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Will and Dallas really dug in close to my heart. I can empathize with Dallas' health issues and Will's paranoia, though extreme and stemming from misunderstandings, is definitely believable. Together they make an intriguing pair of past acquaintances and co-workers that find themselves in a current and new employer/employee scenario. All of this set in and around the gay porn website, Idyll Fling, balances the drama and romance perfectly with humor and friendship, put them all together and Plaid Versus Paisley will leave your heart smiling.
And a little side note: I am hoping that Beck and Jaime get their own Fabric Hearts entries. Perhaps even paired together. *hint, hint* Ms. Burn.
Will and Dallas mix together as well as oil and water. I found some of the situations their attraction and resentment towards each other funny since they are so obviously attracted to each other. They refuse to act on at first, and it’s like a tug-of-war between them.
I enjoyed their bickering and head butting. Dallas kept pushing Will’s buttons just to get a reaction. Will acted as a bit of a jerk. I admired Dallas perseverance to wear Will down, and getting him so see Dallas as a person, and not an enemy. I liked Will and Dallas together. They clearly had chemistry, and I liked how they danced around each other. Their unresolved sexual tension was through the roof. When they finally acted on their attraction, though, they went from nothing to dick touching in two seconds, which was a bit sudden in my opinion. I could have done with some seducing, and not just a sudden “I’m touching your dick through your pants right now” move.
The inevitable relationship angst wasn’t very big, and it was mostly due to miscommunication, and withheld information privy to the reader throughout the story. I was just waiting on Will to figure it out. I did feel Will hung on to his resentment towards Dallas a bit too long, and he had a really bad reaction to finding out Dallas’s secret.
I read the two books in this series back to back, and I can see some similarities in the build of the stories. Where #1 Tartan Candy was a slow build with the characters getting to know each other, and taking their time before they progressed their relationship, #2 Plaid versus Paisley was more high in passion and attraction. I felt both books had the same build up to a big misunderstanding, or revealing, that led to the characters falling out. Then an apology and quick forgiveness, and everything wrapped up nicely in a rather short amount of time. I felt the writing was a bit better in this one than the first book. Tartan Candy had a bit of a problem with repetition, and there is still some in Plaid versus Paisley, but less.
Each of the books has a different couple, but they’re all in the same group of friends and setting. If you have read the first one you’ll recognize the characters. They can be read as standalone, though. Strictly speaking, you don’t need to know the characters from Tartan Candy to enjoy Plaid versus Paisley and vice versa. I do however recommend reading them in order to fully enjoy all the characters, and get the most out of these books.
Plaid versus Paisley was a nice sequel in the series. I did have some minor niggles, like miscommunication, some of the scenes, some repetition, and how everything is worked out and wrapped up rather quickly. Will and Dallas’s attraction, however, was through the roof, their head butting was fun, and I really enjoyed reading about the enemies turning into lovers.
I want to start off by saying I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first book, Tartan Candy. I did enjoy seeing Raven and Caleb, and I loved learning more about Jamie. And Dallas! I wanted to wrap him up in blankets and protect him from the world. He was such a delight to read about, and I loved watching him grow stronger both physically and mentally as the story progressed.
I had two big problems with this book. First, I found Will entirely unlikable. His paranoid and distrustful nature was grating and remained through the entire book. And since most of his paranoid distrust was groundlessly aimed at Dallas, the precious lamb who just wanted to love him, Will’s issues were doubly hard to overlook. Second, much like in Tartan Candy the plot of this book climaxes with an earth shattering, relationship crushing argument. This was my least favorite part of the first book, but in Tartan Candy I actually liked both main characters and I could accept it when they made up. I spent the entirety of this book dreading the coming conflict, and when it came it took Will from annoying to cruel. I didn’t feel he deserved the forgiveness he was given, but it made Dallas happy and that’s what mattered to me most.
Overall, this was a very well written book with lots of very likable and fun characters (aside from that one…). I think people who enjoyed the first book will like seeing those characters again. And while this wasn’t my cup of tea, if you like contemporary novels, good character growth, and conflict, this may be a good fit for you.
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