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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Mud & Lace by Jay Northcote

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44770380-mud-lace?from_search=true

Blurb

When Wicksy falls for drag queen Charlie, they discover that both sexuality and gender can be fluid.

Simon Wicks—Wicksy to his rugby teammates—has only ever been interested in women. But when he sets eyes on Lady Gogo, a drag queen who performs at Rainbow Place, he can’t stop thinking about her. He knows there’s a guy behind the fishnets and make-up, but he’s ready to explore his fantasies, and Lady Gogo is game for making them come true.

Charlie adores performing in drag. It allows him to indulge in his love of cross-dressing while earning some extra cash. Fooling around with a mostly straight guy in secret seems like a fun diversion, and gives him the chance to explore his feminine side. He feels safe wearing the mask of his confident alter ego, because the real Charlie is hidden from view.

When Wicksy sees more of the guy behind the make-up and glitter, his attraction to Charlie persists, and he realises he’s bisexual. In turn, Charlie begins to understand and accept his gender fluidity. As their mutual journey of self-discovery brings them closer, the secrecy becomes increasingly hard to deal with. If they’re going to have a future together, they both need to find the courage to show people who they really are.

Although this book is part of a linked series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

Review

I was really into the couple in this book, and the dynamic between them was complex and interesting in many ways. Already realizing in the previous book that Wicksy had a crush on Lady GoGo, I was looking forward to their romance and in that sense I was not disappointed. The chemistry they share is explosive, and the development of the sexual relationship between them was smoking hot.
I liked how, much like in Jay’s other books, the dramatic moments are very easily solved, things that in other books make a big deal of small things are quickly talked over and dealt with. It kept the story real, and very relatable in my opinion, yet I was missing one thing.
I think throughout the book Wicksy and Charlie go through many stages in discovering and exploring their sexuality, they both have their ‘coming out’ to do both internally and externally. Yet most of the interaction between them was more on the physical side. The story flowed so well it didn’t bother me while reading but after I was done I could not help thinking that there was little emotional romance and connection between them- when compared to the sexual aspects. Again, I enjoyed the book very much, but in retrospect think there should be more emotional buildup to the relationship. In a way they end the book with just deciding they want to be together, being boyfriends, and then you get and Epilogue to show that they did get to the emotional connection and not just the physical in the passing months. So in a sense it’s not that the story was lacking something and was unbalanced, just that I wish we could see them talking more, sharing things that did not revolve around them being together, will Wicksy come out or not and so on.

I am very curious as to who the next couple in the series will be,

Number of stars out of 5
3.5


Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review

 

Categories
4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level artists Book Contemporary Fade to black/No Steam Gay Geek/Jock Homophobia Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Purchased Sports Sports

After the Scrum by Dahlia Donovan

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Caddock ‘The Brute’ Stanford lost his brother and rugby career within the same year. The once man-about-town is now a has-been and guardian to his young nephew. Not sure where life will go after the scrum, he decides to purchase a pub in the Cornwall village of Looe. He never expects to fall in lust—and then love.

Francis Keen hides his crippling anxiety behind his eccentric habits, lush interior design, and beloved dog, Sherlock. Alone by choice after an attack in college left him emotionally scarred, he lives by the sea with his gran, resigned to working small jobs for local businesses. Revamping the pub for the new owner is right up his alley—especially when he realizes who the owner is.

Two men, so different, on track for a romantic collision. Can they survive the impact?

Review

This is a super sweet, very British, shortish story about two guys who shouldn’t have fit together but do.

Caddock is an ex professional rugby player who now has sole custody of his little nephew after both his parents have died. He has just lost his ability to play rugby due to an injury and is forced into early retirement.

With the money he’s made he decides to open a pub in a small town on the shore, Looe. There he meets Francis, an interior designer with social anxiety after a brutal attack in London.

The two have an instant connection but dance around things briefly and let the tension mount but they can’t avoid it forever.

Caddock’s nephew is wonderful but ends up causing some troubles as his grandparents don’t think a gay man should be raising him.

Eventually, everything works out quite nicely and we get a very, very heart warming HEA.

**

This is a new to me author, but I will absolutely be looking for more in the future. The smexy times are fairly low steam, but the emotion is very sweet and the dialog witty.

I enjoyed the ending the best – so sweet! – and highly recommend this.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Amazon Link

http://www.amazon.com/After-Scrum-Dahlia-Donovan-ebook/dp/B01DIF79W0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1460135212&sr=1-1&keywords=after+the+scrum

Categories
adult - 18+ Angst Level Book College/University Contemporary Dreamspinner Exploration Gay Heat Index m/m Mid level angst New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Scorching/high heat

My Prince by Anna Martin

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After growing up in a rough part of town, George Maguire worked his way out of Manchester and to a career as a design engineer. Alexander van Amsberg, an architecture student at the University of Edinburgh, wasn’t the sort of guy he normally had explosive, hotel-room one-night-stands with. Alex was charming, classy, and, as George later learns, Prince of the Netherlands.

Fate brings them together again, and Alex makes sure to get his sexy stranger’s phone number this time. Despite all the reasons why they shouldn’t work, something clicks, and Alex thinks that this time, he might have found the right guy. But Alex’s aristocratic ex stirs up trouble in the press for George and his humble family, and Alex realizes he has to get real about having a boyfriend from the wrong side of town.

While George acknowledges his modest upbringing, he doesn’t let anyone insult his family. Life’s no fairy tale, and regardless of his royal title, Alex might destroy his one chance for happily ever after.

Look for my review 6 of 5 stars here:  http://kimichanexperience.com/my-prince-by-anna-martin

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