Then midway through the book there appeared to be a realisation that there wasn't the usual amount of drama and we ended up with unending accumulation of it (view spoiler)...more
Summer
Another excellent addition to this series. I am glad that this one didn't have AS much angst going on, but there was still a ton of emotions going around. Dex and Kane fit very well together and I love how well they complimented each other (altering who was the rock in the relationship when need be). We got to see some of the other Johnnies characters (Chase and Tommy included) and I can't wait for Ethan to get his book!

I thought everything went well with Kane's sister and niece. I wish we had...more
Silkeeeeee
Dex In Blue is a bit of a sequel to Chase In The Shadows. Dex and Kane work for the porn company, Johnnies. Both men think they are straight until they find love with each other. Another sweet read from Amy Lane. Highly recommended.
Magen


I didn't think I would find another book that I loved as much as Special Delivery but I found it here in Dex in Blue. Chase in Shadows was good, but this was fantastic. Not as much emotional angst and turmoil as found in Chase in Shadows but still plenty of realistic concerns and drama. I adore Dex and Kane. I was laughing, crying and anxiously hoping it would never end the whole time I was reading it. There were several moments in the book where it reached a climactic point and you sort of tho...more
Vivian Archer
REMEMBER: Friends are the family you pick for yourself!

This book makes me want to shake people who need to learn to kick flotsam, aka A$$holes, to the curb. NO! Love does not mean putting up with never-ending, unreasonable shit from people--whether they're related to you or not. (view spoiler)

Even with the melodrama I liked th...more
Anke
3.5 stars
Finished! This is not my favorite one by Amy Lane, but I liked it better than Chase in Shadow. For my liking there was a bit much of Chase's story in this book; from the start I had trouble to get into the story, at some point it felt like chewing gum - I read and read, but there still was so much of the book til finish. Finally it got better. I liked Dex and Kane, could have done without the evil sister and when there was the point I thought as a perfect place for the HEA only to then...more
❧Gwen❤❦
3.5-3.75 Stars

Really Good Read!

❤️This book has great writing, it's easy to fall into this book :-)

❤️Adorable beginning.

❤️Adorable MCs. I Love Kane and Dex & the pets.

❤️Adorable ending.

What didn't work for me ~

>>Use of the True name vs the Stage name drove me bat sh*^ crazy.

>>The banter, the childlike talk and childlike behavior, I did not care for it, but, I never do....as this is a personal Pet peeve of mine and makes me go no further in this series.
Todd
Definitely my favorite book of the Johnnies series.

Dex and Kain (aka David & Carlos) were just perfect together. The give and take in their relationship (yes, in *that* way, too) was extremely refreshing and felt like a real relationship to me right from the start.

I really liked how both MC's were there for one another, almost instinctively, before the other even knew they were about to fall apart. Suring up the damn before the cracks got too bad.

I also enjoyed how once David and Carlos had...more
Dre
I liked Kane and Dex, but Tommy and Chase are still my faves. This one just didn't have the OMG moment that I loved in Chase in Shadow. I guess I have to admit that I love the drama in my books because Kane and Dex just didn't have the same drama... I don't know how to explain it because I get that they love each other, but it's like a completely different kind of love than Tommy and Chase's. One of the characters in Marie Sexton's Coda books talks about the different kinds of love that he sees...more
SueM
(4.5 stars)

This novel is the second in the Johnnies series, and overlaps some of the events that took place in the first novel Chase in Shadow.

Both men in this novel, Dex/David and Kane/Carlos, have major problems with their families; Dex survives his by keeping distant, both in time and geographically, while Kane turns to Dex for place to crash when his sister kicks him out (the twist on this is very sad). It is when Kane crashes for the second time at Dex's house, that things start to develo...more
Macky
Whatever story is going on in the background, the heart and soul of this lovely book will always be Dex and Kane. When they are together its magic and emotive and pure. If two people were meant to be together it's these two beautiful men - and I don't just mean beautiful in looks! The whole story is pitched just right, enough conflict to satisfy the 'angst' lovers amongst us, gentle snark and humour ( Kane's naivety and Dexs' on going relationship with Tomas the snake, make for some funny moment...more
Jessica
In a lot of ways, I liked this one more than Chase in Shadow. It has way less angst and is more of a "traditional" romance. (As traditional as two porn stars falling in love can be anyway.) As the MCs already know each other and have had sex, the story became more about the emotional connection between the two of them than physical attraction or lust. As someone who likes to read about the process of two people falling in love, I loved seeing them go from friends-with-benefits to something deepe...more
Sandra
For me, this went from a 4 star to a 4.5 star and back to a 4 star again. Let me explain. Amy Lane is wonderful as usual in creating likeable characters with good chemistry, a multi-faceted but not overly angsty (in this case) plot, and just a generally enjoyable read.

I read and liked Chase in Shadow despite having my heart torn out on several occasions. But despite meeting and liking both Dex and Kane in that book, I wasn't particularly intrigued by them and took some time off before starting t...more
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