Guest Review: Phonebook by Amy Lane

Stuck away from home on business, all Ryan can do is talk with his lover, Scott, on the phone. But the conservative Ryan finds no comfort in phone sex—he's far too embarrassed. Fortunately, his playful lover has not only planned ahead, but he can think on his back as well. It turns out that the heart really is where good sex starts!

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

Guest Reviewer: Adam
Short, sweet, and also sexy. Amy Lane’s fluffy reads are the perfect pick-me-ups.


On yet another business trip, Ryan is feeling bored and frustrated. His boyfriend Scott tries to cheer him up, but he can’t help but be a bit bummed over spending his birthday away from home. Fortunately, Scott knows just what to do to distract both of them up. Phone sex.

I was grinning from the first page. This short is meant to make readers smile, and it achieves that. Even the sex is funny, which I wasn’t so sure about at first, but it worked well. That’s not to say that the phone sex isn’t hot, because it is. We’ve got a usual top getting his inner bottom on with a butt plug while his boyfriend talks dirty to him. Of course it’s hot.

Despite being very short and consisting mostly of a telephone sex scene, I wouldn’t categorize ‘Phonebook’ as PWP. The couple in this book are still fairly new, and are working out some issues. Ryan is at a crossroads, having to choose between his career and his relationship. However it’s angst-free, as Ryan and Scott hash out the problem and come to an agreement pretty quickly.

‘Phonebook’ is the follow up to a short story written by Amy Lane in an anthology that is no longer in print. However, this short story works fine as a stand alone. Though if you do want to wait for it, Amy Lane posted on her blog that the first story will be re-released sometime in May.

I do have to note that I read this short story twice, and liked it more so the second time. When I first read this story, I gave it three stars. I liked it well enough, but it was missing something. After reading the sequel, Puppy, Car, and Snow, I decided to re-read ‘Phonebook’ and enjoyed it much more the second time around. The extra context and emotional connection makes ‘Phonebook’ a much better read. So I’d highly recommend reading the sequel before backtracking.

Overall, ‘Phonebook’ is a cute, sexy, and quick read. If you’re looking for a filler read, this freebie is a good bet.

Dreamspinner Press

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