A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Shirt by Amy Lane


Rating: 4 stars out of 5

ShirtA cute short story, this is the prequel for Phonebook, a story I had the pleasure of reading a few months ago.

Ryan is a young attorney who is hoping to work his way up the corporate ladder, so he decides to attend a party being thrown by one of the partners, a nice guy who seems to be more the party type than any of the other partners. While there, he uses the bathroom to take a much-needed pee break, but he gets a shock when a cute guy steps out from behind the shower curtain and comments on the size of his cock. From there, one thing leads to another, and Ryan discovers why no woman has ever seemed to attract his desire.

The story leaps to the future where the couple is living together and awaiting the arrival of Ryan’s parents. He and Scott have been lovers for a while, and his parents are now flying in to meet the man he plans to spend the rest of his life with. But he’s running late from work, so he rushes to the bedroom to tear off his dress clothes and get more comfortable before heading to the airport to pick them up. In his haste, the shirt he failed to unbutton in the front and at the cuffs gets caught on his arms and head, and he literally pitches face first into the bed, where Scott not only finds him, but decides to make good use of him while he’s all tangled up.

The story is light-hearted and fun with two engaging characters. With the sketch of a few brief words and interesting circumstances, Amy Lane paints a picture of a couple I’d like to get to know further. Both sweet and endearing, this tale is a perfect mood lifter. I recommend it to all who love a short story with a long punch. And if you want more of this sweet duo, be sure to check out Phonebook.


Cover art by L.C. Chase depicts a handsome, smiling man (Ryan) in the act of taking his shirt off.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | ARe | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 2nd Edition, 30 pages
Expected publication: May 18th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634773004 (ISBN13: 9781634773003)
Edition LanguageEnglish
Note: This story was previously published in the Curious: A Woman’s Introduction to Gay Romance anthology by Dreamspinner Press in 2010.