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- Print Length: 184 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (April 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XX9XSBF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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A Linebacker in Lace by Caitlin Ricci, rated 3.5. Let’s put it out there that Arliss is amazing. Brent wears the silk panties but he still thingks “It’s wrong to want them. To wear them.” Arliss makes sure Brent knows that it is what Brent thinks and feels that is important. As an ex-jock, Brent is very reluctant to share this part of himself but Arliss is the right guy.
Satin Secrets by CL Mustafic, rated 3.5. This is a cute story of Gavin, who lets an officer into his house and the sexy times that happen after. I did question at one point why Gavin was ashamed of what he was wearing. “He could deal with the shame of one man’s derision if it meant keeping his secret.” Cute ending!
Backwards and in High Heels by Elizabeth Coldwell, rated 3. Billie loves to wear women’s underwear. His boyfriend, Oliver, is supportive of this and of Billie. It is on a night out dancing that Billie gets to put himself out there a little bit more and it was lovely to read.
Angels in Delaware by Sita Bethel, no rating. This is a threesome, not my thing. I skipped it rather than force my way through.
All That Entails by E.M. Hamill, rated 5. By far my favorite of the anthology. Historical, with a prince who loves to wear feminine clothing and sleep with men. But that isn’t done and an arranged marriage that will benefit the families is the norm, so that is what Darian will do. He is given a choice of a few women with large dowries to choose from and it is Henriette who catches his eye. He had met her once previously and found her a kindred spirit. She is, more than Darian can ever believe, and I loved this. Henriette has a wonderful twin, Baz, and I was glad for her. In a time that held little hope for those who would see their true selves, it was a blessing for Henriette and Darian to find each other.
After the Dance by Sydney Blackburn, rated 4. A mechanic and the son of the owner where he works become unlikely friends. Even more unlikely because Frank, the mechanic, goes out as a beard for his friend Bert. Goes out dressed as Frances, a woman. This reminded me a little bit of Cinderella and Charles, the son, works hard to find a way to get his “woman”.
A Secret Shared by C.A. Blocke, rated 4. Michael is an uber nerd, dating a closeted jock, Tommy. I kept thinking it had to be so hard for Michael to be the dirty little secret and it would be. Despite Tommy’s insistence that it’s a valid choice, it doesn’t make it a good one. But the secret Tommy shares made me forgive him a little bit, because it’s such a sign of trust. And Michael doesn’t disappoint. “You. No matter what. You.”
Ruffle My Feathers by Asta Idonea, rated 4. Another favorite, mainly because it showcases what happens when you make assumptions about people. Barrett performs as Miss James, in a club he believes to be a safe place from his coworkers. So a random run in with someone from his work causes a bit of a melt down. But Keith, the manager who accidentally sees Barrett, is the one that made the story for me. Sad and sweet and a little afraid, he plucked at my heart.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
This is a wonderful collection of stories; especially of you love men in lace like I do. All of these stories are quite different with only the lace as something in common, but I think it makes it even better because you get to see such different relationships. Some are comfortable in their own skin while some others just need love and support to know that what they want is okay. Most of the stories are told through one character’s point of view and the author’s do a wonderful job of showing the other characters emotions and feelings.
In A Linebacker in Lace Brent has a chance meeting with Arliss and discovers his secret isn’t as bad as he thinks. Arliss loves a man in lace and Brent is learning it isn’t shameful for him to wear it. Arliss’ assertiveness is a great contrast to Brent’s shyness. Gavin and Lex role play in Satin Secrets but Gavin has a surprise for Lex. Lex’s reaction is so much better and hotter than Gavin could hope for. Lex wants Gavin to feel comfortable to share his secrets and fantasies.
Billie wants to go farther than just wearing his panties in Backwards and in High Heels and surprises his lover, Oliver, with a date after his time away. After the nervousness fades Billie is so grateful of the work he put in for them to dance together for the first time. Oliver is a nice steady shoulder for Billie’s nervousness and worries. In Angels in Delaware Beau is surprised by his reaction and willingness to get to know Angel and Delaware. They come to his rescue when he needs it and work towards a relationship together. The only thing is I couldn’t help but feel that Beau was the odd man out even when things seemed to go smoothly and he is included.
In All That Entails Darian is heartbroken knowing he will have to give up his gowns and comfort in marriage. Henry will not change who he is for anyone and takes the first step towards compromise. I loved seeing them open their eyes to the possibility of more between them. Frank works hard to keep his real desires hidden in After the Dance. His and Charles friendship is the only bright spot in this day until he finds out that Charles must marry and is already in love. Seeing them work out their future despite expectations from those around them.
In A Secret Shared Tommy must share a secret after Michael shows him his extra nerdy side. Despite his fear and unwillingness to come out Tommy shares his deepest desires with Michael and is greatly rewarded. The two do well to work their relationship around their outside lives. Barrett has kept his Friday night plans secret in Ruffle My Feathers until his boss is suddenly at his show one weekend. Both determined to keep everything normal try to ignore their connection from that weekend. Watching them discover that sometimes hiding your true self from those around you isn’t always the best choice was nice.
Cover art by Natasha Snow is wonderfully understated but is perfect for this book.
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