Hello my lovely followers and welcome to my review tour post of Jay Northcote’s Mud & Lace, the fourth book in the new Rainbow Place series. This post includes my review. The release blitz post can be read here.
Happy reading. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
This book definitely was something else in the whole series and I admit I was more than intrigued when I read the blurb. From the previous book I had a small preview what we can expect in this book and although I read the books in order and you can read the book as standalone I wasn’t particular happy with the way how fast Wicksy – Simon, how Charlie calls him – and Charlie went to bed with each other. I would have wished there would have been a bit more flirting. It’s nothing I would reduce a star for but I was for a second or two a bit surprised.
When Charlie and Simon had the chance to spend more time with each other we actually saw that what I love in books: a growing relationship with upcomming feelings, two guys who are starting to feel more than just simple friendship and where their relationship is changing from friends with benefits to a solid one.
Simon’s struggles were real and I totally could understand why he is hesitant to label himself. He has his life, knows what he wants and perhaps has his life planned out already. But when he met Charlie his views are challenged and he can’t escape his spell.
I really loved how we saw a lot of struggling and thinking when it comes to Charlie. He is trying to find answers when it comes to his sexuality, he feels comfortable in women’s clothes, in make-up and to dress as a drag queen, yet he doesn’t feel the need to change his gender. He is trying to find a balance between his preferences.
I totally get why Charlie is sometimes frustrated with Simon but on the other hand I totally could understand why Simon isn’t eager to change his current status. Both guys have valid reasons to feel insecure and to not change their life yet they see without compromising and talking there won’t be any solution.
Jay Northcote did in my opinion a great job in pointing out both sides and it felt realistic and not superficial. Despite a few prts I wished would have been a bit more polished – like their first sexual encounter, the timing etc. – I definitely can say this book is an entertaining, charming story with amazing characters. 🙂 5 out of 5 stars.
Title: Mud & Lace
Series: Rainbow Place book # 4
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: April 25, 2019
Publisher: Self-publishing, Jay Bird Press
Length: 240 pages
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
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Rainbow Place series
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.
Author bio – Jay Northcote
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.
One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks
Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.
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