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Carson O’Shaughnessy has one task: track down his boss’s flighty nephew, Stassy, and return the kid to Chicago. Then Carson can go back to waiting tables and being productively bitter about his life. He didn’t count on finding a dead body in Stassy’s bed, and he certainly didn’t count on the guy in the flip-flops and cutoffs at the local café helping him get to the bottomCarson O’Shaughnessy has one task: track down his boss’s flighty nephew, Stassy, and return the kid to Chicago. Then Carson can go back to waiting tables and being productively bitter about his life. He didn’t count on finding a dead body in Stassy’s bed, and he certainly didn’t count on the guy in the flip-flops and cutoffs at the local café helping him get to the bottom of the crime.But Dale Arden is no ordinary surfing burnout—he’s actually a pretty sharp guy with a seductive voice and a bossy streak wider than the Florida panhandle. When he decides to boss Carson right into his bed, Carson realizes Stassy's not the only one who's been lost. Carson likes to think he’s got his life all figured out, that sex with guys is your basic broom-closet transaction; he may just have to revise his priorities, because nobody plans on taking a left at St. Truth-be-Well and finding love at the Bates Parrot Hotel....

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Left on St. Truth-be-Well Reviews

  • Julio Genao
    2019-05-05 18:52

    a fresh and exciting debut from a promising new voice in literature: Maramy Calanemes!what happens when amy lane writes a book while channeling mary calmes? or mary calmes writes a book as amy lane? or amy lane gets dolled-up in mary calmes drag?giraffe mpreg?no.awesome. awesome happens.du calmes:* le proclemation of le claiming.* 'you clean? i'm clean. we clean? let's fuck.'* elfin, gutbucket bottom who fails to realize he's a bottom until the man who claims him claims him lustily (view spoiler)[with his cock. (hide spoiler)]* eternal love a foregone conclusion within 24 hours of the (spectacularly good) meet-cute.du lane:* passages of surpassing insight and beauty, such as the one that compared the act of opening your body to another human being to the act of trusting them with a secret beyond price. truly gorgeous.* humor. proper amy lane humor—the kind that finds the hilarity in the mundane, like sibling rivalry, or an alligator on your front lawn.* cunning detail, like the chicago dog, the el, the best corned beef in the etc. these are things that make up the ingredients of a place, and they're deployed here masterfully.* the emotions we all sense between the warp and weft of the fabric we tailor into the patched and tattered things we call our lives, but rarely acknowledge. the loneliness in saying goodbye to a friend. the fear behind turning down the attentions of another, if they offer anything more noble than a quick handjob in a broom cupboard. what it means to shove a lover into a shrubbery during a crisis.du fuq did i just read:* token murder plot so desultorily drawn it's insulting.* i couldn't make heads or tails of the navi joke.* the odd rhetorical excess not worth mentioning here. (view spoiler)[except maybe the one where carson fucks his city goodbye, while getting scooped-out from behind, standing in front of a window. that one might be worth mentioning. (hide spoiler)]* all the unattractive people in this book are bad-guys. it's a classic literary device—the outside matches the inside—but it's wrong, thoughtless, and not what i've come to expect from the amy lane who can make me weep at the staggering breadth of human kindness to be found in a pan of tuna casserole.* no peacoat. no dane. no lawyers or doctors or children, or mouthy but fiercely loyal secretaries. YER SLACKIN', calmes. slackin'.dulightful:* the hottest, most lovingly crafted buildup of attraction i've ever read. when it was time for monsieur gutbucket to dispense with his delusions and be cored like an apple, i dropped everything, drew the blinds, and had myself a 19 minute diddle to fact, i will give you an example of how good this bit was:the buildup, etc, the glances, the gut-tighteningly attractive laughter, the ripe bulge in cut-off shorts and the sunkissed hair and the banter and the 'i-will-totally-fuck-you-in-half' quirking of full lips, all of it, so intensely vivid that by the time this happened:Carson’s face grew warm, and he took a drink of water to mask it. By the time he was done with his bottle, that hand on his bicep had moved to the back of his neck...i could do nothing but post this status:you know how I enjoy poking fun at Mary Calmes for her anatomically improbable fluttering holes? swear to god my asshole just flapped a staccato like a flag in a hurricane.i was #teamflorida from the word 'mine.'["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-04-28 18:47

    This was short, funny, sometimes sweet, and much less heart-tugging than the majority of Amy Lane's writing. The mystery is present more as a framework for the fast-building relationship than as a real detective-novel plot. There are some great laugh-out-loud lines, and an absurd physical-comedy thread to the plot. Carson has an engaging narrative voice as the somewhat lost and yet snarky POV MC, and Dale is just excellent - sweet, sexy and perceptive.With my penchant for emotional novels, this was more lightweight than my favorites from this author, and occasionally felt a little rushed. There was some great dialogue, but a very rapid relationship build, and a plot that occasionally strained belief. It did work well as humor, and was an entertaining read that I could enjoy in an airport without worrying about sobbing around strangers. Just nice and light and fun.

  • Amy
    2019-05-01 20:44

    4.5 stars! This is *not* your typical Amy Lane love story. At least, not the Amy Lane books I’ve read so far. It’s not long and slow-building, full of drama and angst. No tissues needed. This is a short and sweet murder mystery with a side of MM. It’s full of humor and witty dialog, loveable characters and some lighthearted fun! Loved it!!

  • Lauren
    2019-05-16 19:48

    3.5 stars - Amy Lane is like the Goddess of M/M romance, and while I have to admit that this wasn't as good as I'd hoped, I still enjoyed it. I feel a little horrible for giving this a 3 star rating, but I suppose when I pick up a book by Amy Lane I've come to expect such amazing things and "I fucking love this book so much" type feelings. I definitely enjoyed this, but I didn't love it, not like I've loved most of her previous stories. I felt that it lacked some of the emotion that is such a big part of Amy Lane's previous novels. The whole hotel drama was downright weird, and I was a little baffled by some of the scenes. I felt as if the story started off a little slowly and on unsteady ground, but it definitely picked up about a third of the way in. I also really liked the main characters, particularly Dale. I loved him from the start, and had certainly warmed to Carson by the end. The ending was really lovely, too. I liked the whole "one month later" part, because it added depth to the story. Without it, I would have felt like everything had been too rushed. It was good to see Carson returning to Chicago, taking time to sort his life out, rather than rushing into the whole relationship with Dale. So yes, I'm sure others will love this book and I can certainly see it's appeal. Just from taking a quick look at the reviews already on here, I can tell I'll be in the minority (and that's okay, because I'm genuinely rooting for others to love this one). I'm disappointed that I didn't like it more, but I still worship Amy Lane for her writing genius and can't wait to read more from her in the future :)

  • Vanessa North
    2019-05-18 00:34

    So, this book came out yesterday, and I spent a couple of hours devouring it. I could be described as a total Amy Lane fangirl...and this may very well be my favorite Amy Lane book yet.It's absolutely true that this is not an angsty tearjerker like those for which Amy is famous. But there were tears. There were happy tears, and overcome tears, and OMGAWD if I laugh any harder I'mma pee my pants tears...See, something I forget to tell people when I tell them how awesome and amazing Amy Lane is, is that she is FUNNY. And not just a little bit. She gets ya laughing so hard you're just sort of slapping the wall to hold yourself up funny. And she's just a glorious writer with such amazing timing and this book is perfect.Shorter review:GAWD, y'all, just read it.

  • Cole Riann
    2019-05-21 22:46

    Review posted at The Armchair Reader.I won't be the first to rave about how I love Amy Lane (and her books too), but I really, really love when she comes out with a lighter story between all those angsty ones. I'm trying to work my way back into reading all of those (the Johnnies books scare me), but I think that the fluffy and sweet ones will always be my favorites -- at the moment that crowning achievement goes to the Knitting series books, which I gleefully reviewed last year.This novella is a bit along those lines. While not really fluffy, they're definitely light and sweet compared to some of her other work. Carson fucked up. He hasn't had sex in months and his boss' nephew Stassy has been giving him all kinds of come-ons at the restaurant. So when Stassy follows Carson into a pantry closet in the kitchen and then promptly flees, a look of upset confusion on his face after a full body kiss from Carson, Carson feels like a douche. Obviously the kid is gay, but it seems like he isn't quite sure about it. And Carson thought he was finally going to get some action in his dry spell, even if the small and cute Stassy isn't quite his type. He might have been able to put the whole incident out of his head if Stassy hadn't run away to Florida the next day. It's been two weeks and the boss wants Carson to drive down to Florida and bring the kid back home. He doesn't have much of a choice -- the boss is worried about Stassy -- but it isn't just that the boss of his restaurant is another kind of Boss in Chicago, but that of all things, Carson feels guilty that kid ran away right after he kissed him. Doesn't seem like a coincidence.The biggest surprise of all awaits Carson when he reaches the small beach town in Florida where Stassy is holed up. The Bates Parrot Motel turns out to be just like it sounds, which isn't much comfort. The place is so run down it looks like it's growing it's own species of serial killer. Parrots in crusty, shit-lined cages squawk over his hearing of the undead looking lady at the reception desk. Though his boss is paying for the room, not even the prospect of getting to Stassy quickly can quell his fear of staying in this place for the night. A tour of the place shows everything from mold to insects to dried jizz, or whatever that mystery stain is. The Motel 8 across the street looks much comfier.It isn't until the next morning that Carson prepares to visit Stassy and load him up to drive back home. A breakfast at the diner across the road turns up a killer plate of fried heart attack and a heaping dose of too-cute waiter. Flip-flops, cutoffs, and a charming smile continually come back to his table to chat him up. An equal opportunity Carson wouldn't have a problem taking Dale the waiter back to his room for the afternoon, it's only the women he seems to want to settle down with, but the disarming smile and quick wit soon have Carson spilling way more info than he intended. Before he realizes it, Carson has company on his trek across the road to the Bates Parrot Motel to find their runaway. Unfortunately, what they find in the room isn't Dimpled Blondie, but dead body covered in lye.It looks like some major trouble for Stassy. Carson knows his task has changed -- now he has to take care of the kid too, and by extension the kid's new boyfriend -- and it looks like it won't be difficult to surpass the small town police in the intelligence and sleuthing departments. Dale is along for the ride, wanting to help his friend (Stassy's new boyfriend) and using the time to get to know Carson better. It doesn't take a whole lot of time to see how good they are together. They're both men who have small town dreams and are more content to enjoy today than plan tomorrow's.Every now and then Amy Lane pulls a page out of Mary Calmes' book and really gives the language and rhythm of her book a makeover. The beauty of this one is all in the words, thick in Carson's voice and then shared by Dale in their rapid-fire dialogue. That, and Carson's humor (though he often fails in comparison to Dale's), are what originally bring these two characters together. Yes, they're working together to solve a mystery, but it's largely on the back burner for most of the book. The time they spend together is mostly them driving around, eating and talking and getting to know each other. And I found their conversations completely charming.Speaking of the mystery, I thought that it wasn't really the focus of the book. For the largest part of the book they aren't actively working on it. Instead, it's used as a device to bring them together and keep them together while they find out enough about each other to want to stay together. So, in some ways, the mystery failed for me. Or, perhaps I shouldn't use the word fail, since that would imply that the mystery was the focus of the book. Rather, I found the mystery a bit anticlimactic. It was really funny, in it's own way ;) but it wasn't what held my attention about this book.Amy Lane fans will want to snatch this one up, of course, if they haven't already. It's short and funny and charming, so you can't really go wrong. Carson's voice might be somewhat difficult for some readers to get into, but that probably depends on how you usually feel about strong voices. As for me, I love them. And I continue to love Amy Lane :)

  • Rhys Ford
    2019-05-04 23:50

    I hands down love this book.A lot of reasons why. Mostly because it's Amy Lane at her finest. Yeah, there's a whiff of angst tucked in here but not a lot. More like a sprig of parsley-angst. Instead, it's a bit of a departure and a fun one at that. This is a romp kind of book. A fun and happy ride through Carson's life as he searches for one twink but falls for another. Well kinda twink. Okay a hot young man. And who wouldn't want to do that while on a road trip through Florida and the crazy wilderness of a small bit of insanity. LOVE this fricking book. Amy just rocks it.

  • Mary
    2019-05-15 20:37

    I love this story. Carson is in knots at the beginning, not sure what he wants and needs and Dale sees him and simply knows that it's him. But Dale needs Carson too. He needs to have someone in his life who will allow him to love them, protect them and take his alphaness in stride. They are two pieces of a whole. The novella is funny, there's a mystery, and tremendous character growth for Carson. It made me happy to read and I'm left with that buzzy good feeling. Don't miss this.

  • Line
    2019-05-18 00:25

    This book left me feeling... Weird.I'm normally a speed-reader; and a book at around 150 pages would take me a night to get through, at the most. However this one has been hanging on my 'currently reading' shelf' for 14 days, THIS TIME around.I have started this book more than 3 times so far, but I could not get through it, for reasons unknown!It's pure Amy Lane: it's her humor, it's her writing, it's her fantastic characters. Nothing is out of the ordinary, but I couldn't get into it and it makes me sad, since she has become a one-click-pre-order-buy.I think some of it might be the timeline; the main events of the book take place over maybe 48 hours, and then it jumps to two weeks later and then a month later.I did feel the connection between the MCs, but I think that the pacing sort of scewed the romance for me, and then the mystery (the other big part of the story) was a 'mystery-light', so everything was sort of... Easy? Glossed over? Over too fast Weird?Yeah, I can't put my finger on it. This was a NICE Amy Lane book, but if I should recommend a mystery-romance I would go with Fish Out of Water instead.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-06 18:42

    In all fairness to Amy Lane, I imagine that it's very hard to write comedy.

  • LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
    2019-05-13 01:31

    5 Stars - KAPOW!A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" ReviewNo question that Amy Lane can write great stories. And at a prolific rate. Often, though, I find that while I admire the story, and most of the time enjoy it – I don’t always love it. She kills me. She is able to drag me in and shred my emotions. This is not one of those stories. This story was just a sublime reading experience – it was fun, funny, sexy and cute – annnd it included one of the very best Alpha characters that I have read in a very long time. Yes. Florida aka Dale had me humpty and melty. I am in love with him.Carson is sent to Florida to bring back Sassy, his boss’s nephew. He meets Florida pretty much straight away – and so we get to enjoy the cute and easy banter between these guys for a lot of the book, which was great! Grin on your face and LOL great! Both guys admit to being lonely and are quite quick to really connect. Yet it wasn’t insta-love …. insta-lust? Sure. And yet even as I write that I think that’s wrong – their connection goes beyond that – it is bone deep. Pure and simple. :-) Carson is not a pushover, at all, yet he finds himself just doing whatever Dale says – and that never bugged me. Except for one occasion where I thought “back up bossy boots! You cannot force him to do that!” and then in the next line we read that it was not a directive, just an example by Dale of showing Carson that he can say no, and in fact does so. Just perfect. Carson is a city boy through and through – he loves where he lives, he has a side line that feeds his sense of fun while the waiter job puts food on the table, so of course once the nephew is found, and the mystery of the dead body is solved, there is no reason for Carson to hang around. Nothing keeping him there. Suuuuuure….A quick word about the mystery before I tell you (and for “tell” read wax lyrical) about Dale. The mystery was damn good and hella creepy!! With birds and a hotel with Bates in the name then it is no surprise LOL. I really liked the whodunnit and did not solve it myself. Not even close!Now for some words on Dale aka Florida – he was simply delicious! You know when a character just hits you. Every button? Well he did that to me. He is such a sexy Alpha – and what makes a sexy Alpha even sexier? A vulnerable side. A sweetness that doesn’t detract from his “man card” :-) He is happy to stay living where he is – because his life and his family, specifically his mum, are there. He is one of life’s perennial students – doing courses that may have no intrinsic value toward finding a job but they certainly add to him, making him this wonderful, grounded character that is able to see right into Carson from the get go. As I said – a bone deep connection. But whilst he is happy to stay put life does go on around him and people move on to bigger and (maybe) better things, at least they hope for better. Carson is quick to see that Dale really can’t be bettered. He is the real deal. But is Carson ready to leave Chicago and step out of the broom-closet? And can Dale survive someone else leaving him? Assuming of course he even lets Carson leave :-) … okay that sounded scary, it wasn’t – but if you like that ownership – that declaration of mine - then you will love Dale and you will love this book.

  • Ulysses Dietz
    2019-05-08 18:54

    "Left on St. Truth-Be-Well" is a very short book - but it didn't feel short (in a good way). It is also a very funny book - not something I associate with Amy Lane's angsty, sincere novels that explore human relationships with such poignant depth. Now I'm envious of Ms. Lane, because writing funny is harder than writing sincere, or even just writing well. In a very sly variation on the city-mouse-country-mouse tradition, we meet Carson, a waiter/stand-up comic, who heads off on a wild goose chase to a small resort town in Florida to find his boss's runaway nephew. Carson is the heart and soul of Chicago - a city boy from the chilly north. He is small and feisty and constantly irritated at someone or something. Then Carson pulls into what appears to be a sleepy little Florida coastal town - the opposite of what he finds interesting - and meets Dale. Dale is tall, laconic, and a waiter/surfer. He's a local boy and finds everything he needs in the critter-infested beaches where he grew up. Both men, as is Amy Lane's wont, are bisexual, (something, I confess, that tends to make me squirm, being a Kinsey 6 and hence unable to imagine). But Carson treats his flings with men as simple pleasure, and he's convinced he'll settle down with a girl someday to make his beloved stepmother happy. Dale, on the other hand, is more laid back; he's only waiting for the right person to finally "get" him - whoever he or she might be. Carson is afraid to be a failure, and worries that his stand-up dreams are pointless. Dale accepts that people see him as a failure already, but is not willing to abandon his love of surfing to meet others expectations of what success means. These men's different approaches to life is what draws them to each other. Lane skillfully weaves the farcical murder mystery (yes, really) through the narrative - the gruesome death and the small-town setting provide a bright canvas that amuses and almost distracts from the romantic story at its core. But it is Carson and Dale who keep us focused - focused on the way one man's strong and confident sense of self gradually changes the heart and mind of another, who thinks he has it all figured out - but maybe doesn't. And, I have to admit, Amy Lane makes sex emotionally powerful, even essential, to her stories. She is not just fulfilling the readers' expectations, but opening windows of understanding into her characters' minds.

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2019-05-20 21:39

    This story is quirky and bursting with energy and I loved it.Amy Lane is incredibly talented. All her stories are just so different and unique. This story finds us in Florida with Carson. Carson has travelled to Florida to find his bosses' run away nephew, Stassy. Unfortunately when he gets there he finds a seedy, dilapidated hotel, parrots and dead body in the hotel room where Stassy was staying but no sign of Stassy himself and so the story begins, a kind of who-dunnit story set in a town of sea, sun, sand and surf.It was thoroughly enjoyable. Not only does Carson get involved in the mystery but he meets Dale who is surfer and brother to a local cop and who is attracted to Carson. Love and Mystery combos are my favourite kinds of story.The mystery is slowly solved as the story progresses and in this way takes the reader on the journey with Carson and Dale as they try to piece things together. Of course as well as the rather odd goings on in the hotel (it is called Bates Parrot Hotel after all) there is also the romance between the Dale and Carson which is being pieced together at the same time with the two of them discovering more about each other as they bumble along sort of trying to figure out the mystery. The story is more than a simple who dunnit though because alas these guys are not the greatest detectives. In fact they are much better at discovering each other than resolving the mystery. All the characters in this book are quite vivid and witty and amusing and have their own quirkiness. Dale and Carson are both funny guys and gel together really well. The dialogue between all the characters is catchy and engaging, and also lively. The story scenery is just fabulously smooth. The way the story describes this small town gives an excellent sense of place. I could feel the sun and heat beating down on me and I could also hear the waves and feel the sand between my toes. Everything just becomes very vivid from the seedy hotel, to the delicious first breakfast, to the awful discovery of a decomposing body and so on through all the story, everything comes alive.I so enjoyed this story. It is entrancing in the way it pulls the reader in. It is punchy and delivers much even though it is a novella. It reminded me to take all the Amy Lane books in my to read pile and move them to the top of the pile, because why read anything else? A lovely story from an excellent author.

  • Sunny
    2019-05-10 22:35

    Looking at other reviews, this might be a "it's not you, it's me" situation, but too often, I found this story confusing, especially when I had a difficult time following some of the conversations. Also, although I eventually warmed to Carson and Dale, I didn't really connect with either one until near the end.Two uncomfortable moments that took away from a nice steamy scene: One, no protection was used after just meeting each other and only a brief "I'm clean" reassurance from each other, and two, mention of oral after anal with no mention of clean up in between. Sometimes I need to turn off my RL logic when reading and just enjoy the show.

  • Eli Easton
    2019-05-02 01:28

    Amy has such a wonderful prose voice. It's lyrical, smart, funny and just a tall, cool drink of water to read. It reminds me a bit of Stephen King (reading him when I was younger was like snuggling under some beloved uncle's arm and listening to a story). It was in full force here, and I did enjoy the fact that this book was relatively angst free. Thank you, Amy!

  • Cathy Brockman
    2019-05-18 00:34

    written for is sent by his employer to bring home his runaway nephew. Carson goes reluctantly since his boss gives him no choice and as we find out later on in the story more of why his boss is so persuasive, but the main reason Carson goes is he feels responsible for Stassy running off since they had a brief encounter in the broom closet. But which man really is the one hiding in the proverbial broom closet? Stassy or Carson? I absolutely loved this story of mystery and intrigue presented with a lighthearted humorous style and peppered with some sweet and hot mansex. The characters were intriguing the story slightly spoofy with the name of the hotel Bates Parrot Hotel and the mystery as it unfolds is also a bit spoofy, but I loved it. It was funny, cute, light-hearted and the real aspect of the story was the romance between Carson and Dale, and Stassy’s involvement and Carson’s sexuality.I read this in one sitting not wanting to put it down and I’m not sure what kept me going the cheesy mystery or the sweet sexy story between Carson and Dale. All I now was I couldn’t stop reading till the end. LOVED it.Recommendation: If you like stories written with humor, mystery and intrigue, sweet sexy romance and a couple twists that may shock you and a very good short read for a hot summer night this is a must!

  • Pjm12
    2019-04-26 02:42

    I found this one extremely endearing. Carson and Dale play off each other in a cute mixture of antagonism, wit and attraction. Dale's bossiness serves to highlight Carson's neediness. And Carson's brashness reflects Dale's (and of course, his own) loneliness.The Florida setting is a perfect foil to the swirling confusion that seem to overwhelm, not only Carson, but also Stassy. Dale and Toby are much more laid back, much more content than their citified love interests and maybe that's what Lane is saying here: It's all well and good to aim high for corporate careers, or high end luxury, but there's nothing wrong with living a small stress-free life. There's fulfillment having a soulmate, a pet and a sunset right at the backdoor. That to spend some time appreciating the natural world is something we shouldn't have to be reminded to do. Lovely writing, hot melting smexy with a bit of a whodunnit to move the narrative along.

  • Don Bradshaw
    2019-05-06 19:39

    Being a Floridian, I could identify with a lot of the craziness in this fun story. I liked Ms Lane's easy flowing style of writing. I have seen places like the big pink Bates Parrot Hotel and other tourist traps over the years. It was funny to read Carson's reaction to the state and to bossy, laid back Dale. The way that they called each other Chicago and Florida hit me in the funny bone because so many tourists are identified by their native state. The sex was hot and Carson and Dale fit together so perfectly. Glen was the typical redneck and Ivan the typical small time mob boss. I can understand why some readers would have a hard time with the language but Ms Lane captured the Florida they don't tell you about on the travel brochures.

  • Mandapanda
    2019-04-28 21:47

    Couldn't finish this one. The dialogue was driving me nuts. I couldn't understand them.

  • Christy
    2019-05-11 01:50

    Amy Lane is an auto-buy author for me. I don't need to read the description or even look at the cost. When she has a new release, I am buying it to devour and almost always her books are re-reads for me. So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard about Left on St. Truth-Be-Well. I got a handful of pages into the story when I laughed so hard I snorted water out of my nose. As grossed out as you may be about that visual, I do have to say that it's not usually my response to this author's work. She is the Queen of Angst for a reason. But anyone who follows her blog knows she has a wickedly funny sense of humor and it was great to see it in action. Carson O'Shaughnessy is stuck at the Bates Parrot Hotel in St. Aubrey's tracking down his boss's nephew. Carson is about as Irish as they come and at his waiter job in Chicago he has tons of regulars who love his shtick. I fell for him immediately 'cause I love a man who makes me laugh. He's a native Chicagoan, he works in a bar and isn't nearly as confident as he tries to come across. Enter Dale, the totally hot waiter/surfer who strikes up a conversation with Carson his first morning in town. Dale is gorgeous, very laid-back, and his brother is a local cop. Huh. Dale is a member of the surfer cult. You know, the "it's not a social circle it's our religion." He's a Zen master with an attitude that just calms Carson down. I can't begin to tell you the giggles I got visualizing these two oh so different men together. But they have one thing in common - they are both lonely.So here's these two kind of different (but not so much after they get to know each other) guys who are trying to figure out who killed the guy left in the hotel. The hotel is the grossest thing I've ever heard of and I am so grateful I've never had to stay in a place like that! Carson and Dale are trying to solve the murder while also dealing with a smoking hot attraction to one another. And, boy, do they tear up the sheets! The thing is, though, this author may be able to write lighthearted fare but she'll always sneak a little healing angst into the picture and that's what Carson and Dale give to each other. I loved this book. Maybe I'm just biased where this author is concerned but this is a funny, funny story with wonderful main characters, some bizarre secondary characters, a whole lot of birds, hot sex, and a great ending. Who could resist that? Read it. I'm pretty sure you'll love it.Tip: Amy Lane published a blog about where the idea for this story came about and it's really fun to read it and see how the author wrote the story:

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-04-24 23:39

    As always, Amy Lane makes me think and feel and fall in love with her characters. When I finished Left on St. Truth-be-Well, I wanted more. I always want more Amy Lane. She is able to pack so much into a book, yet not make it feel like it is forced. Lost boy, dead body, bad directions from the GPS, mobster uncle, hooker and dirty maintenance guy, love everywhere. Sounds like a lot, right? But Amy Lane makes it all go together when she adds a touch of her very own magic. It not only doesn’t feel forced, or too full, it feels perfect.Highly recommended.You can read the rest of Tina's review at The Novel Approach

  • Bitchie
    2019-04-29 21:48

    Good story with an off the wall mystery. It all felt a bit farfetched and out there, but Amy sold me on it and I really enjoyed the characters. I do wish it had been a bit longer, so that I could have connected with the men more, I don't feel that I really got to know either one of them like I have Amy's other characters.

  • AliciaJ
    2019-05-23 02:37

    It was ok. I didn't really feel any connection at all to the characters, but there wasn't anything glaringly wrong with the story. It was just...ok.

  • Grammy 1
    2019-05-14 18:37

    I had a chance to read Amy Lanes newest and kookiest. I think it is the cutest read of the summer and what a breath of fresh air it is! Amy Lane the Queen of Angst has come up with the most light hearted, fun story and it is a murder mystery/ love story/ big spoof. So let me explain. It was my hearts desire to meet Amy Lane. I have read every book she has EVER written and I had ALL the hard copies to prove my devotion. Amy was coming to a town about a 3 to 4 hour drive from my home near Tampa, Florida. We planned me to drive over and we would have brunch the next day and I would head home. Armed with 3 bags of books I wished autographed, I took time off work and went to meet my hero. So now I must say, in all honesty to any person reading this, Beware giving an author something they would use in a story!!Left on St Truth be Well was written about a town changed by Amy and a hotel that shows up on AAA with a Travelers Beware stay at your own risk on it! We know....we were there which makes this story priceless to me. The Birds Bates does exist, but that's for another day.....For those who adored Clearwater, Left on St Truth be Well is a wonderful light hearted read. Really maybe the bug spray got to Amy and this is the result but I will take a low angst, fun story about falling in love any day, in the wilds of Florida where there is beaches and sand and sun.Carson O' Shaughnessy has been chosen to take the ride that could change his life. He is to drive from Chicago to Florida to track down his mob bosses nephew Stassy. What he does find is a dead body in Stassy's bed and in searching through all the clues, he finds that he has been as lost as Stassy and maybe the waiter in flip flops and a huge smile can save him as well.Amy Lane this story was two fold for me, first being at The Bird Bates Hotel and actually `knowing' the smell of the bug spray( cause it was my room that was bombed) but the actually adorable story you made out of it was truly a work of art.Please anyone needing a laugh, this Novella will do it....

  • Pete W
    2019-05-19 23:37

    Ms. Lane dial up the quirks, the snarks, and the attitudes 150% in this novella. The results? It was something that almost too difficult for me to read. Since English is not my native language, all the slang and expressions almost went over my head. The dialogues here were also layered so expertly that not many could do it like Ms. Lane did.However, this book is also very sexy and hot. Something that Ms. Lane is very good at writing. This book is also part RomCom, part murder mystery. The comedy part had been pretty relentless from the beginning and blended seamlessly with the romance part. Most of the book focused on Carson's interactions with Dale. All the banters, reactions, interactions were so deliciously written that was sure to create some hot flashes when read.It wasn't explain though, why Carson got the player reputation. I also think that the the murder mystery part was rather weak. Since there probably wasn't enough pages to develop it. This, however, did not detract any of my enjoyment of this book.This book had more depth than many other that I read that had the same length. Highly recommended. PS: The cover is also very unique and sure to set it apart from other books, not to mention gorgeous.

  • Karen
    2019-04-23 23:27

    I totally want to spend my next vacation at the Bates at the Super 8 across the road from the Bates Parrot Hotel, because I'm pretty sure that place is straight out of a Hitchcock movie gone wrong.This was one of the funnest (that's right funnest) books I'm read in a while. I had a movie playing in my head from start to finish. Carson was this guy who was stumbling through life and really couldn't quite get it together, but he was nice and had this sense of responsibility that kept him tied to things that he shouldn't have been and Dale was like this laid-back Alpha (who knew they even made them that way). The two of them played off of each other beautifully and I thoroughly enjoyed it and then there were the parrots. All the parrots...sorry if you want to know more like where the Bates Parrot Hotel is or why I pretty well smiled and giggled the whole way through this book you'll need to read it and besides admit it you really are curious about the title I know that's what caught my attention, well that and the fact that it's by Amy Lane and I always enjoy her books.

  • Jessie Potts
    2019-05-22 19:26

    Amy Lane's tagline is "Angst, Pain, Amy Lane." but Left on St. Truth-be-Well is surprisingly angst free. It's a murder mystery and, of course, a love story. Carson has been sent by his Mob boss to haul back his nephew, who ran to Florida. Stassy ran after Carson kissed him in a broom closet and, well, Carson feels a bit responsible. This isn't going to be an easy retrieval, though. Stassy has fallen in love with a local. Oh, and there was a dead man found in his hotel room (cops and crazy parrot ladies ensue). Carson also finds himself falling for a local surfer/waiter who pushes all his buttons. In true Amy Lane fashion, there's a lot of plot, a dash of chemistry and some wicked banter. Carson and Dale (local surfer/waiter) find themselves debating, pushing, laughing, wanting to kiss and then strangle each other. The dynamic is nice and all around a very fun read.To see more recs check out the HEA Blog

  • Susan
    2019-05-15 21:50

    This books falls on the lighter side of the Amy Lane spectrum but that's not to say it doesn't have its share of subtly woven depths. Carson is sent to Florida to try and locate his boss' nephew but what he actually finds down there is a lot more precious. Carson has been drifting along in his life in Chicago and he's developed a reputation as a player but what he actually is is lonely. Dale sees that loneliness and he knows how to fix it. I actually thought the subtle references to Carson's loneliness were incredibly powerful and hard-hitting and sat well beside the comical side of the book. It wouldn't be Amy Lane without angst but I think she did an amazing job of keeping this one light-hearted on the surface while leaving the sadder issues to burrow into your heart on their own. (view spoiler)[I didn't really understand the part about the GPS and the road name at the end of the book but it didn't spoil it in any way. (hide spoiler)]

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2019-04-21 18:36

    I love all of Amy Lane's books and I've recently decided that a large part of my love of her books is her storytelling ability. She always carries me along, sometimes happily, sometimes in angst-pain, but there's never a time when I don't get a good story. This one was particularly nice because it was relatively angst-free and I needed that today. Carson is a loveable character-- cute, clueless as to his own need for care and comfort, selfless in helping others and easily misled by his boss. Dale, a hunky surfer, comes into Carson's life at the right time and he's able to sense and provide for Carson's personal needs. The guys eventually get an HEA, but the fun is in the story, an adventure/mystery, or should I say misadventure? It's a nice tale and I'd recommend it to all my friends.

  • Sunne
    2019-05-09 21:37

    A funny Amy Lane - yes, they exist ;)It's a quick read, something for a summer day. I admit, I had to read some parts twice, maybe because I'm not a native speaker, but the sentences seemed to be sometimes more figurative than I could follow. Additionally I'm probably the only one who was a bit creeped out by Dale's dominance and Carson's quick acceptance of his submissive streak. Nonetheless I enjoyed it. It was very imaginative.